Category Archives: Who Inspires You

Celebrity Inspiration-Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz is funny while being smoking hot!  So I recently saw that she has a new book out.  Now who doesn’t want to look like Cameron.  She has admitted her shape comes from good genes.  Sometimes our genes need help in heading to the right direction.  Right Ladies.

The book, which is filled with handy charts and plenty of sound scientific information, is worth a read.   Here is a brief introduction to what is in her book to help you get started.

1. Chug Water When You Wake Up
Did you know that after a full night’s sleep, you’re dehydrated simply from breathing? That’s why Diaz fills a large glass bottle with water before bed and leaves it ready to go. In the morning, after she brushes her teeth, she chugs the whole thing. “Once I drink the water, I feel it immediately. I go from being a wilted plant to one that has been rejuvenated by the rain,” she writes.

2. Eat a Big, Savory Breakfast
When she was growing up, Diaz says that her mom always encouraged her to eat a big breakfast to give her energy for the school day, and it’s a habit that’s stuck with her. But she doesn’t reach for sweets like granola or pancakes, which can mess with blood sugar levels and cause irritability. Instead, she plays with creative combos like oatmeal mixed with sauteed zucchini and collard greens, caramelized shallots, and egg whites, which she then tops with Japanese ponzu sauce and lemon juice. “I’m always looking for new ways to build flavor and have fun with my carbs,” she writes.

3. Drink Your Probiotics
You’ve probably heard of probiotics, the healthy bacteria found in yogurt and other fermented foods that nutritionists recommend for maintaining balance in the digestive tract. But Diaz cautions that you need to read the labels and look for probiotics like L. acidophilus, L. casei, and Biofidobacterium, which survive better inside your stomach than some of the others that are used to make yogurt. To get her daily dose, Diaz chooses a rice-based probiotic drink like Bio-K Plus.

4. Love the Lemon
Diaz adds this fab flavor booster to salads (in place of fatty dressing), pastas (along with parmesan), and her water bottle. Lemons help digestion and are believed to boost immunity; they also contain lots of essential nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium and magnesium.

5. Exercise in Sneaky Ways
Diaz reminds readers that working out doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing. She suggests squeezing in movement when you can, whether it’s doing butt squeezes while brushing your teeth, lunges while waiting for coffee to brew, or taking the stairs (preferably at a run!) rather than the elevator. She writes, “As long as you remember that part of being active is moving continuously through the day, you can become an active person RIGHT NOW. Just move.”

Celebrity Inspiration-Padma Lakshmi

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Padma Lakshmi is the host of Top Chef.  Imagine having to taste and look at food all day.  What a tough job!  She is my style and body icon.  She is gorgeous and loves herself at any size.  Padma is a true inspiration.

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“I would rather spend half my life at the gym and eat whatever I want than sit on my ass and starve.”

 

 

Facts:

So how do you lose the weight you gain on the show?

I follow a clean diet: no meats, no sweets, no alcohol, no cheese, no fried food, no wheat. And I work out five days a week, boxing three days, lifting weights the other two.

Do you change your workout after you reach your goal? 
To maintain my weight I strength-train, use the treadmill and elliptical, and box three times a week. I also do planks at home and jump rope. I carry a jump rope with me everywhere, especially when I’m working. It’s a great way to squeeze in a quick workout and get your heart rate up when you don’t have time to go to the gym.

You gained 45 pounds while pregnant with your daughter, Krishna, who’s now 3. Was it harder to get that weight off?

Yes! I did all my usual workouts, but the most important thing was that I found an exercisebuddy in my makeup artist, Michelle. Having an appointment with her makes me get to the gym. Instead of meeting friends for dinner or drinks, meet to work out! You can still spend an hour and a half chitchatting, but you’re getting in your reps too. Also, I always try to get enough sleep because the body holds on to more calories when it’s tired, and I tend to eat more when I’m tired. Rest is important to weight loss.

