How Not to Break Your Fast

Are there any guidelines about what to eat or what not to eat when breaking a fast? In this article I’ll share one of my personal experiences, the first time I broke a 2-day fast. I’ll also point you to some informative articles I found online on healthy ways to break your fast.

“What kind of Pizza do you want?”

“For dessert we have Key Lime Pie, chocolate ice cream, and glazed doughnuts with sprinkles.”

While attending my family reunion in Florida, these are the questions I was asked while seated at the dinner table. I ate a salad for dinner, which aroused suspicions among family members seated around me. This naturally led to inquisitive conversations about my dietary choices and my experiences with Intermittent Fasting.

I enjoyed a salad with organic sprouts and raw walnuts that I’d stashed in my backpack for just such an occasion. After finishing the salad, I really wanted to show my family members that I was still a ‘normal’ person, who could eat what they want when they wanted. I didn’t want them to think I’d turned into a fanatical vegan hippy.

So, I grabbed two slices of cheese pizza and proceeded to eat most of it, except the crust which just seemed unnecessary. I felt OK after eating the pizza, proving to myself and the table that I could still enjoy ‘normal’ food even while fasting.

Then came dessert…

Since we were in Florida, everyone gravitated towards the Key Lime Pie. I jumped on the bandwagon and ordered a slice of my own.

I raised the fork to my lips and took a bite. Immediately a sugar rush came over me…. I broke out in a sweat. I could feel my pulse pounding in my head.

I finished desert and excused myself from the table.

I felt dizzy as I stood up. I began to wonder if I’d come down with food poisoning, but everyone around me seemed OK.

As I raced back to my hotel room, a massive wave of nausea came over me. I resisted the urge to throw up, which grew stronger every moment. When I finally made it into the privacy of my room, I ran to the toilet. Sorry for the intimate details, but let’s just say I had to sit down on the commode as quickly as possible to contain the flood. It seemed like gallons of water escaped my body at once.

My mind was racing at this point, I began to wonder if I’d done any serious damage by spiking my insulin and blood sugar in response to the Key Lime extravaganza.

This led me to the following articles on the topic, which gave me more insight into how to break your fast, and how not to:



Water Fasting: Crazy Healthy or Just Plain Crazy?

Tucked nonchalantly into a massive feature was a little sentence containing a huge piece of news: This year, Andreja Pejic will become one of the first transgender models to star in a major beauty campaign.

Tabloid in long-form, Anger details the scandals of Tinseltown’s very first stars (including Rudolph Valentino, Roscoe Arbuckle, and Clara Bow) against the backdrop of a city charged by rampant debauchery and high glamour.

Whereas Hollywood Babylon deals mostly with the era’s nightlife, the workday habits of early film stars were pretty wild too. For our purposes, it’s all about the prep. Hence a little history lesson today, particularly about how one might get ready for a period moving picture.

Early movies were shot on orthochromatic film, which was not sensitive to yellow-red wavelengths (so colors on that end of the spectrum became almost black). Blue and purple tones, in turn, showed up pale and whitish. The unfortunate on-screen effects of this were myriad—actors with ruddy skin looked dirty, and blue eyes would turn blank and spooky. The latter pitfall almost foiled the ambitions of eventual Academy Award winner Norma Shearer when she was told by D.W. Griffith, The Birth of a Nation director, that her eyes were “far too blue” to have any success in cinema.

In order to create an impactful (and hopefully, natural) look under such conditions in the 1910s and ’20s, most actors were tasked with applying their own makeup (A common press photo set-up was very Top Shelf-like and featured the starlet at her vanity.), and studios would distribute guides for proper use of color. Blue-toned greasepaint was applied as a foundation and contouring shade, while lips were painted yellow. In real life, actors must have looked truly bizarre when they arrived at the studio. Early greasepaint was texturally problematic. Since it was applied with a heavy hand, the surface layer would often crack when the actor’s expression changed (not great for a medium that relied so heavily on overly dramatic, silent expression). It could also be hazardous—as was in the case of Dolores Costello (Drew Barrymore’s paternal grandmother), whose complexion and career were both damaged beyond repair by early film makeup. In 1914, Max Factor, a wig and cosmetic shop owner in Los Angeles, developed a solution in the form of Flexible Greasepaint. After its invention, he became the most sought-after makeup artist in Hollywood and the leading figure in cosmetic development for the industry.

