By Cameron Diaz as told to Sarah Spellings
Cameron Diaz is an actress, Charlie’s Angel, producer, and former model. She just released her second lifestyle–wellness book, The Longevity Book, which takes an in-depth look on how to age well.
How I start my mornings:
It’s very important to start your day off with a lot of energy. It's about setting yourself up so that you can have a productive day. For me that starts with getting up, brushing my teeth, and drinking some water — I drink a liter of water straight down — I meditate, I work out, have breakfast, and I get my day started.
What wellness means to me:
We take wellness for granted, as something that most of us are born with. But just because you get older doesn’t mean that you have to get ailments. Not everyone gets to be born healthy, strong, and capable. You shouldn’t just let it dissolve away as you get older. It is something you can hold onto.
I look at well-being as a responsibility that I have to myself that nobody else can do for me. I have to embrace and engage in it actively on my own. It's my responsibility. That’s why writing this book was so important to me, because it was information I didn’t know before, and in knowing it, I am more empowered. If people don’t have this type of knowledge, how are they going to be empowered to live a happy, healthy, strong life?
As I’ve written in both The Body Book and The Longevity Book, nutrition is pretty much the ultimate. It’s first and foremost to your well-being. It's important to get nutrition by not relying on supplements, but from whole food — foods that haven’t been processed or preserved with chemicals. It's about really indulging in a varied, nutritional diet .
On aging :
I just understand it more. I’ve always embraced aging; I have no problem with aging . Knowing that only 150 years ago, life expectancy was 40 and now it’s 82 for women is something to be celebrated. We’re living longer than we’ve ever lived on this planet as humans, and there’s a huge responsibility with that. There’s a lot that comes with that — economically, across all sectors from government to private, the medical industry, jobs, our environment will need to sustain lives with resources. It’s a lot.
My biggest wellness struggle:
I would like to get more sleep, but I think that’s for everybody. I just want to sleep more.(credits: thecut)