Sunday, February 10, 2013

Brains are the new pink.

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW HAPPY IT MAKES ME that I'm getting a ton of messages from BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED ladies who want to know how prepare for the road to a premed major while balancing modeling/pageants!





There's no advice I'd love to give more, so here goes:

1. Understand that school comes first. Always.

My first year of undergrad was a challenging one. I skipped class for auditions, studied very little, even traveled abroad during finals.  I was not dedicated to my goal of wearing that white coat by any means. When I got my grades back first quarter, they were HORRIBLE! So I dropped out, left LA and modeled full time in NY...until I realized the crazy mistake I had made. I returned home 3 months later, finished my GE's at a local junior college, got accepted back into UCI, and made a promise to myself that my education was my #1 priority. And that hasn't changed since.

A premed major requires almost 100% attendance of lectures, constant studying, and a healthy lifestyle.
So my first and most important words of advice are to go to class well rested, take notes, and keep up on your readings.  This is a major you MUST dedicate your life to. If you are unsure about it, it's not for you.

2. Communicate with your Agents, Managers, Pageant directors, and Professors.

With every passing quarter (or semester), the second I sign up for my classes, I screen shot my schedule and send it to EVERYONE. That way, my team is all on the same page, and I can focus/prioritize on when to schedule my castings, shoots, fashion shows, appearances, labs, and lectures accordingly. I have a lot of you telling me its so hard to find the time to shoot when in school, and you're right, it's the worst! My best solution is to schedule your classes to allow for at least one full day free. That way, your agents can let the client know your free day, and you'd be surprised how well it works out!

3. Get involved in Research and Clinical experience.


 


Most medical schools these days want to see at least 2 years of lab research, so it's pretty vital you get started on this your sophomore year! UCI and UCLA both have amazing research opportunities, and you don't have to be enrolled to participate.  Clinical experience means working in a hospital setting, helping patients, and shadowing physicians and RNs. I loved my 2 years at Hoag Hospital's CCE program. There are many hospitals that have these programs and the best way to get involved is to ask your college counselors.  I did both of these on night shifts, so it didn't interfere with modeling as well.

4. Get to know your Professors on a personal level.

At the start of every new class I make it a point to shake the professors hand and introduce myself.  I sit front row in each lecture, participate, ask questions, and ATTEND OFFICE HOURS. Not only will you get great letters of rec (medical schools require at least 3), but your professor will be a million times more understanding when you get booked on an amazing shoot the same day you have a midterm.

5. Bring your lecture notes and textbooks to set!



I've found that clients are actually impressed with me, rather than annoyed I'm doing homework on set. Everyone loves to see a broken stereotype...a model with an organic chemistry textbook in hand is a lovely sight to see. I listen to my lecture podcasts in hair and makeup, and read my textbook on lunch break. There's more than enough time to be productive towards your education during a photoshoot!

6. Use your title as a platform to get involved with incredible charities.




Whether you're Miss Hollywood, Miss Hoag Hospital, or especially Miss California, working with charities is a part of pageant life.  What's so amazing about that? Medical schools LOVE to see students that get involved with philanthropic events! Getting accepted into med school isn't all GPA and MCAT, it's about being proactive within your community, showing that you are capable of much more than studying, and having something interesting and compelling to talk about in your med school interviews! I worked closely with Make-A-Wish as well as Hoag's Breast Cancer center where I held events to raise money for research, a cause that is very important to me as my aunt is a 2 time cancer survivor, and my best friends mother lost her battle just a few years ago. So find what compels you!

7. Stay Healthy!

Sleep. Workout. Eat well. To stay focused in class, and at home studying, requires a healthy lifestyle. I always get my 8 hours, workout at least 3 times a week, and as you all know...AM A COMPLETE HEALTH NUT. I honestly have more energy than my classmates who sit in lecture with their venti iced coffee. Not to mention I keep my stress levels and anxiety-prone self in check.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT.
I'm so proud of all my dream chasers! Everyone is capable of greatness, so don't let PV=nRT scare you off! Hard work pays off, and modeling pays for your hard work! So I hope my advice helps all my fellow nerdy, sexy, geeky superwomen to balance the crazy lives we all proudly live.



XOXO
Nat




Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Want to Model? Here's your starting point...

I love all the questions I have been getting about how to begin your modeling careers! It makes me so happy to see so many girls chasing their dreams and goals!

