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Beauty A-listers and expert insiders share their feel-good eating habits

From intuitive eating to intermittent fasting, celery juicing to the positive (and negative) power of plants, it seems that we are all following some program dictating how, what and when we eat. NEWBY HANDS discovers the varied healthy-eating habits of 11 high-profile women

Beauty

Victoria Beckham, designer

“I went to Villa Stéphanie in Baden-Baden in Germany a few years ago, which was incredible. The doctor who runs it, Dr. König, was amazing and it was quite life-changing. He introduced me to intermittent fasting – it’s not something I do every single day, as David and I are very sociable – we like to eat out and I don’t want to say, ‘No, I’m fasting.’ But I do it every now and again, and I see the difference in my skin, my eyes are whiter and sparklier, and I have so much more energy. I try to not eat breakfast, then have lunch at 1pm and dinner at 6pm, so it’s not difficult to do and the energy and focus you get from it is quite incredible. I eat lots of fresh fish, fresh vegetables and salads, but not too much fruit, as you can feel quite bloated. I am very disciplined with my eating, but that’s how I find I get the most out of my body. I do eat seeds and nuts, but never fizzy drinks and no processed sugar. My treat is a few glasses of red wine, and I love tequila. I do eat carbs, but I keep them to a minimum. I have lots of avocado and really good fats, like salmon. With four children and a job, I work long hours and doing this works for me so I can give 100 percent.”

I am very disciplined with my eating, but that’s how I find I get the most out of my body
Victoria Beckham

Tina Craig, founder of U Beauty

“I detest breakfast, unless it’s an Asian breakfast. So, in the mornings, I have a cup of organic matcha tea with almond milk and collagen powder, and half an avocado. I start power-eating at lunch, which usually consists of a chopped spinach or kale salad with chicken, or fish and pasta. I snack all afternoon. I keep cauliflower crackers at my desk (not because I’m gluten-free, I just really love the taste of cauliflower), and have bowls of almonds and other nuts everywhere. Trader Joe’s makes these amazing truffle-flavored almonds – they’re my guilty pleasure, along with any variety of spicy chips, as I don’t eat refined sugar or sweets. Dinner is whatever my teenage son asks me to cook. Usually, it’s Asian sukiyaki beef and rice, or something with curry and chicken.”

I snack all afternoon. I keep cauliflower crackers at my desk and have bowls of almonds and other nuts everywhere
Tina Craig

Dr. Barbara Sturm, aesthetic doctor

“I’ve been vegetarian since I was 16 – I just didn’t want to eat meat anymore. Now I’m super-healthy in what I eat and follow an anti-inflammatory diet. Recently, I went to Vivamayr medical health resort for 10 days and did the Kinesiology testing, as I’ve always had digestive issues with stomach pain. They found out I had problems with gluten, histamine (in fermented foods, avocados, eggplant and spinach) and dairy. I was eating lots of tomatoes and avocado and spinach – but now that I’ve cut them out, my stomach pains have totally gone. I’m not crazy about being gluten-free and do eat normal bread – I just don’t overdo it. As with everything in life, it’s about moderation and not being extreme.”

As with everything in life, it’s about moderation and not being extreme
Dr. Barbara Sturm

Miranda Kerr, model and founder of Kora Organics

“I’ve studied nutrition, including an online Coursera course with Stanford University. Recently, I’ve noticed that the more I go towards fresh fruit and vegetables, the better I feel. I eat lots of potatoes for lunch and dinner (I love potatoes), but use an air frier so it’s a little healthier. And I can’t live without celery juice; I’ve had it for three years and it’s been life-changing for me – my husband and children all have it, too. Anthony William’s book Cleanse to Heal is great, and since drinking celery juice, as he advises, it’s calmed down my digestive issues. My parents owned a steak house, so that’s a comfort food for me, and I do indulge every now and again. However, I feel much better when eating plant-based food. I lost my baby weight from eating lots of potatoes and bananas and drinking celery juice.”

