By Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!

Continued from Part 1 (Top Five of Ten "Staying-in-Shape" Tips)

So here are the remaining Five.

5. I learned from my Trainer JoAnne Lee that if you eat a "deck of card" - sized portion of protein and a "deck of card" - sized portion of carbs, with a half teaspon or more of fat every three hours, you will maintain blood-sugar balance. There is a great website called www.venicenutrition.com that explains all this. Mark McDonald, the owner also has just release a book about stabilizing your blood sugar by keeping your body constantly fed in small portions every three hours, with those specific ratios of carbs, to proteins, to fats. Once I got on this program, I gained in the beginning because I was so "not used to" eating that frequently, and being "fed" so often. But after about three weeks, your body starts getting used to this regimine and begins to "release" - fats, water, food cravings. - all but gone.

It took a couple of months to get used to this, but one thing that I did notice more than anything else was that I was not always constantly hungry, nor thinking about food. You eat the same as when you were a newborn - every three hours, and a healthy percentage of the above (very similar to mother's milk proteins, carbs, and fat percentages)

6. Find a passion, and take massive action on it. Once you pre-occupy yourself in something you can REALLY GET INTO, like Salsa and now computers for me, you won't even have a chance to think about food!

7. Do Daily Insanity Workouts! I also found that when I did not have a second passion besided Salsa, I took up the Insanity Workout training DVDs that they sell online. It's awesome. What was incredible, is that I could actually KEEP UP with Sean T. and his "twenty-something year-olds" - every step of the way, for the ENTIRE PROGRAM! It's absolutely amazing the kind of shape you're in when you're a hard core, competitive Salsa dancer.

8. Don't get used to "comfy" clothing after work or on the weekends. ALWAYS LOOK YOUR BEST and get into those "skinny jeans" at least three to four times a week. If you put pressure on yourself to get into them every other day, you will not want to overeat.

9. I know this is next to impossible for Salseros, but if you CAN, plan your entire day's meals. Just fix them the night before, stick them in small palm-sized containers, buy a small hot/cold insulated lunch sack, stick a fork and spoon and napkin in there, and you'll be less likely to do fast food and over-indulge. When you constantly surround yourself with food, you won't feel like you're missing out. You won't even think about it that much - because psycologically, you know it's always there.

10. Look good ALWAYS. I can't stress this enough. Ladies, do your hair, nails, makeup... look nice as often as you possibly can. When we start to relax about our looks by wearing baggy this, and baggy that, not keeping up our looks with stuff you can buy... slowly over time we get REALLY USED TO THIS LIFESTYLE

Special thanks goes to Joanne Lee my awesome nutrition coach and personal mentor, Monica Brant

Edie, The Salsa FREAK!! is one of the most recognized and respected Salsa Instructor/Performers in the world. In the past twenty years, she has traveled to 63 countries teaching the world to dance, and has been the first American to teach in 18 of those countries. She now lives in the high mountains of beautiful Colorado with her wonderful husband, Nick. You may contact her at www.SalsaFreak.com