Blog Posts by Lucy Danziger, True to my SELF, SELF Magazine

  • Why Gwyneth Paltrow Believes "Family is Everything"

    Conde Nast Digital StudioConde Nast Digital StudioBy Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF magazine

    Our May cover girl, Gwyneth Paltrow, is an Academy Award winner, newly minted sitcom star (seen her on Glee? Hysterical!), a maybe-soon-to-be recording artist and, oh yeah, probably the coolest celebrity mom out there. But in this month's issue of SELF, we saw another side to Gwyneth-her role as a devoted daughter, especially to her beloved father, Bruce Paltrow.

    Given her A-list status, it might be hard to believe, but Gwyneth is really down to earth. Here are some of our favorite moments she shared with us about her surprisingly real life:

    She's done the working-at-a-restaurant thing. (Everyone has to start somewhere!) Gwyneth says her fascination with cooking started in earnest when she was 18, trying to get her acting career off the ground while hosting at a local fish restaurant.

    She gets cravings like the rest of us. Gwyneth dishes that while she was pregnant she couldn't stay away from grilled-cheese sandwiches and ice cream.

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  • Chris Martin Likes Gwyneth's Post-Baby Body Better Than Ever!

    Mark AbrahamsMark AbrahamsBy Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF magazine

    No surprises here! The SELF team had a blast at the cover shoot with Gwyneth Paltrow. She was so real, candid and hilarious. Check out the behind-the-scenes info from our new best friend.…

    Forever slim and chic, Gwyneth showed up looking fabulous in updated classics (she sported a navy Burberry coat, grey Stella McCartney sweater and a Current/Elliott trouser jean…all brightened by her sunny, glowing face), but she quickly revealed a love for relaxed, beachy looks. She was so natural in the casual clothes from the shoot that we gave her the cut-off shorts she wore on the cover!

    Related: How Gwyneth Transformed Her Body: Gwyneth's Tracy Anderson Workout


    Gwyneth told SELF creative director Cynthia Searight that her husband, Chris Martin, thinks she has a better body now than she did 10 years ago. And that is two kids later!

    Conde Nast Digital StudioConde Nast Digital StudioStyle icon, yes! Risk taker, check (remember her plunging metallic Oscar dress? We do!)

    But Gwyneth admitted to

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  • Meet the newest Biggest Loser trainer!

    By Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF magazine, author, The Nine Rooms of Happiness

    Last week's episode of The Biggest Loser revealed the two new trainers who will be taking over for Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper at the ranch. When I learned that one of them was Brett Hoebel who designed a super effective butt-toning workout for SELF magazine not too long ago I jumped at the chance to reach out to him again and ask how he plans to tackle his new job.

    Related: Go behind the scenes at Brooklyn Decker's cover shoot!

    Brett may be new to the TV world, but as someone who lost weight (50 pounds!) and kept it off, he knows a thing or two about how to be successful in body and in life. Read this only if you want to know what's in store for this season's BL contestants!

    LSD: How do you relate to the contestants' struggles to lose weight?

    Related: 5 secrets to keeping your new year's resolutions

    BH: I wasn't born this way. Keeping slim is a lot of hard work. I had emotional issues being

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  • New Year, Same Old You?

    By Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF magazine, author, The Nine Rooms of Happiness

    The new year is just 11 days old, and yet it already has a distinct personality: strong, and bright, economically speaking, yet cranky as a newborn, resolution-wise. Some people I know have successfully given up sugar, gotten to the gym most mornings and even paid off the holiday bills. Others, and this would include me, have had small victories like running (consistent workouts were never my problem) and some relapses, like the big Chinese dinner last night, the inhalation of chocolate in the art department last Thursday, and of course, the fact that I rarely get the amount of sleep I truly need.

    Related: 3 Ways to Reduce Post-Workout Soreness

    There are always going to be plenty of bumps on the road toward the new you that you crave to be. You won't find a straight line between here and there. One thing I know: You have to forgive yourself and move on. The stress and guilt over calories eaten and

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  • 7 Ways To Banish Holiday Stress Today!

    By Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF magazine, author, The Nine Rooms of Happiness

    Ah, the holidays. They're supposed to be the "most wonderful time of the year," and yet they have a way of turning into the most stressful time of the year. Maybe it's because your mother-in-law is staying with you for a week (and you suspect she's always had it in for you), or you're anxious about over-spending on gifts but want to be generous, or perhaps you're spending the holidays alone this year and are feeling a little lonely.

    Related: Need a running plan? Try one of ours!


