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Abbie Ginsberg of “The Amazing Race”: Skinnista of the Month

July 16, 2014

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

Say hello to my GF, Abbie Ginsberg!

Between filming this season’s “Amazing Race,” teaching dance classes, & choreographing competitive dancers, this girl manages to find time to fuel her hot bod with the proper nutrients/workout on the reg.

Oh! & only a cool ten MILLION people watch her an episode. She’s pretty much a rockstar…!! Read on for this Skinnista’s diet tips & tricks:

+ Tell us about yourself.

Abbie Ginsberg: I am a thirty-two year old active girl who loves Southern California & has called it home for the past ten years. I spent the first twenty-one years of my life in ‘sunny’ Seattle where I graduated from University of Washington with a double major in fine arts & psychology and a minor in Art History . In 2003, my love for fashion design relocated me to Los Angeles where I earned my professional designation degree in Fashion Design from FIDM. A year later, I found myself down in north county San Diego and have been here ever since.

After briefly pursuing my own women’s clothing line in 2003, I fell back on my lifelong passion for dance & turned to teaching/choreographing dance as my profession. I am currently beginning my ninth year at Carlsbad Dance Centre where I train & choreograph mostly competitive dancers. I love being able to design and costume my pieces.

On a more personal note, I have a seven year old black lab named Bear who is often my exercise companion. I love being healthy, which to me encompasses working out, eating well, & maintaining a balanced lifestyle. My interests include art, music, fashion, exercise, travel, & of course my lab! One of my greatest accomplishments has been competing on this season’s “Amazing Race”. I have been an avid fan since the show first aired nearly ten years ago.

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

+ Let’s talk “The Amazing Race,” tell us how you kept in shape during filming?

AG: To be honest, I lost weight [ muscle ] during the actual filming of the Race. In general, we were eating less, eating less frequently, & eating anything when we had the time. We would grab and take whatever we could and we learned to eat EVERY airplane meal provided. Talk about a poster child for unhealthy eating! I am used to exercising everyday, so we went nearly a month without a regular workout routine & healthy eating routine. Our activities and tasks during the show kept us moving and active, so that was a plus. Before we left, I was probably in the best shape of my life. I had cut out virtually all alcohol/indulgences & upped my workouts so that I could build some extra strength before we left. Both Ryan & I knew that we would probably lose a few pounds along the way.

+ Quick skinny tips or tricks?

AG: Sometimes I crave carbonated beverages, particularly after long hours of teaching. I despise soda, but taking a Perrier & mixing it with a bit of fruit juice usually does the trick and helps avoid the extra calories of a fruit beverage. I think portion control is very important; I’m big on the individual Almond Butter packets that you can get at Whole Foods. Those are great paired with apples. I like to make my own pita chips from whole wheat pita bread. This is a healthy alternative to processed or packaged pita chips that are significantly higher in calories. Lately, I have been big on slicing up sweet potatoes & baking them. As you can see, I like my carbs =).

+ Weekly workout schedule?

AG: Well, I am lucky that I have a job that keeps me active and in shape. I dance everyday with my students & torture myself with their core workouts, plyometrics, & warm-ups. Sometimes that is once a day, but it can also be two or three times in one night. We do a lot of pliés, releves, glute work, & core strengthening as well as ton of stretching. I still like to break a sweat on my own so I alternate my workouts between Pilates, yoga, & hitting the gym where I’ll either focus on cardio or circuits. Recently, I have been big on core workouts [ utilizing the bosu or swiss ball ] and then doing jump roping sets in between. I walk almost everyday with my dog & enjoy the occasional hike. I am not huge on lifting weights. I tend to bulk up/build muscle easily, so workouts like Pilates are perfect.

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

+ Fav go-to healthy food?

AG: I eat fresh berries and nonfat Greek yogurt almost everyday for breakfast. I love, love, love quinoa which is a great source of energy for me throughout the day. I am usually eating on the go or in between classes, so you can’t go wrong with fruit or trail mix. I am addicted to the Pineapple Chili trail mix at Whole Foods too.

+ Cocktail of choice?

AG: I am definitely a red wine type of gal [ Pinot Noir or Cab ]… but if I’m going to have a cocktail I have to say a ‘Moscow Mule‘… in an authentic copper cup.

+ Motivation to stay in shape?

AG: Haha! That would be having to look at myself in a dance mirror everyday [ just kidding ]! Overall, my motivation is inner health and longevity. Of course I want to look my best, but more importantly, I want to feel my best and be able to teach & stay active. I think it’s important to invest in deep tissue & bodywork as more of a maintenance since I can be hard on my body at times. This summer, I really learned to value my health after contracting a parasite from my travels on the Race. I will never again take for granted the ability to have energy and be able to exercise & feel normal!

+ World’s best beauty product?

AG: Ooh…toughie. It’s a strange tie between Kiehl’s ‘Creme de Corps’ Light-Weight Body Lotion & Vaseline. I have used Vaseline as a cheap makeup remover since I was competing in dance at young age. It takes everything off in one swipe & doesn’t cause breakouts [ << I use this too- so amaze! ].

+ Quick, easy recipe?

AG: Since it’s fall and everyone is crazy about pumpkin anything, I thought I’d pass this recipe along. If you’ve checked out the calories on a Starbuck’s Pumpkin Frappucino, then you’ll be thrilled with this guy…

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

Pumpkin and Cream Frappe

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 tablespoons of pumpkin, canned [ not pumpkin pie ]

1.2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin spice, ground

1 teaspoon of Stevia

5 ice cubes

2 tablespoons whip cream [ fat free ]

Cinnamon, to taste.