The MOST IMPORTANT way to start is to find an agency that works for you, and here's how:

1. You must prepare an outfit and makeup for an OPEN CALL.

Open call's are certain time periods an agency holds in which aspiring models are able to walk into the agency, meet the agents, and potentially get signed on the spot.  You will need to dress in a simple outfit.  No crazy patterns, baggy clothing, or big jewelry please! This will only distract the agent from your beauty! I recommend just wearing a fitted, neutral colored tank top and jean shorts/pants.  Remember, they want to see the shape of your body, so don't hide it with clothing.  If you are 5'7'' or taller, they WILL ask you to walk (runway that is) so please come wearing heels that you know you can walk in very well! **Also bring a bikini!

Your makeup should be very natural.  If you look fine without makeup, go in with just mascara.  Literally, the less the better.  These agents are professionals, so they'll imagine all different kind of looks for you.  You just need to walk in with the blank canvas.  With one of my previous agencies, I went in the day of the open call with no make-up and they transformed me that very same day.  I went to the hair salon across the street to change my hair, got my eyebrows done, and they told me how to do my makeup! So don't worry about it, all they want to see is potential.


2. Be Photo Ready!

Bring 1 page with 4 photos on it: a serious headshot, a smiling headshot, 3/4 body shot, and a full length in a bikini shot.  Very, very little makeup in the photos. Wear simple clothing, and black or solid colored basic bikini.  Contact me at www.facebook.com/nataliepackphotography if you want me to get you photo ready!
                                                                www.lamodels.com


3. State your stats.

On the back of the same page with the photos, write the following:

Name, age, height, bust size(inches), waist size(inches), hips size(inches), eye color, hair color, phone number

Ex. Natalie Pack, 23
      5'11.5''
      33-24-35
      Eyes: Hazel
      Hair: Lt. Brown
      (310) ***-****

Please don't lie girls, because if they are interested in you, they will measure you there!

4. ATTEND the open call.

Here are some awesome agencies in Los Angeles that I HIGHLY recommend:

L.A. Models
Open call time: Mon-Wed 3-4pm
Location: 7700 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90046

Ford Models
Open call time: Thursday 4-5pm
Location: 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 805, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Vision Models
Open call time: Tuesday AND Thursday 3-4pm
Location: 5870 W Jefferson Blvd, Studio L, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Nous Model Management
Open call time: Tuesday-Thursday 3-4pm
Location: 117 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(This is RIGHT next to The Ivy, its a small door to the left, kind of hard to see)

Next Model Management
Open call time: Tuesday 11-12pm
Location: 8447 Wilshire Blvd, Penthouse, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

PhotoGenics Los Angeles
Open call time: Thursday 3-4pm
Location: Smashbox Studios, 8549 Higuera St, Culver City, CA 90232

5. Good luck Ladies!!!

You are all beautiful inside and out, so even if the agency of your choice decides you're not right for them at this time, you can always try again next year! Go in confident, willing, excited, and most of all, HUMBLE!

If they offer you a contract:

Don't sign with the first agency you meet, YET! Go meet all the ones listed, and then decide.  You never know who will be your best match until you have met all the different agents.  Congrats!!!!


Some tips if you don't get signed:

If they tell you you're too commercial: You need to edge-up your look.  Get a cool haircut, change your hair color, wear different clothes.  Maybe dramatize your eyes with a little makeup.

If they say you're not right for them: Move on, for now.  Try again next year.  Sometimes it takes time for baby fat to leave your face defined...just give it time! Don't give up!

If they say they will contact you within 2 weeks: USUALLY this means they weren't interested, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't try again in the future. Sometimes they will return your call and ask you to come in again.  It can really go either way, so keep your fingers crossed!


XOXO
Nat




Monday, July 30, 2012

Advice for my 2013 Miss Cali USA Girls!

I've been getting a lot of messages from the lovely 2013 Miss California USA contestants about advice for the upcoming pageant & I would love to give you all some!



Here's what I think is the most valuable information you can take with you in January 2013:

1. While it is a competition, do not view the other contestants as competitors.

The day of orientation, I didn't know anyone.  I was nervous because I'm not a super bubbly and talkative person, and I had the stereotype in my head: that all pageant girls are "pageant" girls.  I thought I wouldn't fit in, that is, until I walked into the building.  I was greeted with smiles after smiles, and right away, I had met so many amazing women who are some of my best friends today! So please ladies, don't be the girl who has a one-track mind on winning because this experience has so much more to offer.


