Gabrielle Union On Staying Healthy & Aging Gracefully
Gabrielle Union is opening up on how she stays in healthy. In a new interview, the 44-year-old Being Mary Jane star dishes on her flawless skin, aging gracefully and why she stays healthy. Peep the excerpts below.
On how she looks so young:
I get asked all the time how I look so young. I don’t like needles. I’m not going to rule out Botox, but the idea of putting a needle in my face… I’m not there yet. I have pretty oily skin, I drink a lot of water, I don’t smoke, and I don’t have a hard life. Of course, as I’ve aged, everything on my body hurts! My hips, back, shoulders—lots of aches and pains. I dye my hair and people say, ‘You look young,’ but my gray hairs are saying, ‘She’s old as f-ck!’
My best anti-aging tip is the ability to say no, no, and hell, no. We run ourselves ragged saying yes to every freaking thing, whether it’s to our family, spouses, or careers. I sleep eight hours a day and don’t let myself stress out. A lot of people call it selfish, but I don’t have any wrinkles.
On her dream food:
My dream food is all food: Mexican, Indian, Italian, soul food. I just really like food, especially cheese, bread, and bacon, bacon, bacon. Half of the appeal is the smell—I want to fill my home with it. If there were a bacon-scented candle, that would be my dream.
On her diet:
I tried a cleanse once and lasted a day and a half. I was so hungry, I couldn’t function. I have to eat every few hours. I can’t eat a lot after 8 p.m., but to eat nothing from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.? I can’t do that. I’m doing [a different] cleansing diet to get on track while filming Being Mary Jane. I’m eating vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sodium, low-sugar, low-carbs. I feel very focused when I eat like that, and it keeps me lean. I don’t like tofu, and a lot of vegan foods that claim to taste ‘just like spare ribs’ have so much salt and sugar it defeats the purpose. I stick to quinoa, couscous, lentils, brown rice, beans, vegetables, juices, acai bowls, and gluten-free oatmeal.
On staying active:
If I’ve inhaled some of my favorite foods one night, the next day I boost my water intake to a gallon and a half and just try to move. If I can’t work out, I walk instead of drive, take the stairs rather than the elevator, and keep active.
On why she stays healthy:
I have a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, and I know that can lead to an early death. I want to be a vital and energetic part of my family for a long time, not to be big mama in a rocking chair in the TV room, or huffing and puffing just going up stairs. I work out not because I get off on it, but because I want to live!
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