It took 13 months to get the weight off. It was hard. I went from a size 4 to a size 14 when I was pregnant. What’s interesting, though, is that, in my experience, men don’t want skinny girls. When I was a size 14, I got much more attention from men than I do now.

Has your body changed since you turned 40?
I’ve seen a slow decline in my metabolism from the time I was 30. Even when I’m at my ideal weight, I have to work out regularly — otherwise I’m jiggly. So I exercise consistently, even if it’s just doing some jumping jacks, planks, and stairs, or jumping rope for 10 minutes. I notice a difference if I go a week without exercise.

What are your healthiest habits?
I drink a homemade cleanse of two ounces of pure cranberry juice, six ounces of either green tea or plain water, one Emergen-C Vitamin C packet, and a teaspoon of fiber powder three times a day. I also drink two to three liters of water a day.

What’s your food weakness? 

I have lots of them. Pizza, nachos, cheese, potato chips, fried chicken. I believe in everything in moderation. I never say, “No, I can’t have any of that.” I have it and enjoy it! After I finish this photo shoot, I’m going out for pizza, and I’m literally going to take down a whole large pie by myself.

Good Advise:

Eating Out without Guilt:

  • “I cheat on my date. I eat a cup of cottage cheese before going out so I won’t gorge myself. It fills me up, and you can’t beat it for calcium and protein. I season and dress it with vinegars and spices and serve it like fresh mozzarella or fancy goat cheese. Honestly, in my house it’s a glamorous ingredient — not a diet food — that my kid is always trying to steal from me.”
  • “I ask the server to take the bread basket away. If you go to a restaurant hungry, you’ll inevitably start eating the bread. Why torture yourself? If I’m really craving a slice, I’ll butter and eat the crust only, because that’s the yummy part where the flavor is. I don’t eat the center because, to me, it’s like a sponge. I just picture it on my thighs!”
  • “I eat the carbs on my plate last. By the time I’ve eaten all of the protein and vegetables, I may not want all of the potato.”
  • “I drink 10 ounces of water after every glass of wine. Water fills you up, and alcohol is just empty calories. I would rather eat my calories than drink them.”

Celebrity Inspiration-Shilpa Shetty

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Shilpa Shetty  in Bollywood world is know as the “Body”.   She has the whole package hair, beauty, and body.  She is not what you kill skinny but has the killer curves to die for.  She is also a woman not to be reckoned with.  She has a black belt in karate.  She also didn’t rush to get her body back after having her son.  She says she didn’t start her workouts until after the first four and a half months and devoted herself to caring for her son. “Losing baby weight for me was not about fitting into an outfit, but about doing the right thing for my health and my baby’s,” says Shetty.

If most moms who feel the pressure to get back to pre-baby weight take some inspiration from Shilpa.  Maybe other celebs should follow and not make unrealistic goals for all women who have had kids.

Quote:

“Workouts aren’t to look good but to feel good. Looking good is just an extension of the benefits. A balance always has to be struck between mental and physical health to be fit at all times.”

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Facts:

1-She believes that fitness is just a means to an end and not an end itself. If you stay fit and workout just for the sake of being fit and healthy, you will look great anyway. But if you only try to be fit in order to look good and are too result oriented, you will have a much harder task cut out for you.

2-Due to a neck problem she took up yoga and since then there has been no looking back. She was doing general yoga earlier and started Ashtanga yoga two years ago. She feels that  yoga targets the mind; body and soul at one go. It opens all the windows to the body, just through breathing alone most of your problems are taken care of.

3-As an all rounded workout, She makes sure she lifts heavy weights along with yoga. With these two workouts she gets the perfect blend to make her muscles taught and strong so that she can look and feel the way she does.

4-Her view of dieting is also practical and therefore easy to sustain. She believes in eating healthy food that tastes good. She is a foodie but manages to stay away form junk as she has learnt to enjoy the taste of fresh healthy, organic food. For dinner she only eats salad, soup and chicken, but enjoys brown rice and chapatis with a lot of veggies for lunch.