2. Don't be afraid to be you.

If you are like me, and this is going to be your first pageant, EMBRACE THAT.  The judges aren't looking at how well you twirl on the stage, or how perfectly sculpted your answers are in interview.  They're looking for a down-to-earth woman who can represent California by being relatable.  Fake does not ever come off as relatable.  You are all amazing women, so let the judges see that by being true to yourself.

3. Don't spend more than a thousand on a gown/shoes/swimsuit/etc.

The amount of money some girls put into competition wardrobe is crazy! I want you to realize that when you're onstage, the judges only have a matter of seconds to score you.  Do you think they are really looking at your dress in that much detail? No! They're looking at your face, your beautiful smile, the grace with which you walk, and your confidence.  I got my gown at Nordstroms, and I wore shoes I already owned with my gown because you couldn't see them when I walked. I did spend a little more on a flattering bikini that gave me support (important if you have a big cup size!).



4. Bring healthy food.

Have all natural protein bars (I love walnut, macadamia KIND bars), and other healthy snacks with you for the weekend.  The food they have there is bulk quality, and not healthy! Just bring things that aren't perishable.  I brought vegan protein powder, protein bars, apples, nuts, and fiber cereal with juice-box sized almond milk.  You can find all of that at Whole Foods.  Also remember to STAY AWAY from sodium and drink lots and lots of water!

5. Have Support from Friends/Family.

To be honest, I didn't think I would have a chance of winning or making it into the top 20 because it was my first pageant.  I did it because I thought it would be fun, and would be an awesome memory.  I ended up only telling my parents, a few relatives, and my best friends.  I had only 4 of my favorite people in the whole world come to the Miss CA pageant, so when I made the top 20, the audience was a little too quiet.  I'm a very confident person, and for the majority of my life, I've been that way; however, the difference between you're friends and family cheering and screaming your name like I had at miss USA vs crickets at Miss Cali was vast.  It empowers you to feel the love coming from the audience, and makes the whole experience so much sweeter.  So don't be afraid to tell people you're running for Miss California USA 2013, and get that love and support you deserve!


I hope you all consider my advice, and I CANNOT WAIT to meet you all soon!!! Good luck preparing for one of the best weekends of your life!

Much love,
Nat

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Stark Reality of Exercising

I hate running. Treadmills are boring. Ellipticals make me dizzy.  The standard gym makes me anxious.

These were my excuses for not working out. We have all used them to justify why we're not getting in our daily exercise.  HOWEVER, there is a solution to this problem, and that is to find exercises that you enjoy doing.

Easier said than done, right?

I am currently training for Miss USA at STARK TRAINING (www.facebook.com/starktraining) in Irvine, California.  STARK specializes in weight training, and the best part about the gym....THERE'S NOT ONE TREADMILL OR ELLIPTICAL IN THE BUILDING! My kinda place.

The type of training I do is circuit training, which includes energy system training and strength training.  Each workout is only 45 minutes long which keeps rising cortisol levels balanced.  High cortisol levels result in fat storage.  Circuit training is beneficial over aerobic training because cortisol levels increase with aerobic training.  Studies reveal circuit training involving upper and lower body exercises increase power, strength, cardiovascular endurance and function.  Circuit training is done with 10 second rest periods, maintaining a high heart rate, increased calorie burn, and release of growth hormones.    

Here are 7 exercises that alternate lower and upper body activation of large muscle groups that I do at STARK TRAINING with my trainer Geoff Samson:

1. Split Squats

These squats are performed with one foot raised to the height of about one stair.  With one foot stretched in front of you on the ground level surface, and one foot stretched behind you on an elevated surface, lower your back knee to right above the ground and return to starting position.  I used 10 pound dumbbells for extra resistance.  My trainer recommends doing 15 repetitions with each leg. (Image from  exercise.about.com)




2. Rows

You can find this exercise machine at most gyms.  I set the weight to 25 pounds.  This exercise targets your upper back which is great for improving posture.  I do 15 repetitions. (Image from desonmedical.com)



3. Hip Extensions

This exercise is performed with upper back and shoulders on a gym bench, with knees at a 90 degree angle and hips raised to form a straight line from chest to knees.  Extend one leg straight in line with body, and lower hips to right above ground with leg still extended straight.  Then return hips to the elevated position.  I do 12 reps with each leg.



