Marilyn Monroe

While searching the Internet for gluten-free treats (thanks Aimee Anaya-Everett I came across a very interesting article on Marilyn Monroe’s exercise and eating regimen.  As one of American’s most popular and revered sex icons, Monroe followed an exercise and diet regimen that we at NorCal can all identify with.

In this short article, featured in the September’s 1952 Pageant Magazine, Marilyn Monroe explains how she stays fit and slim by eating a low-carb, high protein diet.  She also played sports in her younger days, competed, lifted weights and performed calisthenics as a means of staying in shape.  I find it ironic that Marilyn Monroe, one of America’s fist sex icons, followed a routine that is not too far off from what we recommend. Eat real food, get plenty of sleep, and use functional exercise (and sport) as a means of staying in shape. One of my favorite things that Marilyn mentions is that she eats protein all day, so that she can enjoy her higher carb, ice cream treats at dinner—hence me looking up gluten free treats!  The point: earn your carbs and Marilyn Monroe is hot.


To read the original article, check out Click here to see the Pageant article, in which Marilyn Monroe is featured.

Written by Katie

Katie DeLuca is a native of Durham and has been involved with sports for the majority of her life. In addition to playing basketball at both the high school and junior college level, she also has experience with Cross Country, volleyball, and softball. Although her hunger to compete is still strong, Katie yearned for more than what competitive sports had to offer, and after her 8th year of playing basketball, she made the transition from competitive athlete to coach. For the last five years, she has been under the tutelage of NorCal Strength and Conditioning gym owners and head coaches Robb Wolf and Nicki Violetti, honing her coaching skills and developing an ever increasing knowledge of fitness and nutrition. To help expand her knowledge of exercise and nutrition, Katie has attended several coaching seminars and has received numerous certifications, including: Paleo Solution Nutrition Certification through Robb Wolf, CrossFit Level 1 Certification, CrossFit Kids Certification, Olympic Weightlifting Certification through Catalyst Athletics, Kettle Bell Certification, and an ASEP Certification. To improve her understanding of barbell exercises, she worked with world-renowned strength and conditioning coach Mark Rippetoe and was featured in his bestselling DVD Starting Strength. With the goal to share her unique knowledge of exercise and nutrition with kids, DeLuca coached both basketball and volleyball summer camps, as well as helped train the Durham High School football team in strength and conditioning. Through her experience as an athlete and coach, she has developed a firm understanding of the Paleo diet, as well as zone requirements as it relates to weight loss and performance. And as a frequent contributor to the NorCal SC blog, she is always cooking up new Paleo friendly recipes to share with her clients and coaching staff. As a personal trainer, Katie maintains a positive attitude and keeps her clients performing at their best by programming challenging yet enjoyable workouts. With a keen eye for movement, she spends an ample amount of time dialing in technique, giving her clients the tools they need to reach their full potential. With a rich background in both competitive sports and general fitness, Katie is equipped with the necessary tools to coach a variety of clients. Whether your goal is to lose weight and get fit, or make gains in your respected sport, she is an excellent coach to have in your corner. Although Katie is currently working for her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology at Chico State, she is available in the morning and evening for private training sessions.

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  1. Kayla B.

    Katie, I really enjoyed reading this! She was totes a bad ass!

  2. damn. that is all.

  3. Jenny

    Love it Katie! Now we all just need to learn her seductive ways…”Happy Birthday, Mr. President”. ;)

  4. Justin S.

    Real food, real success. Love it Katie!

  5. Kevin D

    Thanks Katie! I just wish the picture was bigger!

  6. An endorsement that sometimes we need to look backwards to go forwards…


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