Posts Tagged ‘UCLA’


Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Head Coach for UCLA Women’s Gymnastics Program, Valorie Kondos Field, known affectionately as “Miss Val,” has guided and influenced thousands of student-athletes, including Olympic champions, Simone Biles, Jordan Wieber, Kyla Ross, and Madison Kocian.  With multiple NCAA Championships titles and twenty-six years of coaching experience, the Pac-12 “Coach of The Century” recently faced her biggest challenge outside of the gymnasium: fighting and surviving breast cancer.  During BCA Miss Val worked on the CBS television special Jump Jive & Thrive (airing on October 21st), honoring cancer survivors and Thrivers.  In the face of adversity, Miss Val has always adhered to her positive outlook, which has resonated profoundly with her students, athletes, and fans.  Now she shares her Eight Secrets For Championship Beauty with Beauty Undercover!

1) DO YOU!  “Don’t aspire to be someone else,” warns Miss Val.  “You will always be a second rate ‘Them,’ and worse you will never achieve a first rate ‘You.'”

2) CLEAN FUELING WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL  There’s a lot of talk about “clean eating”‘ vs dieting.” Clean eating is fueling our bodies with pure and natural nutrients. “The same should be true of our minds and souls,” Miss Val suggests. “When we choose ‘clean’ thoughts and daily practices of rejuvenation we feel lighter and refreshed in spirit.”

3) GRATITUDE  Miss Val begins each day with a steam of gratitudes, starting with “Yay ~ I get another day!” Make it a habit to “recognize and acknowledge moment-by-moment gratitudes,” she suggests.



Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Sodium_700_2For years we have been told to drink eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated.  But now, scientists believe that its more important to eat our water, rather than to drink it.   According to associate professor of medicine at UCLA, Dr. Howard Murad, and author of The Water Secret, “Healthy hydration is about the water you hold in the body, not the water you drink that passes straight through.”  The good doctor believes that drinking too much water can actually deplete your body of vitamins and minerals, as they are quickly flushed out of the body.  “You can drink eight glasses of water – and while that is still a way of putting water into your body, it could mean eight trips to the bathroom without it actually reaching your cells.”

So why is food-based water better for our bodies?  “When we eat water-rich foods, we absorb water more slowly because it is trapped in the structure of these foods,” explains Dr Murad. “That slow absorption means the water in food stays in our bodies longer, and brings a multitude of additional benefits.”  Fruits such as cantaloupe, strawberries, and peaches are water rich in potassium, an electrolyte that is typically lost through sweat.

“Potassium and sodium work together to maintain fluid levels in the body,” says Dr. Wendy Bazilian, author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet, “which helps regulate your heartbeat and circulation.”  Vitamin C-rich fruits such as watermelon, oranges, and kiwi help maintain cartilage and joint flexibility, as they fight free radicals and protect the skin.  Antioxidant-rich cancer-fighting foods such as tomatoes and broccoli keep metabolism in balance, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, while detoxifying the body.  For the complete list to 24 Foods That Will Change Your Life, please click here.