Cameron Diaz has always been known for her amazingly toned physique she credits to her love of outdoor sports like surfing, but it’s not secret that a healthy diet has a huge part to play as well.
Diaz, on the cover of the May issue of InStyle magazine, opened up in an interview about her new career aspiration: becoming a nutrition educator. While the actress plans to continue acting and producing, she wants to share her love of proper nutrition with the world.
“Everyone needs to find a purpose, and I think mine is to help other people,” Diaz said in her InStyle interview. “This project is only in the blueprint stages, but I’m creating a space where I can teach healthy habits that girls can build on. I see women struggling with their bodies because they don’t know how they work on basic levels, starting with nutrition. The more I talk about this with people, the more I realize how much it’s needed. I’m really throwing all of my energy into it.”
Following in the foot steps of other eat-like-me celebs, Diaz may be setting herself up for a hard road ahead if she hopes to gain credibility. Like Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s GOOP newsletter has gained a cult like following as well as many critics, Diaz should prepare for eye rolls and “if I had a trainer and personal chef…” remarks.
Taylor Kitsch appears shirtless in most of the upcoming John Carter movie, but he isn’t just a celeb with an expensive trainer on a strict diet. The Canadian actor is actually a personal trainer and nutritionist himself, and takes his work very seriously.
Kitsch revealed in a recent Men’s Health interview that that he lost 35 pounds in just two months to play photographer Kevin Carter in 2010’s The Bang-Bang-Club, and it wasn’t easy.
“It’s just way too extreme, and being a nutritionist I found it hard. Everything I knew just went out the window,” he said, admitting that the weight loss had affected him in many ways. “I was very bipolar. My mood swings were f**king insane. I was very emotional, I had night terrors, I couldn’t sleep. It was a zoo.”
All the effort was worth it to him though, and that’s how Kitsch describes his work ethic, in and out of the gym. You have to put forth the energy in order to reap the rewards.
When I have written about eating disorders previously for DietsInReview, I have stated that eating disorders require special treatment by a specially trained professional and often a team of professionals. The best treatments with which I am familiar include medical professionals, nutritionists, counselors, psychiatrists, and peer groups. Eating disorders are complicated syndromes that must take into account and treat a variety of factors. Because the professionals generally need to specialize in eating disorders, finding appropriate treatment options can often be more difficult.
Generally, stereotypical outpatient therapy is not enough for an eating disorder due to the health risks and impact eating or not eating has on one’s daily life. Generally, outpatient mental health treatment consists of one on one meetings with a therapist for 45-50 minutes every week or every other week. In more extreme cases, a therapist may meet with a client twice per week, but sometimes even that is not enough. One wonderful woman I know who is now recovered from her eating disorder shared, “When I was first confronted about my struggle with food, I attended an outpatient treatment center where I saw a doctor, psychiatrist and dietician two times a week. It was not enough to help me at the time, and I lost a lot of hope for ever finding freedom there.”
Nutritionist Resource provides a huge support network of qualified/registered nutritionists, enabling visitors to find a professional close to them and appropriate for their needs. The site also provides a wealth of information and advice about nutrition.
Almost a quarter of adults in England were classified as obese in 2009, and according to some research, one in three UK adults will be obese by 2012. This equates to thirteen million people, which is an overwhelming figure.
Over 9000 premature deaths each year from obesity were recorded at the beginning of this decade, and that was in England alone. With obesity being associated with numerous diseases (including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancers, stroke and even death) something needs to change.