QVC star, CEO, and fitness trailblazer Marjolein Brugman makes mind-body-spirit wellness simple and achievable on her healthy living website
This QVC star, CEO, and fitness trailblazer makes mind-bodyspirit wellness simple and achievable.
In the mid-1990s, Marjolein Brugman spun personal adversity (she was hit by a car while running) into QVC gold after developing the first home Pilates machine based on the reformer exercises that brought her back into alignment. She now makes total wellness attainable on her tips- and recipes-filled website LighterLiving.com.
“People think being healthy is very difficult—and I think it’s simple,” Brugman, 64, says. “So we broke the new website into eat/move/feel. They’re the three areas you have to make health decisions. What do you eat? How do you stay happy? And what do you do to keep your heart and your body healthy?”
Recently, she added a diary section in which she blogs about her journey in making art. “I believe that we need to find some kind of creative outlet,” she adds. And as with creativity, graceful aging begins with a positive vision. Each morning after meditating, Brugman walks into her bathroom with her eyes closed. “Before I look into the mirror I say, ‘When I open my eyes I’m going to see a really beautiful woman.’ I think we tend to be so hypercritical of ourselves. You’ll be amazed at just how differently you see yourself then.”
Brugman maintains her lighter living with the help of these natural products:
with prebiotics “Eighty percent of your immune system is in your gut. So if you’re not eating enough fermented foods like kombucha, and a good yogurt, it’s essential to take a combination probiotic.”
“Antioxidants prevent cell deterioration and aging, and keep cells from getting cancer and various other diseases. DIM (Di-Indole Methane) is a good antioxidant combination: zinc and vitamins E and C.”
“I love Xylitol. It’s made from birch bark, has absolutely no calories, and tastes exactly like sugar. Not only does it regulate blood sugar, it’s good for your oral health. It supports your teeth and feeds the good bacteria in your mouth.”
Vega Sport Preworkout Energizer
“I use this while rehearsing or planning out new Moticise workouts. It gives me a big boost, helps me focus and stay energized throughout the work-
out. It has caffeine in it, though, so I use it strategically.”
Natural Beauty Cleansing
Bar “It’s all-natural and lemon. But the thing that is really amazing about it is that it regulates skin. It’s lovely on your face because it doesn’t dry. I use it everywhere, and I give bars to my friends.”
Vitamin B Complex
“I’m a big Vitamin B complex fan, so I usually take 100 mg every day. It calms my nervous system and keeps me feeling alert.”