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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

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 3, 2012

Happy Watermelon Day!!

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By: Dana Baardsen

Watermelon is a summer-fruit staple. Aside from attracting admirers of all ages, this drippingly-good treat is packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Score!watermelon salsa, nutrition, health, diet

Watermelon also helps regulate the electrolyte balance within our bodies which can be offset during excessive sweating. It’s like this fruit was designed for the hot days!

There is no better way to celebrate National Watermelon Day than by biting into a piece yourself.watermelon drink, watermelon soda

Try a delicious watermelon salsa, with chopped red onions, cucumbers, even pineapple. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve with multigrain chips. Enjoy this refreshing dip!

Then, cool off with a yummy sparkling watermelon drink. Add fresh watermelon juice to sparkling water and splash with lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge and some mint leaves! NB

March 20, 2012

Happy Ravioli Day

View this excellent post at foodimentary.com. Here is actually where I learned that today is National Ravioli Day!

My favorite is delicious fresh ravioli with spinach and riccotta. What’s yours?

Source: pastabasta.nl via Dana on Pinterest

March 20, 2012

Top Five Spring Diet Foods!

By: Dana Baardsen

Spring has officially sprung as fog rolls over the New York area. De-fog your diet by snacking on these top five picks:

1. Sugar Snap Peas: Fresh and crunchy these ohhh so sweet snap peas will allow you to snack, guilt-free. Throw some of these high-fiber bites into a zip lock baggie for a perfect on-the-go snack!

2. Carrots: Much on these for a snack high in antioxidants and low in calories. Carrots make a great spring snack…just don’t forget to save some for the Easter bunny!

3. Okra: I hope you’ve heard of this little veggie-like fruit. If not, pick some up in the frozen food section of your local supermarket. Okra is a powerful fruit with anti-cancer and age defying effects you just can’t ignore!

4. Artichoke: So filling yet surprisingly low-cal, artichokes make a great family style spring snack. This potassium packed treat can be enjoyed with yummy low fat dips.

5. Strawberries: Juicy, sweet and irresistible, strawberries can actually help curb your appetite and fuel your metabolism…not to mention whiten your teeth! Indulge in these sweeties this spring and don’t hesitate to stick some in the freezer for a hard-candy-like treat.

Photo Credits: Shape.com

NB

March 16, 2012

Top 100 Low Cal Beers!

By: Dana Baardsen

 

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March 17th: Everyone is in green, bagpipes are bursting with sound, and there’s no other way to celebrate the old patron saint of Ireland than by sippin’ on some frothy brew… If you want to celebrate your inner-Irish as guiltlessly as possible, check out beertutor.com’s list of the Top 100 Low Cal Beers.

My favorite? Bud Select 55

Happy St. Patties Day! Cheers! NB

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