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Vegetarian Diet: It Works For Marla Maples

Marla Maples is 45 and doesn't look it whatsoever. She attributes her fit and radiant body to regular exercise and healthy eating. She says, "I have a lot of willpower," and sticks to a mostly vegetarian diet. Marla also avoids dairy products and coffee, and instead her beverages of choice are Ayurvedic teas that help with digestion. When it comes to splurging on not-so healthy foods, she says, "With things like pizza and pasta, you go to a restaurant and it's ever so tempting, but if I know it's not going to make me feel good after, I'm going to stay away from it." What great advice, but it's tough to have that kind of self-control. If you have any tips on how you stick to a healthy diet, share them in the comment section below.


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heartcandy heartcandy 8 years
I feel really guilty, because while I love healthy nutrient rich foods... I'd die if I couldn't have my Thai, or chocolate.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
She does not look younger than her age.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
My best advice (or at least what works for me) is maintaining a healthy food plan with lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains and vegetable protein. However, I know first hand by limiting too many foods as being "bad" only makes me crave them more. So although I wont go out and buy full fat ice cream, I will get nonfat yogurt and top it with fresh fruit for a satisfying sweet treat. Find out what works for you, and life is too precious to be confined to living as a "dieter"
myystque myystque 8 years
Bah. She looks good but I'd rather enjoy myself. I'm a vegetarian but I love my junk foods. I just make sure to exercise. And I agree with fleur fairy--you don't have to be vegetarian to be fit and healthy.
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 8 years
I could never give up carbs.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Yes, Krae that's awesome! I agree too. I don't understand the whole reward with food thing. And it bugs me too that some teachers in schools offer food as rewards and it's never healthy food, it's candy. I too have given up on processed foods and am sticking to a clean eating diet (whole foods, not processed etc). And I now love exercise, but I didn't always.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I honestly don't have the same taste for junk food that I used to have. Since I don't eat many processed foods now, when I DO eat them they usually make me sick. I've learned to really love whole, unprocessed foods. I look forward to crisp fresh spinach or a nice juicy apple. THOSE are the kinds of foods I crave nowdays.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I don't think you need to be vegetarian or vegan to have a body like hers at 45. It's all about portion control and staying active.
gaelgirl gaelgirl 8 years
i have 2 tips. i've been vegan for years (due to allergies). 1. if there is a food you want to avoid, find a way to mentally gross yourself out over it. for me it was chicken, dairy, & eggs. i loved them. so, i educated myself about what they were made of, how they were made. ya know, all the nasty stuff you don't want to think about. it makes it way easier. 2. my weakness are breads, cereals, & cupcakes. i looooooove them. & i have issues w/ portion control. i know i will run into them now & then, but i choose to not bring them into my house. it's much easier to have will power in the grocery store & say no to buying it than when you're at home at 3 in the morning craving.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
good tip krae!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
As for me, I think I'm lucky. I've always loved healthy, plain foods, like fresh fruit, steamed chicken breast (no seasonings), plain oatmeal, etc. I've been that way since I was a kid. Also, I enjoy exercise, too. I looooove that exercise high. Again, I was like this since I was a kid.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Eh, she looks her age to me. And while I do sort of admire her discipline, I'm glad I don't have it. A life without dairy where ayurvedic tea was my beverage of choice sounds disturbingly boring.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have to say that what she's doing works. i have been a vegetarian for ages and i' always think that i should become a vegan, but i'm a sucker for dairy. it's hard to walk away from something like that.
krae85 krae85 8 years
she's pretty trim for 45.
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Hm. She looks 45 to me. :) Just pretty and 45. Not younger.
krae85 krae85 8 years
there are a lot of foods I avoid for different reasons and while it's taken time to make my new diet routine, the longer I've pushed toward it, the easier it gets. My best tip would be, instead of rewarding yourself, or comforting yourself with food, choose something else, like a new beauty product? to make yourself feel good. and eating healthily improves your skin anyway. so you're getting double skin benefits, as opposed to temporary satisfaction for your stomach. I hope I explained that well.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I wish I had her discipline. Dairy is my biggest vice.
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