I can’t live without celery juice; I’ve had it for three years and it’s been life-changing for me
Miranda Kerr

Shani Darden, aesthetician

“I’m a bit of a weird eater, as I like to have salad for breakfast and always eat my dinner early, at 5pm or 5.30pm. I’m not an exciting eater, but I love food and I eat quite a bit, except for sugar and pasta.”

I’m not an exciting eater, but I love food and I eat quite a bit, except for sugar and pasta
Shani Darden

Alexa Chung, presenter and designer

“I’ve recently changed my diet to cut out the ‘nightshades’ food group, which includes potatoes and tomatoes, to see if this helps my psoriasis problem. It’s tough as I love eggplant, onions and tomatoes. It’s early days, so I’m not sure if it helps yet, but it’s such a weird skin issue, as it comes and goes, so I’m willing to try any changes that can help.”

I’ve recently changed my diet to cut out the ‘nightshades’ food group, to see if this helps my psoriasis problem
Alexa Chung

Marianna Hewitt, co-founder Summer Fridays

“I fast every morning and just drink coffee, water or matcha until lunchtime. I’ve also changed how I eat, as I love the Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. People try so many diets, but they never actually stop and listen to their body. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle – you learn to listen to your hunger cues, so you only eat when you are truly hungry and stop when you are full.”

People try so many diets, but they never actually stop and listen to their body
Marianna Hewitt

Nigma Talib, naturopathic doctor

“Food can be your medicine or your poison, so what I’ve created is a plan to eat healthy – period. Monday through Friday I have no alcohol, gluten, dairy, wine or sugar, and I fast from 7pm to 11am. I start the day with my vitamin C cocktail supplement instead of coffee, and each meal includes half a plate of steamed vegetables, quarter-plate of protein and a small portion of carbs, like potatoes with the skin on – it’s rich in fiber and vitamin C. At the weekend, I eat what I want, in moderation, but I maintain the no-sugar rule – except on special occasions.”

Monday through Friday I have no alcohol, gluten, dairy, wine or sugar, and I fast from 7pm to 11am
Nigma Talib

Joanna Czech, aesthetician

“I follow The Plant Paradox eating program and have done for more than a year. It’s a book written by Dr. Steven Gundry, who advocates cutting out lectins from your diet (found in grains and legumes) for a diet that is very anti-inflammatory. For breakfast, I have a berry mix with sheep’s or goat’s yogurt, or eggs and avocado; then sea bass or salmon with vegetables for lunch and dinner. More importantly, I cut out corn, cucumber and tomato with this program; within a week I had fewer headaches and felt less sluggish. As with gluten, not everyone has a sensitivity to lectins, but cutting them out has made a big difference to me.”

I cut out corn, cucumber and tomato; within a week I had fewer headaches and felt less sluggish
Joanna Czech

Poppy Jamie, founder of Happy Not Perfect

“I interviewed the ‘bean queen’ nutritionist Karen Hurd for my podcast and following her regimen has completely changed my digestion – and how my stomach operates. Her focus is on eating enough soluble fiber, found in beans and chickpeas, which most of us don’t, but which is so important for removing toxins and flushing them out of the body. She has treated all sorts of illness and autoimmune diseases by increasing the soluble fiber in someone’s diet. Since meeting her, I now eat some form of beans every day and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Everyone should know who Karen Hurd is.”

I now eat some form of beans every day and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done
Poppy Jamie

Holly Thaggard, founder of Supergoop!

“I do intermittent fasting and recently did the ProLon 5-Day Fasting Mimicking Diet as a reset. There’s very little to eat, but I really enjoyed it, as I do well with structure. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel hungry, but by the end of the fifth day you’re ready to grill some salmon and have a glass of wine.”

I do intermittent fasting and recently did the ProLon 5-Day Fasting Mimicking Diet as a reset
Holly Thaggard

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