Every single day we’re bombarded with the latest diet and health craze. And more often than not, they’re attached to our most popular celebrities.
Regardless of the dietary angle (paleo, vegan, etc.), what I find interesting is how the response is usually the same: daily workouts coupled with healthy lifestyle choices.
What’s even more interesting is the drastic weight loss in such a short period of time.
From personal experience, I know there is much more going on behind the scenes than what’s being conveyed in the press.
Former model Carre Otis had this to say when asked about her lifestyle habits:
“Whenever asked about my diet/workout, I would cite a healthy routine, the kind touted in women’s magazines. ‘Jazzercise three times a week and light weights,’ I’d say. The heavily guarded truth was that I exercised a minimum of two hours a day, seven days a week. On days when I wasn’t working, I did double duty, going to the gym twice in one day. I said I ate oatmeal for breakfast, chicken and veggies for lunch, and fish and salad for dinner, along with a healthy snack like yoghurt. But in reality, my big diet staple was four to six cups of black coffee per day, avoiding even a splash of skim milk since I was terrified of extra calories. And to stave off hunger, I went through a few packs of cigarettes daily. Cigarettes with coffee gave me an energy boost. And all energy boosts were welcome because my body was perpetually fatigued from little to no sleep, over-exercised muscles, starvation, and the relentless stream of criticisms inside my own head.”
“One morning, I was sent to the emergency room with heart palpitations and an irregular heartbeat — a culmination of 20 years of starvation. Turns out I’d created three holes in my heart and I needed an emergency ablation surgery. In your letter you said you’d ‘die to look like [me].’ Well that’s almost what I did. What did it feel like to look like that, you ask? It felt, quite literally, like heartbreak.”
Today, Otis is devoted to helping other models through her role with the Model Alliance, an organization that works to protect girls in the industry. Her 2011 memoir, Beauty Disrupted, is a must-read about her experience.
In order for me to be a size 2, I had to subsist on raw veggies, fruits, and some nuts and seeds. Most days though I would just drink green juice.
At first it was wonderful because I lost weight so quickly, but after a while, my energy plummeted and I began to experience serious signs of malnutrition. I was also terrified of eating cooked food because I had been brainwashed into thinking that a raw vegan lifestyle was the only way to be healthy.
And that’s not so good.
If you’re reading this post, and it resonates with you, can you begin so see how living and enjoying life is more important than the number on the scale?
Can you begin to just enjoy the feeling of being with food that truly nourishes you without caring about what others think?
More importantly, can you see how celebrity and the media deceive us to make themselves look good?
It took me over 25 years to figure this out and today, I delight in the many wonderful things my body does for me. Every day I thank each and every body part for putting up with my crap and supporting me all these years.
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