Mind & Body

Beauty A-Listers Share Their Feel-Good Eating Habits

From intuitive eating and intermittent fasting to celery juicing and the positive power of plants, it seems 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

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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 it can make you 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

Charlotte Tilbury, makeup artist and entrepreneur

“I try to avoid sugar, but it doesn’t always happen. Sugar for me is the root to disaster. I’ve started to eat more fish and vegetables and potatoes, and I try to avoid bread. I also try to drink three liters of water a day, as it makes such a huge difference to my body not holding water – the more water I drink, the less water I retain.”

I’ve started to eat more fish and vegetables and potatoes, and I try to avoid bread
Charlotte Tilbury

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, model, founder and CCO of Rose Inc

“I believe in eating the whole egg, not just the white! I grew up in a household where nothing was restricted, so I don’t have any food rules, but if I’m trying to get into shape, I cut out refined sugar and gluten and see very quick results. I’m a big advocate of intermittent fasting – it was great for me after breastfeeding and I feel better and have more energy if I finish eating by 4pm each day. I don’t eat less, just in a more condensed time window.”

If I’m trying to get into shape, I cut out refined sugar and gluten and see very quick results
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye, founder of Ami Colé

“As a Muslim, I fast for Ramadan, but I also like to do smaller fasts throughout the year. It’s the best reset, particularly after traveling a lot. My diet is so different when I’m in Senegal, where it tends to be starch-heavy with fried seafood; whereas, in New York, I stick to juice and salads. When I break any fast, I always make sure I have a balanced meal afterwards, with coconut water to replenish my salts.”

I like to do small fasts throughout the year. It’s the best reset, particularly after traveling a lot
Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye

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 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

Tina Craig, founder of U Beauty

“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.

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

Miranda Kerr, model and founder of Kora Organics

“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 fryer so it’s a little healthier. And I can’t live without celery juice; I’ve been drinking it for three years and it’s been life-changing for me – my husband and children all drink 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 been drinking 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

Katie Jane Hughes makeup artist

“I have Hashimoto’s disease – a thyroid disorder. Apparently, it’s quite common, and the advice is to avoid gluten, as it can exacerbate any auto-immune problem. The best I’ve ever felt was when I was on the AIP diet – the auto-immune Paleo; it’s an anti-inflammatory diet with no tomatoes, grains, potatoes, seeds or nuts. It really helped me feel good, and my anxiety ups and downs completely diminished. I do believe that what we eat really makes a huge difference.”

The best I’ve ever felt was when I was on the AIP diet – the auto-immune Paleo; it’s an anti-inflammatory diet with no tomatoes, grains, potatoes, seeds or nuts
Katie Jane Hughes

Marianna Hewitt, co-founder of 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

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 (found in grains and legumes) for a diet that is very anti-inflammatory. For breakfast, I have a berry mix with sheep or goats’ 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

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