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Food Network star Melissa d'Arabian discusses diet, exercise and couponing

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"Food Network" star Melissa d'Arabian credits a healthy diet and regular workouts for her age-defying good looks and bubbly, dynamic personality.

In an exclusive interview Jan. 27, d'Arabian revealed how she juggles being a mom of four and her high-powered career, which includes starring on Food Network's "Ten Dollar Dinners" and the Cooking Channel's "Drop 5 Lbs. with Good Housekeeping."

D'Arabian said health and happiness starts with good nutrition. Growing up poor, Melissa learned first-hand the importance of eating well on a budget.

"I like to fuel my body for feeling good," said d'Arabian, author of the New York Times bestseller, Ten Dollar Dinners. "When I eat well and work out, I feel better."

Melissa tries to eat vegetables first thing in the morning, so she enjoys green smoothies for breakfast. "One of my diet tricks is I really try to have some vegetables before the day starts," she said. "My kids love my green smoothies."

The svelte blonde beauty also exercises daily, and varies her workouts, doing Tabata high-intensity interval training, P90X, Zumba dance workouts, and running. Melissa said one of her tricks is to put exercise clothes on first thing in the morning, as a reminder to get her workout done early.

Whatever she's doing is clearly working, since the pin-thin d'Arabian looks fantastic and radiates tons of positive energy (if you ever meet or speak with her in person, you'll see she's as warm and down-to-earth as she appears on TV).

Despite her incredible success, fame and fortune, d'Arabian relates to all women and moms, especially during these tough economic times. Melissa, who has shown it's possible to feed a family of four for under $10, has partnered with Coupons for Change to help you save money on your favorite products.

Coupons for Change offers excellent savings on a wide variety of products. All you have to do is print the coupon out from the website to save 50 cents to $1 off common household items like toothpaste, cereal and dish washing liquid. There's no catch.

For every three coupons you use, Coupons for Change will donate a meal to an underprivileged child. Sadly, one in five American children lives in a household that struggles with hunger.

Despite her sunny personality, D'Arabian has weathered many hardships, including the early suicide of her mom. Melissa, who grew up on public assistance, understands the challenges underprivileged moms and children face.

"I grew up poor and didn’t have the nutritious food I needed as a child," she said. "My elementary-school secretary recognized I needed help and did something about it. Now, as I raise four daughters, I want to do my part in helping ensure no child in America grows up hungry."



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