Sorry I’ve been MIA

Sorry I've been MIA

Thinking about dusting off the old blog

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A little poetry for the night ..

Poetry & literature were my first real loves in life. I remember once reading somewhere that only poets truly see the stars. It’s as if they drink in the delights of the world and sing them to us in verse. I haven’t posted much on the blog while I’ve been in Canada working on the new show. And I’m thinking maybe a tumblr would be better – it’s all so confusing, which outlet to use, how to communicate in this era where people can communicate in so many ways without ever having to met or really truly knowing them. I posted these on my facebook page a few years ago, and I thought I would share again.

“Here are two from my all time favorite American poet ee cummings
His words always sensual, the voice is clear and he references silence so much, which is something I find to be of tremendous value for those on this journey … I tend to steal from him quite often … so I will share two of my favorites … You see as he matured in age, his poetry became much more sexual, the touch, the taste of each one is very raw. (The 30’s seemed to have a wonderful sexual revolution in literature .. an era I wish I could have lived)”

Enjoy ..

IT MAY NOT ALWAYS BE SO
(ee cummings 1923)

it may not always be so;and i say
that if your lips,which i have loved,should touch
another’s,and your dear strong fingers clutch
his heart,as mine in time not far away;
if on another’s face your sweet hair lay
in such a silence as i know,or such
great writhing words as,uttering overmuch,
stand helplessly before the spirit at bay;

if this should be,i say if this should be-
you of my heart,send me a little word;
that i may go unto him,and take his hands,
saying,Accept all happiness from me.
Then shall i turn my face,and hear one bird
sing terribly afar in the lost lands.

MAY I FEEL SAID HE
(ee cummings 1935)

may i feel said he
(i’ll squeal said she
just once said he)
it’s fun said she

(may i touch said he
how much said she
a lot said he)
why not said she

(let’s go said he
not too far said she
what’s too far said he
where you are said she)

may i stay said he
(which way said she
like this said he
if you kiss said she

may i move said he
is it love said she)
if you’re willing said he
(but you’re killing said she

but it’s life said he
but your wife said she
now said he)
ow said she

(tiptop said he
don’t stop said she
oh no said he)
go slow said she

(cccome?said he
ummm said she)
you’re divine!said he
(you are Mine said she)

The Daily Plate

I’ve been completely MIA. Focusing on work, studying, traveling and then with my family for the holidays!

But I’ve stumbled upon a great site http://www.thedailyplate.com …. which can act as a food and fitness journal to help you achieve some personal goals and get a better understanding of your intake of sugar, et on a daily basis. Great way to refocus on your healthy goals for the New Year.

Cheers to a wonderful 2010!

Secrets from a Superstar Trainer …

Any one who knows me well, knows I love to exercise. “Keep it light, keep it tight.” Right. I run, dance, and practice yoga on a regular basis, but I also love to try new exercises & classes to give my body a little challenge and keep me inspired.  I’ve been taking a class at my local Equinox taught by Grace Lazenby called All The Right Moves. The goal of Grace’s class is to keep you long and lean by combining yoga, pilates and dance moves to challenge those tiny little muscles in our special female bodies.   A few people have been asking me about where to go, how to take these classes? There are tons of options in cities throughout America – most are called Cardio Barre, Mat Pilates, there’s Physique 57 in NYC et … But for those of you who can’t get to this class and workout at home, I wanted to attach a terrific quick exercise video created by Tracy Anderson, the tiny powerhouse who keeps Gwyneth Paltrow looking like a million bucks.  She emailed this video to Ms. Paltrow post Holiday 2008 while she was away and Ms. Paltrow then put it on her website. Goop.com

I thought I would repost it for those who don’t subscribe to the GOOP newsletter and haven’t gotten to see it.  Give it a whirl – you can do these exercises at home, in the office or in your trailer. All you need is a chair and the motivation to do a tons of reps.

