Quad-City Times from Davenport, Iowa on July 26, 1981 · 91
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Quad-City Times from Davenport, Iowa · 91

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show's stars worked out while discussing the usual love affairs, murders and terminal diseases. -Suddenly, Richard Simmons was a star. He began receiving fan mail at the rate of thousands per week and . in the letters were pleas from women and men who wanted help losing weight. Richard's philosophy is simple. "You need a combination of exercising your body and mind and good positive thinking," he says. "You need fantasy and you need fun." Those are the key elements in his new television show, which has found overwhelming popularity since it went on the air six months ago. On "The Richard Simmons Show," the star not only cooks, leads exercises and imparts health news, he also performs. But his jokes have a message: Get in shape. And he has created several characters to help him get the message across. One such character, the "Weight Saint," roller-skates through shopping malls in an angel costume stopping overweight shoppers and challenging them to begin diets. Another, "Sister Mary Lo-CaP wears a nun's habit and at a recent event at a Los Angeles shopping mall, 5,000 people turned out to hear Richard, as the Sister, talk about diet and exercise. At another mall, 10,000 gathered to hear "Reverend Pounds." And "Sergeant Simmons of Slob Squad" hands out tickets in grocery stores to people buying unhealthy foods. The viewers write to him 120,000 letters in the first two months of the show wanting to join the fun, share the laughter and promote the crusade toward good health. MAIL CALL One 258-pound woman wrote from Indiana. She'd been watching the show, doing the exercises right with the gang in the studio and in his answer Richard wrote that when she got under 200 pounds, he'd bring her and her family out to Los Angeles. She was recently on the show and now weighs 186 and is still losing, He' heard from another . woman who weighs 370, her husband weighs 515, their 13 year old weighs 290, and the grandmother, 400. He's going to have them on the show as soon as they're ready. Three weeks ago, he had a letter from a woman in L.A. She was doing his exercises, following his "Never-Say-Diet" book, and nothing much was happening. Two days later, he knocked on her door. "I'd come to see what the lady , had in her fridge and in her cupboards," explains Richard. "She had all the wrong things. Lots of , cake mixes and pancake mixes and canned fruit instead of fresh. Nice lady, we had great laughs. She thought she was dieting. A couple of weeks later she'd lost some . weight and whereas she'd looked a little dowdy before, she had a new makeup, a new hairdo. 1 like to redo people, make them look wonderful. In my exercise classes, if they can't find leotards to fit, we ' make leotards. We also have T-shirts that say: Thanks to Richard Simmons, I have lost 10,20, 30... up to 100 pounds, and we have a magic marker to mark off the number. 'Look' people say, 'that lady's lost 60 pounds! Let's talk to her.' On 'The Mike Douglas Show,' we first syllable of the word "diet" is "die." So he prefers to call his weight loss regimen the "live-it" program. Here are some of Richard's favorite recipes from his "Never-Say-Diet" book (Warner Books). Frothy O.J. Cooler Serves 1 In blender: tray. Cover each slice with half of alfalfa sprouts, tomato and piece of cheese. Sprinkle with paprika. Place in toaster oven and toast just until cheese melts. Brown Rice Chicken Style Serves 4 1 0Va oz. can chicken broth V cups water 1 cup uncooked brown rice 2 T. parsley (chopped) 2 large mushrooms (sliced) Yi cups celery with leaves (chopped) 1 small onion (chopped) '2 T. low salt soy sauce ; 1 tsp. fines herbs V tsp. garlic powder pinch pepper Bring broth and water to a boil in saucepan. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir, cover, turn heat as low as possible and cook 40-45 min. until rice is done. Ruffage Vegetable Soup 3 cups tomato juice V cup celery (chopped) V cup carrots (sliced) Vi cup cabbage (shredded) Vi cup zucchini (sliced) Vi cup green bell pepper (chopped) Vi cup tomato (chopped) Vi cup onion (chopped) Vi cup yellow summer squash (sliced) V cup mushrooms (sliced) V cup bean sprouts Vi tsp. oregano Vi tsp. pepper Put all ingredients in a large pot. Stir, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer on medium heat for half an hour, stirring occasionally. ' , . frAV fir ' V ' I- W '; J On ' 'The Richard Simmons Show dience to help cook stacked up gold bullion, 60 pounds of it and then showed a young lady who'd lost that much weight. We stacked it up to show what it's like to carry that weight around... that you need to get that weight away from your heart and mind and body to have a healthy life." His biggest thrill is the unhappy woman he once met in a department store. This was long before his ' television show. He invited her to the Anatomy Asylum and she eventually lost 170 pounds. He saw to it she had a tummy tuck, a breast lift and a new hairdo. Then she had the courage to get a much-needed divorce and flew back East to share her new self with her family. On the plane she met the man, married him and has lived happily ever after. She writes Richard a letter every week. The aim of Richard Simmons' crusade for good health is to make everyone as happy and healthy as this woman, v YOUR "LIVE-IT" RECIPES ; Richard Simmons says that the the star chooses women from the au- delicious low-cal recipes. 8 oz. orange juice (unsweetened fresh squeezed, if possible) 1 raw egg 1 ice cube Blend on medium speed until frothy. Instead of orange juice, try pineapple, grapefruit or another one of your favorites. Open Face Cheese Melt Serves 2 !4 medium avocado pinch pepper 2 slices whole wheat bread 1 cup alfalfa sprouts Vi small tomato (chopped) 2 slices cheddar cheese paprika Place avocado in small bowl. Mash thoroughly and add pepper. Spread half of mixture on each slice of bread. Place bread on toaster oven Lemon Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce Serves 6 Cake... 1 env. unflavored gelatin 1 cup low fat milk 2 T. honey 2 cups ricotta cheese 1 Vi tsp. vanilla extract 2 tsp. lemon juice Vi tsp. lemon rind (finely grated) Sauce... Vi cup water I cup strawberries (chopped) r 1 ten cnoar 1 tso. cornstarch In small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold milk. Cook on low heat, , stirring constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Add honey and stir. Let cool slightly. In bowl combine cheese, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon rind. Add gelatin mixture and beat until smooth. Pour into pie pan and refrigerate several hours until firm. This one is a special treat you can serve to company. But have a small piece', and not too often. Also, try other berries and fresh fruits in season instead of strawberries in the sauce. JULY 26, 1981 D QUAD-CITY TIMES SUNDAY WOMAN7

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