Singer Jewel shows off her incredibly hot bikini body on the cover of the upcoming issue of Shape Magazine (July 2010). The 36 year-old, who is married to rodeo cowboy Ty Murray, finally feels comfortable in her own body after being called the “chubby Renée Zellweger” in the media years ago.
Here are some highlights from Jewel’s Shape Magazine interview:
On body acceptance:”I’ve always had to strive for balance when it comes to my health . . .One thing I’ve figured out over the years is, the happier I am, the better my body feels.”
On rejecting standards of beauty: “I had to remind myself that standards of beauty are very fickle. One minute J. Lo’s body is considered beautiful, and the next everyone wants to look like Kate Moss. I’m all for people wanting to feel more confident, but altering your body to fit a current trend is serious stuff.”
On being called “the chubby Renee Zellweger”: “My feelings were so hurt by that story, I ended up bingeing on an entire cake. Afterward, I actually tried to throw it all up, but thankfully I couldn’t do it. It made me think, ‘I can’t go down this road.’ I had seen so many performers develop eating disorders or try to control their weight with drugs, and I decided I would do no harm to my body.”
On why she doesn’t diet: “I try to stay away from an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to food. It’s like a pendulum. The more extreme I am — like saying, ‘I’m not going to eat any carbs’ — the further it’s going to swing to the other side and I’m going to binge.”
On her eating habits: “. . . A lot of raw vegetables or bitter greens, like kale and dandelion greens, lightly sautéed in olive oil. People are so fat-phobic these days, but eating good fats is important, which is why I always try to get some olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado into whatever I’m making.”
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