'Running from Crazy' Toward Thousands of Healthy Habits

By Lisa Messinger

May 8, 2014 6 min read

"Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman's Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life" by Mariel Hemingway (HarperSanFrancisco, $26.95).

OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, has embraced actress/healthful-living guru Mariel Hemingway. Oprah Winfrey recently spent an hour interviewing Hemingway, an Oscar nominee as a teen for her starring role in Woody Allen's 1979 film "Manhattan," on OWN's Emmy-winning "Super Soul Sunday" for her healthful-living advice. The 2013 documentary "Running from Crazy," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, just got its mass-market debut with showings on OWN.

The gripping film, directed by two-time Oscar winner Barbara Kopple, shows how Hemingway, the mother of two grown daughters and the author of multiple healthy-living books (like "Mariel's Kitchen" and "Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living from the Inside Out"), consciously tried to avoid her famous family's repercussions from mental illness. Her grandfather, legendary author Ernest Hemingway, her supermodel older sister Margaux Hemingway and a slew of other relatives committed suicide. And her only other sister, nicknamed "Muffet" (the eldest of the three), has lived in assisted care for many years due to manic depression.

Those wanting to soak up some of that conscious positivity would do well to devour any of her jam-packed books, like the whole foods cookbook "Mariel's Kitchen" from 2009, 2013's "Running with Nature" with her trainer/boyfriend Bobby Williams, and especially 2007's "Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman's Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life."

With chapters on food, exercise, meditation and the home (like clearing clutter, creating a sacred space and slowing down the household), no topic goes unexplored. The "'Quickstart' 30-Day Program" section is a good place to start to get a feel for what's throughout the book.

Week by week, tips are introduced, and most, like all of Hemingway's strategies, are simple, such as trying a breakfast new to you every day in Week 1 and a lunch new to you every day in Week 2. Reminding yourself to drink more water and eat more fresh vegetables are also parts of the easy-to-follow plans.

If you used only a fraction of Hemingway's suggestions or selected whole foods recipes, you'd probably notice a broad new outlook. Her writing is confident and may make you feel like you have your own personal cheerleader.

"Pick three things in your home that for years have served no purpose, and remove them," she directs. "It might be a stack of clothes and shoes or just one outdated overcoat; it might be kitchen equipment, old magazines, a doormat, an old video recorder, or a pile of makeup that you never touch. It could even be an unfinished project sitting in your office or living room, and if you are honest you know you won't complete it. If you can donate any of these things to charity or a friend, all the better. How does it feel to get rid of these items?

"If you are wavering about getting rid of an object that has some value but that you just don't need, put it aside for three days and then see if you still feel so attached. Remember, what you don't like or remember, you don't need. If throwing out three things feels good, keep going."

What's special about Hemingway's select group of recipes is that they are her absolute favorites that she prepares several times a week:

THE MORNING SHAKE

1 cup water

Ice, to taste

1 scoop vanilla flavor whey protein powder (packages come with scoops)

1 scoop flaxseed powder

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

Hot water, as needed

1/4 teaspoon stevia, optional (see Note)

Yields 1 serving.

Put water and some ice into a blender. Add whey powder, flaxseed powder and frozen berries. Blend on high. Mixture should be thick and smooth, not icy. If it is too frosty, add a little hot water to soften the texture.

To serve: Drink in a tall glass or pour over fresh berries, shredded organic coconut (unsweetened) and a handful of toasted plain almond slices.

Note: Add the (natural sweetener) stevia if the shake is not sweet enough, though the whey powder will make it quite sweet.

THE PERFECT WRAP

1 small low-carbohydrate tortilla

1 tablespoon homemade or store-bought pesto or 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 avocado, sliced

Handful grated carrots

Small handful grated mozzarella cheese (see Note)

1 thin slice turkey, preferably organic or nitrate-free

Shredded lettuce, to taste

Drizzle of homemade or store-bought healthful salad dressing, optional

Yields 1 serving.

Use the tortilla as a foundation. Spread with pesto or mustard. Pile on avocado, carrots, cheese and turkey. Top with lettuce and drizzle with dressing. Roll up.

Note: If you are vegan, sprinkle soy cheese instead of mozzarella, add more avocado and include a sprinkle of nuts. Use soy products in moderation.

Lisa Messinger is a first-place winner in food writing from the Association of Food Journalists and the author of seven food books, including "Mrs. Cubbison's Best Stuffing Cookbook" and "The Sourdough Bread Bowl Cookbook." She also writes the Creators News Service "After-Work Gourmet" column. To find out more about Lisa Messinger and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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