There are many aspects of our lives and identity that impact how well we can express and develop our talents, including personality and health – mental, physical and spiritual.
In his article Mariel Hemingway: Healthy Living from the Inside Out, Kyle Roderick (for Life Extension magazine, June 2008) describes how the actor improved her health through diet and supplements, noting that in her youth, “Hemingway lived in fear of falling prey to what she calls ‘the Hemingway legacy of mental illness, addiction, and eating and drinking to excess.'”
Her paternal grandfather, writer Ernest Hemingway, succumbed to alcoholism in his later years and possibly suffered from manic depression. Her sister was Margaux Hemingway, who committed suicide. Both are mental health challenges that impact many creative people.
[Her new book (March 2013) is The WillingWay: Stepping Into the Life You’re Meant to Live, co-authored with Bobby Williams.]
Looking thin for the cameras
The article notes, “Eating a no-fat, low-protein, and carbohydrate-rich diet kept her looking thin for the cameras, but Hemingway, by her own admission, also drank caffeine like a fiend and exercised obsessively.
“I loved the energy I got from coffee and then I would jump rope for hours in my apartment after working out at the gym,” she recalls.
“Because I didn’t drink alcohol or take drugs, I thought I was the healthiest, cleanest-living person in the world, until I got to the point where I had zero energy, my menstrual periods stopped, and tests revealed that in addition to low thyroid function, I was vitamin-deficient.”
Mariel’s diet today
The article adds, “Hemingway found her way back to well-being with the help of holistic nutritionists, chiropractors, and other health care professionals.
“In addition to a full arsenal of antioxidant supplements and her beloved green tea, Hemingway is diligent about consuming multivitamins, multiminerals, and brain-specific nutrients such as ginkgo biloba and phosphatidylserine.”
“Just as there is no magic diet for everyone, each individual has to experiment with the supplements that are right for them,” she says.
“My husband [documentary film director and producer Stephen Crisman] takes different supplements from what I take because his body has different needs.”
Mariel also realizes the importance of mental health.
“Louise Hay was the catalyst to my becoming aware of the importance of being good to me,” she says. “The horribly unkind voice in my head constantly criticized me until I began to understand that I was the power behind my good health and happiness just by the thoughts I think and the words that I speak.”
Hemingway explains that part of the reason she wrote her book Healthy Living from the Inside Out was “to share what I have learned about how to self-nurture and stay healthy while working, raising a family, and/or maintaining a network of friendships. Twenty-first century life is incredibly complicated. My book helps people sort out their priorities and streamline their lifestyles so that they can feel better fast.”
She says on her site www.marielhemingway.com: “If you would like to explore more yoga, I’ve included a complete yoga series in my book Healthy Living from the Inside Out.
“My yoga series doesn’t assume you’ve exercised in the past or have any kind of on-going exercise routine, and it will help you open up your body and awaken and invigorate your soul.”
This image is from her book Finding My Balance: A Memoir with Yoga.
“Mariel turned to yoga and its meditative practice in an effort to maintain her center when her life threatened to spin out of control.
“Having experienced family tragedy, sudden stardom, and the continuing challenges of a full and demanding life, Mariel learned through practice how to find her balance in emotionally disorienting situations.”
From summary on marielhemingway.com.
The film You Can Heal Your Life details the fascinating life story of Louise Hay, founder of Hay House. We are taken on an inner journey of doubt, realization and eventual healing, while also hearing from some of the most renowned leaders in the new thought field today.
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Another form of nutrition considered very healthy by many people is raw foods.
In her Newsweek article In The Raw, Jennifer Barrett Ozols writes, “Boosted by celebrity endorsements, the raw-foods movement is migrating from the margins to the mainstream. Is it really good for you?”
She mentions a number of people, including David Wolfe, the author of “Eating For Beauty” and “The Sunfood Diet Success System,” who “stopped eating anything cooked or processed 11 years ago.
“His diet now consists largely of fruit smoothies, fresh vegetable juices and the occasional handful of pumpkin seeds – and says the benefits of adhering to the diet far outweigh any inconveniences.
“‘Clear skin… clear thinking, improved digestion,’ he says, ticking off the changes he noticed after making the switch.” His company provides many raw food products: Sunfood Nutrition.
Article publié pour la première fois le 26/11/2008