4. Chest Press on Ball

Keeping shoulders, and upper back on ball, bend knees at 90 degree angle to floor with hips raised forming a straight line with body.  I chest press with 8 pound dumbbells for 15 reps.  Don't forget to activate your core!


5. Back Extensions

This machine can be found at most gyms as well.  I hold a 15 dumbbell to my chest for extra resistance, and do 15 repetitions. (Image from healthdietfitness.org)

6. Shoulder Press

This exercise is performed with 8 pound dumbbells.
I do 15 repetitions. (Image womenshealthmag.com)


7. The Prowler

The image, which is not me, (dougfioranelli.com) is pretty self-explanatory.  This is STARKS famous workout that KICKS MY BUTT.  But it gets my heart pumping and blood flowing throughout my workout.


I REPEAT THIS CIRCUIT 4 TIMES 


After circuit
Plank Rows

This exercise is core activating.  Get into plank position, and extend one arm foward, then pull back with resistance of 10 pounds from machine with rope. Do 12 reps each side, 3x with 30 sec breaks in between.  If extending your arm is too hard to do, like it was for me at first, you can start with normal planks.  Hold normal planks for 40 sections, 3x's, with 30 second breaks in between. 






xoxo Nat

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Model Low Carb Diet

As a fashion model, or a contestant in a pageant, it is vital that you stay thin and toned.

While many see dieting to be extremely hard to maintain, it only presents itself as a challenge if you're not enjoying your diet!

I can honestly say, I love the low carb diet, and I am more than willing to never go back to eating simple carbohydrates, sugary drinks, and processed food. I'm going to let you guys in on my diet, and highly recommend that you try it! I think you'll love it too.

There's a few things you need to know about a low carb diet.  First of all, carbs are counted in NET carbs, and to find net carbs you must subtract grams of fiber from grams of total carbohydrates (which can be found on the nutrition labels). Second, there are phases.  The first phase lasts 2 weeks and is when you will lose weight the most rapidly, the second phase is where you increase your daily limit of carbs and lose weight a bit slower until you reach your goal weight, and the last phase is maintenance which can last a lifetime! Lastly, it's easy to follow, even when you eat out!

THE FIRST 2 WEEKS (PHASE 1)

The first 2 weeks of this diet will generate the most weight loss, even up to ten pounds depending on how strict you are!

There are some simple rules you'll need to follow for 14 days:
1) Stay under 20 NET carbs or less a day
2) No fruit
3) All carbs must be from vegetables, nuts, or cheese (NO BREAD, PASTA, RICE, OR ANYTHING ELSE!)

Allowed foods:
-All lean meats (chicken, turkey, beef, etc)
-Fish
-All vegetables & leafy greens except carrots and corn 
-Cheese
-All nuts and seeds
-All natural unsweetened nut butters
-Eggs
-Butters and Oils (Olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil etc.)
-Vinegars & low carb salad dressings
-Seafood 
-Miracle Noodles (see earlier "My Grocery List" post)
-All salts, spices and herbs
-Tea and Coffee

Everything else is off limits!!! I know this sounds intense, but it's only for 2 weeks, and you'll lose the weight to keep u motivated! 

REACHING YOUR GOAL WEIGHT (PHASE 2)

It's typical for people to lose around 1-2 pounds a week in this phase and will be maintained until you reach your desired weight. In this phase, NET carbs daily allowance will increase from 20 to 40 or less.
You can also start incorporating different foods into your diet.

Allowed foods:
-Same as above plus...
-1 to 2 servings of berries a day (1 serving equals a 1/2 cup) eaten only BEFORE 5pm
-Unsweetened almond milk
-Low carb protein bars (Atkins are great if you have a sweet tooth!)
-Low carb bread (see earlier post for my favorite brands, most health grocery stores have them)
-Low carb protein powders
-Sugar free jam and syrups
-Small servings of fiber cereal 
-Beans (Pinto, black, garbonzo, etc.)
-Legumes (Lentils, etc)

Basically anything that won't exceed the 40 NET carbs or less a day until you reach your goal weight.

MAINTENANCE (PHASE 3)

After you have reached your desired weight, now it's time to maintain.