ACTORSDIET.COM – GUEST BLOG

So I was lucky enough to be asked by the talented and health savvy duo that created actorsdiet.com to write a guest blog for them – you can check it out below.  And go check out  the **site, for the whole post as well as fun recipes, ways to manage health and diet,etc: 

           

Eating Out? Two Out Of Four, and There’s Nothing More To It!


Hey there Actor’s Diet …… Lynn Chen & I were lucky enough to work on a film a few years ago, so I was thrilled when I found out she was one of the creators of this neat site, and even more thrilled when she asked to me to write a guest blog.


I love to eat out … in LA, there are great restaurants, and I consider myself a tiny but mighty LA Zagat/Google machine when it comes to restaurants. Name a street and I’ll tell you where to eat, from fine dining to casual healthy spots, a single LA gal spends a lot of time in restaurants. But as an actress, a lot of my job depends on staying in shape, physically and emotionally. So how does one eat out and stay in shape without losing her mind?


Well we all know a night at Mastro’s or heck Cheesecake Factory, is going to be pretty decadent in the calorie department. The portion sizes, the steak, the bread, the butter, the dessert the vino – it’s all so glorious and tempting. I once read a nutritionist talking about her eating out trick, one that could save you 2000 plus calories at dinner and it’s the first thing I share with people when they say the need to shape up but don’t cook at home often.


Two out of Four is all you need to know!


When at dinner, pick your 2 out of 4 for the evening, the four being:

1. Bread

2. Appetizers

3. Alcohol

4. Dessert


So, if you are starving and need the (1) bread and dying for an after work (3) cocktail then SKIP the (2) apps and the (4) dessert. If you know you have to have the (4) special “dessert” at this restaurant and must have that amazing (2) appetizer – then stick to iced tea or sparkling water and no (1) Bread.


A pretty straightforward formula that saves me lots of extra time in the gym after a few nights of eating out . I vote two thumbs up on this quick and easy formula. And just think, if you eat out often it could save you from gaining those “where hell did those 3 pounds come from?” Until next time ……..

 

 

Good Food Facts For Good Skin

blueberriesIn honor of answering some of your questions via Twitter, I’m going to make a quick list of foods that you should Absolutely consume to help in your mission for gorgeous radiant skin. Regardless of what your specific skin concerns may be, there is a short list of power foods that are consistently on every dermatologist’s list.  These super good for you foods can help reduce inflammation, combat aging and even prevent skin cancer. 

1-ANTIOXIDANTS in the forms of Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries & Plums, these 4 specific fruits rate the highest in antioxidants, which protect your skin from being attacked by those nasty free radicals we are exposed to daily (sun, pollution, et).

2-OMEGA 3 in the form of SALMON, Walnuts & FlaxSeed.  Chock full of essential fatty acids, salmon, walnuts and flax seed are  powerful for both skin & BRAIN!  Omega 3’s are a major resource in keeping your skin supple & glowing.  

3-GREEN TEA is your skins best friend – its polyphenols combat damage from ultra violet rays and is brimming with Vitamin C & Zinc. Plus this little magnificent bonus; green tea is full of something called  ECGC, which is an antioxidant known for helping speed up your metabolism.

4-LOW FAT DAIRY – Full of Vitamin A.  The A in low fat dairy is easy for your body to absorb, allowing you to see results sooner.  In addition Low Fat Dairy also contains ACIDOPHILUS, aka healthy bacteria, that helps keep your digestive track normal.

5-Water/H2O/Agua – Clean, filtered, spring, distilled water – not water in sugary beverages.  Try and consume at least half your body weight in oz.  (i.e. 150lb female should try and consume 75oz a day) It may seem like a lot, but it has been know to help hair, skin, and nails stay hydrated. 

Obviously any foods that are NATURAL, WHOLE FOODS from the earth are full of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for overall well being.  But as we continue to learn about all of them, let’s start with these top rated choices. 

