Celebrities. Yes a lot of their pictures do possess a certain amount of photoshopping and they do have trainers, nutritionists and life coaches… but so can you. You don’t have to be a celebrity and earn celebrity money to make lifestyle changes that will make you look younger, feel amazing and have people think that YOU’RE the celebrity!
So, let us start with nutrition and let you into some of the superfoods that our favourite celebrities swear by.
1. GREEN JUICE
Gwyneth Paltrow might look in her twenties but the blonde beauty is in fact 42. She has revealed that one of her beauty secrets is kale juice. “I’ll make a juice with kale, lemon juice, water, and a little agave,” says Gwyneth who is renowned for her healthy habits. I am a huge advocate of green juices and smoothies and they feature heavily in my B-Fit B-Fabulous 21 Day Weight Loss Plan. They’re packed full of goodness (though I would swap agave with a little green apple or pear).
2. NATURE’S SUNSHINE LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL
Spotted in the possession of The Only Way is Essex star Lucy Meck, Nature’s Sunshine Liquid Chlorophyll is one of my MUST USE products. Liquid chlorophyll helps increase the quality of red blood cells, improving the efficiency of oxygen transportation via red blood cells around the body. It is a powerful antioxidant and helps alkalise the body.
3. WALNUTS AND RAISINS
When it comes to reaching for a pick-me-up, health campaigner and movie star Alicia Silverstone can’t get enough of walnuts and goes for organic from farmers markets where possible. “They’re fresh and organic – so much better than store bought walnuts,” she explains. “I get them from the same vendor who sells organic, non-sulfur raisins. The combo is so delicious for a quick snack. The key is to look for non-sulfured raisins. You can sample them at your local farmers market.”
4. PEA PROTEIN PLUS
Many a celebrity use protein to help keep hunger at bay, promote muscle growth and fat loss. I use Nature’s Sunshine Pea Protein Plus for its superior, organic and natural ingredients. No added acidic whey and cheap bulking agents here! Add to your smoothies, oats or almond milk for a quick and filling post workout drink.
5. GREEN TEA
A drink high in antioxidants which aids digestion, curbs appetite, evokes a sense of calm and even prevents illness, green tea is loved by Fergie (who is reported to down the drink before every performance), Oprah and Lady Gaga. It’s a teacup powerpack!
6. COCONUT WATER
Successful icons like Madonna, Gisele Bundchen, Elizabeth Banks and Alexis Dejoria swear by coconut water as a great go-to refreshment, and its not difficult to see why. It’s not only fat- and cholesterol-free, it also packs more potassium than a banana. The Jamaicans use it as a heart tonic and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization says it’s full of natural electrolytes. No wonder it is great for refueling and hydrating on the go.
7. A HANDFUL OF RAW VEGGIES
When running low on body fuel, Venus Williams is renown for stocking up with a grab of vegetables. Packed full of minerals, natural, fat-free and great for gut digestion, this is a quick and easy snack that will get you back on track in no time. And no need to cook – preserve those vitamins by going raw!
8. SLICED APPLES AND HONEY
The snack of America’s leading lady, Michelle Obama, sliced apples and honey can give your body a natural boost of energy when you start to feel yourself flagging. While Michelle gets her honey from The White House beehive, a good organic local honey can work just as well. Ancient Olympic athletes also ate honey to enhance their performance, so imagine what it might do for you! A variation on this is apple with honey and nut butter, which can provide healthy fats, fiber, protein and phytochemicals also.
Jessica Alba is often asked how she looks so good while being so busy, and her answer is usually the same. She drinks three liters of water a day. Beyonce is also known to drink a lot of water to keep her active. A natural way to help cleanse your body from waste and toxins, water improves the absorption process of vitamins and minerals, aids digestion, speeds up your metabolism, increases your energy levels and leaves your skin glowing. What’s not to love?!
10. DARK CHOCOLATE
When Mirander Kerr reaches for a boost, she turns to high quality dark chocolate. Packed full of antioxidants (which help to remove free radicals), and vitamins and minerals (potassium, copper, magnesium, iron) to support good health, dark chocolate is also good for the heart, helping keep blood pressure relaxed. It’s time to indulge!