    Whatever the source of your angst-family dynamics, finances, a lack of self-confidence, painful memories-you're certainly not alone, and there are solutions. Along with New York psychiatrist Catherine Birndorf, M.D., who co-authored The Nine Rooms of Happiness with me, I've devised some simple fixes for seven of the season's most stressful situations. You deserve to have the joy you desire this season, so start today to put

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  • Maria Shriver Talks Candidly About Alzheimer’s Disease

    By Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF magazine, author, The Nine Rooms of Happiness

    Maria Shriver generously got on the phone with me today to talk about her heartfelt cause, the cure for Alzheimer's. Her father suffers from it, and as Time magazine points out, more than half of all Americans report knowing someone who has it, and for 30 percent, the sufferer is a direct family member.

    Related: 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss

    Maria's report on the disease is being released today. In it, she talks about how along with the growing number of patients, there is a corresponding community of family members who also feel pain, both emotionally and financially, in terms of stress and lost wages, as they often have to take time off in order to care for loved ones. Caregiving is especially a woman's problem, and Maria is calling on women to step up and get involved, since together we can make changes to try to make life easier on the families and the baby boomers for whom this will continue to

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  • Drew Brees: A Girl’s Fantasy Football Player

    Bees, the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, helped his team to Superbowl victory in 2009.Bees, the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, helped his team to Superbowl victory in 2009.By Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF magazine, author, The Nine Rooms of Happiness

    The truth is no NFL QB has ever been interested in talking to the editor of SELF, but Drew Brees is not just some ordinary player. Yes, he is the 2010 MVP and quarterback of the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints; and yes, he is the nice family guy who held his adorable son and put the earphones on the toddler's head to shield his ears from the roaring crowd; and yes, he is the philanthropic, civic-minded guy who has helped rebuild the 9th Ward and especially its public school systems.

    But what you don't know is he is also extremely involved in the idea of making America a fitter place, and he has ideas of how to help women (especially) get back in shape on their own terms, their own time and do it easily and fairly effortlessly. I better watch out for my job.

    Drew got on the phone with me, and what was supposed to be a 15-minute interview became a freewheeling conversation encompassing his

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  • Venus, the Author!

    By Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF, author, The Nine Rooms of Happiness

    Venus Williams just sent me the nicest letter. She wrote in wonderful handwriting on gray stationary that has just the name Venus at the top, thanking me for contributing to her book on how sports informs the professional world, specifically in the lives of leaders from all fields: Bill Clinton and Condi Rice for politicians; Meg Whitman and Jack Welch in business; Denzel Washington, Robin Roberts and Soledad O'Brien as superstars in the spotlight; myself, Donny Deutsch and Jeff Zucker for media folks. There are dozens more, from Ken Chenault to Vera Wang, and each of us shares our story about how being involved in sports has informed our thinking, our outlook and our approach.

    Related: 20 Superfoods For Weight Loss

    This is the closest thing to a memoir I've ever written-or in this case, told to a writer-and Venus could not have been sweeter in her thank you: "Your vital energy and excitement about life and

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  • Your next diet's most important ingredient

    https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cherylforberg.com%2f.a%2f6a00d83548abff69e20120a5686ed1970b-800wi&t=1397677855&sig=RwXdMiAEuJNw9XV4KPX7rg--~B(No, not willpower...but another kind of thinking.) Just saw an email that made me stop (before I hit the delete button as usual) and read the study, the blog, and then I thought: This one is worth keeping, even passing on. It's about why the Mediterranean diet appears to work, and what its most powerful ingredient may be: positive thinking!

    In a study of diabetics, the group that was told to follow a Mediterranean diet lost more weight and needed fewer meds than those following a lowfat diet. But the truth is the nutritional factors between the eating plans weren't that different. Both groups were told to eat smart carbs and healthy fats. The difference was HOW they were asked to do it. Here is a quote from the blog by Monica Reinagel, M.S., posted on NutritionData.

    Perhaps it was just a matter of what the dieters were told to focus on. The Mediterranean group was told what to eat: vegetables, fish, grains, olive oil. The lowfat group were told what to avoid: sugary snacks

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  • SELF speaks out about Kelly Clarkson photo retouching

    Sept09.SELF.cover.72dpi.jpgDO WE RETOUCH? YES!

    Last Friday, the Internet was abuzz with the fact that I answered the question, did you Photoshop the September issue cover photo of Kelly Clarkson? with the answer: Yes. Of course we do retouching (though it's technically not Photoshop, but that is semantics). We correct color and other aspects of the digital pictures we take and then publish the best version we can. Here is what I have to add to this conversation:

    When I ran the marathon five years ago, I was so proud of myself for completing it in under five hours and not walking a single step. But my hips looked big in some of the photos (I was heavier then), so when I wanted to put one of them on the editor's letter in SELF, I asked the art department to shave off a little. I am confident in my body, proud of what it can accomplish, but it just didn't look the way I wanted in every picture.

    This is still true even when I'm all dressed up at a party or wedding or other event-there are pictures where I

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