Health Makeover: Week Two with Marilu Hennner (cont.)

Years ago, I came up with this concept. My house was 8 people, 1 bathroom, dancing school in the backyard, everyone hung out, and it was like a big hamper. This is the day I'm saying, "let's unhamper ourselves", and we're going to look at the things we have one, and try to be a little less hampered.

Fay_Moderator: (laughs!)

Blaine_Moderator: (laughs!) Is there a pin I can put on the spot on my tie?

Henner: Maybe it's time to clean out those receipts in your purse, go through your things, anything messy get fixed...

Blaine_Moderator: Change the bag from 5lbs. to 2lbs. ... easier on your posture.

Fay_Moderator: Mm hmm ...

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Henner: Right. And you're going to do different things. So one of the tips I talk about is "tweeze please", so you want to get rid of any of those stray hairs on your face, body...

Fay_Moderator: I saw that! Right, right.

Henner: And you know which ones I'm talking about.

Blaine_Moderator: Marilu, your discussion on organization ... there's a question here... let me read that to you ...

Moderator: How does organization help your health?

Henner: Health is a total picture, and I can usually tell if someone's healthy... and by looking at their gym bag, purse, how they organize their desk... How they organize themselves outside is a reflection of your inside. There's consideration and care for your environment; if your mind is all crazy, your environment is going to be crazy. You need a sense of order, so you're not all over the place, and it's much better for your health, so you won't be all stressed out. You'll know what you have, and be able to assess that situation.

Blaine_Moderator: I'm assuming if you're organized and you know where your food is and where your workout clothes are you can eat more properly ....

Fay_Moderator: Absolutely!

Blaine_Moderator: And, I read that the average American spends 45 minutes a day looking for things.

Henner: So think, you'd have 40 minutes to take care of yourself.

Fay_Moderator: Yes, absolutely.

Henner: Getting back to Hamper Day, one of the other things you can do... we wear so many black clothes these days, and those clothes fade in our laundry... so we add a cup of vinegar into the final rinse, so it brings the black back into your jeans, clothes...

Fay_Moderator: Ah! That's good!

Blaine_Moderator: Just a cup of vinegar?

Henner: I'm talking about socks or anything like that.

Blaine_Moderator: I never wear black, so I'll remember that! (laughs)

Fay_Moderator: That's a great suggestion.

Henner: Health is also about presentation, and you can fake your way to health, people will think you're feeling better... and it becomes one of those self-fulfilling prophecies.

Blaine_Moderator: Marilu, I'm going to move you along, cause I can't wait to get to this cooking. I know that if the users go to your book, The 30 Day Total Health Makeover they can read about 'Hamper Day' ...

Henner: One of the things I talked about... there are so many times people think health food is its own cuisine, and when I talk about health food, I'm talking about whole natural foods, and you can take a piece of fish and turn it into a trip around the world. By adding certain spices to a piece of chicken, or using certain spices in rice dishes or on a salad, you can have an international cuisine.

Blaine_Moderator: See, my problem is with tofu.

Henner: People think tofu is a block of white.

Blaine_Moderator: You've encouraged me to eat it and I'm trying to eat it .. but ... How do I make it tasty?

Henner: I've been screaming about soy for 21 years, and now they come up with this whole thing about how it not only helps women with breast cancer or men with prostate cancer...

Fay_Moderator: Also in menopause, yeah ...

Blaine_Moderator: Men with prostate cancer. Yes.

Henner: Soy is the most perfect food.

Blaine_Moderator: Phytoestrogens.

Henner: I went to this event in Mississippi, and we stayed with this family... And they had this block of tofu for dinner!

Fay_Moderator: (laughs!) They didn't know what to do with it!

Henner: They didn't know what to do!

Blaine_Moderator: Well, how do you prepare it Japanese style or something like that?

Henner: You can use it in a quesadilla or different things; you play with it. All of these things add different flavor; you use the tofu differently and in a cake.

Blaine_Moderator: All of these things add different flavor ....

Henner: You can use it to make maple tofu pie!

Blaine_Moderator: Really?

Henner: These are all the things I'm thinking about.

Fay_Moderator: Right.

Henner: It's for my new book.

Blaine_Moderator: I can't wait!! Can we cook ... We're going to move on to the 'Healthy Miso Salmon' ....