Entourage Cast Member Offers Hope
TV star Debi Mazar talks about sleep deprivation and how relaxation can restore balance in one’s life.
Living the good life
What is the best health advice anyone has ever given you?
Always think about taking care of yourself, because health, looks -- the
whole package -- won't last forever. The body is sacred and must be treated as
What disease or condition would you most like to see eradicated in your
lifetime, and why?
Cancer and AIDS. Cancer is very ugly. In terms of AIDS, I've lost
approximately half of my wonderful friends to it.
Do you have a personal health philosophy?
A clean life. Trying to remember at the end of the day that it's all about
love and family. That's what matters.
If you were recovering in a hospital and you could have anyone, from any
era, recovering next to you, who would it be?
Someone I'd have fun with.
Name the first time a health condition altered your daily living.
I broke my foot skiing and had to hobble around.
How has being a parent changed you?
I never realized the amount of love I could possibly feel, so it's warmed my
heart. It's made me grow as a woman and human being. I have more compassion for
other people. The biggest lesson I've learned is patience.
What do you do for relaxation?
I travel and read. Reading is a luxury these days. I like biographies and I
also like to lose my mind in fiction.
What is your best health habit?
Sleeping as much as possible, drinking a lot of water, eating a lot of foods
rich in iron, minerals, and protein -- lots of leafy greens, tons of fruit
juice, vegetable juicing, light sugar -- and always trying to maintain my skin
to be creamed up and conditioned.
I really don't think I have one. At times, overindulgence in food and drink.
But I don't think that's a bad habit. It's part of life, because you're
supposed to have balance. Also, probably not enough sleep in my life. That's
truly the one thing that breaks me down.
How might people transport themselves?
Through exercise, meditation, making sure you get a date night with your
husband or girlfriends, making the effort to do something very simple that
makes you happy.
What quality do you most desire in a doctor or health care
When you have someone who's a good listener and cares, it makes all the
difference for me.
Of the five senses, which do you value most?
Sight. I'm a visual person, I connect to things visually.
What happens when you're in Florence?
I gain history, I gain culture for my children. When I'm in Florence, I
pretend I'm part of the Renaissance era. When I'm there, I live very simply.
I've learned to relax.
Do you speak Italian?