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et’s take a vote. Who are the most passionate sport fans in the world? My vote would have to go to soccer fans. I had the fortune to attend the match between Germany and Bolivia on June 17th in Chicago back in 1994 and I’m telling you, it was crazy, insane, fun. The nearly 3.6 million total in attendance, for the final tournament that year, remains the highest in World Cup history. It was also the highest-attended single sport event in U.S. history. Now it’s World Cup time again. South Africa will be hosting the event and ESPN, the world leader in sports, will be covering it. Check out page 10 for our special World Cup feature, plus read the delight! exclusive interview with the world’s most-renown soccer commentator, Martin Tyler. Even though I can’t attend the games, I’ll pretend by firing up the grill to do some American-style tailgating with my soccer-loving friends. Speaking of tailgating, we’ve discovered a smokin’ Web site called Barbecuen.com. We’ll give you all the tips you need to become a grill master. Flip to page 12 for recipes and more! Finally, delight! wants to know all about your favorite shows and sites. If you think you’ve got a handle on the vast universe of digital content found on TV and the Web, go to delightmag.com to share and win!
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Jada Pinkett Smith doesn’t flinch when she’s asked what her greatest strength might be. “Endurance,” she says with conviction. “Resilience is probably my biggest strength.”
not Pinkett Smith. That’s because, unlike most people, the actress-producer and star of TNT’s hit medical drama HawthoRNe, doesn’t avoid looking at the flipside of things. “My weakness,” she goes on before I can even ask the question, “is, well … in having the strength of endurance, there are certain characteristics you take on that don’t allow the ‘wall’ to crack and let things hurt you. You know what I mean? Sometimes, I am not as open as I should be. I can have a very ‘My way is the only way’ attitude.” She’s quiet for a moment. “I have a lot of weaknesses.” Welcome to the refreshingly candid universe of Ms. Pinkett Smith, a place where love shines, family rules and career is just a natural extension of one’s “mission” in life to spread some good in the world. It’s a colorful kaleidoscope of positiveness and it works really well for the lady, mostly because she possesses something that is truly irresistible: Guts. “My grandmother [Marion Banfield] taught me there
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was nothing I could not do, and I honestly believed that,” Pinkett Smith says. “Growing up, a little girl from Baltimore, Maryland, who was the product of two parents who were drug addicts, to be able to do what I’ve done, really comes from my grandmother instilling in me from day one, that there was nothing I could not do. She made me believe that I was the best at everything. So, somebody telling me I could not do something, was just not real to me.” Looking back on it now makes her laugh. “I’m telling people, ‘Oh, I’m going to Hollywood to be a star,’ and they’re going, ‘Hmm … don’t know how that’s going to work out.’ I’m like, ‘Well, that’s your problem. I know how I am going to do it!’” And that she did. After excelling at Baltimore School for the Arts and North Carolina School for the Arts, Pinkett Smith hit Hollywood and by 1990, landed bit roles in a number of television shows, eventually capturing mainstream attention in t he Cosby Show spin-off, A Different World. > >
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d!: What makes you laugh most?
JPS: Probably my husband. I think that’s one of the reasons he’s in my life. When we first met, I did not think he was funny at all. I think it took me a year and a half before I laughed at anything. I don’t think I got his sense of humor. And now, I’m telling you, all day long … because he is just the silliest person on the planet. He makes life really fun.
JPS: Probably Buffy [from Buffy The Vampire Slayer].
d!: Most interesting thing in your iPod or cd player right now?
JPS: [Hip Hop’s] Master Don.
d!: What do you find most romantic?
JPS: [Laughs]. Hmm. I don’t know if I should actually talk about that. Let’s see, well … I just love being alone in a warm place with my husband.
d!: What has been some of the best advice you’ve been given about life?
JPS: That it’s not a race. You gotta take your time. It’s not about trying to hurry up and get to the finish line; that it’s actually about enjoying the journey. The finish line is always going to come soon enough, so, just enjoy the journey. I really try to do that.
