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You are what you repeat

December 20th, 2010 No Comments

– Jeff Halevy, Our Trainer

MR: Jeff is right.  It’s important to repeat good behavior so they become habits.  Whether it’s in our diet or fitness.

You should get the skinny on what you eat

December 9th, 2010 No Comments

Check in with Chemical Free Skinny, a blog that keeps you informed in the latest news and findings in the food world.

It’s not exactly a fun read, but with all of the chemicals and crap they put in food these days, we have to be educated and aware of what we are putting into our bodies.

(Click here to read the post regarding fish, tuna in particular.)

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Going Way Low-Cal to Lose Weight?

December 9th, 2010 8 Comments

– By Nutritionista

So glad to be back blogging on MTM! I’m always available for questions or post suggestions, so please let me know if you have any ideas (nutritionista@morethanmary.com).

Mary told me she got a question from one of her readers about whether it’s okay to eat less than 1,200 calories a day in an attempt to drop weight quickly.

The short answer? No, it’s absolutely not okay — or safe.

The long answer? No, and here’s why:

  • No one can get adequate nutrition from fewer than 1,200 calories/day. It’s just not possible.
  • You’ll be absolutely starving ALL the time. If you eat fewer than 1,200 calories/day, I can guarantee you’ll be miserable all the time.
  • It’s just not sustainable. Eating so few calories is basically equivalent to a crash diet. And as we all know, crash diets might help you drop a couple pounds quickly (and miserably), but you will sure as heck gain it right back — and then some — as soon as you start eating more. Trust me, you WILL start eating more (see above!)
  • Your body will go into starvation mode. If you eat very little consistently over time, your body starts to use lean tissue or muscle to function, and that leads to a loss of muscle. Loss of muscle means your body is burning fewer calories at rest, meaning your metabolic rate goes wayyyy down and your body needs fewer calories to function. This is a bad thing because if you then feed it more calories (which will happen — again, see above!), it will have no choice but to store them as extra weight.
  • Quite simply, severely limiting your calories is disordered eating. If you’re not eating enough calories to get the nutrients your body requires (and experts agree that anything under 1,200 means you’re not), you’re at the first stop on a train that can easily lead to other eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
  • There are so many other easier (and WAY more pleasant!) ways to lose weight. If you stick to whole, unprocessed foods, keep the sugar and processed grains low, and listen to your hunger signals, you can lose weight in a way that won’t leave you starving, cranky, and miserable.

Stay tuned for more tips on eating well (i.e., foods that are nutritious AND delicious!). If you have a request, don’t hesitate to contact me!

The Best for VEGGIE Juice – Omega Juicer

November 16th, 2010

And here we have the Omega Juicer ($260). Ta daaaah. It’s Brice approved and guaranteed better veggie juice. Apparently it extracts more juice than a Breville, which is better for fruit.

Definitely not as sexy as the Breville…
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Younger men are at risk too. Educate yourself!

November 15th, 2010

Men, did you know that you can develop prostate cancer in your 30’s?! 

Take a few mintues to hear my friend Gabe’s story.  He found out he had it at 35 BY ACCIDENT!

Since then, he’s been actively trying to bring awareness to young men. He’s started a facebook page, speaks publically, and writes articles in hope that younger men will get tested.

Most recently he wrote this piece for The Huffington Post calling on the NFL to bring attention to prostate cancer like they did for breast cancer.

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“If you are what you eat, as they say, then it certainly stands to reason that food can influence mood and brain power.”

November 11th, 2010

Link: “If you are what you eat, as they say, then it certainly stands to reason that food can influence mood and brain power.”

This is a great article in the LA Times that addresses not only our brain’s response to food, but also common myths like “sugar makes children hyperactive.”

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Finding the right words for Botox

September 8th, 2010 No Comments


The Houston Chronicle has asked me to share my experience and thoughts about being young and making the commitment to use Botox and fillers as anti-aging measures.

Most have you have been watching my bi-anual injections for 2 years now and have voiced very strong opinions on the topic.

As I listened, your perspectives resonated in my thoughts because you all made reasonable and/or emotionally charged statements.  Although your comments have not re-directed my regimen, they are still valid.

So I would like you to participate in this article as well because you have been with me on this journey.  If you feel inclined to share your thoughts, whatever they may be, I’ll pose a question you can answer at the end of this post, or if you have more to say, email me directly.

Any and all comments are welcome.  Thank you for contributing!

So, what are your thoughts on my botox injections in an effort to fill the wrinkles in my forehead and prevent them as well as others from intensifying?

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Latisse works!!!

August 30th, 2010 No Comments

Jen's eyes after 2 months of Latisse

Latisse works!!!


My blonde, blue-eyed friend Jen used it and her lashes look AMAZING!  She was skeptical of the product because she has blue eyes, but she heard about a new way to apply the gel to protect your eyes.

Here’s how she applied it and has not seen ANY change in her baby blues:

  1. Throw away the applicator brush Latisse sends you.
  2. Replace with a thinner liner brush (she used the throw-away ones from Sephora)
  3. Apply the gel in a very thin line along your lashes at night.
  4. Let it dry for 2 seconds or so and then wash your eyes out with Tears Natural.

She claims after a month she couldn’t see the results like the commercials say.  But in two months, she did have sporadic growth.  Because your lashes grown in spurts, they can look funny for a while, but the end result in 4 months is a full, thick set of voluminous lashes!

To fill them in completely, Jen swears by Make Up Forever’s Lash Fibers ($20) and L’Oreal’s Voluminous mascara.  I use Revlon’s Lash Fantasy which has the primer and mascara on the same tube, but you can’t deny her combo works.

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