Allowed foods:
Same as above plus...
-1 to 2 servings (1/2 cup=1 serving) of complex carbohydrates a day (quinoa, yams, brown or wild rice, oats)
-3 to 4 servings of fruit a day except bananas 


START TONIGHT! Too many people say they'll start tomorrow, or the next week, but you should dedicate yourself and begin on your road to a healthier lifestyle! 

Here's some tips when eating out:
-Every restaurant has vegetables and protein, it never fails!
-Salads are always a good option (Beware of sugary dressings)
-Ask the server to not bring out the chips or bread basket
-If you're really stumped, just ask for a low carb option, almost all restaurants will help you!


If you have more questions about the diet, leave a comment!

Xoxo Nat





Saturday, April 14, 2012

Things You Need to Win a Beauty Pageant

4 months ago, I competed against 274 amazing, intelligent women and won the title of Miss California USA 2012 in Palm Desert, California.  I can honestly say that weekend was one of the best and most memorable in my life.  I made wonderful new friends, found new confidence within myself, and faced my fear of public speaking...pretty good for one weekend!

The Miss California USA 2012 pageant was my first pageant I had ever competed in; however, now as I train for Miss USA 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, I have had time to reflect back on what my strengths were, and what I have to work on for nationals on June 3rd.  Here are some vital tips I believe gave me a leg up on some of my competitors. 

1. A flattering dress

I don't think you need to spend thousands of dollars on a dress, I even bought mine at Nordstrom's! What is most important is that the dress fits and flatters your body type.

2. A comfortable pair for heels

When it comes to heels, definitely choose comfort over the design.  The judges aren't looking at your feet, trust me! If they did, I probably would have lost haha! My evening gown heels were a pair I have had since the 9th grade, but I knew they were comfortable, and I knew I could walk well in them.  My swim/opening number heels I bought at Footsies in Santa Ana for $10!

3. Spend your money on a well-fitted swimsuit

I think the most important part of the competition, especially during preliminaries, is the swimsuit portion.  Many girls can look fabulous in a dress, but the swimsuit competition reveals who worked hard for their fitness and who didn't.  A healthy, toned body takes months and even years to achieve, and it's vital to show off your body in the best way possible.  I would recommend a top with good support and a little push up, and bottoms that are flattering for your booty! (the butterfly cuts work well for most women).  There's a swim store in Newport Beach called Molly Brown's Swimwear and it has EVERYTHING!

4. A classy interview dress

Don't let your outfit outshine you in interview.  Many girls love to do big hair, lots of makeup, a sexy dress and high heels.  HOWEVER, this is your close-up..meaning this is your chance to show them your beauty, intellect and class in only a few minutes.  Don't waste any time having them distracted by how short or tight or bright your dress is.  Keep the dress or outfit simple; you want to look beautiful, not sexy.  Most importantly, your makeup should be flawless because those few minutes are your only close-up in the competition.  Also, simple hair is perfect.

5. Wedges for rehearsal

Wedges are the most comfortable heels out there! Most pageants require a ton of dance rehearsals, and you should be doing all of it in heels to get a feel for what the actual show will be like.  Get used to walking in heels.  Even if they give you the option to dance and do a mock 20 or 15 in flats, stay in your wedges which will be comfortable enough anyway.  Be as ready as you can for finals!

6. Trendy rehearsal outfits

DON'T wear a miniskirt or minidress.  I saw too many girls pull a Britney Spears all weekend, and directors and producers are always watching.  I think cute skinny jeans and a trendy top are perfect.  I also love long maxi dresses.  Make sure you bring a wrap, or a sweater to stay warm because with stage lighting, it's important to keep the theater cold.

7. Yahoo! News is best for brushing up on current events

When you make it to onstage interviews, you need to be prepared for the questions they will ask.  Most likely they are not going to ask some super political question; however, you should know the presidential candidates and what they stand for, the healthcare reform, the fight for rights on gay marriage, legalization of marijuana, abortion, and the education budget crisis. Also be prepared to answer questions about yourself such as who is your role-model, who inspires you, etc.  Just answer honestly like you would to a friend or family member.  Don't be over the top, it comes off as fake.

7. Bring snacks for you diet

If you're low carb, bring nuts, veggies, etc.
If you're vegetarian, bring protein bars, and anything else that isn't perishable.
I was very lucky I did this because there was nothing for me to eat when bulk lunch arrived.

8. The perfect make-up

MAKE-UP FOREVER.  Get it.  It will last all night flawlessly. As for eyeshadow, the NAKED palate from urban decay is unbeatable.  Also, learn how to contour your face. There's a contouring palate at sephora and ulta.