Her Take On HawthoRNe:
“People like Christina (on the show) are modern-day heroes. I wanted to show an everyday woman—everyday people—who don’t necessarily get paid the big bucks or are rewarded, but just because of who they are, it illuminates the beauty of humankind. We walk past these people every day. We don’t always know who they are but we’re blessed enough to get into a situation where they’re ready to fight for us. It’s quite a gift. And probably the best part is that aspect of human nature and connection. That’s what I love most about Christina—and that she is flawed on top of all that. She is, to me, what all of us are in some form or fashion.” There’s always more @ delightmag.com .
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What followed was an empowering evolution, both personally and professionally. She married actor-singer-heartthrob Will Smith in 1997, and spent some time creating a name for herself in noteworthy ventures like the Nutty Professor, Bamboozled and the Matrix films, to note just a few, as she did behind the scenes as a producer—2003’s UPN/CW All of Us, which the couple created and produced, and which “loosely” resembled their own lives. She was also one of the executive producers of the 2008 tearjerker, The Secret Lives of Bees. Along the way, she and Smith had two children, Jaden and Willow—the actress is also step-mom to Smith’s son, Trey, from a previous marriage. It’s 12-year-old Jaden though, whom the couple seems to be jazzed about this summer, mainly because they are the producers of the upcoming Karate Kid redux in which their son stars alongside Jackie Chan. Funny enough, Pinkett Smith credits her experience on HawthoRNe for guiding her through her son’s lush, big-screen outing, which was shot in China. “I can see how more keen, how sharpened my skills had become having had such an intense four months on the television show.”
HawthoRNe is definitely the perfect creative playground for her. The popular series, which also stars Michael Vartan (Alias), begins its sophomore season this month. It passionately showcases a head-strong, widowed chief nurse (Christina Hawthorne) battling tough cases at work and even tougher attitudes from her teenaged daughter at home. “I call Christina the altruist warrior because the woman is willing to sacrifice so much for people outside of herself,” Pinkett Smith says of the role. “She’s willing to go to battle. It’s a very, very noble quality to have.” It’s also one Pinkett Smith, now 39, strives to emulate in the real world, too, especially with her family. “One of my jobs as the mother of the family is to make sure that everybody has what they need; to make sure Jaden, especially now, is taken care of as far as his emotional, physical and spiritual needs,” she says with conviction. “We do everything as a family. Our business is a family business. We do it so that the family prospers.” That fortitude may be the driving force behind the Smiths’ own noble enterprise, The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation. The Baltimore, Maryland-based charity assists youth in inner cities and offers “family” support, among other noteworthy services. “For Will and I, it was very important that we gave back to the community in a very grassroots way,” Pinkett Smith reflects about the organization. “Being from the background we come from— very modest ones, to say the least—I’ve known my whole life that if I hadn’t had people that reached out a hand to me, and helped me move forward and attain my dreams, I wouldn’t be here right now.” The comment triggers a deep, knowing sigh before she adds, “As a family, we help other people prosper and try to put good things into the world. We feel like what we’re here to do is to illuminate family values, and to illuminate what’s great about having familial relationships.” Fortunately that … takes something she already possesses in spades: Endurance.
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Young Victoria Emily Blunt is on her way to becoming Hollywood royalty with her performance as the real teenage queen, whose reign lasted from 1837-1901. Beginning with her cloistered childhood, Young Victoria charts the independent and headstrong Victoria’s rise to the throne. Blunt carries the film on her regal shoulders with steely grace and gets commendable support from a superb ensemble, including Jim Broadbent as her bombastic father, King William, Miranda Richardson as the Duchess of Kent, who unsuccessfully schemes to undermine her daughter, an understated Paul Bettany as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s confidant, and Rupert Friend as Prince Albert, her beloved husband. Their love story is equally as compelling as the palace intrigue, which unfolds with chess-like precision. This impeccably mounted historical drama has it all over any princess rom-com fantasies like The Princess Diaries and The Prince & Me. As a vividly dramatized history lesson, riveting character study, and spirited tale of empowerment, Young Victoria rules. Rated PG. Alice in Wonderland Director Tim Burton has been taking viewers through the looking glass since his earliest films, so it’s no surprise that he would find himself right at home in Wonderland. This thoroughlymodern, yet faithful in its way to Carroll’s timeless fantasy includes Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter (looking even creepier than he did as Willy Wonka), Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as a ravishing White Queen, Crispin Glover, a kindred eccentric spirit, as the Knave of Hearts, and Mia Wasikowska, who is very much “the right Alice,” now a 19-year-old who feels herself something of a misfit in her Victorian surroundings. Facing an arranged marriage with an aristocratic bore, she is compelled to follow the White Rabbit that has been haunting her dreams down the rabbit hole. She finds herself in “Underland,” whose bizarre residents seem to recognize her. While liberties are taken with Carroll’s books, the classic characters and most familiar set pieces are wondrously brought to life. Rated PG.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Director Terry Gilliam makes his case for imagination with his own bit of wonderland. Christopher Plummer stars as the title character, who operates a run-down traveling show in modern-day England with his daughter Valentina (Lily Cole), sleight of hand artist Anton (Andrew Garfield) and Percy (Verne Troyer), a dwarf. The immortal Parnassus is engaged in a running wager with Mr. Nick (a devilish Tom Waits) to see who can collect the most souls. People who pass through Parnassus’ stage mirror are given a choice to follow their bliss or give in to their baser desires. At stake is Valentina, whom Mr. Nick is poised to claim. In his last film, Heath Ledger costars as Tony, a disgraced philanthropist. Ledger died before filming was completed, and Gilliam considered abandoning the project. Enter Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell, who portray incarnations of Ledger’s character in the world behind the mirror. For those like Parnassus, and Gilliam, who choose a world of imagination, Imaginarium is just what the doctor ordered. Rated PG-13. Green Zone The Green Zone refers to the American enclave in Baghdad, where an Army Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) leads the search for the weapons of mass destruction. With each unsuccessful attempt, his faith in the “intel” weakens and he becomes determined to find the truth. As with the comparable Academy Award winner The Hurt Locker, the soldiers are given thoughtful and respectful treatment. The villains, as it were, include a duped Wall Street Journal correspondent (Amy Ryan) and a Defense Intelligence agent (Greg Kinnear) whose agenda becomes increasingly suspect. The Green Zone was inspired by the celebrated nonfiction book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone. Though the script is fiction, the real-life parallels are presented in Greengrass’s signature documentary style. Beyond politics, if you’re looking for an explosive thriller, mission accomplished. Rated R.
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Two teams of eleven players each compete to get the ball into the other team’s goal at the end of the field, called a pitch. The team with more scored goals at the end of two 45 minute halves is the winner; if both teams score an equal number, the game is a draw (no overtime!). Players can use any part of their bodies—other than their hands and arms—to move the ball. Goalkeepers are the exception. Opposing players can overtake the ball by intercepting a pass or tackling the opponent with the ball.
The World at Their Feet
By Meg Hoppe Soccer will be making a month-long, no-holds-barred impression on the U.S. this summer, thanks to ESPN’s enhanced coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
he World Cup tournament is held once every four years, so the buildup of excitement is extreme, to say the least. What’s more, every man is defending his native country, so it’s motherland vs. motherland, a feature unique to this sport (even the Olympic games can’t claim that). The 2010 FIFA World Cup deserves every bit of hype mounting around it. This is the world’s largest sporting event, in terms of number of teams participating (32 countries), length of the tournament (30 days), and size of audience (over 715 million fans watched the 2006 World Cup). There’s also the knuckle-biting anxiety triggered by a relentlessly ticking clock. Games are played for 90 minutes—no more, no less—without the
The Stats. Will history be The Drama. Players will be exhibiting a passion only seen in tournaments—and as tournaments go, this is the mother of them all.
made? To date, the two teams in the finals have come from either Europe or South America. Another first would be a European country winning a World Cup that wasn’t held in Europe.
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benefit of time-outs for players to catch their breath or talk strategy. The stakes for the World Cup are huge. Not only does the winning team get the unwavering respect of soccer fans the world over, but a hefty sum of money, too. The last team standing will reap a whopping $31 million reward! ESPN will be airing every game live in high definition, from walkout to finish, beginning June 11 and ending July 11. And ESPN knows just how to get the ball rolling—the first match pits South Africa against Mexico, and will air in 3-D, making it a viewing experience unlike any other, literally bringing the action into your living room.
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ESPN has made a defining commitment in bringing World Cup coverage to the U.S. this year. Not only is every game aired live in HD, but you can also catch it live on the Web ... just be sure to contain your enthusiasm to your cube.
32 teams form 8 groups of 4. Round robin play ensues within each group, with the top 2 teams from each group advancing.
The advancing 16 teams are paired off. The winners of each match move on to the next round.
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d!: What’s exciting about World Cup 2010?
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Your Home Team.
One of the top 50 players of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is America’s Landon Donovan. And while the U.S. team is currently ranked No. 14 in the world, every tournament needs a Cinderella to root for.
MT: That it’s in Africa, a country with a lot of great players. Africa’s international team has developed over the last 20 years and it certainly has the right to be a host nation. To have the biggest tournament in the world in this country is very, very exciting for us all. An exciting feat, ESPN nabbed one of the world’s most-desired soccer experts to commentate this year’s games and delight! got an opportunity to ask about his passion for the sport. Here’s what he had to say: d!: What about soccer has kept you so passionate over the years? MT: Soccer is a lot like life: the harder you work and help your mates, the more successful you’ll be. And I love the excitement— a lot happens in a set amount of time. d!: Do you have any pointers for first-time viewers? MT: You’ll get hooked by the personalities and the drama; emotions run high because every player is representing his country. d!: Which team do you think is the team to watch? MT: Spain, the current European champions. Traditionally, they haven’t done well in the World Cup—their club football has been more successful than their international team. Now, it’s Spain’s
chance to prove they are the best in the world. And watch the African countries; I’d like to see them do well. d!: Do you think Soccer is more intense than American Football? MT: I think both games are extremely intense. The only difference, really, is the time limits. In American football, you have a break at half time. In soccer, you have the added excitement of knowing you’re going to start at five to three and you’ll finish at five to five. That’s your game.
The advancing 8 teams are paired off. The winners move on.
The advancing 4 pair off. The winners move on.
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ABouT THE HoST NATioN This is the first time South Africa has hosted the World Cup tournament. The country’s relationship with FIFA has been rocky; in the early ‘70s, South Africa was banned because of its policy regarding apartheid. South Africa’s first multiracial team was created in 1991 and has since been welcomed into the federation.
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Now this may seem strange to the beginner, but yes, you really should “season” the grill. every new grill contains some impurities resulting from the manufacturing process. To “season” the grill and remove the impurities or residue and residual metals, simply build a fire in the grill or barbecue pit and allow it to burn at 350 degrees for several hours. The weekend before would be a great time to do this. It’ll give you practice also. When the fire has died down [or turned off and cooled for gas grills] simply take some old rags and rub down the cooking grids where the food rests when cooking and the inside of the lid. Remove all ashes for charcoal grills and you are then ready for the first formal cookout!
Garlicky chicken This has to be one of our favorite day-in-day-out recipes. And, garlic has to be the gift of the gods. So why wait, let’s get to cookin’ and eatin’. In a cooking pot, combine the following: 1 cup of light olive oil 6 cloves of garlic 2 Tbs fresh ground black pepper 1 Tbs dried oregano 1 tsp of salt 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp Tabasco Puree ingredients in a blender and place in a shallow bowl or zip lock plastic bag. Add 4 to 6 chicken breasts and marinate for 4 hours. Grill normally over medium heat. Note: When using ‘skin on’ chicken, try to loosen all the skin so that the marinade can reach the meat under the skin.
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don’t overcook the food in the pretense of making it “falling off the bone” tender. this is a mistake made by most beginners/uninformed cooks. Anytime you overcook the meat, it will dry the bone and release the meat from the bone. this has nothing to do with being tender. Just overcooked. don’t believe us? go ahead and test this theory—and waste some perfectly good meat in the process. Simply cook the meat to the point where you know it will be completely overdone. you will notice it “falls off the bone” every time. if you judge tenderness in this method, you should rethink your definition.
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Want to take your grilling to the next level? Try some of these ‘new’ products the next time you barbecue. Pink peppercorns are gaining popularity with some in the barbecue industry. These berries, not a true pepper, have been used in France and the middle east for 2,000 years. The French use them in pâtés, sausages, and desserts. This slightly sweet, pink berry has a distinct peppery flavor and is nicely aromatic. It has a brittle outer shell with a small seed inside. As a bonus, it adds color to your dish. sichuan pepper, sometimes called Chinese pepper, is in no way related to black or white pepper. sichuan is made from the dried outer pod of the tiny fruit of the Chinese Ash tree. It is one of the more ancient seasonings in China and is usually on the table to be used for seasoning cooked foods just as black pepper is for us. sichuan has a pronounced spicy, woody aroma so pleasant, one is tempted to dry fry a few grains for the aroma alone. The taste is tingly, rather than straight hot.
StArting A chArcoAl fire
many folks believe they can taste the petroleum byproducts in the meat. Perhaps. But it’s probably because they didn’t allow the fire to burn sufficiently to expel the fumes before adding the meat. If you use lighter fluid, wait at least 45 minutes before grilling. After this time, there is little chance that any petroleum byproducts are still around AND you will then have a sufficiently constant temperature to work with.
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Keeping your grill liKe new
The most obvious method of keeping the cooking grates on your grill from becoming rusted and terrible looking is to use them daily. This would be great for several of the most obvious reasons! However, in most circumstances, this is not practical. The best method to keep the grate from rusting would be to take the following steps after each cooking event and while the grill is still warm: 1. scrape the grate clean from any cooked on foods. 2. Rub down the grate with a cooking oil. 3. Place the grill in a covered location until the next use. one of the best ways to keep your charcoal units lasting longer is to always remove the ashes. When ashes become wet they create a caustic base “lye” which has the strong propensity to eat iron. The best way to prevent this is to clean out all the ashes, hose it down well and spray it with a mixture of 2 Tb. vinegar per gallon of water. let it dry real well. Turn it upside down if you have to. Then try to keep the moisture out.
controlling your heAt
In controlling the heat, always keep the upper air exhaust vent fully open. The lower air intake vent should be adjustable to regulate airflow to the fire and thus regulate the temperature of cooking.
SecRetS fRoM the expeRtS
many championship rib masters will apply a light to medium coating of standard yellow mustard before applying their rub. yes, mustard. This does several things for the ribs. First, it helps keep them moist. second, it helps to hold the rub on the meat. Third, over a 4- to 6-hour period, it develops a nice tender crust on the ribs. And lastly, you cannot taste the mustard after that length of cooking time.