Try these tiny tricks:  Switch your afternoon or am coffee for green tea. Add blueberries to your morning cereal, oatmeal or Low Fat Yogurt.  Eat 2 servings of baked or raw salmon a week.  Sprinkle Walnuts in your dinner or lunch salad.  Since I don’t eat dairy, I personally take Power-Dophilus pills that I find in the refrigerator section at Whole Foods and get my Vitamin A from Spinach and Sweet Potatoes. 

Now Look at that.  Healthy body, healthy heart, healthy skin. Stress, poor diet, the sun, et take a terrible toll on our bodies. Let’s take control by adding small daily changes to keep ourselves in fighting form.  

For More Detailed Information on the items listed above: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/skin-food

Why Anorexia Sucks …. and I decided to drink.

Day #6 — The final home stretch, well what can I say …. As I near the finish line of my no-sugar week – I have to admit, I drank WINE last night.   I had a date, and dates are boring without wine … my splenda is down, I’ve had zero starch, except for vegetables (that means no rice/bread/crackers/potatoes/pasta/quinoa et), and I’ve only allowed myself apples and blueberries for fruit —- a girls gotta live a little, right?  I say YES, I also say that all of this is about balance.


I live in a city where how often you work coincides with your shape — there’s a lot of pressure for actresses to be thin, and I’ve never met one without some sort of an eating issue.  A women in the spotlight puts on 5lbs and she has “baby bump” – a man in the spotlight puts on 25lbs and he’s “funnier?”  Are you kidding me? What kind of logic is that, and who is creating this pressure …. 


Little girls and teenagers are looking up to women with rail thin bodies and emulating them, does thin equate success – absolutely not!  Confidence, courage, kindness, hard work and intelligence will keep you ahead in life, NOT trying to look like a model.  I checked myself on a terrible need to eat sugar all day long, instead of real food, which causes my blood sugar to spike and lower throughout the day …. I knew I needed to figure out a way to eat more whole, natural foods, so that my mind and body were stable.  Most every adult in my family developed type 2 diabetes once they were in the United States, and my grandfather died as a result of it.  Coming over from Afghanistan the amount of available fast food, sugary cereals and coca-cola was all so new and exciting that it affected nearly all members of my family.  Instead of continuing on the diet always available to our culture (which is natural foods and meats that are farm raised) they began switching it out for easier, quicker options. It was about awareness for my family, and taking steps in the right direction to feel better and live cleaner. Type 2 diabetes has become a major epidemic in our society and we all need to take responsibility for it and share information on how to control it and prevent it from affecting our children and our grandchildren.

 

I see so many girls that go all day without eating, drinking coffee throughout the day, having a soda and chain smoking – and it breaks my heart. There weight will always fluctuate in extremes due to this behavior. It is absolutely unnecessary to live that way to have a healthy and happy body.  All that deprivation will lead to sadness. And that sadness will keep them from working, not the extra 5lbs.  I remember complaining about the ghastly few pounds I always gain over the holidays in the locker room at the gym, and a fabulous lady in her 50s looked at me and said: “Sweetheart, how sad you will be when you are 50, that you spent your 20s with this body, worrying about 5 extra lbs.”  Amen fabulous lady, amen ….. 


Statistics on eating disorders: Courtesy of www.loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org

  • As many as 10 million women and girls suffer from anorexia and/or bulimia, in the United States alone.
  • Approximately one million men and boys suffer from anorexia and/or bulimia, in the United States alone.
  • An additional 25 million people in the U.S. struggle with binge eating disorder.
  • Eighty-six percent of people with eating disorders report the onset of the illness by the time they reach the age of 20 (by no means is an eating disorder “less severe” when the eating-disordered person is above the age of 20).
  • An estimated 85-95% of people with anorexia nervosa and bulimia and 65% of people with binge eating disorders are female.
  • A shocking 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.
  • Young women that have anorexia are 12 times more likely to die than other women their age

 

And for those interested in TIPS on preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes: