Celebrity-diets

Angelina Jolie Following Ancient Grain Diet

You’ve heard about the health benefits of quinoa and chia seeds, and here’s another good reason to eat more of them.

Angelina Jolie has started following an ancient grain diet not just for the nutrients, but for the amazing beauty benefits. Apparently eating quinoa, millet, chia seeds, spelt, farro and buckwheat leaves you with glowing skin – hey, we’re sold!

Jolie, who has just left Australia after filming Unbroken and is settling with Brad Pitt and the kids in South Africa, has been snacking on the grains, as well as nuts and seeds, and incorporating them into her daily meal plans.

Nutritionists rave about ancient grains, as they have not been processed like the wheat, corn and rice products we eat today. They have retained essential nutrients, are low in GI and provide many more health benefits than today’s common grains.

Make one of our favourite easy dinner ideas, one-pot farro, tonight!

Forget celebrity diets – we already love ancient grains and their nutty, chewy flavours, but if it can get us gorgeous skin and hair like Angelina’s, we’ll help ourselves to an extra serving! 

Do you eat ancient grains? What are your favourite recipes?

February 11, 2014

Naomi Campbell’s Extreme Eating Plan

Ever wondered what a supermodel’s average day’s eating plan is like? Naomi Campbell has spilled the (organic, sustainable) beans into her eating and fitness habits over a 24-hour day – including up to eight (eight!) detox drinks.

Campbell, 43, recently told Harpers Bazaar US, that her morning routine includes drinking hot water with lemon and probiotics and a green tea, and after a yoga or pilates workout, a juice blend to boost the immune systems, and another with aloe vera.

When Campbell is shooting The Face in New York, she brings her own snacks – walnuts, dates, apricots and lots of dried fruit – as well as a packed lunch. And since she just became vegetarian, that can mean “salad and vegetables or something vegetarian like seitan, which tastes like meat but it’s not”, or more detox juice, plus Smartwater, chamomile or mint tea.

(We’re hungry already).

In the evening, she’ll do a Zumba class, and in true supermodel form, skip dinner . “I don’t really like eating past eight if I can help it. So I prefer to have a big lunch and skip dinner.”

Unless she meets up with friends. “But if I go out to dinner with friends, of course I’m going to eat, but lightly. I usually go with what my friends suggest because I’m traveling constantly. I don’t drink alcohol, but once in a while I’ll have dessert.”

The last dessert she indulged in? Fairy floss. You can’t really imagine Campbell tucking into a giant wedge of banoffee pie, can you?

But even Campbell admits this extreme eating plan, is, well, extreme.

 “I never thought I would ever do it. It was just something I decided to do. I don’t know how long it’s going to last, but I feel lighter and just easier. I think once you clean your intestine, you wanna try and keep it clean.”

What do you think of Naomi Campbell’s diet?

January 29, 2014

Cameron Diaz Regrets Botox Injections

Cameron Diaz has revealed she tried Botox, but refuses to use it anymore.

“I’ve tried Botox before, where it was like a little tiny touch of something,” the 41-year-old actress said. “It changed my face in such a weird way that I was like, ‘No, I don’t want to be like that.”

The Counselor star has been promoting her new book Body Book, which promotes positive health and body image.

“I’d rather see my face ageing than a face that doesn’t belong to me at all,” she told  Good Morning America.

Since ditching the Botox injections, she’s become proud of her wrinkles. “I love them,  I don’t mind. It’s like, “Guess what this means, I’ve smiled my whole life.” I love life,” she said. “I’m happy I don’t have a problem with that.”

The former model admits she struggled with “terrible, terrible skin” and serious acne in her teens and 20s,

“It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away” she writes in her book. “I tried to cover it with makeup. I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long.

How did she cure her acne? “I used to have bad acne and little white bumps. I cut out dairy and my skin changed completely.”

She also offers a tip to help achieve her enviable butt.

“Squeeze your butt muscles,” she writes. “Yes, right now, while you’re sitting….With the recognition that we can build muscle by engaging it anytime, anywhere, all of our movements can become strengthening movements.”

And if you want to know what one of the best bodies in Hollywood eats for breakfast? Savoury porridge.

I’m always looking for new ways to build flavor and have fun with my carbs,” she writes in Body Book.

“For instance, I prefer savory over sweet, so in the mornings when I make oatmeal, instead of eating it with something sweet, I make a yummy concoction of sautéed zucchini with collard greens, caramelised shallots, and egg whites.

“I top it all off with ponzu sauce (a Japanese sauce made from rice vinegar and citrus) or some lemon juice. It’s a breakfast that is delicious and savoury and all the things that I love to taste.”

What do you think of Cameron Diaz’ ageing and body advice?

 

January 8, 2014

Beyoncé and Jay Z Go Vegan

Beyoncé and Jay Z have decided to go vegan for the 22 days leading up to Christmas.