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On the tube this month
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Summer Shows that Sizzle
By Greg Archer
Sure, we’ll all be watching the season finale of Fox’s adorable hit, Glee on June 8th, and how can we miss the return of Weeds on Showtime this month, too, but take note of other festive television adventures during June:
Giving Valerie Bertinelli a sitcom to shine in again was the best news that came out of TVLand last fall. Better still was that the embraceable One Day At A Time alum would be starring alongside Jane Leeves (Frasier) and Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me). But when the news hit that Betty White (The Golden Girls) was also on board in the network’s first original sitcom, buzz began to grow. The premise finds three Californians (Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick) on their way to Paris when their plane unexpectedly lands in Cleveland. Charmed by the town, they make an impulsive move to rent a house and stay. The twist? The home comes with an outspoken caretaker (White). Watch for comedic sparks to fly. Fortunately, the series appears to have as much heart as it does good writing, and that’s a tricky creative cocktail to shake when it comes to sitcoms. But here, you can feel the chemistry because the actresses work so well off of each other. Best of all, you tend to care about what’s happening to them, a vital ingredient sadly missing in many of today’s network comedies. Thanks to the series’ creative team, Suzanne Martin, who penned episodes of Frasier and Ellen, and producer Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Hot in Cleveland seems destined to sizzle this summer. Watch: Premieres Wednesday, June 16, 10/9 pm C, TVLand
ily a chance to transform their world via new eating plans and exercise habits. Expect some tears of frustration and joy along the way as Michaels touts her most important message of all: That anybody can make a change—even when you think you can’t. Watch: Tuesdays, 8/7 pm C, NBC
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couple decides who actually wins. Add some savage competition and a few real-life cliffhangers—as in how a planner can create a wedding on a $15,000 budget— and there’s high drama, indeed. But beyond some of the modern-day froth, there are a few things that stand out here, particularly, the incredible creativity some of these wedding designers actually possess. And, in a day and age when those with little talent are rewarded, it’s refreshing to discover individuals who are downright original. This could be one to say “I Do” to. Watch: Fridays, 10/9 pm C, TLC
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As a network, FX just loves taking risks. Nip/ Tuck, Rescue Me, Damages, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia—none of the shows are/were tepid. And while it’s still too soon to know if Louie will push that proverbial envelope as far, for fans of comedian Louis C.K., this could be a real hoot. The comic’s distinctly original observational humor is on display here in a single-camera, part-scripted series that chronicles Louis’s busy life as a prominent stand-up comic. For a personal touch, there’s the fact that the man is a single father raising two daughters. Heartwarming? At times. But expect to be titillated, too. Watch: Tuesdays, 11/10 pm C, FX
Well, the movie was a hit, so here’s hoping the sitcom version of Ice Cube’s box office hit heads in the right creative direction. What it already has going for it: Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris). “Terry is the perfect person to replace me as Nick,” Ice Cube has mused about Crews taking on the role of a hubby trying to help his modern-day blended family co-exist in some peace. Essence Atkins (Half and Half) plays Crews’ wife. The other bright spot: Family Matters grad Telma Hopkins is on board. True, the movie played things over the top, but with the creative team responsible for Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns orchestrating things behind the scenes, this could be a welcomed guilty pleasure. Watch: Wednesdays, 9/8 pm C, TBS
The Green Room with Paul Provenza
Now that Bill Maher—and those ladies from The View, of course—have made round-table interviewing a savory treat, chances are comedian/actor/producer Paul Provenza might strike some ratings gold here. The new series allows Provenza, a guy who’s never short of savage wit, to unleash his creative banter and opinions in front of an eager studio audience. He won’t be alone, of course, so imagine what could actually transpire when the likes of Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Eddie Izzard, Bob Saget and—what’s this?—Jonathan Winters deliver some candor. Our prediction: Provenza is one of TV’s hardest-working funny men and he’s deserving of a major hit. Watch: Thursdays, 10:30/9:30 pm C, Showtime
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One would think planning a wedding is stressful enough without adding a reality TV element to it, but, since we do live in 2010, almost anything holds a certain allure in today’s new media, and this series has enough tenderness and occasional frenetic vibrato to keep viewers interested. The lowdown: A gaggle of the finest wedding designers in America compete to plan one couple’s dream wedding. The happy
Couch potatoes beware: Jillian Michaels is heading right into your living room—again. Michaels, a fitness/ weight-loss matriarch, proved that tough love can work on the reality hit The Biggest Loser. Now, NBC execs want more perspiration time. Here, the battle is bigger (literally) as Michaels takes on the obesity epidemic. The series chronicles her travels across America, visiting one family at a time, all in the hopes of uncovering the real issues that prevent positive change in their lives. Along the way, she spreads that Jillian love—growls included— viewers have grown accustomed to and offers each fam-
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ixty-five percent of people who start exercising to fulfill a New Year’s resolution quit by Valentine’s Day, according to the Chicago Tribune. But knowledge is power, so we thought we would share a few factors that we found on www.bodybuilding.com. We hope it helps keep you on track!
