She knows how to make rather tasty treats in the kitchen, but that doesn”t stop Giada de Laurentiis from focusing on putting super, healthy foods into her body.
In the November 2013 issue of Ladies” Home Journal, the 41-year-old Italian culinary guru opens up about how she handles guilty pressure foods and offers advice to others about sticking to satisfying diet.
Check out a few highlights from Miss De Laurentiis” interview below. For more, be sure to visit Ladies” Home Journal!
On eating healthier after giving birth:
“When I became pregnant with my daughter, Jade, everything changed. I cut down on sugar and started being more mindful of what I was eating. I ate more vegetables, protein, whole grains and a lot less sweet stuff. I started buying organic ingredients, trying to limit the pesticides and chemicals in my system as much as possible. And guess what I began to feel better – even better than better.”
On enjoying her favorite food in moderation:
“I can honestly say that now, in my 40s, I am healthier than I was in my 20s and 30s. I sleep better. I feel happier, I still love chocolate – that”ll never change – only now in moderation. That brings me to my number one philosophy on eating: Eat a little of everything, but not a lot of anything. It”s such a simple idea but it took me a long time to embrace it.”
On loving her body:
“Everyone is different. Genetics made me short and small-boned. But it”s not about how much you weigh or if you”re as thin as someone else, it”s about looking in the mirror and loving yourself. Having more energy and fewer ups and downs is half the battle. I feel stable and can give my attention to everyone and everything in my life: my daughter, my husband, Todd, my friends, my work and myself.”