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August 10th, 2010 No Comments

Alotta legs today…

I spent the day working so when I finally came up for air to get in a workout, it was scorching hot outside.  But I was determined to work out after I wrote the workout post below.

Here’s what I did:

  • 1 mile run that combined beach and pavement.  Jogging with sprinting intervals.
  • 5 min. leg extensions on the side of the pool to cool off
  • 5 min. step ups alternating legs (1 min per leg) w/shoulder presses in between to let my legs rest (no weights)
  • 2 sets, 15 drop lunges on a wall without touching my foot to the ground (great core balance exercise too)
  • 50 lunges walking to the stairs
  • 3 sets of stairs
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Your Nutritionista: Could What You Eat Be Giving You Acne?

June 24th, 2010 No Comments

My RN friend Kaitlyn recently pointed me to an article reviewing studies of diet-driven causes of acne. Does chocolate really cause acne? What about dairy? I’m here to give you a run-down of the article’s conclusions.

Cow’s milk dairy products: High acne risk. Sorry, milk-lovers. In…

Click through to read on about giving up more foods that we should really cut out of our diet anyway.

As I read this post, I was enjoying (more like devouring) greek yogurt :(  I don’t eat a lot of dairy, but I do drink a latte daily :( :( Sounds like I’ve found another source of my summer acne.  I really do need to go back to green juice in the morning.  I had so much more energy when my diet was cleaner.

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Nonsense Cleanse: IzoCleanse

May 28th, 2010 No Comments

No Nonsense Cleanse: IzoCleanse

A couple of weeks ago I embarked on the fifth cleanse of my lifetime.  As you all know I’m a huge fan of The BluePrint CleanseThe Redcarpet Cleanse(LA only), and Organic Avenue (NYC only).  But this time I thought I would try out the celeb favorite, IzoCleanse.  If I’m going to be a resource/guinea pig for cleanses I need to try out many different programs.

The IzoCleanse offers a combination of 12 juices and teas per day along with herbal cleansing supplements for your liver and spleen.  All of the juices are freshly squeezed from raw veggies and delivered to your doorstep (wherever in the US that may be) daily.

In terms of nutrition and cleansing properties, this is the most well-rounded juice menu and actually overwhelming. I didn’t even come close to drinking all of it because the juices are truly filling.  Every hour of the day, your body is nourished with vitamins and minerals while not distracted by agave and green apple which are used as sweeteners.  You get the full benefit of a true organic, raw, cleansing so that after three days you can appreciate the natural sweetness of fruits and veggies, no longer crave processed sugars, and have a smaller appetite and can control over-indulgence.

On the other hand, the first day and a half you have to suffer through the juices.  Or I did anyway.  Just like with any cleanse, while your body is actually full, you feel starved of processed sugars and experience a little withdrawal.

The final consideration is price. Izo is the most expensive, starting at $100 per day. With the supplements, the plan is $150. I didn’t drink ALL of the juices and teas, so I would highly suggest contacting the company directly and having them create an a la carte menu for you. That way you can still get the benefits of the juices working together and staying within your financial comfort zone.

Bottom line: The IzoCleanse is for those of you who are dedicated to taking control of your health (please understand me, not your weight).  You will be more nourished on this cleanse than you would eating, but it’s still a challenge, just like all cleanses.  I might say it’s not for beginners, but I think if you’re new to cleansing this might be the best way to start.

(Full disclosure: IzoCleanse was provided for free in exchange for an honest review of the program.)

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Yoga Discount!

April 5th, 2010 No Comments

First order of business.

As promised I secured your 30 days for $30 at Bikram Yoga NYC!  And it’s a MTM exclusive discount :)

The publicist assures me the New York locations have been made aware you will be asking for this promotion in conjunction with my blog so you shouldn’t have any problems.  If you do, I know someone who can take care of it, if you know what I mean.

Kidding.  Just shoot me an email and I’ll get it squared away.

Now go get your sweat on.  After 30 days of unlimited yoga you’ll make this chick in the picture look like an amateur.  And you’ll have a tight tuchis.

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April 3rd, 2009 No Comments

Do I Have To Take MultiVitamins?