not aLL CaLorIes are CreateD equaL Say “malnourished” and we immediately think of poverty-stricken third world countries. But right here in the wealthiest country in the world, many suffer from malnutrition. We fill our diets with nutritionally empty foods—sugary treats, fatty snacks, and processed foods—and as a result, our bodies still crave the essential nutrients we’ve missed and signal our brains to keep eating; we eat more of the same and the cycle continues. What can you do to prevent “nutrient hunger”? Be sure to make protein a focus of your diet, take a daily multivitamin, and eat plenty of vegetables and fruits and your body won’t hunger for all the good things they provide naturally. Less saLt = more CaLCIum Oddly enough, one way to help prevent osteoporosis is to watch your salt intake. According to Journal of Bone & Mineral Metabolism, sodium and calcium are removed from our systems using the same mechanism, and when one molecule of sodium is removed, it takes one molecule of calcium with it! Get smart about salt by reading labels (would it surprise you to know that a bowl of Cheerios has more sodium than a serving of Ruffles® potato chips?) and make low-sodium choices to maintain optimum calcium levels.
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It’s more than just genes “Dieting doesn’t do me any good—being overweight is in my genes!” We’ve all heard this excuse (some of us have used it!). But while it’s true that the number of fat cells in your body is determined by DNA, overeating over a long period of time, especially during the teenage years, can trigger fat cells to multiply. And the more fat cells you have, the more capacity you have to fill them up, and the more likely that you’ll be obese. sugar? not so sweet Insulin, a hormone, tells your body that there’s enough sugar in your system to use as the primary fuel source and, consequently, not to start using up stored fat! Glucagon, another hormone, is the one that tells the body to go ahead and use up the stored fat, but it can’t kick in if insulin is at work. Anyone battling extra weight wants the glucagon calling the shots, not insulin. Boost glucagon and avoid the effects of insulin simply by avoiding simple carbohydrates: sweets, candy, sugary sodas, honey and high fructose foods.
Cut Down on the strong stuff Alcohol can have a sobering effect on your weight loss efforts. Just one bottle of wine throughout the week will add up to 1100 calories that are most easily stored as fat.
Another eye-opening fact is that alcohol before sleep (even a little) inhibits the release of growth hormone by up to 75%. This hormone stimulates cell reproduction and regeneration—an important factor in weight management.
sweat the smaLL stuff Did you know that people who are physically fit sweat more quickly (and sweat more) than people who aren’t in shape? Fit people’s bodies are very efficient at cooling, the whole reason we sweat. But not all sweat is good. If your clothes smell like ammonia after you work out, you could be burning protein, rather than carbs or fat. Make sure you include plenty of smart carbs (not simple carbs) in your diet so your body burns those first and foremost.
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HELP ROCK STARS SAVE THE PLANET.
Introducing 1% For The Planet: The Music Vol. 1, featuring Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings, Jackson Browne, and more. All proceeds beneﬁt 1%’s continued efforts to make the planet a more beautiful place. Visit music.onepercentfortheplanet.org to listen to exclusive tracks.
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Of Thee I Sing
A cross-country romp! Standards and lesserknown compositions celebrate sites, cities and landscape across the United States.
Janet’s upcoming summer release explores the legendary lyrics of Bob Dylan from the 1960’s ...and makes them uniquely her own.
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