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Nicole Kidman & The Fish Overload Diet

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Nicole Kidman has always been known for her slender frame. So is it really just genetics, or is her figure due to restrictive eating habits? Kidman claims to frequently indulge in baked goods like cheesecake and pies. However, one of the caterers for movie Australia contradicts this, stating that Nicole often requested plain egg whites or precisely six lettuce leaves without dressing.*

She was once married to famed Scientologist Tom Cruise (who seems to have a much more balanced diet than Kidman). The couple adopted two children, and Nicole also suffered a miscarriage. She didn’t carry a pregnancy to term until her second marriage to Keith Urban. After giving birth to daughter Sunday Rose, rumor has it that her friends were concerned about her rapid weight loss. She was spotted looking very thin just days after giving birth.**

But according to Nicole Kidman, she does actually eat regular meals. As long as it’s fish. In her own words, “It is not unusual for me to have monkfish for breakfast, crab for lunch, and salmon for dinner.”*** Fish is undoubtedly a healthy choice; it’s a source of lean protein and it provides the body with omega-3 fatty acids. But is it possible to overdose on fish?

Entourage star Jeremy Piven acquired mercury poisoning, possibly because he ate fish twice a day for two decades. When you eat this much fish and shellfish daily for years, mercury poisoning is definitely a possibility. We’d recommend that Nicole Kidman try some grilled chicken or tofu now and then.

On a typical day, Nicole Kidman might eat some monkfish for breakfast. She prefers her foods either grilled or roasted. For lunch, Nicole might enjoy Barramundi, a white fish, with tomato-basil salsa. She might also eat a salad, sans dressing. One of Nicole Kidman’s favorite dinners is a fresh seafood platter with lobster, mudcrab, tiger prawns, and rock oysters. She flavors the seafood with a mango salsa. Before Nicole Kidman grows fins and swims away, we’d strongly recommend adding some complex carbs to this diet. Some good sources are starchy vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

Nicole Kidman often works out in the gym with her physical trainer. She also regularly takes 90-minute Vinyasa yoga classes, and she’s often been spotted out jogging. Kidman plays tennis, goes for hikes, and does spinning to round out her fitness routine.

*Source: SMH

**Source: Babble

***Source: iVillage

Nicole Kidman Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Monkfish
  • Lunch: Barramundi & salad
  • Dinner: Seafood platter & mango salsa



Britney Spears’ Strict Dieting Strategies

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Britney Spears is famous for her tight abs, but her weight also has a tendency to fluctuate. Over the years, she’s adhered to strict diets when she needed to lose weight, and frequently deprived herself of her favorite foods. Unfortunately, this meal planning strategy doesn’t seem to work on a long-term basis for her.

When she’s had enough dieting and deprivation, she indulges in her addiction for drive-thru burgers and high-calorie pasta with hot dogs. She’s also been caught with a cocktail mix of various diet pills, herbal diet remedies, and Red Bull mixed with energy drink shots, indicating that her dieting strategies simply don’t give her enough energy to last throughout the day.

In the past, a typical Britney Spears diet relied on lean proteins like egg whites for breakfast, and chicken or salmon for lunch and dinner. She also ate rice, avocados, and turkey burgers, and renounced all forms of sugar, including fruit. This diet totaled about 1,200 calories per day.

More recently, Britney Spears attempted a 1,600 calorie diet, consisting of the same foods she’s relied on in the past: turkey burgers, avocados, and salmon. She also tossed in the occasional bowl of oatmeal. But what about vegetables, Brit? The next time she decides to ditch her diet and head for the fast food drive-thru, perhaps she could try some black bean burgers and garlic roasted veggies instead.

When she’s trying to lose a little weight, Britney usually works out every other day, but sometimes she also works out on her off days. She relies on hotel treadmills when she’s on tour, and also lifts light dumbbells now and then. In the past, she’s enjoyed boxing and Tae Bo. And of course, she burns off plenty of calories during her dancing and singing routines.

Britney Spears Sample Daily Diet plan

  • Breakfast: Egg whites or oatmeal
  • Lunch: Turkey burger
  • Dinner: Chicken or salmon & rice

Hugh Jackman’s ‘X-Men’ Diet and Workout Secrets

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Hugh Jackman flaunted his defined muscles as Wolverine in the “X-Men” movies, but he used to be a lot scrawnier. When his physical trainer first met him in 1989, Jackman earned the nickname “Chicken Legs.”* When he scored the role of Wolverine, Jackman worked hard to sculpt his muscles and do justice to the character. After all, who wouldn’t want to walk around with deadly metal shards in their knuckles?

