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Get Red Carpet Ready Following Valerie Waters's Food Rules

Red Carpet Ready: Valerie Waters Teaches You How to Eat

Celeb trainer Valerie Waters helps get the ladies of Hollywood in shape for events like bikini shoots and walking the red the carpet. She's even named one of her lifestyle makeover programs Red Carpet Ready. But kicking your butt into shape, and I mean that literally (check out Val's booty-toning moves), is only part of the body transformation puzzle. This why Ms. Waters is a self-described food coach who tells all of her new clients, "If you don't change the way you eat, you won't change your body."

Valerie's mantra when it comes to food is: plan, prep, prepare. Not only is this part of her snacking philosophy, but she applies it to restaurant meals too. She explains that when you're staring at a menu starving, "You don't need more will power; you need a better strategy." This means researching the restaurant's healthy options and limiting yourself to those, taking temptation out of the picture.

To learn what food Valerie thinks you should avoid completely, keep on reading.

When I asked Val if there was any one food or type of food she felt people should avoid, she quickly responded with processed foods. Valerie stands squarely in the Michael Pollan camp of food rules: if it has ingredients you don't recognize or can't pronounce, don't eat it. She's also not a huge fan of refined carbs either. But she knows a woman needs her chocolate and is a fan of Kopali chocolate-covered fruit like Jessica Biel. Valerie suggests making a snack of an ounce of raw almonds, two tablespoons of raisins, and six dark chocolate covered mulberries or cacoa nibs or espresso beans. When you bite into the chocolate covered treat, it's a nice little surprise. "It's often surprising to people how little will satisfy them when they are paying attention."

Do you pay attention to flavors when you eat?

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
I don't really care for raisins myself, but only because I think they're too sweet and I hate the texture of them. I would much rather eat a grape.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
I am JOKING when I say raisins are Nature's poison. Additionally, just because something is good when its hydrated (grapes) doesn't mean that its good for you when its dehydrated (raisins). Many brands of commercial raisins use sulfur/sulfates/sulfites and other preservatives which for me who is highly allergic to all forms of sulfur is poisonous. However, raisins and grapes are poisonous to cats and dogs.
sham28 sham28 6 years
Yes please explain to me how raisins are poisonous.
darc5204 darc5204 6 years
I'm not sure how "will power" and "stategy" are any different in this case. If I always had to research restaurants and severely limit my options, I don't think I would ever enjoy them anymore. Maybe that's the plan...
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
Raisins are dried grapes? If they are poisonous than why do so manner people feed them to children? Just saying.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 6 years
Eh no thanks lady. Both RD, MD and dentist all say No Raisins ever. I have to go with that advice over hers. Plus as I always say Raisins are nature's poison. Poisonous for dogs, cats and me. The raw almonds I am down with. Cocoa nibs too expensive. Mulberrys too expensive. I'd stick with the raw almonds, some sliced fresh apple, and a big ol' handful of air-popped popcorn.
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