Leighton Meester overhauled her diet in her mid-twenties after learning the benefits of healthy eating from her nutritionist friend.
The Gossip Girl star never gave much thought about what she consumed and how it would affect her body until she had a wake-up call from the nutritionist, who taught her the importance of eating better.
“In my mid-twenties, one of my best friends, a nutritionist, gave me a complete coaching on my diet,” she told christydawn.com. “She looked through my cabinets and helped me shop and taught me how to put together some basic recipes so I could start eating better. I’d never given thought to what I ate and until that point, hadn’t made the connection with what I ate to how I felt.”
The 34-year-old, who shares a three-year-old daughter named Arlo with actor husband Adam Brody, also discussed her exercise routine, and revealed that she has become “obsessed” with surfing since The O.C. star taught her how to do it.
“It started off as an unstructured workout I could do on the weekends when I didn’t want to go to the gym – and it’s become an obsession,” the actress explained. “The benefits are much more than getting exercise. I feel connected to myself, since I’m able to sit in the ocean with no phone or distraction, and I’m working toward the goal of improving a skill, something that I haven’t given much thought to since I was a kid. It’s an intensely difficult sport to become competent in, so I guess I picked something I’ll be working on for a long time.”
In the past few years, Leighton has become more aware of how much she buys and wastes, and as such, she recently teamed up with sustainable fashion brand Christy Dawn to design a wide-leg jumpsuit from upcycled fabric.
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