I’m the worst at taking pills, the absolute worst. ::  Especially if you have to take them consistantly at a certain time, and they have no immediate results.  Add that on to the fact that vitamins make me feel nauceous (even when I take them with food), and you can guess that I don’t take a multivitamin.

I always figured I’m a healthy eater and develop muscle easily so I must be getting everything I need…with the exception of Calcium because I don’t consume a lot of dairy.

Reader Molly wrote me today asking about MultiVitamins and it made me revisit the issue.

What are your thoughts?  Do you take one?  How does it make you feel?

March 28th, 2009 No Comments

Can I have Extra Alfredo Sauce Please?  Oh, And A Side of Trainer ::

All of the time I spend in the gym, this is exactly what my abs look like…NOT!  Not even close!  Crystle (Miss USA) is actually a friend of mine, and let me tell you, this girl loves her some Fettucini with Alfredo sauce.  It’s just not fair.

To answer your question Jues, Kym Perfetto is the best trainer I know in NYC.  We both teach at Soul Cycle, but she’s a full on trainer and nutritionist who works with Madonna’s trainer (and has even worked out Mag herself).  You can email her about availability and rates.

To see more of her, check out The Style on The Rocks episode where she shows off her rock-hard core.

juliaallison:

Damnnnn.

My friend Krystal just emailed me about sharing the cost of a personal trainer, and I think I’m going to do it.  I guarantee I’ll never look like the stunning Crystle Stewart (Miss USA), but that doesn’t mean one shouldn’t set lofty (read: improbable) goals!

Anyone have any great personal trainer recs in Manhattan?   

March 25th, 2009 No Comments

SOY OR DAIRY MILK?  Which one is better for you? I’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately. ::  When I asked a nutritionist, she had THE EXACT SAME ANSWER as Nutritionista.  Honestly, I didn’t believe her.  But the conclusion seems to be the general consensus.  Read her analysis.

nutritionista:

Dairy vs. soy…

Georgina says:

I would love to hear your thoughts on dairy v soy. I was anti-dairy for a long time but maybe a year ago started reading about the different arguments about soy may not be as great as we first thought. It’s the one nutrition area that I don’t have a firm opinion on. I’m currently back on low fat dairy milk.

There’s an easy bottom line on this one: from a weight loss perspective, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference. Soy milk and one percent regular milk are comparable in terms of calories, fat, and protein. Light soy milk and skim milk are also comparable. Flavored soy milk can contain added sugar, but the unflavored stuff usually doesn’t. Soy milk is also usually fortified with vitamin D and calcium to compete with the amount in regular milk.

There are good things and bad things about both soy and dairy. Dairy has been connected to certain cancers, but has also been shown to aid weight loss for people who don’t get enough calcium from other food. Soy is associated with promoting healthy bones and heart health but has also been associated with cancer. It’s all pretty confusing and I don’t think science has come to a solid conclusion yet.

Personally? I like the taste of soy better for most things. I also find it a little bit weird that humans are the the only animal to drink milk past infancy. Even so, many people don’t have the enzyme required to digest lactose, rendering them lactose intolerant. I have friends who try to avoid eating lots of dairy because it doesn’t do good things for their… digestion. Then again, some people have no problem digesting dairy at all.

Here’s my advice: as long as you’re not lactose intolerant, there’s no good reason to pick one or the other, so drink both to get the benefits of both. I usually have both soy and regular milk in my fridge. I use soy for my protein shakes, cereal, and to drink plain. I use regular milk for recipes that call for milk (baked goods, eggs, etc.). I also eat other dairy products like cheese and yogurt, but occasionally, I eat soy cheese and yogurt also. Since there are pros and cons to both soy and dairy, why not mix it up?

March 25th, 2009 No Comments

My new favorite sweet treat is raisins (organic, unsweetened). I used to hate them, now I can’t get enough. Try substituting them for your post-meal cookie and see if you prefer it too.::

I’m not going overboard here. No way I’m giving up cookies, but it’s a nice, natural change I actually enjoy (much more than bitter dark chocolate).

And in the spirit of lifecasting, you can see I’m getting a mani-pedi at Spa du Village (on Westview) so I’m red carpet ready on Saturday.