9.  Learn how to do a pin curl

Do this in the morning instead of your make up.  Do your makeup right before show time if possible.

10. Have confidence and a positive attitude 


11. Make friends and enjoy yourself.


12. DON'T BE A PAGEANT GIRL, BE YOURSELF. 



Monday, April 9, 2012

My Grocery List

Asking about my diet is probably the most asked interview question I encounter, so I thought I'd make my first post about how I eat, and exactly what I eat.

First of all, I eat most of my meals at home, or prepared at home, rather than eating out.  I do this for a few reasons most all of you already know: it saves calories, you know exactly what your eating, there's control, and it saves money.  My favorite groceries stores are Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Mother's Market, Trader Joe's and most other health-orientated food stores.  

My Grocery List:

-Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, whatever's in season)

Berries are a great way to get your daily vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, with relatively low sugar unlike apples and bananas.

-Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk 

Almond milk is great! Especially if your lactose intolerant, and wish to avoid soy products like myself. There has been numerous studies on soy that show it actually leads to thyroid disorders and various other health complications due to its heavily genetically modified process.  Almond milk offers Vitamin E, a little protein, and calcium, plus it's delicious. 

-Fiber Cereal

My favorite brand is Smart Bran and it can be found at Whole Foods Market and most other health food stores.  It contains psyllium husk, which is full of SOLUBLE fiber, the most important and least consumed fiber. It has 10 net carbs and is only 90 calories per serving! I eat it with a cup almond milk for a perfect snack.

-Low Carb Bread

There are a few brands out there, one from OASIS, another from CALIFORNIA STYLE, and my favorite, SMART CARB which can be found at Whole Foods Market.  SMART CARB has only 2 net carbs and has 14 grams of protein per slice, along with 12 grams of fiber! Wow! It's great for sandwiches and toast for breakfast.

-Sugar-Free Syrup

I stay far away from sugar-free products unless they are sweetened with stevia or xylitol.  Nature's Hollow makes a great sugar-free syrup in both maple and raspberry flavors.  I put in on my low carb pancakes and low carb toast. 

-Egg Whites

I eat about 5 almost every day for breakfast. Great source of protein.

-Tempeh

Tempeh is the only soy I will eat and for one reason, it's fermented.  Fermented soy is the only type of soy with health benefits.  Tempeh is great in salads, on miracle noodles, and just by itself! 

-Lots and Lots of Veggies

My favorite are brussel sprouts, celery, broccoli, bok choy, mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions

-Kale

If you haven't tried kale, go and buy some today.  Kale is my number 1 superfood, and I eat it as often as I can.  I make salads, steam it, and make kale chips (YUM.)

-Miracle Noodles

If you love carbs, but gain weight easily when you eat them, this is a perfect solution.  Miracles noodles are made from yams, but are clear in color, and come packaged in liquid.  They are a great substitute for pasta, and go great with any and all sauces and toppings.  I eat them almost every day, mostly with pesto.  The best part, they are 0 calories.  But I must warn you, they are a little smelly before cooked.

-Nuts

I love raw or roasted almonds, walnut halves, and pistachios.  I always keep a bag in my purse to satisfy any hunger between meals by eating about 20 a day. Careful not to eat too many because they are very high in calories.

-Pinto Beans

With high fiber content and low carb in nature, pinto beans are a great side dish for every meal. I usually eat with salsa and avocado.

-Salmon

I'm a pescatarian (a vegetarian that eats fish), and salmon is my favorite.  I try to eat it at least 3 times a week for its incredible benefits, including its healthy omega fatty acids.

Other great foods:
-low carb multigrain tortillas
-sugar-free jam (Nature's Hollow)
-unsalted almond butter
-herbal teas
-Almond flour
-flaxseed meal
-olive oil
-balsamic vinegar


Well that's my list! If you're wondering, my diet would be labeled something along the lines of low-carb, pescatarian, low-fat, and dairy free.

Seems crazy and incredibly strict but I like it, and don't feel like I'm missing out on anything! It does take dedication, but once you get the hang of it, you'll love it.  If any of you are interested in knowing more about my complete diet plan, I'm in the works of creating a diet and exercise program for Models and Beauty Pageant participants who wish to lose weight, get into shape, or to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo
Miss Natalie Pack