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December 5, 2012

Victoria’s (Deadly) Secrets: Behind the Glamour

By:  Dana Baardsen

Tonight the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air as millions of viewers tune-in from the comfort of their sofas. Men will admire the beautiful models and women will look on, emulating the outfits of the “VS Angels” and even more so their bodies.

There is, however, a lot more going on behind the playful smiles and long tan legs than you may realize.

Brazilian model Adriana Lima reveals her pre-fashion show routine which any health professional would diagnose as Anorexia Nervosa. And yes–I did just suggest that a Victoria’s Secret model exhibits anorexic behaviors. But before you accuse me of falsely labeling Lima, check out what she said!

Weeks leading up to the event, she admits to engaging in a vigorous exercise routine while restricting her food intake. Ingesting only vitamins and liquids to provide energy for intense exercise is not only risky, but it’s consequences on the body are far from pretty.

Don’t worry, Lima wanted to clear things up. Even though she feels it’s okay for her to do it, she told E!, “Those teenagers out there, don’t go starving yourself or only drinking liquids.”

At least she knows it’s wrong.

But seriously, how wrong is it?

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Adriana Lima, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2012

If you think starving yourself to slim down is the way to go– then please… think again.

By starving yourself, you will immediately notice these symptoms:

  • Tiredness
  • Low energy levels
  • Difficulty sleeping at night
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Easily irritated
  • Constipation
  • Dry/Pale skin
  • Hair loss and breakage
  • Brittle nails
  • Rotting teeth
  • Bad breath due to ketosis
  • Absence of menstruation
  • Inability to carry out a healthy pregnancy

Not so glam, huh? The list goes on.

If starvation occurs over a long period of time, symptoms only worsen and more serious conditions may develop, like heart failure or  early onset of osteoporosis.

Now don’t get me wrong, some women are naturally and beautifully VS-Angel thin…I can’t say I’m one of them.

If you tune into the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show tonight, like I will, then go ahead and let it motivate you to get into kick-ass shape! But please, don’t partake in extreme dieting or unhealthy eating habits to get there. Be confident healthy and strong always! NB

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December 1, 2012

NBC News Digital: Great Skin! Kissable Lips

Check out my article on Kissable Lips and smooch sweetly this winter season! 

xxDana

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September 7, 2012

New York Fashion Week Diet 101

By: Dana Baardsen

New York, N.Y. (2012 Sept 6) — Sparkling across the five boroughs of New York City, Fashion’s Night Out is a proud celebration dressed in eloquence and anticipation for the week ahead. Vendors, models, stylists, designers, artists, journalists and everyone inbetween flood the lighted cement streets as they energize the moments leading up to New York’s infamous and historic, Fashion Week.

A Fashion Week attendee must carefully choose the most appropriate and stylish garments to wear. Only the finest and seemingly tasteful outfits will be complimented in the city this week.

Once you’re ready to reveal your “it” outfit to fellow fashionistas and New Yorkers alike, you must be able couple it with a mindful event diet.

Sure, you could romp through the streets of New York without giving a thought or care to your diet, but I assure you it will throw off your overall presentation. Here are five things you can do to make sure you feel as fit, glowing, energized, confident, and sexy during New York’s Fashion Week events.

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  1. Fit: Make a few simple lifestyle adjustments during the days leading up to the event. For detailed tips and tricks on how to drop some weight and tone up in a healthy, quick way– visit this post (Lose Ten Pounds: Tips From Nutribabble & Dr. Oz).
  2. Glowing: You want your skin to be absolutely glowing and radiant for these events. Let salad become your new best friend. …Honestly though, cut out ALL dairy and increase your intake of dark leafy greens and citrus fruits. Drinks lots and lots of water which rids the body of toxins and plumps up the collagen in your skin! Slice up some cucumber, fruit and mint and toss in  a glass of H2O for a cleansing and rejuvenating drink.
  3. Energized: Eat small amounts throughout the day, rather than huge meals which will weigh you down. Carry some type of on-the-go snack in your purse so you can nibble on something if you have to go a long time without food. Don’t you dare munch during the show!
  4. Confident: Eat with style on your way to, and during the event. Think about it this way. Which will make you swivel your hips more while you walk? A greasy hot dog and salted nuts from the nearest cart…or some type of artful yet nutritious food/beverage from the corner’s hot-spot café? Look glam and eat glam too!
  5. Sexy: Be aware of what food options could affect your “sexiness” during the event. Some hor d’oeuvres may be floating around which you should just avoid. Steer clear of anything which could easily stain your outfit like red wines, dipping sauces and dark dressings. Don’t overstuff your mouth, as anyone could stir up conversation with you at any given moment. This goes hand in hand with not getting anything stuck in your teeth!

So there you have it, now that you know the quirky diet etiquette for New York’s Fashion Week, you’re free now to unleash your inner diva onto the streets of New York! NB

August 6, 2012

Don’t Compare Yourself to Other Girls! …Ever!

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By: Dana Baardsen

It’s one thing to be inspired by other girls and their success stories…but it’s another thing to become unhappy or dissatisfied with your own body based on what other girls look like.

As young women, we deal with this “comparison pressure” on a daily basis. Sadly, as you move forward into adulthood, you realize some women STILL are comparing themselves to others. It is completely your responsibility to learn to love yourself and respect your body.

Ever wonder how the girls we see in the beauty pageants on television muster up the strength and confidence to walk in front of a panel of judges in their bathing suits? Well, I did…so I got the scoop from this year’s America’s Miss Florida and New Jersey.

Check out what they had to say when I asked how they dealt with the pressure of being compared to other pageant contestants:

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“Personally, I do not like to think that I am being compared to the other girls. In order to do my best, I try to only compare myself in terms of my own personal goals. I believe that every body shape and size is beautiful, and I choose to think that the judges will agree. There will always be a girl with rock hard abs and less body fat than me, but if I walk onto that stage just as confident and proud of my body as she does, I know I can shine just as bright.” Lorenza Navarro, America’s Miss Florida 

“What helps me deal with the pressure is just to remember that you are you, and nobody else is. Everyone is built differently, and the judges know that. I remind myself that I worked extremely hard to get my body “pageant” ready, and there will always be girls skinnier, and bigger than you on stage to. You’ve just got to work what you’ve got and show that confidence to the judges!” –Olivia DeMattio, America’s Miss New Jersey

So remember, try to never compare yourself to others! To some degree it’s normal, but if you think you are comparing yourself to other girls and it has you feeling down about your own body, then you need to work on learning to love yourself and to start being proud of your personal accomplishments! Keep in mind, if anyone actually is judging you, then they have more self value problems than they can even realize. Just focus on you! You’re all you need to feel and be happy. NB

 

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