Factor’s personalized approach to makeup artistry cemented a few specific, studio-endorsed “looks.” For Clara Bow, he drew her sharply peaked cupid’s bow; Joan Crawford’s signature “smeared” lip (extending far beyond her natural line) assuaged the actress’ thin-lipped insecurities and was all thanks to Factor. Industry standards also required actors’ eyes to look deep-set and moody by shadowing them from lash line to socket, and eyebrows were drawn straight, bold, and very, very long (think Louise Brooks).

When orthochromatic film gave way to panchromatic in the 1920s, shiny hair and eyelids captured the glow of incandescent bulbs used on-set to great effect. Factor kept pace, developing specific light-refracting hair dyes to suit this technical shift—even sprinkling gold dust on to Marlene Dietrich’s wigs when asked. He couldn’t rest on his laurels for long though—Technicolor was on the horizon, and with it came a new set of cosmetic challenges.

A final note: In the early ‘30s, still riding the panchromatic “high shine” wave, Factor created a slick lip coat for his famous clients. The formula would go on to become commercially sold as “X-Rated,” the world’s very first lip gloss. Something I think we’re all still kind of into.

—Lauren Maas

Live More By Eating Less


Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2014 collection was a study in tonality, and so were the wigs, individually dyed to match the pinks, creams, beiges, and brown shades of the clothes.

Wear it dry, and you’ve got your standard dusting of color—classic and predictable (in a good way). But wet! Wearing it wet opens a whole new world of opportunity. “What you’re doing is bringing out the pigmented nature of the shadow,” makeup artist Vincent Oquendo says. “Whenever I wet an eye shadow, it’s when I really want it to pop—but it really has to be a special kind of product to be able to blend after it sets. Because a lot of the times when it sets, you get streaking.” Nobody wants that. In order to avoid any wet shadow mishaps, follow these guidelines:


Marc Jacobs' Fall 2014 collection was a study in tonality, and so were the wigs.
Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2014 collection was a study in tonality, and so were the wigs.

First, go with the obvious: any eye shadow labeled wet-to-dry. The Nars Dual-Intensity line is the standout—the singles come in 12 different shimmery shades, and there’s a corresponding brush (then there’s the newly released Dual Intensity Blush line, which was all over Fashion Week—but that’s a product for another post). Burberry also makes a few very versatile shades specifically for this in their Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. And the technique-specific eye shadow category isn’t just a ploy to get you to buy more product. “You can’t just use any eye shadow for this,” Vincent says. “Certain ones will harden up on top and become unusable because they’re not made for this.”

Baked shadows are also fair game—we’re fans of Laura Mercier’s Baked Eye Colour Wet/Dry and Lorac’s Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in particular.

For more advanced players, Vincent suggests moving on to straight pigment (MAC or even OCC’s Pure Cosmetic Pigments). With the added moisture, they’ll become easier to layer with other products. For a look with more depth, try using a cream shadow as a based before swiping with a wet powder shadow. “It’s like insurance,” Vincent says. “You’re doubling your wearability.

This all depends on exactly what you want to do. “Mind the resistance,” Vincent says, particularly if you’re looking for uniform color across the lid. “I tend to recommend a blender brush, which is the brush that looks like a feather duster. If you do it with a stiff brush, you’re defeating yourself before you even start. The joy of a wet-to-dry is you have to get it right amount of product loaded up, and then it blends itself. If the brush is too stiff, it will leave the shadow streaky and then much harder to control.”

However, if tightlining or waterlining is in the cards, a much thinner brush is required accordingly.

Do not, repeat, do not put eye drops, water, or any other sort of liquid directly on your eye shadow. This’ll screw up your product for later use. “Lately, I’ve been wetting the brush with the Glossier Soothing Face Mist, but Evian Mineral Water Spray is good for sensitive eyes,” Vincent says. If the top of your powder does get a little hardened by wet application, there’s a trick to remove it: Get a clean mascara spoolie and “exfoliate” your compact, Vincent recommends. This won’t crack the compact and will make it ready to go once more.

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The Skinny Q&A with Teddi Mellencamp

Q: What Factors Inspired You to Make Some Changes?

A: “For starters my whole life I’ve fluctuated weight. So, I first moved out to L.A. I gained a bunch of weight. Then I did some fad diets, I’d lose weight, then I’d gain weight, then I’d lose weight. You know, it was just kind of always back and forth and then after I got pregnant with my son, my second I had such a hard time getting pregnant and I was on all these different medications to try to keep him and then after he was born, the weight really just didn’t come off. I lost 30 pounds, but when you gain 86 pounds, 30 pounds isn’t that much. I was working out, but I wasn’t eating great and I wasn’t really holding myself accountable. I was holding myself accountable to being a good mom, but I had kind of felt like I had lost my purpose and how to help myself…you know to be the best mom, to be the best wife, to be the best that I could actually be.”

