Denise Vasi

I Am A Big GoofBall

Denise Vasi

Denise Vasi

HL: What prompted you to help raise over $800,000 specifically towards addiction recovery?

Denise Vasi: A dear friend of mine is alive because of rehab. The facility I helped to raise money for saved her life. Growing up in New York City I saw many people battle the disease of addiction. Sadly, I still have friends coping with the disease. I wanted people to be able to seek the real type of medical and psychological treatment they needed. The monies raised were used as funding for a scholarship program for potential patients who would otherwise not be able to afford such care.

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Denise Vasi

Denise Vasi

HL: Beginning your modeling career at an early age of 12, did it make you feel like you stood out from all the other kids?

Denise Vasi: Did it make me feel that way? No! Although, I was the only one in 7th grade “allowed” to carry a beeper. That was kinda cool at the time. It wasn’t until high school that it became a little weird. Other students tried to treat me differently but people can only treat you in a manner that you allow. I did my best to blend in as much as possible.

HL: How has playing the role of hooker/wife Randi Hubbard formed your thoughts on relationships and acceptance—and the ability for people to change their lives?

Denise Vasi: I don’t know if playing Randi formed my thoughts as much as I informed her. I believed in the character’s ability to change. I’m a firm believer that people are constantly evolving. Sometimes that change happens in relationships. As two become one, the view of the world shifts and that’s positive. It’s called growth. I know I feel lucky that my partner challenges me to see things differently. That’s what a relationship did for Randi on All My Children.

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HL: What health advice would you give moms whose young daughters are aspiring to go into modeling and acting?

Denise Vasi: Teach your daughters to love and appreciate their bodies. Eating healthy and exercising isn’t about being skinny—it’s about treating your “instrument” with love. I don’t like going to the gym daily and I’d prefer to have a cheat day every day. Ha. Ha. But, I’m conscious of how great I feel after the gym and how not so great when I eat unhealthly. As a model or actress your body is your instrument. It must be in its best shape so that you can perform at your best.

HL: What is your most impressive achievement so far and what are you working on now or in the near future?

Denise Vasi: I think my philanthropic work is. I’m currently brainstorming and taking meetings in order to find my next charitable project. As my last one was, I want to be sure it is a cause that’s near to my heart.

HL: Do you follow any special diet?

Denise Vasi: I’m going to be doing the “22 Days Vegan Challenge” soon. It’s designed to get people to try a plant based diet for 22 days. I’m excited because I haven’t tried an only plant based diet before.

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HL: Would you like to be remembered as a model or an actress? Why?

Denise Vasi: I want to be remembered as daughter, sister, wife, and eventually mother because those are the most rewarding roles that I have, or will fill, in my life.

HL: How do you keep the excitement in your marriage to Anthony Mandler? What are your favorite things to do together? Do you ever feel like you need a break from each other as some couples might feel?

Denise Vasi: A break? Gasp!!! No way! He’s my BFF. I don’t even like to have lunch without him. It’s torture when we are apart.

HL: What are your favorite things to do together?

Denise Vasi: We enjoy going to yoga or Soul Cycle together...We pretty much have fun doing everything together because we’re both big goofballs. At any random moment one of us will put the music on really loud and then we’ll both start dancing around the house like crazy folk.

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HL: What are your most “sinful” foods?

Denise Vasi: Everything carbohydrate based! Carbs are my kryptonite.

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Barlean's Olive Leaf Complex

Barlean's Olive Leaf Complex

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NeoCell Hair Volumizer

NeoCell Hair Volumizer

NeoCell Keratin Hair Volumizer

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EcoNugenics

EcoNugenics

EcoNugenics Integrative Digestive Formula

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Blue Lizard

Blue Lizard

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

A sunscreen that I can use every day without worrying about absorbing chemical toxins, Blue Lizard avoids parabens and chemical sunblock with estrogenic properties. This is a no brainer; it’s a safe choice.




