Friday, February 29, 2008

Come See Me at the ARNOLD!

Well this has been an incredibly busy week for travel. But I am loving every second of it. Especially because I get to meet more and more of you Clean Eaters out there. 

I touched down in Columbus, Ohio yesterday and made my way to the Newark Public Library for a seminar and book signing. What a beautiful venue. It was an excellent evening. Over 100 people came were in attendance. Young and old, men and women, I heard some excellent success stories with Clean Eating. Thank you to all who attended and made it an excellent event.

Onto today's events.... It is the first day of the Arnold Classic!! Woohoo!!! Please come and stop by my booth if you have the chance. If you want to learn more about it visit the Arnold Classic. It's going to be a BUSY BUSY weekend, but I'll be there the whole time in my own Eat-Clean Diet booth. 

Can't wait to meet you!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Last Night...

Good Thursday afternoon everyone. I have a few moments here having just arrived in Columbus, Ohio. I wanted to fill all of you in on the book signing last night at Bobbi Brown's studio in Montclair, New Jersey.

First of all, a big thanks to everyone who came out to the event. It was well-attended and still had that cozy vibe. Bobbi's team prepared a couple of recipes from the Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook, including hummus, chili and pomegranate fizz. Everyone got to have a taste! We had a great round-table styled seminar and chatted away about everything clean eating. Then we had a book signing.

I met a ton of enthusiastic people, including one little girl named Madison who told me she had Eat-Clean Hummus for lunch and porridge for breakfast every morning because "my mommy told me it's good for me." How cute. Shows how much of an impact parents have on their children.

I also met a beautiful lady in her 60s named Rosemarie. She was glowing from the inside out. She's proof that a healthy diet makes all the difference at any age.

It was my great pleasure to also make the acquaintance of a number of people who had not only lost 50 pounds or more, they had also given up meds they had been taking for years! Amazing!
I never grow tired of hearing the successes of those following the Eat-Clean "Live It."
Of course, I was thrilled to check out all of Bobbi's new colors for spring hot off the Fashion Week runways. Beautiful!

After the seminar my husband and I joined Bobbi and her husband, and family for a sumptuous clean meal at their gorgeous period home. It was a great night!

If I missed you last night, perhaps I can meet you today. I will be holding a seminar and book signing at the Newark Public Library in Newark, Ohio at 6pm. See you there!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Back On

I apologize for all of the confusion, but....


Please stop by after work, after your workout, or wherever you can for a nice, relaxed Clean Eating moment!

Bobbi Brown - The Studio
8 Lackawanna Plaza
Montclair, NJ 07042

3pm - 7pm

See you there!!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Storm Wipes Out Book Signing Plans

Hello Clean Eaters. This note is especially for members in the New York and New Jersey area. As a result of the impending snow storm I have had to cancel my trip to New Jersey. Don't worry! Bobbi Brown and I are rescheduling for March. Hopefully the winter weather will have taken a hike by then. I am sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused. I can't wait to meet all of you at the next book signing. Keep an eye out for the date!

Friday, February 22, 2008

I Got Over My Nerves...

Once I finally put down my computer and took a few moments of peaceful calm it was time to tape the show. There was a live audience, which was very exciting. It helped me stay fired up.  

I was on a panel of guest experts discussing how to maximize your assets.  The show is (creatively) called “Maximizing Your Assets.”  I don’t know when it airs but I will post the date well in advance as soon as the show lets me know.  

It was fun and exhausting.  I hit the Clean Eating message home with Montel. He and I did a segment where we discussed clean and ugly foods. He threw doughnuts around the room and then ate dry oatmeal out of his hand.  We tossed around apples and eggs, too.  Then we did a training segment for the butt doing lunges with weights and reverse crunches for lower abs (my favorite).

I won't give away the entire thing! I hope you can catch it when it airs. 

Have an excellent weekend Clean Eaters!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Montel Moment

I am in New York City today sitting in the green room of the Montel Williams Show. I thought I would write to all of you and share this exciting moment. We're doing a live taping in 1/2 an hour. We tape in front of a live audience and air the episode at a later date. I will let you know what date that is as soon as possible.

I am a little nervous, but very excited to spread the word even further. What do you do when you get nervous? When my daughters were competing in dance they used to take a moment backstage by themselves and do some deep breathing. I usually turn off my computer and cell phone and review my notes in my head.

On that note, I am going to steal a mantra from a Lululemon poster I have. It goes: "DO ONE THING A DAY THAT SCARES YOU". 

Isn't this a great message? Keeps you on  your toes and keeps you challenged. This may mean taking a step into the weight room for the first time, or heading into the department store to find a pair of jeans that finally fits you now that you've lost all that weight. It could even mean trying a new food, like tofu. I was scared of that at first.