Directions: In a blender add coconut milk, pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice, stevia and ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream & desired amount of cinnamon. Each serving is 70 calories & 5 grams of fat!

+ To follow Abbie’s adventure, ‘like’ her on Facebook here.

Abbie Ginsberg and Ryan Danz talk everything "Amazing Race" with Lauryn Evarts.

Lauryn Evarts talks to Chris Dylan about hair tips, tricks, and easy at home remedies.

Hair Stylist Superstar, Chris Dylan

August 19, 2016

Lauryn Evarts talks to Chris Dylan about hair tips, tricks, and easy at home remedies.

Not gonna lie, I’m insanely jealous of Chris Dylan’s fabulous, Rapunzel-esque hair. Like, I really want to chop it off while he’s sleeping. Creepy? ; )

Interviewing Chris was soooo exciting because anyone who takes one look at his hippie-chic locks, wants to know who, what, where, when, why, how he achieved that mane of loveliness. I die over him- his locks look like they come directly from the God of hair.

Oh, & BTW, Chris also says not to wash your hair everyday {!!!}. Yayyyy!

Check him out:

+ Introduce yourself and tell us all about your hair background.

Chris Dylan: As cliche as it sounds, I have always been interested in hair. I can remember styling Barbie’s hair as a kid & putting hair extensions in for all high school girlfriends. Soon after I picked up a liking to fashion & attended FIDM in Los Angeles for college. While getting my degree in Fashion Merchandise Marketing I assisted a makeup artist & realized I needed to do hair to be happy. I ended up at cosmetology school from there & here I am now!

Lauryn Evarts talks to Chris Dylan about hair tips, tricks, and easy at home remedies.

+ Worst thing to do to for your hair?

CD: The worst thing you can do for your hair is play at-home hair dresser. The chemicals used to color/straighten/perm/etc. your hair can be extremely damaging if they’re not used properly. So basically you’ll end up ruining your hair, which means you’ll need a hair stylist to fix it.

Always make sure your hair is in the care of a licensed professional!

+ I’m dying to know how you make your hair so shiny and beautiful? I’m obsessed!

CD: I use Pureology Super Straight shampoo and conditioner. It leaves my hair super glossy and feels/smells like I just left a salon. Whenever my hair feels dry or tangled I use Agadir Argan Oil Spray. It’s not the best smelling but it’s one of the few oils I’ve used that doesn’t leave my hair feeling heavy & greasy. At night I ALWAYS make sure to brush & braid my hair; I make this just as important as brushing my teeth, haha.

+ What healthy foods do you eat to strengthen you hair?

CD: I make sure to eat foods high in iron to strengthen my hair such as chicken, tofu, flaxseed, & lots of sunflower seeds. I also eat a ton of almonds which have a high Zinc content to help prevent hair loss. I love almonds! Sebum is your hair’s natural conditioner; without Vitamins A & C your body cannot produce it, so I make sure to keep things like fruit, cheese, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, etc. on my mind when writing my grocery list.

+ Drinks that promote healthy hair?

CDWATER!!! Water, obviously, is very hydrating to the body. If your body isn’t hydrated, your hair isn’t going to be hydrated, leaving you with dry, brittle, damaged hair. So drink water! At least eight glasses a day!

Lauryn Evarts talks to Chris Dylan about hair tips, tricks, and easy at home remedies.

+ Loving natural beach waves…any tips?

CD: An easy way to get natural beach waves in six steps:

1.] First dampen your hair & section it into four sections [ use more sections for shorter hair ].

2.] Twist each section the direction you want your hair to curl & then pin it into a coiled bun.

3.] Blow dry each bun until it’s dry

4.] Take out dried coiled buns. Gently pull apart twists.

5.] Scrunch your hair & you’re left with natural beach waves!

6.] Touch up with a curling iron/rod to perfect!

+ Hottest hair style for Fall 2012?

Unique braids & twists. They are a simple/easy way to add interest & texture to your hair.

Lauryn Evarts talks to Chris Dylan about hair tips, tricks, and easy at home remedies.

+ Best hair product from the grocery store?

CDL’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray. It smells incredible & has a strong hold that won’t leave your hair feeling heavy & sticky. You can run your fingers through your hair & it still keep the hold.

+ Product to invest in?

CD: Hands down, Kérastase Chronologiste. Referred to as hair caviar, this is a pricey yet rich product that, I think, has absolutely no competition. If you have dry or color damaged hair, or even just damaged hair in general, Kérastase Chronologiste will totally transform & renew your hair.

+ How often should you shampoo your hair [ << uhhh, because I barely wash mine ]?

CD: Ideally you should wait two-three days to shampoo your hair. If you can wait until the third day, even better. Using shampoo too frequently can strip & dry your hair out. If you are in between two to three days and feel like you HAVE to wash your hair, just rinse and condition for a quick fix!

+ Natural at home, beauty remedy?

CD: I’m not really a fan of at home remedies because of my busy schedule, but one that I do use is avocado. I naturally have frizzy unruly hair, so I use the avocado for its oils & proteins. All you do is mash up an avocado and massage it into clean damp hair. I usually leave it on for about thirty minutes then rinse it out.

For those who have extensions & get build up around your scalp, try making a thick paste out of baking soda and water. Massage into damp hair then rinse out after about fifteen minutes.

+ For more hair tips, follow Chris on Twitter [ @Chris_Dylan ] & on Insta [ @Chris_Dylan ].

Lauryn Evarts talks to Chris Dylan about hair tips, tricks, and easy at home remedies.