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Body+Soul Challenge Update

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2008

Since our Body+Soul challenge was launched in January, many of you have made the commitment to get on the path toward optimal health. Our supervising producer, Christina Deyo, also joined the Body+Soul Challenge; to help keep up her motivation, we sent her to Eva Scrivo's Manhattan salon for a day of pampering -- and some valuable slimming beauty tips.

Christina was given a haircut, which can be used to enhance features that we like about ourselves and take attention away from the features we may not like. The architecture of haircutting can strengthen the planes on a woman's face by carefully placing layers at the cheekbone and jaw bone. A side-swept bang is also very flattering because of the asymmetry of the line -- the diagonal movement of the hair is slimming.

A great haircut can strengthen the planes of your face and make it look slimmer by creating height at the crown of the head and elongating the face. It can also make you appear a couple of inches taller. The trick is expertly cut layers that support height in your hair. This effect can also be achieved with a few velcro rollers set straight back along the mohawk section of the head. You can also "back-brush" your hair by slightly teasing a few sections at the top of the head, creating the illusion of height.

When it comes to color, darker pieces around the face create depth and a shadowing effect, resulting in the appearance of a slimmed face and strengthened bone structure. Highlights throughout the sides of the hair create dimension and movement; the contrast of light and dark creates a sense of depth in the hair and adds brightness to the face. Eva uses a balyage technique for highlights, a hand-painting process that originated in France. Balayge literally means "sweeping" in English -- the sweeping of perfectly placed color.

Christina also received acupuncture to help stimulate her metabolism through increasing circulation, and to help with hormonal balancing; acupuncture is particularly effective for weight loss and appetite suppression in women who have had children.

Ear acupuncture for weight loss is used to adjust metabolism, improve digestion, and decrease hunger. According to Eastern medicine, certain places on the surface of your ear correspond to parts of the body and when pressed create internal changes. Known as auricular therapy, small magnets or seeds from the Vaccaria plant are affixed to an adhesive tape and placed on specific ear acupressure points. Ear seeds and the effects of this treatment can last for days. (Written by Shellie Goldstein, M.S., L.Ac.)

Download and print the ear acupressure diagram. (Photo is by National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.) Note: The diagram is for illustrative, not instructional, purposes. This acupressure procedure should be performed only by a licensed acupuncturist.

After her acupuncture session, Christina received an oxygen facial, which helps rejuvenate and plump the skin.

Advice from the Experts
Our Body+Soul Challenge experts -- Dr. Brent Ridge, Body+Soul editor Alanna Fincke, and personal trainer Mary Tedesco -- have some advice to help all Challenge participants keep up the good work:

Dr. Brent Ridge was asked numerous times about the ins and outs of calorie consumption. With some help from Jim Glaser, R.D., of Canyon Ranch, Dr. Ridge has shared a wonderful chart to help guide proper calorie consumption. Download the calories used by the body instructions, the calories used by the body chart, and the weight-loss goal information.

Alanna was graded by our health editors on the quality of her lunch each day, and discovered that by making some simple switches in her meal, she could turn a not-so-great lunch into a better one. For example, replace iceberg lettuce with romaine in your salads, and swap creamy dressings with vinaigrettes and croutons with walnuts. Like croutons, walnuts add heft and crunch to salads. But thanks to their protein, fiber, and fat, they also add long-lasting energy. Unique among nuts for their high amount of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fat that protects against heart disease, walnuts also contain melatonin, which helps regulate sleep. They're also a good source of phytosterols, which help lower cholesterol levels. Iceberg lettuce is no nutritional star, but it's got that great crunch in salads, sandwiches, and tacos. Try romaine lettuce instead; it has the same crisp texture as iceberg, but with three times the folate and more than seven times the vitamin A, as well as more iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.

Personal trainer Mary Tedesco was often asked about ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle while traveling, and the answer is simple: Try these simple exercises; all you need to do them is the wall in your hotel room.

Exercising While Traveling
1. Use the wall in your hotel room for wall squats or push-ups off the wall.
2. Use a telephone book for biceps curls or triceps press-backs.

Of course, you also need to move around and try to hit some hills. Walking is key to keeping yourself limber and relieving the aches and pains of traveling -- just be sure to pack comfortable shoes.

Special thanks to Eva Scrivo for giving Christina Deyo a makeover; to Jim Glaser, R.D., of Canyon Ranch for providing the calorie consumption charts; to Dansko for giving clogs to our studio audience; to Mary Tedesco for giving her Body Fit Travel Kit to our studio audience; and to Dr. Brent Ridge and Alanna Fincke for sharing this valuable health information. Mary was wearing the Dansko Susana clog. For more details on the Body+Soul Challenge, visit

Comments (25)

  • MARYB1961 17 Jun, 2008

    How does the exercise box figure in on the calorie chart?

