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Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi on nutrition, me-time and 'DWTS'

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Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi attained permanent super star status in 1992 when she captured the coveted gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France. On April 9, Examiner caught up with the talented athlete turned author and Tsu.ya active wear designer during a web conference, which featured the busy mom of two sharing her personal tips for fostering a healthy lifestyle and establishing a good balance between work and play.

Yamaguchi's hearty helping of common-sense advice for fellow moms featured her thoughts on her own life ingredients, which she defined as "all the little things you need to fuel your day, every day." She eschewed the notion that she has it all together, and shared that like most moms, she accepts that doing her best with the time she has available is "better than trying to do it all."

On the subject of snacking, she stressed the importance of nutrition, convenience and variety. As a spokeswoman for Alpine Lace deli cheeses, she suggested keeping three go-to snack options on hand, including her personal favorite, Alpine Lace Swiss, which she praised for its reduced fat content and versatility.

She also promoted the oft-difficult but essential practice of scheduling regular me-time opportunities. She encouraged moms to follow her lead and carve out 30 minutes a day to do something you "absolutely love," such as going for a walk, sleeping in or eating a favorite food. In a similar vein, she encouraged women to plan the next girls night out before anyone leaves the dinner table to be certain that a date winds up on the calendar.

In terms of staying fit outside of the gym, she encouraged parents to spend time playing with their kids, rightly noting that going to the park and playing a spirited game of tag can burn plenty of calories. She also suggested getting off the couch to take a walk in order to sharpen mental focus.

Finally, Yamaguchi sounded off on the current season of "Dancing with the Stars," which airs Mondays on ABC and features not just one but two Olympic champions in ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White. The former show champion --Yamaguchi won the hit reality show's sixth season on the arm of pro dancer Mark Ballas in May of 2008-- confirmed to Examiner that she's turning in for the season 18 action, and revealed which of the talented hopefuls are getting her votes. After calling Sochi gold medalists Davis and White her "favorite competitive skaters right now," she confessed to splitting her votes between the two, but said that her strategy could change depending on how the competition plays out.

To find out more about Yamaguchi's recent projects, visit her official website.

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