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August 16 g 2012
ernaLyn of Bloomfield Hills
is on a personal mission to
save society, and she is armed
with her book The 10 Second Diet.
"People have always remarked on
how thin I am," said
MernaLyn, her legal
single name. "They
ask me, 'What do
you do? What's your
secret?' I didn't think
I was doing anything
anyone else. I am
five inches taller and
weigh five pounds more than when I was
16. I didn't realize I was putting into prac-
tice and on my way to developing what
has become the The 10 Second Diet"
The book, published through
BookSurge Publishing, refers to a "diet"
as not only affecting one's eating habits,
but also the way they live.
"The 10 Second Diet is a personally
empowering book enabling readers
to attain their own self-fulfillment by
being aware of what they think, say and
do:' she said. "A famous sports brand's
catch phrase is: lust Do It: I say, 'Just
DON'T Do It' until you stop and think
first. That elusive 'magic bullet' people
are searching for is already within each
of us; you just have to learn how to
MernaLyn stresses that the concepts
are simple and easy.
"Life is hard enough; dieting should
be easy:' she said. "The 10 Second Diet
is common sense. Counting every calo-
rie or allocating a point value to every
morsel that goes into your mouth is
unnatural and can be too difficult, but
the principles in this book are natural,
and they make dieting easier than eat-
Her quest to share her book with the
world has reached First Lady Michelle
Obama's fight to end childhood obesity.
"My book is about reversing the
obesity epidemic in adults and chil-
dren, restoring civility and improving
humanity, which is something we clear-
ly need right now," MernaLyn said.
She chose to call her book The 10
Second Diet because it's a definitive
number and because 10 seconds is how
long it takes to be successful in gaining
control of one's spontaneous reactions.
In a society obsessed with instant
gratification, the book offers a time-
conscious approach to a better lifestyle
that not only benefits readers, but also
the Alzheimer's Association.
MernaLyn's passion and commit-
ment to the organization over the
past decade has earned her the title of
Ambassador. She donates a percent-
age of profits from all sales of personal
appearance book signings directly to
Alzheimer's research. She will partici-
pate and sign books at the 2012 Walk
To End Alzheimer's on Saturday, Aug.
25, at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
"MernaLyn is a tireless supporter;'
said Lori Gentile of the Alzheimer's
Association's Greater Michigan
Chapter. "Through the walk, we are
able to support research, education,
training and advocacy to area residents
with Alzheimer's disease:'
According to recent figures, an esti-
mated 5.4 million Americans suffer
with this debilitating disease and every
68 seconds another American develops
"I truly believe Alzheimer's is a
road we will all travel down one day,"
MernaLyn said. "It's very important to
me that I do my part:'
Born in Detroit and raised in
Southfield, MernaLyn's eclectic back-
ground has taken her to England,
Beverly Hills, Calif., and New York City.
She has had a successful profes-
sional career as an international
model and actress, including a recur-
ring role on the ABC primetime
sitcom, Sledgehammer, and as a lead
Shakespearean actress at the Globe
Theatre in Los Angeles. She has
had countless national and interna-
tional television and radio interviews,
including when she was Playboy
International's public relations bunny.
MernaLyn will be a featured author
at the JCC Book Fair in November.
Her beliefs are deeply grounded
in her Jewish faith — she belongs to
Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Township
— and her humanitarian efforts.
"We all have the responsibility
as human beings to be human and
humane she said. "Not to have
obtuse, involuntary re-actions, but
thoughtful considerate actions:' ❑
For her book, go to www.thelOseconddiet.
corn. For details on the Alzheimer's walk,
go to http://actalz.org/detroitzoowalk. To
contribute to Team MernaLyn, go to