Showerwise

Showerwise

Showerwise Shower Filter

This did wonders for my hair and skin. By taking out the chlorine in the water my hair felt cleaner and was shinier while my skin wasn't as dry as usual. Our new house will have a built-in filtration system but while we are still in the old house this will stay put in our shower.

Kyolic

Kyolic

Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract and Vitamin D3

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North American Herbs & Spices

North American Herbs & Spices

North American Herb & Spice Nail-It

This is for me because I’m very conscious of my nail health. This gave me results I want: thicker, stronger nails.




Health Direct

Health Direct

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Bragg

Bragg

Bragg Liquid Aminos

The spray bottle is genius because you can carry it without worrying that it will spill. Also for portion control.






Rejuvila

Rejuvila

Rejuvila Midnight Beauty

I was excited to try Midnight Beauty. I like the idea of taking skin rejuvenators before bed and letting them work their magic while sleep. I was impressed because they contain turmeric. I am a huge fan of turmeric and curcumin. Results include hydrated skin and joint ease due to turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Sunlighten

Sunlighten

Sunlighten Pure Sweat

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Bioactive

Bioactive

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Spry

Spry

Spry Oral Spray, Gum and Toothpaste

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Broo

Broo

Broo Shampoo & Conditioner

Smells so good you want to it eat it! PH balanced and sulfate free are the components helping to add shine and overall life to my hair.






Aloe Life

Aloe Life

Aloe Life Cherry Berry Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate

This might be the best tasting Aloe juice out there and it didn’t bother my stomach. Very effective!



Rubber Ducky 100% Natural Sunscreen

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Anovite Colostrum 6

Colostrum6

Colostrum6

Maybe it’s the high amount of growth factors or the better nutrient absorption that makes the difference, but taking colostrum energizes me. I experienced sounder sleep and easier wake-up calls. At the gym, I can do more reps and weight.

Red Remedies

Red Remedies

Redd Remedies In Joy

Mellowing. Relaxing, cuts cravings, doesn't make me sluggish.




Sovereign Silver

Sovereign Silver

Natural-Immunogenics Sovereign Silver

This is always in my house. It’s my go-to when I’m feeling even the slightest cold coming on. It’s easy to take because of the dropper and it’s virtually tasteless. I've also used it to rinse my eye when I had an eye infection. You should speak to you doctor before trying that but it definitely helped to clear out the bacteria faster.

Pudding

Pudding

MHP Power Pak Pudding Fit & Lean

With MHP Power Pak Pudding I get 15 grams of protein and 25% of my calcium needs daily and have two great flavors to choose from—chocolate or vanilla crème.

BioActive Nutrients Raspberry Ketone

Raspberry ketones are scientifically documented to aid weight loss without speeding up heartbeat or causing high blood pressure. They stimulate the body’s adiponectin expression, which increases fat burning even when consuming a high fat diet—which would theoretically only happen on my cheat days, of course :)

Biokleen

Biokleen

Biokleen Bathroom Cleaner

Frequently eco-friendly bathroom cleaners leave me disappointed; this one didn’t! You know it’s really attacking that bathroom grime. Because there are no harsh chemicals you can use it daily for upkeep guilt free, so when cleaning day comes around you’re not battling caked-on layered residue. To me that’s a major plus.





Dishmate, Healthy living magazine

Dishmate, Healthy living magazine

Earth Friendly Products Everyday Stain & Odor Remover, Ultra Dishmate

I try to use organic cleaning in our home to protect ourselves and our dogs. (We have 4 pooches.) We go through a lot of stain/odor removal brands. What I find so attractive about Earth Friendly Products is that their formulas are not only good for us and the environment but you can tell that they get the job done. Plus I find the organic smells so much better than artificial fragrance. This is going to be a regular on my shopping list.

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Barlean's Organic Virgin Oil

Barlean's Organic Virgin Oil

Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

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