The couple started the diet challenge this week, inspired by a vegan friend.

“On December 3, one day before my 44th birthday, I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!” Jay Z wrote on his Life + Times website.

“This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a ‘plant-based breakfast’ every day. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought.”

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Beyoncé posted a photo of day one of their vegan challenge on Instagram, which included:

Breakfast: Vanilla chia pudding with berries
Lunch: Red cabbage and green apple sesame slaw with 1 cup steamed, cubed sweet potato
Afternoon snack: 1/4 cup hemp hummus with fresh vegetables
Dinner: Black bean and quinoa salad with cumin dressing
Dessert: Dark chocolate

“There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day,” Jay Z continued.

And why 22 days? “Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way,” wrote Jay Z.

Their vegan friend Marc Borges is founder of the 22 Days nutrition program, whose aim is to promote “optimum wellness through conscious nutrition.”

Could you go vegan for 22 days?

December 4, 2013

Celebrity Diets: Making Sense of the Latest Weight Loss Trends

Quit sugar. Go gluten-free. Banish carbs. Eat organic. Shun dairy. Only eat raw. Stock up on superfoods. Have plenty of fibre. Give red meat the flick…is your head spinning yet?

One week it’s “stop eating X” and the next it’s “only eat Y”, so if you’re more than a little confused about what you should be eating, then don’t worry because you’re not alone. Celebrities are spruiking diets and cookbooks more than ever now, and with most providing real evidence of the benefits they can seem very compelling. But how can all of them be right? If someone was to follow all the different advice what’s left to eat? Air?

Obviously it’s not possible to carry out all these varied diets at once without starving and putting your health at risk (especially when they’re not short-term fad diets but ones for life – like Gwyneth Paltrow and her gluten-free gospel). So if you don’t have any food intolerances or medical conditions, and are simply looking to improve your general health and wellbeing, then which diet is the best to sink your teeth into?

According to Lauren McGuckin, accredited practising dietitian and spokesperson for the Dieticians Association of Australia, there is no ‘magic bullet’ solution because our dietary needs are as unique as we are, and diets which point the finger at one particular food group or dietary component (such as carbs, sugar or gluten) simply cause confusion.

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there. Blaming one particular dietary element as the cause for weight gain or other health issues is often not the answer and eliminating whole food groups can lead to nutritional shortfalls,” says Lauren.

“For the general population these often-drastic measures are also of little to no benefit, and because of their restrictiveness and the effort required to stick to the plan, they often aren’t sustainable.”

It appears many of these celebrity diets are also misleading in their portrayal, such as the gluten-free diet (which is really a low-carb diet in disguise), and going sugar-free.

“You don’t see results from the ‘no sugar’ diet specifically because you cut out sugar; it’s the act of eating less processed, sugar-containing foods and replacing them with lower calorie wholefoods that has the effect,” says Lauren. “Sugary processed foods and drinks, such as soft-drinks and lollies, are often also high in saturated fat and energy and are a major contribution to weight gain; so limiting these has always been a core dietary recommendation.”

So what do we do then? What should we be eating? According to the experts, there is no sexy solution and the answer is what most of us already know – forget the hype and get back to basics.

Here are some of Lauren’s top tips for eating well for life:

1. Follow Australian Dietary Guidelines
Eat plenty of fruit and veg; lean meat, poultry and seafood; low-fat diary; wholegrain/high fibre breads and cereals; drink plenty of water; and limit alcohol and foods high in saturated fat, added sugars and added salt.

2. Be individual and realistic
Tailor eating to your nutritional and health needs, and to fit with your lifestyle so you can maintain the diet for life.

3. Don’t cut out carbs
They’re a major source of fibre and other important vitamins and minerals. If you want to shed excess weight though, try halving your carbohydrate servings (e.g. cereals, bread, pasta, rice and potatoes).

4. Cook meals from scratch
You’ll reduce salt and sugar content, lessen the chances of additives/preservatives, be able to control the fat content, and improve your food quality by using fresh, top notch ingredients.

5. Eat fresh and unprocessed when you can
Less chemicals, additives and preservatives; and more satisfying as the stomach has to work more to digest wholefoods.

6. Be smart about fat – limit total fat intake for a slimmer waistline, but ensure you include vegetable-based fat sources for a healthy heart (e.g. nuts, avocado and olive oil).

7. Reduce your sugar intake
Limit the amount of sugary foods and added sugar you eat, particularly if you’re diabetic or watching your weight.

8. Eat the rainbow
No need to search for strange superfoods: there are cheaper ones already in your kitchen or garden. Eat foods with different (natural) colours to broaden the types of antioxidants you’re getting.

If your diet could do with a ‘tune-up’ or you suspect you might have a food intolerance, visit the Dieticians Association of Australia or see your GP.

Susan Taylor muses about life at One Woman Circus.

October 10, 2013