No one likes food better than me…except for maybe Giada De Laurentiis, the vivacious and world-famous 5-time cookbook author and host of Giada at Home! (130, 133) And that body! [Jealous eyes, slacken jaw] She has the petite body of a pixy, or some mythical creature that doesn’t even eat food. [again with the jealous eyes] The combined qualities of amazing chef and fantastic body make Giada the perfect inspiration for this week’s Redbook health plan.
Welcome to Giada week, baby!
In a Q&A session by Lori Berger in the Feb. 2011 issue of Redbook, I learned all about how Giada handles a crisis, juggles work and family, and even about her insecurities while growing up. (Spoiler Alert: She was an early-bloomer developmentally, which matters so little now to her D cup-sized career. Love you, Giada! And your rack looks great!)
During the Q&A, Berger asked Giada about weight loss, and here’s how she did it:
Giada: “After Jade [was born], I knew I had to get [my sugar intake] under control. So I started using agave nectar instead—it’s sweeter, so you need less—and I started to see my body shrink” (134).
Rule one of Giada Week: No sugar. Use agave nectar in place of sugar or another substitute with less calories. Check. What’s next?
Giada: “There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal—nothing! When people ask me what the best restaurant in L.A. is, I say, ‘Uh, my house.’” (134).
Rule two of Giada Week: No eating out. You got it! But what about exercise?
Uh…nothing mentioned about exercise.
No problem. I’m dancing my way through February. Why stop now? I love love love Hip Hop Abs, so that’s a keeper, but I’m going to couple it with a new Dancing With the Stars workout DVD called DTWS: Body Tone.
Rule Three of Giada Week: Workout with Hip Hop Abs and DTWS: Body Tone.
RB: When you think about the next 10 years, what do you see? (134)
ME: This sounds like a job interview question. I’m on to you Redbook. I’m on to you. [wink] Lemme see. I want to keep writing. I’ve tried a myriad of writing styles; newspaper columnist, short stories, novels, blogging, research, journals, creative non-fiction, and poetry. I am really enjoying this project right now and hope somehow it will transfer over to the actual Redbook magazine or their online blog. I see myself as a staff writer for a magazine or newspaper. I see myself as a fit and healthy spokesperson for healthy lifestyles, and I see myself running a half-marathon…for charity if possible. (Also, I hope there’s a new couch in there somewhere. There’s only so much kid-goo that a girl can take.)
There you have it.
Thanks for joining me.
Love you, readers! And wish me luck this week.