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“I think people don’t know because I’m not that type of person, I just don’t Instagram myself at the gym or making green juice,” the swimsuit model and food blogger tells PEOPLE at Shutterfly’s Wine, Dine & D.I.Y. Design holiday event in N.Y.C. on Tuesday. “So I think people think that I don’t do that. But if I post me eating Taco Bell, I probably had a fantastic breakfast and lunch, or I’ve been good that entire week!”
In terms of working out, Teigen says she keeps up her fitness regimen by taking breaks between tough training periods.
“Sometimes I’ll go two months without working out and them my trainer will be like, ‘What the hell, get your ass back here!’ And then I go really hard.”
The supermodel admits that, just like anyone else, she can slip up – and that’s okay with her, as long as it doesn’t happen all the time.
“It’s all about balance,” says Teigen. “And yes, I definitely stray, I go crazy, but if I did that all the time I would be very unhappy, like physically sad and just feeling lazy and horrible.”
“Sometimes all it takes is a bad photo or someone thinking you’re pregnant to hit the gym again!” she says.
“Thanksgiving is my personal favorite holiday, it trumps Christmas!” says Teigen. “We’re getting a big old house and having his family come down and it has a game room and a lot of fun elements, a lot of kids running around in the family, and I’ll be able to cook. For me, Thanksgiving is about trying new recipes. It’s nice to have tradition and the staples, but I love seeing new things and getting excited.”
And what will the supermodel chef be cooking up this year? In addition to “about 20 dishes or so,” Teigen is most excited to try a “baked mashed potato dish that has chunks and pockets of cheese in it. So you make your mashed potatoes and then you bake it afterwords and everything inside it melts and it just becomes this gooey, delicious cheese.”
And while a full Thanksgiving meal might be enough cooking for most in one weekend, Teigen also has some grand plans for her birthday and football Sunday.
“Someone Tweeted me this wonderful recipe for Doritos and Oreos popcorn,” she says. “It’s like junk food mixed with popcorn and candy. I’m so excited. And I’m excited for football Sunday. I love football food, like just ridiculous food. You can dream up anything! You can coat chicken tenders in Cheez Its and fry it, and ‘oh, it’s just football Sunday, whatever!’”
For the past five years, Branson Rector has taken veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder out onto the water not just to experience the warm Miami breeze – but to heal and rebuild their lives.
After retiring from the Army in 2009 as a logistics officer, he saw that veterans dealing with PTSD and other issues were not adjusting well to their lives that awaited them at home.
“I thought, why not take them out on the water, and in this beautiful and relaxing setting tell them about the help they can receive,” Miami-based Branson, 50, tells PEOPLE.
“We took eight to 10 guys on that first sail, and it was unbelievable,” he says. “They all started to relax, and for just a minute they forgot about their problems.”
He knew he wanted to do it again.
So that year, Branson founded the nonprofit, all-volunteer group Veterans Ocean Adventures, which has now helped more than 1,500 veterans and their families.
The organizations teach them many water sports including sailing, scuba diving and kayaking. Branson also recently added indoor rock climbing.
They also help the veterans through professional counselors.
Branson, who has a full-time job during the week as a civilian officer at U.S. Southern Command, spends every single weekend working for the not-for-profit organization.
“They’re out on the water, and there are no noises but the wind. There is no traffic or stress,” says Branson. “It’s the most rewarding feeling in the world to think that I am helping to heal even one veteran,” he says.
Veterans and volunteers on Flag Day
Veterans Ocean Adventure
The organization, which is funded entirely by donations and grants, doesn’t charge anything for the veterans to participate in the activities and programs.
One of those veterans is Chuck Kays, 61, who joined the U.S. Navy in 1970 because he wanted to help his country.
“I enjoyed my time in the Navy,” Kays, of West Palm Beach, Florida, tells PEOPLE.
After returning from the war, though, he eventually lost his vision, plunging him into depression.
“I lost all of the happiness in my life,” he says.
At Kays’s lowest point, a friend mentioned Veterans Ocean Adventures.
“When my friend told me that this guy Branson could help me by taking me out on the water, I thought he was crazy,” he says. “But now I can say that he didn’t just help me – he saved me.”
Since Kays met Branson three years ago, he has become a rescue diver and has gone on 70 dives in the past year alone.
He also takes photographs underwater – despite being legally blind.
“If I had not met Branson and got into the water, I might not exist anymore,” he says.
Comfort for Veterans’ Families
The organization also helps veterans’ families.
Maria Ortega, 52, who lives in Homestead, Florida, lost her son in 2010 when he was killed in Afghanistan.
In September, Ortega and her daughter, Edna, 22, were invited by Branson to mark Gold Star Mother’s Day – which honors parents of soldiers killed in combat – to join him and other parents on an afternoon sail.
“We went out on the water, and for one moment it felt like a new world,” Ortega tells PEOPLE.
“I didn’t think about anything else but the ocean,” she says.
Edna saw the change in her mother immediately.
“She is still devastated by my brother’s passing,” she tells PEOPLE, “but she talked to other mothers who were going through the same thing, and she looked happy.
“It felt like we were in a dream,” she says. “All of our pain went away for that moment.”
When Branson sees this transformation in a veteran or a family member – for even just a minute – he remembers why he does this.
“Veterans need our help, and seeing what I can do for them makes it all worth it,” he says.
“But it’s not me at the end of the day that’s helping – it’s the water.”
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Prince William knew just what to do with a set of Christmas bells he got from some schoolchildren he met Wednesday outside London – use them as an audible alarm system on his toddler son.
“We’ll put these in [George’s] pockets and then we’ll know where he is in the house!” William, 32, joked after receiving the little bag of red bell Christmas ornaments from 9-year-old Dylan Marten Hughes.
The children, from three primary schools in Watford, near London, had been showing William a project that portrayed a man in a suit made of poppies. “Each of the poppies represent a soldier who died,” Thomas Brooker, 10, told him of the Remembrance Day project.
The children had taken part in a course run by SkillForce, a charity the Duke supports. After meeting them, William was given a painting depicting the battle at Nimy Bridge where Lt. Maurice Dease won the first posthumous Victoria Cross of the First World War. William visited his grave with his wife, Princess Kate, in August.
After Anmer Hameed and Laura Stafford, both 9, made the presentation, they told William about some of the sports – including dodgeball – they’ve been playing as part of their award. And William said he’d be in touch. “You’ll have to teach me dodgeball,” he joked with them.
William was in black tie and dinner suit for the 10th anniversary gala dinner at the Imperial War Museum for SkillForce, which draws on the skills of former servicemen to serve as role models for young people.
During the reception, William chatted with Keri-Anne Payne, 26, a two-time World 10 km Open Water champion, and an Olympic silver medalist who was helped by SkillForce when she arrived in the U.K. from South Africa at the age of 13.
She is now an ambassador for the charity. “They helped me settle, showed me the surrounding areas, gave me life-saving skills and gave me a sense of what Britain is like,” she said.
William is “really engaging with the children,” she added.