Q: How Did the Accountability Program Start?

A: “I started this Instagram, which was just a selfie of me. I have my other Instagram that’s my family Instagram, but it was by myself and it was just me a selfie with my kids, and I said ‘hey guys, I’m on a mission to get in the best shape of my life. Follow me. Follow me if you’re interested.’ So it started with 36 followers. My best friend said I texted, like ‘Hey follow me guys, we got to get this going.'”

Q: How Did Your Instagram Start Growing?

A: “At first everybody didn’t really know what was happening, I was just kind of putting one foot in front of the other, but I was posting every day and I was still posting my workouts and then it wasn’t until I realized…okay 80 percent of this is about food, it’s not about workouts. Once I made that shift, my transformation 100 percent changed. Social media saw the change, my friends saw the change, and then once my friends saw it I said, ‘can I put you through this program?’ They were all kind of in the same boat as me, we all have kids the same age, they all had weight to lose, they all kind of were great moms, but they just didn’t take any time for themselves. I said, ” I’m going to have you send me your weight, your workouts, and what you’re eating every day and let’s see what happens. They did it for two weeks, which is how I got the two week jump start and their transformations were incredible, and I posted those on social media. And then just like that…”

Q: How Did the Business Form?

A: “It just started out of me not really knowing, but now I’ve done a lot of research on businesses and things like that and that’s kind of always how they start. It’s just somebody passionate about what they’re doing and just taking the next step. So it started with having a rotating amount of forty clients a piece and then as I started getting bigger, I started promoting women or clients that had graduated themselves and seemed like they would be a good fit that also have fully changed their lifestyles. So now we have over 500 clients, assisting coaches, we have a huge waitlist. We want to be able to keep growing, but I have to do it organically so I won’t promote somebody that hasn’t done the program. I don’t believe in not practicing what you preach.”

Q: What Does the Program Consist Of?

A: “The program consists of diet and exercise. I’d say to everybody get a doctors approval before starting the program so that everybody is on board. But, you have to be able to commit to an hour of activity a day. That doesn’t mean you have to be able to run a hour a day, that means you could push your child in a stroller for an hour a day, you could go to a spin class, whatever it is. An hour of activity a day. You weigh in in the morning, and then you eat certain foods for the two week jumpstart and you send me those foods. Essentially you have to eat them by a certain time, breakfast has to be eaten by 10 a.m., lunch has to be eaten by 2 p.m., and dinner has to be eaten by 8 p.m. Then your snacks you can have throughout the day, I’m not as particular about those. It’s so doable.”

Q: You Give People Meal Plans and Then They Text You About the Food and Diet?

A: “Yes, they are sending proof of food, workout, and weight every day. I know weight is a controversial topic so I want to discuss that. For me the weight is not about punishment, it doesn’t matter if your scale goes up, but it’s so you can learn what works for your body and what doesn’t.”

Q: Any Eating Tips?

A: “A little tip is that I would never do a dessert and alcohol in the same night. So if you’re going to drink you’re not having dessert, If you’re going to have dessert you’re not drinking. You have to have balance.”

Q: What Does Your Standard Day Entail?

A: “My standard day, my day-to-day work-mom life is: I wake up in the morning. My husband and I rotate, so one of us will do early morning workout and then the other one will kind of be here in case the kids wake up or else I’ll have a Peloton at my house that I’ll use. But, I’ll try to work out in the mornings early because that’s when I feel my best. I always start my day with a full glass of water, before anything else, before I have a cup of coffee. I have one cup of coffee, workout I do cardio. For me I just want to focus on feeling good so I do cardio. For breakfast I have either oatmeal with just a touch of brown sugar and then either blueberries or strawberries. I always have a morning snack, like because I eat breakfast early like by 8, morning snack which would either be an apple, a clementine, some berries if I didn’t have berries in my cereal I mean in my oatmeal and then lunch. My standard thing is that I make these salads that are arugula, brown rice and quinoa mix, peppers, tomatoes, avocado, some sunflower seeds, lime juice, and then just a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar.”

Q: Are You Keeping Any of the Housewives Accountable?

A: “No, I mean of course Kyle [Richards] and I work out together, but no. I think that you kind of keep those things separate. I like working out with my friends but no, I would never say to any housewives or any person in general you should join my program, you should do my program because that has to be something you want to do.