Aside from pumping iron, Hugh Jackman knew that to get ripped muscles, he’d have to eat right. And who better to ask for diet advice than legendary pro wrestler, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? After Jackman watched one of The Rock’s movies, he got a serious case of muscle envy. He called up The Rock pronto and coaxed a diet plan out of him.

Jackman’s “X-Men” diet plan consisted of 6,000 calories a day—not something recommended for ordinary people. Eight times per day, Jackman shoveled food in his mouth. He force-fed himself tons of broccoli and cauliflower, steak and chicken. Jackman also ate rice, but not during the latter half of the day. Jackman’s goal was to put on 30 to 40 lbs. of muscle.

Bodybuilders always eat a lot of protein to support muscle growth, so the extreme amount of chicken is not surprising. Hopefully, the steaks were lean and the rice was brown. Broccoli and cauliflower are great vegetables to fill up on. Cruciferous vegetables may help lower cholesterol, and they have also been linked to lower incidences of cancer. However, we are a bit concerned about the lack of variety in Jackman’s diet. Eating a wide range of healthy foods is essential for good nutrition.

Growing up in Australia, Hugh Jackman played lots of rugby. When he works with his trainer, he does barbell squats, lunges, and leg presses. He likes to change up his workout every few weeks. Jackman prefers benching heavy weights, rather than doing more reps of lighter weights. He’s been known to bench 315 lbs. Hugh also does cardio workouts, typically running or swimming.


Hugh Jackman Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Rice, cauliflower, & broccoli
  • Lunch: Rice, cauliflower, broccoli, & chicken
  • Dinner: Chicken or steak, broccoli, & cauliflower

Simple Vegetable Stock

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Vegetable stock is a multipurpose liquid that can be used as a base for soups and sauces as well as a cooking tool. Although almost any vegetable can be used for stock, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and their relatives) should be avoided, since their distinctive flavors can overwhelm a stock.

1 onion, finely chopped
3 spring parsley
2 carrots, chopped
1 bay leaf
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 table spoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (preferably canola or olive)                                    
2 whole cloves
2 garlic cloves

  1. Rinse and peel all the vegetables. (If you’re using organic produce, just rinse.)
  2. In a large pot, heat the oil. Quickly add the onion and cook until light brown, stirring occasionally. Add the remainder of the ingredients and cover. Cook 10 minutes on low heat.
  3. Cover with 2 quarts of water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer 1 ½ hours. Strain the stock and use immediately or refrigerate for future use. If a more intense flavor is desired, return the strained stock to the stove and reduce the liquid by half.

Kris Jenner’s Menopause Meal Plan

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Like many very busy moms in Hollywood, Kris Jenner has tried a diet delivery service. Although we’re still not sure what it is that’s keeping her so busy, except perhaps having cameras follow her around all day and keeping an eye on her overly famous, histrionic Kardashian brood. Kris Jenner doesn’t appear to frequently experience weight fluctuations, but when she entered menopause, the Kardashian mom noticed that she was gaining a little belly fat. Fortunately, it appears that she avoided resorting to the diet pill that daughter Kim Kardashian has used.

To combat the bulge, Kris Jenner has used a meal plan service that emphasizes seasonal produce, lean proteins, and some whole grains tossed in now and then. Unfortunately, the diet delivery service she chose also focuses on the concept of portion control. Translation? Their meals are likely very small, which could lead dieters to “cheat” and overeat. Portion control really doesn’t work, because it relies on the dieter’s willpower. Instead, plan your meals in advance and eat plenty of low-cal foods that fill up your stomach, like veggies.

A typical day on this diet plan for Kris Jenner might begin with a blueberry ricotta crepe with blueberry compote. Blueberry compote is definitely healthier than syrup, but this meal sounds like it could use some whole grains. Another breakfast option is a turkey bacon burrito with scrambled eggs.

For lunch, Kris Jenner might eat an Asian-style grilled beef salad with mixed greens and ginger dressing. A typical snack includes cut vegetables and a spinach dip. Kris Jenner’s diet dinner might feature orange roughy, roasted green beans, and saffron rice. Another dinner option is baked turkey with cornmeal stuffing and cranberries. We’d recommend whole grains with these dinners, such as quinoa and brown rice, instead of saffron rice and cornmeal stuffing.

To complement her weight loss diet, Kris Jenner works with a physical trainer. Prior to gaining a bulge around her middle, Kris Jenner typically focused on cardio workouts. These days, the Kardashian mom’s workouts center around strength training that works her whole body, in addition to 20 minutes of high intensity cardio. As women grow older, strength training becomes increasingly more important. It helps preserve bone mass, as well as muscles.

