Tuesday, October 26, 2010

10/27-Lisa Lillien(Hungry Girl), Jennifer Wilde

Lisa Lillien-Hungry Girl

With Halloween, Thanksgiving and winter festivities just around the corner, the rich desserts and hearty family meals that accompany the holiday season are every dieter’s nightmare. The holidays have bad reputation for sabotaging health-conscious meal planning, but simple tips can turn festive feasts into guilt-free get-togethers.

Experts agree that eating small meals throughout the day helps curb hunger, keeps energy levels high and prevents potential pig-outs during breakfast, lunch and dinner. This portion controlled snacking will help keep everything in check.

“I look for treats like guilt-free cheese that can be incorporated into a variety of snacks from dips and spreads to fruit and vegetable pairings,” says Lisa Lilllien, Hungry Girl.  “You can easily transform an ordinary snack into a satisfying taste sensation.”

Some other smart snack options include:
·         Low-fat yogurt sprinkled with granola
·         Whole wheat pretzels with spicy mustard
·         Apple topped with light cheese slices
·         Carrot sticks with a small scoop of hummus

Talk to Lisa Lillien about satisfying snacks and healthy hints for eating right during the holiday season. Lisa (aka Hungry Girl) is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand. She is the founder of hungry-girl.com, the free daily email service sent to more than 1,000,000 people. Lisa also reaches millions more with weekly columns on WeightWatchers.com and Yahoo!, regular contributions to Redbook magazine and recurring appearances on the television shows like Rachael Ray and Extra. Lisa recently wrapped production for her new Hungry Girl television show, set to debut in January 2011 on the Cooking Channel.

Jennifer Wilde-Former Party Girl

Jennifer Wilde hit Hollywood when she was still a teenager, and she was hell-bent to live up to her name.

Graduating from marijuana to cocaine, her appetite for the high life was huge, and a burgeoning life as a model and actress only poured fuel on the flames of self-destruction.

“I went to Hollywood when I was a kid, and I met all these stars, producers and directors, and all I saw was the glitz and the glamour,” said Wilde, author of the memoir From Life in the Hollywood Fast Lane to the Untouchables of India (www.hollywoodfastlane.com). “I ignored all the obvious warning signs that this was a town and a life that could eat a person alive. I’m lucky to have made it through unscathed, but so many of the people I met did not.”

Her life in the fast lane started in New York, where she began as a fashion model. While that experience wasn’t her introduction to drugs, it certainly solidified their place in her life. When she had the chance to go to Hollywood, she jumped at it, and made a lot of strong connections. She took acting classes and met a wide array of respected producers and directors, many of whom reminded her that the casting couch mentality was still alive and well in Tinseltown.

“I was one of the lucky ones,” she said. “While I wasn’t exactly a prude -- I dated a lot and had a lot of sex with guys who were not exactly husband material -- I never crossed the line into trading sex for roles in movies. I knew a lot of girls who did, and who never became stars. They were just used and then discarded like trash. I also met some really great people. I dated Robert Carradine for a while, and he was always very good to me. I also became friends with Richard Donner, the director of the Lethal Weapon movies and Superman, but he was always a gentleman. We never dated, and he never played the casting couch game. He was just a nice man who liked treating people well. If there were more like him, Hollywood might be a difference place, but he was the exception -- not the rule.”

As for the party life, Wilde’s advice for the girls who live it, as well as the girls who want to live it, is to focus on the things in life that really matter.

“But the real evil isn’t on the streets -- it’s inside yourself. Being self-centered and focusing only on yourself is the bigger evil. When you have money in your pocket, a limitless supply of drugs and friends who are happy to spend time with you (as long as you’re buying or have a cool place to live), it feels like it will last forever, but it never truly carries you that far. At some point, you have to shift your focus to things that matter -- family, friends, your own spirituality and those who love you for who you are, and not what you can do for them.”

About Jennifer Wilde

Jennifer Wilde is a former actress, model and Hollywood party girl who escaped that lifestyle to focus on her two daughters, her family, her spirituality and how she can use her life to help others.

Her advice for Lindsay, Paris and some of the other celebs who make the fast lane attractive to millions of young girls who grow up wanting fame and fortune is to grow up and focus on something other than their own immediate gratification.

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