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Model Health Regimen

22 Dec

Let me start out by saying that I don’t necessarily have the “model” model diet, if you catch my drift. Let me ask you a question, when you think of a model’s diet, what do you think of? 3 altoids and a diet coke?

For me and for many of my model peers, that is far from the case. Sure I’ve ran into models who have less than optimum eating habits. But for many of us, we eat. OBVIOUSLY you should have noticed that if you read my blog!

Even though you have witnessed many of my culinary experiences, there is some sort of restriction I maintain. If you’re interested I’ll spell it out for you.

I wish I could go without carbs but I love and need them. I try to stick to one, two max carb/starch sources a day. I usually start my day with 1/3 cup oatmeal JAM PACKED with pretty much every berry you can think of, plus kiwi and some random superfoods like maca and chia.

Coffee time, one cup a day with soy creamer.

I eat veggies like a pro, wish I got paid for it. My lunches are almost 100% raw. I posted before literally what I eat every day for lunch. See my Mean Green Super Salad here, I eat a giant bowl of it. I like to get as much nutrients as possible so I put a little bit of everything. Nowadays I add 1/2 cup of lentils or tofu in the mix, along with some artichoke hearts and sundried tomatos. I seriously never get sick of this salad.

Then for snacks I get creative…. I have a recipe I’m overdue in posting. I got sick of eating plain apples so now I cook them in a little almond milk, cinnamon, slivered almonds and some plain soy yogurt. That pretty much fills me up until dinner.

Then dinner comes more veggies, cooked this time though. I throw in everything into a steamer or I process them a bit and cook them with some soy sauce in a pan. And end my night with tea.

What you don’t see in this diet is soda, energy drinks, bagels, meat, alcohol, candy, cheese, creamy soups, cake and cookies. I’ll give you this though, my vice is fro-yo once or twice a month. I never keep sweets in my house because it’ll be gone in a day, I have a GIGANTIC sweet tooth. How I keep from eating sweets? I make things that taste decadent and delicious, but only using healthy and pure ingredients (like that apple yogurt crisp thing I was talking about earlier). When I’m out and on a job and they have a delicious spread of my favorites deserts, do I take a bite? Sometimes, but only one bite. One bite of sugar just makes you crave more sugar.

Of course I think about my figure. I have to, it’s in my job description. But I care far more about the quality of ingredients that I put into my body, and seeing how much I love sugar I have to pretty much constantly remind myself that sugar is really detrimental to my body. It leads to many diseases, disorders, infections and even cancer. I’d like not to take any part in that. I like foods that nourish my taste buds AS WELL as my body and spirit. (I did study holistic nutrition, after all).

As for exercise…. lately I’ve been getting better at this. It’s not my favorite part of my healthy lifestyle. I’ve been trying to do run/jog sprints for 30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week. In between I’ll do various strength training (a little) and Pilates.  I feel good when I do it but I’m still learning how to conquer my own mind when I’m just too tired to put on my workout shoes. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to update you on my progress on that front. :)

Thanks for listening all. Hope this gave you some insight to the mind of how a model thinks. We have pressures about our body and most of us think about that almost all the time.. occupational hazard. I just wanted to show you that there are a lot of us with a healthy, nurturing and nutritious mindset when it comes to our bodies, and we encourage EVERYONE to be the same, no matter your body shape.

xoxo, Alanna


Shamrock Shake

21 Jul

This is my take on the #1 rated smoothie in all of LA by Sun Cafe. (And I like mine better) 😉

I’d save this for dessert. Long ingredient list but don’t worry, it’s easy and quick to make. You can leave out or substitute some ingredients and you’ll be fine.

Ingredients (serving for one):

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 c non dairy milk
  • 1/4 c almonds or cashews
  • 1/8 c cacao nibs
  • 1 tbs chia or flax seeds
  • 1 date or sweetener of choice
  • mint leaves (optional)
  • shredded coconut for top

Blend up the nuts and seeds first, then add the rest. The result is thick, creamy and delicious. Beware, it’s addicting!

Fruit Cereal Smoothie

20 Jul

Yes, you read correctly. Cereal. Smoothie. I know, it’s pretty rad, and you HAVE to try it!

If you’re anything like me, you like your mornings fruity and your smoothies thick enough to need a spoon. Bring forth the Cereal Smoothie.

This dish has become one of my breakfast staples. What’s great about it is it’s completely customizable, I make it different every time. This morning it was berry-based. My favorite is adding a whole peach, it creates a perfect smooth and thick texture. But one thing is for sure about this, it’s healthy! Turning solid food into liquid food is much easier on your digestive system, freeing you some energy for your day!

General ingredients to blend:

  • 1/2-1 frozen banana
  • handful of berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries)
  • 3/4 -1 cup of non dairy milk
  • 3/4 cup of cereal (I use bran flakes and fiber-o’s)
  • sweetener and/or spices (stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc)
  • 1 tbs chia seeds or flax
  • squeezed juice from half an orange (optional, for more fruity taste)

You can simplify and just use frozen banana, it’s like banana bread in a bowl. Same goes for pumpkin. My favorite is peach and banana. You can add soy-yogurt, or juice instead of milk. The list goes on. Maybe if you’re like me and you have one of these little guys keeping you company while you experiment. 🙂

Do you have any pets who like to watch you in the kitchen too?

Raspberry Lemonade Sorbet

17 Jul

Want an easy, low calorie night-time snack?

Try simply turning this……

into this….

It’s tangy, its sweet, it’s everything you love about summer and will definitely help beat the heat! And may I add, extremely simple to prepare and make.


  • 1 cup lemonade (I used a low calorie version from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup raspberries (or any kind of berries)
  • sprinkle of sweetener (I used stevia)

Blend those ingredients a few hours before you want to eat it and put it in an ice cube tray to freeze. Pop it out and blend the frozen cubes in your blender. If yours can’t handle it (like mine) add a small chunk of watermelon or some fresh raspberries to help it blend. ~viola~! enjoy 🙂