Kris Jenner Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Blueberry crepe & compote
  • Lunch: Asian-style beef salad
  • Snack: Cut veggies
  • Dinner: Fish & green beans & saffron rice


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Are ‘Healthy Foods’ Ever Really Bad For You?

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You may have seen a similar headline before: “7 Healthy Foods That Are Actually Bad For You.” The idea here is that dieters have somehow been tricked by the dieting industry and by fad diets into thinking unhealthy foods are actually healthy. While that may be the case with certain fads like the Master Cleanse—deprivation is never healthy—most of these claims about ‘healthy’ foods actually being unhealthy are just plain false.

Take this new article published in the NY Post (below). It claims that eggplant is bad for you so you should substitute broccoli rabe instead. Aside from the shoddy science (replacing eggplant with broccoli rabe would hardly be an improvement because broccoli rabe frequently contains arsenic, as do a number of cruciferous veggies), the real problem with this article is that it overdramatizes the so-called “dangers” of eating these healthy foods. The truth is that any food can become unhealthy if you eat too much of it. Also, the emphasis in the article is on substituting one food for another when the real emphasis should be on understanding the food history of the person eating the food. That is what ultimately determines success or failure at weight control.

This article is a perfect example of what passes for advice in the diet field but is simply contributing to people’s weight problems. Fat people know what and what not to eat. The problem is they can’t stop eating.

Source: NY Post

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No-Fat “Fried” Zucchini Sticks

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Deep-fried vegetables are often all but unrecognizable beneath layers of batter and grease. This no-fat version replaces the batter with a flavorful marinade, and roasts the zucchini to a crispy finish with a melt-in-your-mouth center. It works equally well with broccoli and cauliflower.

1 teaspoon olive oil
2 medium gold or green zucchini

½ cup balsamic vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Brush a baking sheet with the olive oil, wiping away any excess oil.
3. In a shallow bowl, combine the vinegar, garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper.
4. Slice the zucchini lengthwise into thick, 3- to 4-inch-long sticks.
5. Place the zucchini into the marinade and toss so that all the sticks are well coated. Arrange the zucchini on the baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes.


Molly Sims Embraces Healthy Food Substitutions

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Molly Sims began her career as a model, appearing in “Sports Illustrated” multiple times. During her modeling days, Molly Sims estimated that she’d done just about every crazy fad diet out there. These days, Sims insists that although she’s a little thinner now, she doesn’t obsess over her weight. Instead, Molly Sims decided to deal with her weight fluctuations by focusing on healthy living.

With this in mind, we were disappointed when we saw that Molly Sims extols the benefits of a juice cleanse on her website. Delving into it a little further; however, it seems that Sims cautions her readers not to expect permanent weight loss from the cleanse, but rather to use it as a way to kick food cravings and addictions. This is a more thoughtful approach, but we’d still advise against embarking on a radical diet in which you’d only drink liquids for a few days. Dieters who deprive themselves of food usually end up overeating later.

Juice cleanses aside, Molly Sims appears to have a very positive attitude toward dieting. She recommends healthy food swaps, such as frozen yogurt instead of a hot fudge sundae. Instead of drinking sugary soda, Molly recommends water with a splash of cranberry juice. To encourage herself to drink more water, Molly infuses pitchers of water with lime, mint, watermelon, and even cucumber, along with the traditional lemon.

On a typical day, Molly Sims will drink a glass of hot lemon water when she wakes up to cleanse her palate. No word on what she eats for breakfast, but she insists that she doesn’t starve herself, so we’ll assume that she does eat. Molly Sims tries to stick to a high-fiber diet, so oatmeal or another high-fiber cereal is a likely breakfast for her. For lunch, she often enjoys sushi, or she might eat white bean stew with kale.

Molly Sims also praises her juice extractor on her website, so it’s likely that she juices tons of veggies and fruits for snacks during the day. Instead of eating pasta for dinner, Molly Sims often enjoys spaghetti squash or a zucchini pasta dish (made with zucchini ribbons). She might top this dish with some tomato sauce and grilled shrimp.

When Molly Sims embarked on her new healthy living plan, she decided that she was fed up with her erratic workout routine. Sims resolved to work out for 30 consecutive days—no excuses. She changed her workout each day. At the gym, she hit the elliptical, the treadmill, and the yoga mat. Sims also picked up boxing and went to spinning classes. After 30 days, Sims kept going with her exercise program because it gave her an incredible energy boost. These days, she works out for about 60 to 90 minutes, five to six days per week.

Molly Sims Sample Daily Diet Plan

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal
  • Lunch: Sushi
  • Snack: Juiced veggies & fruits
  • Dinner: Zucchini pasta & shrimp