Cameron Diaz is all about good food and lots of water. The actress, who just released her second lifestyle book called The Longevity Book, says the key to a full life comes from focusing on your inner well-being — especially when it comes to your diet.
“It’s very important to start your day off with a lot of energy,” she tells New York magazine. “It’s about setting yourself up so that you can have a productive day. For me that starts with getting up, brushing my teeth, and drinking some water — I drink a liter of water straight down — I meditate, I work out, have breakfast, and I get my day started.”
“As I’ve written in both TheBody Book and The Longevity Book, nutrition is pretty much the ultimate,” she continues. “It’s first and foremost to your well-being. It’s important to get nutrition by not relying on supplements, but from whole food — foods that haven’t been processed or preserved with chemicals. It’s about really indulging in a varied, nutritional diet.”
For Diaz, 43, wellness is a “responsibility” that everyone should be more mindful of when going about with our lives.
“We take wellness for granted, as something that most of us are born with. But just because you get older doesn’t mean that you have to get ailments. Not everyone gets to be born healthy, strong, and capable. You shouldn’t just let it dissolve away as you get older. It is something you can hold onto,” she explains. “I look at well-being as a responsibility that I have to myself that nobody else can do for me. I have to embrace and engage in it actively on my own. It’s my responsibility. That’s why writing this book was so important to me, because it was information I didn’t know before, and in knowing it, I am more empowered.”
As for aging, Diaz openly welcomes getting older.
“I’ve always embraced aging; I have no problem with aging. Knowing that only 150 years ago, life expectancy was 40 and now it’s 82 for women is something to be celebrated,” she says. “Aging really is your responsibility. You need to understand and know what ‘good’ means, if you’re attempting to do a good job at it. You need to know what good nutrition is, what good physical activity is, what good sleep is, what it means to connect to people, what it means to release stress, what is the optimum for you, and what you can accomplish. Don’t beat yourself up, but do the best that you can on a day-to-day basis.”
She also notes that people shouldn’t beat themselves over her body hair comments from her last book. Though her last read maintains that women should be “fully dressed” in the pubic hair department, Diaz is all for women doing whatever they want with their bodies that makes them happy.
“That was one of those things that got grabbed ahold of and completely misinterpreted,” she defends. “I was really talking about choices and making educated choices, and knowing that making an educated choice is really the most important thing we can do to empower ourselves.”