Whatever you do, take a few moments today to try out this mantra. I'll be doing it too!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Post-Valentine's Recovery

Who indulged last night? Do you see me amongst all of you raising my hand? It's high up in the air because I had a delicious Valentine's Day meal with my family complete with wine and dessert. Let me share it with you:

I roasted garlic-infused pork tenderloin in the oven in a bath of balsamic vinegar, honey, water, and a dash of olive oil. I prepared roasted zucchini, which I julienned and threw on a baking sheet with a light dusting of seasoning salt. I also cut up sweet potato wedges, seasoned them, and baked them in the oven. Are you getting hungry yet? The finishing touch was pan-wilted spinach. Yummy!

For dessert I prepared Tofu Chocolate Mousse from the Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook. My daughter also bought each of us a super-sized heart-shaped ginger cookie with I Love You written in icing. It was a dinner of pure, romantic indulgence and I loved every minute. 

How did you celebrate the day? With a loved one? With family? With friends? Clean-Eating style?

Days like yesterday are crucial for success, though, so if you indulged do not beat yourself up. These days can keep you from going crazy and bingeing every other day because you have something to look forward to. Schedule cheat meals into  your routine if you haven't already done so. Then start afresh the next meal or day. 

Now I am back to reality... back to the gym... and missing my chocolate mousse already :-)

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hello Portland!!

I flew into Portland, Oregon today to escape the snow, experience the fresh air, and spread the word on Eating Clean.

What a beautiful city. My daughter and I took a hike around the Pearl District visiting a number of stores, including Whole Foods. As I write to you, I am munching on grilled tofu, brown rice and garlicky rapini. Delicious!

I will be appearing on AM Northwestern (KATU-ABC) on Tuesday morning sometime after 8:30am (Pacific Time). Set your televisions! I will be talking about my new book, The Eat-Clean Diet workout.

Until then, keep on eating clean, exercising, and enjoying every moment of your life!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Enough is Enough

For those of you residing in the Great Lakes region of Ontario, Michigan, or New York State you are well aware of the snow piling up around us. Not one, but 2 snow storms have blasted us over the past week. 

As a result, I have had very limited email access. I live in a small town north of Toronto and we use satellite internet. When it rains, snows, blows or anything extreme the service shuts down. This is also the same week my computer chose to lock me out and my cell phone bit the dust. It has been quite the week. Thank goodness for a small internet connection at the head office (when I could make it in safely) to keep me up on the bare minimum of emails.  I apologize to all of you for a delay in an updated blog.

On that note... who has had enough of the weather?? Whether you've been stuck in snow or in the rain or those terrible tornados... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

My message for you today: keep your spirits up. When these times get the best of you take a deep breath and let it pass. Keep exercising, keep eating clean, and plug away. I've been frequenting the local yoga studio this week.

6 more weeks of winter and this will pass.

For those of you not experiencing dramatic weather, you have no excuse for not exercising and eating well! 

Keep it up... we're almost through!

Friday, February 1, 2008


It's one of the biggest sporting events of the year! It's also one of the biggest food consumption weekends of the year. Instead of gorging on the typical high-calorie, "unclean" snacks try some healthier versions. 

1. Try yogurt cheese dip instead of onion dip and other cream-cheesed based dips:

Strain 2 cups of non-flavored, non-fat yogurt overnight in a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth (found in the kitchen section of the grocery store) over a bowl. Discard the liquid. You will have 1 cup of yogurt cheese available. You can use this as the base for any dip recipe.

Add a variety of seasonings, sea salt and pepper, an onion soup mix (in a pinch because there is a lot of sodium in it), and a dash of Tobasco sauce. Yum!

2. Try toasted wraps instead of chips:

Choose a variety of whole-grain wraps. Cut them into triangles. Sprinkle with olive oil and yummy seasonings. Bake them in the oven at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 5 minutes. 

3. Try sweet potato wedges instead of stuffed potato skins:

Cut sweet potatoes into wedges. Coat lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, and seasonings. Bake at 400 degrees fahrenheit for no long than 20 minutes. 

4. Have "clean" stuffed mushrooms:

Brush the dirt off of large (1 inch) mushrooms and remove the stems. Use the yogurt cheese dip recipe from above to stuff the mushroom caps. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

5. Have baked chicken skewers instead of wings or beef jerky:

Cut chicken into long strips. Marinade all morning in balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, olive oil, lemon or orange juice, and a dash of beer. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes. Place chicken on the skewers along with a variety of veggies (peppers, onions) or leave them plain. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done (keep an eye on them). You can also grill them on the stove in a grill pan, or barbeque if the weather is warm where you are.

So when the Giants battle the Patriots this weekend worry about the game and not about what you're eating!

For a bunch of other great dip recipes and more check out the Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook.