Michelle Obama’s Top 6 Health Tips

Michelle Obama gives her DNC speech in a pink dressWhat’s not to love about First Lady Michelle Obama? She’s a well-educated professional, she’s a devoted mother, she’s the greatest supporter and defender of her husband, President Barack Obama, and she strives every day to be healthy and happy woman.

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What are some of the top everyday things she does to help maintain a healthy life?

1. Michelle works out.

She wakes up around 4:30 every day to work out before her children wake up, doing combinations of cardio and strength moves. If she’s on the road, she tries to bring a jump rope with her, or do a pre-planned 30-minute workout involving jumping jacks and situps.

She also varies her workouts, and includes moves to maintain her flexibility, such as Pilates and yoga.

2. Michelle takes great care of her skin.

Her skin care routine is pretty basic: face cleanser and a moisturizer with SPF. She also treats herself to the occasional facial.

3. Michelle eats right, but eats fries, too.

She believes that eating right is about establishing healthy boundaries, and that she couldn’t be happy if she had to cut out the foods she loved. She says that she loves fries, a good burger and pie, and enjoys these things in moderation, while including plenty of healthy food choices as well.

4. Michelle understands her value.

She makes sure to put “me” on her priority list, and makes choices that makes her happy, saying that “Even my husband is happier when I’m happy, and says that personal happiness is connected to everything.” She also stresses that this is an important lesson she wants her own daughters to learn.

5. Michelle deals with problems constructively.

She believes in immediately dealing with the things that bother her instead of internalizing them. She talks to her network of friends and family to help her resolve issues before they become serious problems.

6. Michelle dresses for her own happiness.

Yes, she’s a fashion icon, but says that she actually picks clothes that make her feel good, and uses her own internal guide. She feels that women should always do this, especially since it’s impossible to make everyone 100% happy.

The First Lady’s number one tip for being healthy? Give yourself permission to be happy.


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Sherri Shepherd’s Tough Love Diabetes Tips

sherri shepherd weight lossThe View’s Sherri Shepherd is one tough cookie. She’s been through it all: weight loss, infertility, abortion, but she’s not only lived through it, but has managed to thrive.  Sherri is also one of the 10 percent of U.S. women living with diabetes. As she and countless others have learned, dealing with the disease is about making healthy lifestyle choices…and sticking with them.

“If I didn’t have diabetes, I would probably be at the International House of Pancakes eating a stack of pancakes with butter and syrup,” says Shepherd, 46. “I would probably be 250 pounds. I would not be going to the doctor. I probably wouldn’t be married to my husband, Lamar Sally. I wouldn’t be healthy for my son, Jeffrey.”

At 5-foot-1, she now weighs 157 pounds, down from 197 pounds several years ago. Once she was taking three medications for diabetes, but now that she’s eating healthier, exercising regularly and keeping her blood sugar in the right range, the doctor has taken her off all medications for the disease.

Shepherd details her struggles with diabetes and the changes she made in her life in her new book, Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don’t Have It), written with Billie Fitzpatrick.

What are the diabetes-management rules that she lives by?

1. Find a doctor who challenges you.

“My mom died of diabetes complications when she was 41. When I was 40, my doctor told me, ‘I don’t know when you’re going to have a stroke, but it’s going to happen.’ That was my wake up call.”

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2. Scare yourself.

“Diabetes makes you feel like you’re in a fog. I needed clarity, because I was about to joinThe View and sit at a table with four formidable women. So I vowed to get healthy and strut my stuff in a swimsuit on TV. It worked: I lost 10 inches in…