How To Be A Sex Symbol Like Marilyn Monroe
This article is for the 60+ ladies who are so selflessly donating their time to raise money for Cancer Council SA by swimming the Brighton Jetty dressed as Marilyn Monroe. I have written this in the hope that they are able to fully unleash the Marilyn within to lift their heads high in their swim suits and pout with elegance, just as she did.
Marilyn Monroe. Her name doesn’t need much introduction. But for the sake of the younger audience, she was a model, actress, a singer, the ultimate sex symbol.
But more importantly than what position or career she had in life, she was a fantastic role model for women. She openly admitted her insecurities and yet held herself with such confidence and grace. She was charismatic, intelligent and with a great sense of humour.
So how can one learn from Marilyn and the way she lived her life?
She was the ultimate sex goddess, and yet still remained genuine with a vulnerable side that made everyone fall in love with her.
From a troubled past including sexual abuse, she grew into a strong female icon teaching women that they could be anything they wanted.
Standing at 166cm tall, Marilyn was reasonably thin most of her years fluctuating in weight from a petite figure of 53kg to approximately 63kg. But more important than her weight, she was healthy and she was confident in herself; the true embodiment of a sex symbol.
Here are my tips based on the life of Marilyn, the way she ate and the way she embraced life.
Marilyn Tip 1. Protein at every meal
Marilyn stayed healthy by eating a Real Food, low-carb, high protein diet not that much unlike the Paleo Diet of today. She was sure to eat a balanced amount of protein at every meal helping to regulate her portion control and to keep her from gorging on unhealthy foods throughout the day. When we say balanced, we mean about a palm size worth of good lean protein such as free range chicken or grass fed beef.
For dinner, Marilyn focused mainly on lean meats that she usually cooked herself. She prepared steak, liver, or lamb chops and was fond of serving them with a side of 4 or 5 raw carrots.
“I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots.”
For breakfast she devoured two raw eggs in a glass of full fat milk. Raw eggs contain essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein, as well as essential fatty acids, magnesium, zinc and are a good source B Vitamins.
Concerned about cholesterol when eating eggs? Don’t be. Cholesterol is not the evil it is cracked up to be (excuse the pun). You can read more about cholesterol here.
So go on, eat the whole egg. The yolk contains most of the nutrients in the egg, so by discarding the yolk, you are discarding most of the good stuff that your body needs.
Worried about Salmonella when eating raw eggs? Personally, I use raw eggs in my smoothies all the time, just be careful to use organic, free range and farm fresh eggs from a source that you can trust and be sure to store them in the fridge. Still worried about the risks? Read more here or here.
Marilyn Tip 2. Regular exercise
Stretching, jogging and small weights were a must in Marilyn’s routine. Every morning she would do a minimum of 10 minutes weight lifting focusing on the muscles she thought she needed to work the most. She didn’t bother to count reps or sets, she just kept going until she was tired and could feel her muscles had been worked. What a great way to avoid injury!
Lifting weights is a great way to increase your resting metabolic rate, meaning you will burn calories and increase your muscle mass all whilst helping you become toned.
And after you have finished your intense workout, your increased metabolism will go on burning calories while you sit on your butt; known as the afterburn affect.
Marilyn Tip 3. Avoid processed foods
Yes, that’s right, no bread, pastries, cakes, cookies or pasta! In her slimmer years, Marilyn kept her diet simple, focusing on protein and carb from veggies, avoiding most processed foods. So perhaps skip the side of pasta or bread for dinner and focus more on the vegetables, salad and meat.
Yet she did indulge in an ice-cream sundae for dessert on the odd occasion, but with her clean eating habits, she needn’t have worried about its impact on her waist.
“I’m sure I couldn’t allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet wasn’t composed almost totally of protein foods.”
Marilyn Tip 4. Avoid LOW FAT food
Did you note in tip 1 that Marilyn liked to drink full fat milk for breakfast? I did not write low fat milk. Why?
Low fat foods may have the fat stripped out of the food, but one guess where all the flavour resides? Thats right, the fat. So with the removal of the fat, gone too is the flavour. How do food companies put the flavour back into the food now? They add sugar or a chemical alternative to sugar to keep your taste buds happy, turning it into a chemically-ridden, processed food that won’t do your body any favours.
And is fat actually bad for you anyway? Does it actually make you fat? NO! In fact good fats (avocado, nuts, seeds and coconut milk) help you to stay fuller for longer.
Fat is also essential for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and are helpful in lowering cholesterol. So instead of reaching for the low fat skim milk (that is actually so far removed from real milk it’s ridiculous), why not grab the full fat organic milk or the full fat organic coconut milk and see how much better you feel?
Tip 5: Exude Confidence
Marilyn revelled in the comfort of her body and embraced who she was and her size. Whether she was in a swimsuit, a dress or letting her dress flow up to flash the world her knickers, she was smiling, confident and strong.
Never claiming to be perfect, she embraced her insecurities and let the world know that it was ok to have flaws and still love yourself.
So go on, embrace your beauty in whatever shape or size it is and take on the world with a full heart and a big smile on your face. After all, if Norma Jean Baker can become Marilyn Monroe, we can too!
With these 5 tips, I hope the women of the Marilyn Charity Swim embrace their inner Marilyn and we wish them all the luck in the world as they help to raise money to conquer cancer.
WANT TO DONATE?
If you want to donate towards the swim in the aid of Cancer research and support services for cancer victims, please donate HERE. And yes, I am one of the Marilyn’s swimming too and you can sponsor me personally HERE.
Or perhaps you just want to come along and watch? Simply head down to the Brighton Jetty, S.A on Feb 2nd 2014 and cheers us all along. You can join the Facebook page HERE or go to the Cancer Council website HERE.