  • hetley 13 Jun, 2008

    I too am a bit confused with the calories chart. How is the exercise box calculated in? Also, if I adhere to the goal weight total calories ,how long should I expect to reach my goal weight?

  • hetley 13 Jun, 2008

    I too am a bit confused with the calories chart. How is the exercise box calculated in? Also, if I adhere to the goal weight total calories ,how long should I expect to reach my goal weight?

  • carolslye 18 Mar, 2008

    I am wanting more info on the mustard seeds in the ear segment from your Feb. 21st show. Thanks-- Cici

  • Grandma_Helen 25 Feb, 2008

    I have completed the "Calories Used by the Body" chart. Am I to assume that in order to reach my goal weight, I should limit my calorie intake to the amount shown in Box #5? Also, what is the calculations to be used in the exercise box?

  • christineshea 22 Feb, 2008

    Also, I'm not sure how may calories I should be having each day, if anyone can help me understand this whole thing I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

  • christineshea 22 Feb, 2008

    I'm a little confused by the "Calories used by the body" chart...I just turned the t.v. on when they were showing this segment and I never heard the purpose of this chart. I just finished the chart out with no problems but now I'm not sure what to do with my results. Am I supposed to cut calories by the amount of difference between my 2 results (box 3 or box 6) or am I supposed to try and burn the amount of calories everyday by exercising?

  • MissNadia 22 Feb, 2008

    I have finally found the name to the clogs that Mary Tedesco was wearing on Thursday show. She was wearing the Dansko "Susana" clogs. Hope it helps and here is the link -->,Susana,Sausalito,2

  • LisaHalipchak 21 Feb, 2008

    The body and sole segment today . . . . I was trying to fill in the Calories used by the Body and I can't seem to find the chart that shows your current weight and goal weights to the nearest 5 pounds. Am I missing something??? Help me

  • soozle 21 Feb, 2008

    I am still wondering about how the mustards seeds are placed and held within or on the ear(s) . . .

  • btrswttx00 21 Feb, 2008

    I too am looking for the specific Dansho Clogs Mary was wearing today. They have so many on the Dansko site! Thanks.

  • Debsum10 21 Feb, 2008

    Thank you for the information, I have always made my salads with iceberg (family tradition) now I know to use the green Romaine. Love the idea of the nuts in the salad too.

  • tinawu 21 Feb, 2008

    I went to see an acupuncture specialist for my migraines who placed a few of these mustard seeds on both my ears. I had to leave them on for about a week and was instructed to gently press on them a few times a day. It does hurt for a few days, but you get used to it. I'd like to think it helped with my migraines... at least while I had them on. Depending on what problems you are trying to fix, they'll place it on the appropriate spots on your ears. Hope this helps.

  • soozle 21 Feb, 2008

    I am also interested in finding out more about the mustard-seed-in-the-ear trick, as I was unable to see clearly on television how this technique is handled. Where can I follow up for more information?

  • aebfree 21 Feb, 2008

    Hello all...
    I found the Dansko website..they have many,many styles of clogs...which ones were the ones Mary had on???

  • anniebates 21 Feb, 2008

    from todays show feb. 21 what about the mustard seed in the top of ear...I missed the beginning...please direct me to read more about this

  • ConnieY 21 Feb, 2008

    cece, the clogs were DANSKO listed in the resources ( last section on the page)

  • cececraw 21 Feb, 2008

    Did anyone catch the name of the clogs that Mary T. was wearing today? She also gave the audience members a pair. I have looked on the Body fit website and no word. Thanks

  • ConnieY 21 Feb, 2008

    I had the same problem when i first tried it to ! You need to set your printer to landscape then reload and you will get all of it.

  • kristenanzaldua 21 Feb, 2008

    I had to upgrade my adobe reader to the lastest version to get it to work. If you still have problems you may try that.

  • suzette4295 21 Feb, 2008

    Go to the martha stewart show and read the article on today's show, You'll find the links for the chart and the information in that article. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the instructions and the chart. Hope that helps you.

  • suzette4295 21 Feb, 2008

    The chart has been straightened out.but if you read the instructions on the chart compared to the Calories Used by the Body instructions they're not compatible to each other, would you please let us know which instructions are the correct ones to use to calculate the figures. Thank you.

  • amazin 21 Feb, 2008

    I printed it and there was some missing then I went to do it again and it came out perfect.. color and everything. Just try it again. I did it but I do not get it which am I suppossed to look at for haw many calories i should be consuming?box 5 or 6

  • mjd1104 21 Feb, 2008

    I can't even find out how to begin to download that calorie chart? Can someone advise?

  • karinhall 21 Feb, 2008

    I was watching today and wanted to print out the weight chart but it doesn't come up properly when you down load it .. cuts off the left hand and right hand side of it .. HELP