Out of the Mouths of {Total Bikini Body} Babes…

Today, I’m gonna shut up and let 3 of my favorite actresses – not to mention, ultimate fitness role models – do the talking (’cause they just don’t get enough exposure already!).

Say what you will about Hollywood’s superficial, image-obsessed agenda (which I won’t deny exists), but I truly believe that these ladies are the real deal. So, hear them out. Practical advice. Undeniable results.

Hell, if you don’t feel motivated to apply these pointers to your own daily routine…I’ll retire as celeb-health-tip-stalking-extraordinaire!


Jennifer Aniston 

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  • On Nutrition: “I eat really well, but I also indulge when I want to. I don’t starve myself in an extremist way. My advice: just stop eating shit every day.”
  • On Fitness: “Mixing it up is always always fun because that way, you know you’re excited, and it’s muscle confusion. It keeps your body awake. If you just say, ‘Okay, I’m going to get on some machine for 10 minutes,’ you just start to get the endorphins going. Then you feel great, and you just keep going. So sometimes you can actually override the ‘I don’t want to work out.'”

(source: Women’s Health)

Gwyneth Paltrow

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  • On Nutrition: “It is easy to get distracted by junk food when you are hungry, so keep healthy snacks on-hand. Also, keep your cupboards well stocked with fresh basics to stay inspired to eat healthily. Stay away from processed foods, though cutting them out completely is no fun and can ultimately lead to a binge. Allow yourself programmed treats. That balance keeps you vibrant. You have to live your life, after all.”
  • On Fitness: “Think of exercise as an automatic routine, no different from brushing your teeth, to avoid getting distracted. I’d also recommend concentrating on moving more – we sit for so much of the day. Choose to walk or take the stairs, or briskly climb a hill in the evenings. It creates good muscle tone and boosts your metabolism.”

(source: The Telegraph)

Cameron Diaz

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  • On Nutrition: “I don’t think of anything as depriving myself. I think of it as, ‘Well, if I am not having this, I am giving myself something that I want even more than that.’ I think that is a good mental tool for women.”
  • On Fitness: “You have to figure out your own needs and fitness level. I think it’s important to get a workout in, even if you only have 15 minutes. And some days, I go to the gym for literally 10 minutes. But the fact that I got up and got there matters to me. Because at the end of all of this, I want to be able to say, ‘I did the best I could.’ It’s not about having a ripped stomach. It’s about taking care of myself. If you don’t have your health and if you’re not in a strong, capable body, you don’t have anything.”

(sources: InStyle Self)

30 Quotes from 30 Women Just Trying to Figure this Whole Life Thing Out

“I think exercise tests us in so many ways, our skills, our hearts, our ability to bounce back after setbacks. This is the inner beauty of sports and competition.” 

~ Peggy Fleming (Olympic Figure Skater)

“Don’t get hung up on the size. If you feel bad about yourself because a 12 is what fits, take a Sharpie and write ‘6’ on the label.”

~ Stacy London (What Not to Wear Co-Host)

“I’ve always believed fitness is an entry point to building that happier, healthier life. When your health is strong, you’re capable of taking risks. You’ll feel more confident and ask for the promotion. You’ll have more energy to be a better mom. You’ll feel more deserving of love.”

~ Jillian Michaels (The Biggest Loser Trainer)

“I try to come at fitness and nutrition from a perspective of gentleness and what will make me feel good afterward. I try to stay out of the mindset of needing to fix myself.”

~ Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black Actress)

“Developing a diet that is healthful, balanced, and appropriate for your particular caloric needs is absolutely critical to establishing a healthful lifestyle that incorporates proper nutrition, adequate exercise, and mental resilience.”

~ Daphne Oz (The Chew Co-Host) 

“I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman. But I am constantly thinking about my own health and making sure that I’m eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-90-year old.”

~ Michelle Obama (First Lady of the USA)

“Follow your dreams, work hard, practice, and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise, and maintain a balanced lifestyle.”

~ Sasha Cohen (Olympic Figure Skater)

“Try to think of working out and healthy eating as a lifestyle. Rather than go on a diet or try a crazy exercise routine, try making them something you do every day.”

~ Allyson Felix (Olympic Track & Field Sprinter)

‘I’m a girl who eats. And I feel beautiful no matter how I look. I have my family to thank for that.”

~ Lea Michele (Glee Actress & Singer)

“I look at being older and gaining wisdom. I’ve learned to stay fit and healthy. I accept my body, my life, and my circumstances.”

~ Kim Alexis (American Supermodel & Actress)

“I live by the 80/20 rule. I’m 80% organic and 20% indulgent.”

~ Miranda Kerr (Victoria’s Secret Angel)

“The way I looked when I started modeling – I was a skinny schoolgirl stuffing tissues into my little 32A bra. I wasn’t trying to be that thin; I was perfectly healthy, but still – that look is a total impossibility for women over the age of 20. Fashion has a lot to answer for, doesn’t it?” 

~  Twiggy (British Supermodel & Actress)

“As soon as I shifted my focus away from the scale, the weight started to come off. I keep track of my body by how my jeans fit – and how I feel.”

~ Alison Sweeney (The Biggest Loser Host)

“I’m into wellbeing, not because of social pressures to look a certain way, but because I’m interested in living a long, full, and healthy life.”

~ Kelly Brook (British Model & TV Presenter)

“It’s important to embrace and love your body for what it is. Every woman has her own body.”

~ Marisa Miller (Victoria’s Secret Angel)

“I like how my body feels when I’m in shape; I love how it feels after I work out each day. Fitting in the clothes I like to wear comfortably and living a balanced lifestyle is important to me.”

~ Colbie Caillat (Pop Singer-Songwriter)

“My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass.”

~ Leslie Grimutter (Holistic Lifestyle Blogger)

“In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else.”

~ Alison Rose Levy (Journalist & Radio Personality)

“We don’t realize that somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”

~ Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love Author)

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”

~ Mary Radmacher (Writer & Motivational Speaker)

“You’ll never regret eating blueberries or working up a sweat.”

~ Jacquelyn Mitchard (The Deep End of the Ocean Author)

“Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood faster than a hard work out on my treadmill. It never fails. Exercise is nothing short of a miracle.”

~ Cher (American Singer & Pop Icon)

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”

~ Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief)

“Running is very rhythmic, and I have written a lot of lyrics while out running. It’s a very musical exercise, and sometimes I like to sing when I run. Your whole body is doing the same thing.”

~ Sarah McLachlan (Canadian Singer-Songwriter)

“I’ll immediately gain, like 5 pounds, even just by thinking about cutting out dessert. It’s a nightmare. So, I decided, for me, the healthiest thing was to eat what I want and just exercise. Some women can watch what they eat, but I just can’t do that.”

~ Gwyneth Paltrow (Academy Award-Winning Actress)  

 “There is something so rewarding about dancing. It’s almost spiritual – you let loose, you feel free, you get endorphins from the exercise.”

~ Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars Coach)

“I tend to like the outdoors. In Paris, I rent a bike in the street and cycle around. In LA, I live up in the hills so I go hiking a lot. I like to stay fit by being generally active.”

~ Diane Kruger (German Actress & Model)

“Your body begins to change when it burns and shakes. So when an exercise is challenging, I always think ‘feel your body changing.”

~ Stacy Keibler (Former Professional Wrestler)

“I think it’s important to remember, you don’t have to run a sprint in order to work out.”

~ Emily Deschanel (Bones Actress & Producer)

“I just want to be healthy. And stay alive. And keep my family going. And keep my friends going. And try to do something so that this world will be peaceful. That is the most ambitious and difficult thing, but I’m there trying to do it.”

~ Yoko Ono (Japanese Artist & Activist)

What I’m Reading and How It’s Changed My Thinking

Recently, while meandering through the aisles at Barnes & Noble, I stumbled upon one of my favorite actress’s – Cameron Diaz – latest endeavor: The Body Book. Intrigued (and admittedly, a bit skeptical…she is in the business of flawlessness, after all), I snagged a copy off the shelf.

And I was hooked.

We’re talking instantly. I devoured that book in just a few days…and I do mean “devour!” Both my mind and body were STARVING to absorb the information leaping off each page. Never mind that Cameron graces the world’s most glamorous stages. Reading her words, you’d think she was just some unassuming girl-next-door. She was speaking to me. She was speaking to every woman’s innermost body-image struggles. Hell, she WAS every woman. She’d faced those struggles too. And she vanquished them. How could I not be inspired?!

Throughout my later years of adolescence, I harbored a shameful secret: anorexia nervosa. Then, upon entering young adulthood, I undertook an arduous yet fulfilling journey toward both physical and emotional recovery. And these days, I’ve become outspoken on the subject of eating disorders, freely sharing from personal experience in hopes that someone – anyone – might avoid falling prey to this illness because they heard my story.

However, the temptation to slip back into those destructive patterns is an ongoing occupational hazard. On a good day, I can easily tune out the nagging voices that tick off my failures, like a Justin Bieber song on repeat.

On a bad day, I can’t focus on anything else.

But this book altered my perspective on common misconceptions about the human body, which I’d blindly accepted as fact. For the first time, I finally learned the textbook definition of a “calorie.” This thing, which makes even the most self-assured women tremble, is actually not a villain. It’s a unit of energy that the body stores while at rest, then converts into fuel while in motion. Ahem…so, I DON’T need to fear the dreaded calorie?! Simple. Straightforward. Yet revolutionary. Mind blown.

As if that eyeopener wasn’t enough cause for celebration, Cameron went on to crush another fallacy I’d once sworn by: hunger is not a sign of weakness. Au contraire! Eating sustains life, which makes being hungry a biological trigger for our survival instincts. And furthermore, by responding to this urge, we’re fueling ourselves with energy rather than cellulite.

Why did we lose sight of these 6th-grade science basics? Why do they sound radical and groundbreaking, when they should have been our bread and butter all along?

Sometimes it takes an influential force (say…Cameron Diaz, perhaps?) to aim her star power toward setting the record straight. Once and for all. Because women – regardless of shape, size, or bra cup – have been conditioned to loathe every curve and contour, when they SHOULD be skakin’ what their mamas gave them.

Reclaim the right to love your body. And take my advice: crack open The Body Book.

Do it. Like yesterday.

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