Stefanie Ost, Founder of Wilhelmina Models Dubai and SO, was a former fashion model who has graced the covers and appeared in editorials for Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire all over the world. She’s walked the runway for Cavalli and Dior until she decided to settle in Dubai and had the opportunity to turn her modeling experience into a business helping women and men look and feel their best while also assisting the region’s aspiring young models achieve their dreams. In 2011, Stefanie entered The Big Start, a student entrepreneur competition run by Al Tamimi Investments, and her winning business idea scooped the top prize.
Every Wednesday Stefanie will feature her personal favorite beauty tips and advice on looking and feeling better. Today we ask Stefanie about “ juicing” and the benefits and disadvantages of this fad that is taking Dubai by storm.
What do you think about “ juicing” and how do you do it?
I absolutely love juicing! Every day I have at least 1 or 2 fresh veggie juices that keep me revitalized and glowing. Once in a while I might do a few days of a juice fast which can become addictive as you feel just fabulous afterwards. I do however feel that it is important not to live on juices only (which is the side effect of this new trend that many young women stop eating solid food completely and just live off their juices). Personally, I consider juices as a great detox tool and as an easily digestible “supplement” to a balanced diet.
As a model did you ever juice to prepare for a show?
I was always quite lucky and never really had to diet much. Yet, if I had a big show coming up now and I had to lose some excess weight, I would do a 3-5 day juice fasting cleanse, which would not only help me to get back in shape, but will also leave me with a beautifully glowing skin. I want to add that one of the benefits of juicing is that it makes you aware of what you eat so once you start eating solid food again you are much more careful with what you put in your mouth and more often than not you become healthier.
What’s your best nutrition advice?
Its all about balance. I don’t think one should count calories and become obsessed with diets, its important to eat as much fresh vegetables and fruits as possible and definitely avoid sugar and sodas.A great sugar alternative is Stevia (it’s natural and has almost no calories). Artificial sweeteners such as Sweet and Low are the worst, the ingredients actually make you even fatter. Also, it is advisable to stay away from white flour (such as white bread, regular pasta, white rice) and instead opt for healthy grains such as brown rice and whole grain). Finally try to stay away from dairy and too much animal protein – it’s really not good for your beauty.
Stefanie Ost is trained under The Finishing Academy UK and conducts corporate and private social and business etiquette courses. Contact email@example.com for more information.