3 healthy living tips from Cameron Diaz, author of the new ‘Body Book’
By Brittany Anas
Actress Cameron Diaz is joining her fellow Hollywood A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba by writing a booking about healthy living. (Paltrow is the author of It’s All Good. a wholesome recipe book, and Alba wrote The Honest Life, which explores healthy and environmentally safe living). It’s like a Hollywood health trilogy.
Diaz’s newly released book “The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength and other ways to love your Amazing Body” is in stores now. You can find a hardcover copy at Target, on sale for $19.46 — which is 25 percent off. Plus, you’ll earn 4 percent Cash Back on your purchases at Target when you shop with ShopAtHome.com. (Read more articles about Target here).
Diaz’s writing is endearing — she tells stories about battling acne in her early acting and modeling days and when she was eating greasy fast food and soda. (She was a fast-food drive-thru ‘regular’). A central theme in her book is about how her understanding of food (wholesome, good-for you food) and exercise has improved her life. There’s also a good balance of easy-to-understand food science mixed with humor.
Here are a few of our favorite tips from Diaz, that we’ve mined from her book.
- Know the difference between complex carbs and simple carbs. People often fear carbs because they are confusing complex carbs with simple carbs. Complex carbs are a friend of your diet and are found in whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits. Diaz says she knows if she eats a bowl of brown rice with grilled chicken and sauteed zuchini, she’ll feel energized. On the other hand, a bowl of white pasta with tomato sauce will zap that energy. Simple carbs are found in over-processed foods and are in sugary junk foods. They leave you feeling hungry and can cause you to gain weight which, as Diaz puts it, “double sucks.”
- Satisfy you sweet tooth with fruits. Did you know our early ancestors relied on sweets for survival? If a plant was sweet, it was safe to eat. If it were bitter, it was likely poisonous. Diaz admits that she doesn’t have a sweet tooth and that her weakness is salty, greasy foods. She suggests breaking up with sugar — unless it’s in the form of fructose from whole fruit. Eating the skin of fruits like apples also helps you get all the nutrients, fiber and minerals packed in the fruit.
- Gulp a glass of water first thing in the morning. Before Diaz goes to bed at night, she puts a big glass of water on her bathroom counter so that when she wakes up, she can chug it. After losing moisture from her lungs throughout the night by simply just breathing, that glass of water takes her from feeling like a “wilted plant” to one that’s been rejuvenated. By the time you feel thirst, you’re already dehydrated — so drink water throughout the day. If you’re craving a beverage, Diaz suggests squeezing a lemon or orange wedge into your water or mashing in some berries.
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