Celebrity Inspiration-Deepika Padukone

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She is my favorite bollywood actress right now.  Her body is to die for.  She is more toned and curvy then being too skinny. She seems very easy going and down to earth.

Deepika Quote:

      “I think the body type of the whole world is different and reacts differently to different work outs. It is important that you understand what suits your body and exercise accordingly,”  

Beauty Must-haves
Moisturiser, lots of water and Neutrogena sunscreen.

Get glamorous tip
A speedy work out followed by a quick spa session, sometimes just a steam and sauna will instantly make you feel good about yourself. Exercise followed by a spa treatment makes me feel great.

Vanity Bag Essentials
I don’t wear make-up unless I have to. I’ll just wear mascara and a Neutrogena lip balm with SPF. My mascara brand varies; I just pick it up while I’m travelling. Right now I’m using the Diorshow mascara.

Day and Night Looks
For the day I go for a no-make up look – if you have a good lifestyle then your natural beauty will shine through. A work out itself makes your skin look great. A lot of us ignore our hair, even if you don’t do much to your face and get a hair treatment followed by a blow dry it will always look great. For the night, because I’m in a profession where I’m always dressing up, I keep my make-up clean and subtle.  I would wear a coloured lipstick; blush and some mascara, I’m not fond of gloss, matte works best for me.

Spa Junkie

I have a weakness for spas especially Thai and the pressure point massages. I love Myrah in Mumbai, Banyan tree in Phuket in Thailand.

Fitness regime
I try working out as often as possible. I’ve been an athlete since childhood,  I would wake up at 5 am for a run. I do functional yoga at home everyday .I warm up with some cardio or a jog, and I do asanas, breathing exercises and stretching with my trainer, Abhishek Sharma.

Diet Discipline
I understand my body and I know what it reacts to, so I always eat well-balanced meals. I like to try different cuisines – South Indian is my favourite. I just don’t go overboard. I tend to put on weight when I eat too much dessert and sweets, so I have to keep it under control. So if I get a dessert, I share it with someone but I never deprive myself.

Heaven Scent
I don’t like very flowery, strong or musky scents. I like young and fresh fragrances. I use Hugo boss, Ralph Lauren and Estee lauder.

Red carpet dressing rule
You should wear what you’re comfortable in, rather than following a trend that may not suit your personality. I would go for a sari any day. Saris are something I’m very sure of, I think I carry them off well.

Celebrity Inspiration-Miranda Kerr

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I know what your thinking a “Super Model”  as a Inspiration..really!!  Well they have nannys, cooks, and house cleaners.  So have lots of extra time to look the way they do.   But they still have to eat and workout which no one can do for you.  What I enjoyed about this article about Miranda Kerr from Self  is the great recipes for skin healthy smoothies.

I have previously posted about the benefits of lemon which she talks about drinking in the morning.   http://wp.me/p3L2bN-an

Miranda Quote to Inspire: “Everyone has challenges, but if you know your strengths and expand on them, you’re going to radiate.”

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Supermodel Miranda Kerr, 30, says the secret to true beauty is what you put in your body—from good food to happy thoughts. She’s dishing out her best natural tips. Eat ’em up.

Drink, drink, drink
“Before breakfast, I have warm water with a squeeze of lemon. Then I’ll have a cold-pressed green juice from Juice Press with cucumber, celery, lemon, kale and aloe vera. After that, I’ll make an energizing smoothie with lots of ingredients, including chia seeds, raw cacao, goji berries, fresh coconut water and protein powder. It’s a recipe I made up. I call it the ‘Miranda mix’.”

Related: Secrets To Firing Up Your Metabolism

Get a perk-me-up
“I love body brushing! With a dry body brush, you brush your skin from your toes all the way up to your heart, and then from your arms all the way in to your heart. It’s invigorating! I do it pretty much every day.”

