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Nutritionist to the stars Dr Oz Garcia shares diet secrets


Little-known fact about “nutritionist to the stars” Dr. Oz Garcia: Born in Havana, he spent some time as a child living in Miami Beach.

“We’re a real classic Cuban immigrant story,” says Garcia, who hosts a Wellness Weekend starting Friday evening at The James Royal Palm Hotel.

Garcia’s parents emigrated from the island when Garcia, now 62, was a little kid; he attended kindergarten through first grade in Miami Beach.

“Mom used to take me down Lincoln Road,” says the longtime New Yorker. “I have a lot of Miami nostalgia. I saw South Beach go from decrepit to beautiful.”

Mom and Dad retired down here about 30 years ago, so he’s still back and forth. Dad passed away, but Mom lives in Kendall.

One of Garcia’s favorite things to do while in town: a daily four- to five-mile jog along the boardwalk.

The doctor, whose clients include celebrities like Hilary Swank (whom he helped gain 20 pounds of muscle for Million Dollar Baby), Kim Cattrall, Karolina Kurkova, Sean Combs and Russell Simmons, leads by example: “It’s simple: Make better food choices.”

A typical day’s menu Garcia starts out with green tea and a protein shake jam-packed with probiotic yogurt, coconut water and fruit.

A light lunch might be a kale salad with fish or chicken. Midday snacks are a “predictable handful” of mixed nuts like pecans, walnuts, cashews.

For dinner Garcia usually opts for a piece of broiled fish (dorado, salmon) with roasted vegetables and, if he wants a starch, quinoa, basmati or brown rice.

For dessert, his guilty pleasure tends to be a “a nice piece of dark chocolate —70 to 80 percent semisweet.”

Once a week, a glass of white wine is allowed. “Red is healthier, but I drink white.”

Learn from Garcia first-hand this weekend when he leads “nutrition boot camps” at the hotel’s renew the spa. On the agenda: power juicing/smoothie classes, sunrise meditation and anti-aging lectures.


The baby makers

Along with her weather forecast Thursday morning, Lissette Gonzalez had an announcement: It’ll be a spring baby for her and husband Tony Chinchilla, whom she wed in March. The CBS4 meteorologist told viewers we could watch her belly grow over the next six months.

Gender: Undetermined. “My husband thinks it’s a boy; my mom thinks it’s a girl,” said the former Miss Florida.

On Gonzalez’s Facebook page, she joked that there must be something in the water over at the Doral studio. Two of Gonzalez’s colleagues are also expecting: Rhiannon Ally and Natalia Zea. “So nice that we are able to share this experience together,” Gonzalez posted.

And over at NBC6, In the Mix host Roxanne Vargas has a new man beside husband Danny Rodriguez: The Miami-born and bred reporter gave birth to a boy, Julian Armando, on Wednesday (for the record: six pounds, 11 ounces).

“I’m overwhelmed by your words and well wishes,” she Tweeted with the hashtag #newmom.

Kelly Craig fills in while Vargas is on maternity leave.

Oh, brother

Boynton Beach resident Amanda Zuckerman didn’t win 500,000 clams on Big Brother Wednesday night, so she no doubt hopes that she keeps her rep intact now that she’s back in the real world. (Chicago professor Andy Herren was crowned victor by a jury of his roomies.) The CBS show came under fire this season after she, along with other houseguests, made derogatory and racist comments. At least two contestants were fired from their jobs as a result. Though Zuckerman’s unemployment status is unclear, a search for her on her onetime employer Prudential Florida’s site leads to nada and her phone mailbox is full.

Zuckerman has since apologized for mocking a Korean castmate’s accent and saying a black cast member had “nappy hair” on Big Brother’s 24-hour Internet feed of the house, but not on TV.

Madeleine Marr

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