In the homey parlance of the former Governor of Alaska, “You betcha.” Recently, conservatives have been piling-on–heaping criticism on the First Lady merely because she’s trying to fight a national crisis (child obesity) with common sense (healthy diet). Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman and Rush Limbaugh have been among those, predictably, taking potshots, with Palin going so far as to mock the First Lady on her reality show, and Limbaugh going so far as to insult her figure on his radio show.
But not all Republicans find fault with the First Lady’s hard fought campaign to save children from overweight and obesity. This past Sunday, two prominent Republicans defended her and her Let’s Move Program on national TV. On Fox News, Mike Huckabee dismissed the insults and criticism, saying, “What Michelle Obama is proposing is not that the government tells you that you can’t eat dessert…” She just wants us “to recognize that we have a serious obesity crisis–which we do,” On another channel, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” New Jersey governor Chris Christie was also sticking up for Mrs. Obama, saying, “I think it’s a really good goal to encourage kids to eat better,” and then added a personal note, “I struggled with my weight for 30 years…If a kid can avoid that…more power to them and I think the first lady is speaking out well.”
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Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts are among the concerned celebrities who have contributed generously to Dr. David Colbert’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for Haitians who lost limbs in January’s earthquake. They all appeared last Thursday in New York City to help host a benefit for Hanger, Inc., the largest designer and distributor of prosthetics in the world. The money raised will help Hanger continue to bring replacement limbs and crucial medical care to the more than 5,000 Haitians who lost arms and legs in the earthquake. One of the evening’s highlights was a live auction featuring signature guitars rounded up by Mick from his friends Bono, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams… and a red Baby Grand piano signed by Mick himself.
High School Reunion Diet is becoming the go-to plan for New York’s top actors and models, many of whom endorsed the book. If you haven’t read it yet, and still don’t realize how very much even small adjustments in diet can improve your looks and rejuvenate your skin… waste no time ordering it at Simonandschuster.com or amazon.com. If you’d like to know a bit more before you buy, here is an expert evaluation from Web.MD….
The High School Reunion Diet
WebMD Expert Column
The High School Reunion Diet: What It Is
Want to look your best at your high school reunion? The High School Reunion Diet promises to help you look slimmer, healthier, and younger in 30 days — just in time for that reunion or other special event.
The No. 1 secret to glowing, younger-looking skin, according to author David Colbert, MD, a New York dermatologist, is a diet of healthy, unprocessed foods. Such a diet, he says, is “better than Botox,” Colbert says.
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“I noticed my great-looking clients [who include actresses Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz] were also the ones who ate whole, fresh foods from their gardens, and so I began researching how a healthy diet could help you lose weight and turn back the hands of time,” he says.
Processed foods, sugary beverages, and other forms of sugars are the reason Americans are fat, Colbert says. He also believes that, like the sun, sugar ages the skin and body. “It can spike blood sugar to dangerously high levels and cause inflammation, which makes you look old,” he says.
In his eating plan, these foods are replaced with natural, nutrient-rich and, preferably, organic foods from your local farmers market.
“Eliminating most processed foods (including sugary food and drinks) is the single most important thing you can do to improve your appearance, weight, and health,” he says.
The High School Reunion Diet: What You Can Eat
During the first, “detox” phase of The High School Reunion Diet, you focus on eating only “true” foods, including:
Brightly colored vegetables, especially green ones
Some whole fruits (only berries and the occasional apple, orange or grapefruit)
Omega 3 rich fish
Herbs and spices
Dieters are encouraged to drink lots of water — six to eight glasses or more. Tea and coffee are OK, too.
Here’s a sample menu for Level 1:
Breakfast: Egg white omelet and coffee
Snack: Half a cup of plain yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon agave, and 1/2 cup blueberries
Lunch: Salad with goat cheese, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, and vinaigrette
Snack: Two celery sticks stuffed with peanut butter or cottage cheese
Dinner: Salmon, roasted broccoli, green salad with veggies, sparkling water
After losing 5-10 pounds during the first two weeks, dieters advance to the second phase for two weeks or longer. This phase includes more fruits, plus whole grains and wine with dinner, and is similar to the recommendations of the U.S. government’s Food Pyramid.
What’s not on the menu during either phase are foods labeled processed: Sodas (diet or regular), fruit juices, sugary beverages, sports drinks, beer, liquor, trans fats, instant and fast foods, and anything containing sugar in all its forms (such as high-fructose corn syrup).
But the author says some minimally processed foods can be healthy, like steel-cut oats, tuna packed in water, and (rinsed) canned beans.
The book suggests that you supplement the diet with a multivitamin with minerals, a fish oil capsule, vitamin E and vitamin C to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, plus an extra dose of antioxidants and omega-3s. The bottom line, Colbert says, is that foods that don’t come wrapped in a package are more likely to contain healthy nutrients, fats, fiber, and antioxidants.
“All the additives, preservatives, sugars, salt, and food colorings in our food supply are not natural and the culprits to our unhealthy nation of overweight and obese people,” Colbert says.
The first phase of The High School Reunion Diet is designed to help you get over your “addiction” to poor-quality food, Colbert says. In phase two, you’ll whittle your waistline and work toward youth recovery.
There’s no counting calories or carbs in The High School Reunion Diet. And although it encourages exercise, there’s no fitness plan outlined in the book. Indeed, The High School Reunion Diet makes clear that it’s not a “diet” per se, but a road map for eating for beauty and health.
Still, if you replace processed junk foods in your diet with the healthier, more natural ones touted in The High School Reunion Diet, you’ll cut calories and lose weight as a result.
Keith Richards Guitar. Gibson Custom Shop ES 355. Ebony with Gold Hardware. Signed by Keith Richards. Up for auction at Rx: Haiti Benefit, this Thursday, May 6th. Please see newyorkdermatologygroup.org
Barneys New York exclusively features the new Colbert, MD product line “Daily Nutrition for the Skin.” The coveted serums and creams are sold on the cosmetics floor, along with The High School Reunion Diet, the book that teaches beauty and health through nutrition, by Dr. David Colbert and Terry Reed. Join Dr. Colbert, Linda Wells (moderator), and other expert panelists at Fred’s Restaurant at Barneys Wednesday, April 28th.
Readers of The High School Reunion Diet know that youth, beauty and health are sustained and renewed through true nutrition — the nutrients you get through great, natural food on a daily basis. But topical skin care is also an important element. The new Colbert, MD skin care line, launched at Barney’s New York under the name “Daily Nutrition for The Skin,” offers three daily antioxidant-drenched products. With a uniquely effective QuSome delivery system that ensures product can penetrate the skin and renew it at the cellular level, Colbert, MD is a scientific breakthrough in topical skin care. Both the product and the book are sold at Barney’s New York: at the Madison Avenue in Manhattan and Beverly Hills stores.