Related: 20 Superfoods For Weight Loss

Make time to sweat 
“I try to do this little power-workout DVD, PACE Express by Al Sears, M.D., four times a week. You do intervals with moves such as lunges, squats and star jumps. It’s only 12 minutes, so it’s definitely attainable. And you feel like you’ve had a good workout afterward.”

Get a great pic
“Look at the camera as if it’s someone you love or a friend, so you connect to it.”

Don’t be afraid to eat. 
“I make these gluten-free apple-and-banana muffins at least once a week. Sometimes twice!”

Celebrity Inspiration-Jessica Alba

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Jessica is one fierce woman.  She is a mother, entrepreneur, and a fitness buff (like me).  I love her style and grace.  I found this article in Vogue that I wanted to share with you.  Some celebrities are truly inspirational and need to be heard.  She has co-founded the company named Honest Company which sells nontoxic products including skin care, household cleaners and diapers.  

Handbag essentials
“I have this little make-up bag that I carry around at all times. It has my eyelash curler, concealer and a cream blush. Although I love wearing mascara, I don’t like to carry it around all the time as it tends to clump in hot and humid weather.”

Beauty belief
“Washing your face every night before going to bed and wearing sunscreen during the day- it’s the most important beauty advice ever given to me, something that I still follow religiously.”

Beauty mantra
“I ensure I stay well hydrated at all times. I believe it doesn’t matter how good the make-up and skincare products are when you don’t drink enough water and get proper sleep. I also get regular facials and use products that don’t clog my pores. I feel most beautiful when I am healthy. I believe that staying fit, feeling good and being healthy makes me feel beautiful.”

Glamour tip
“Dramatic eye make-up is very glamourous. Just smudge your eyeliner, especially towards the end to create a sultry smoky effect, and follow up with double coats of mascara (I love Revlon’s Grow Luscious mascara). A darker shade of lipstick, like Revlon’s ColorBurst lipstick in Plum, also creates instant glamour. Just be sure to dab it lightly on your lips instead of a heavy swipe.”

The face
“For the night and on the red carpet, I prefer a bronzed look with strong eyebrows and glowing, luminescent skin. I’m not a fan of a lot of powder and the pale, white look—I think a little sheen on the skin is incredibly sexy. Also, I am definitely more of an eye girl. I have fuller lips, so it’s easier for me to go for a dramatic eye rather than overdo my lips. I don’t like to wear too much lipstick and I prefer lip stains in dark colours. For the day, my look is very simple: I just wear some concealer and a sheer lipgloss.”

Fitness files 
“I do cardio five days a week, and incorporate light weights into my fitness routine. I think just moving around for about 45 minutes to an hour every day helps me maintain my shape. I love doing power-flow yoga, as it’s more energetic and keeps my heart rate up. When doing yoga, it’s important to keep your heart rate up in the fat-burning zone.”

Diet diary
“I stay far away from packaged and processed food and eat a lot of organic and fresh fruit. I also make sure I don’t overeat or eat out of boredom, which can be very unhealthy.”

Guilty pleasures
“My guilty pleasure is Indian food. I’m crazy for it, and took a cooking class from an owner of an Indian restaurant. He was vegetarian, but he taught me how to make Indian food with chicken and meat, and using olive oil instead of regular oil.”

Visiting India
“I have never been to India but [I’ve] heard so much that I would definitely like to visit it sometime. I have seen some Bollywood movies. I think they have great sense of style.”

Beauty faux pas
“I regret plucking my eyebrows too much. I have learnt that they don’t really grow back and you don’t get the same shape again.”

Heaven scent
“Honoré des Prés’ Vampà NY.”

Beauty icons
“Christy Turlington and my grandmother.”

Favourite designers
“Isabel Marant, DVF, Miu Miu, Prada.”