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Gisele Bündchen’s diet went from cheeseburgers and fries to ‘whole food’— here’s what she eats to maintain her famous figure

Gisele Bündchen’s diet went from cheeseburgers and fries to ‘whole food’— here’s what she eats to maintain her famous figure

Gisele Bündchen shared health tips in her new book.

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Gisele Bündchen shared health tips in her new book.
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  • Gisele Bündchen opened up about her diet in her new book titled “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life.”
  • In chapter seven, the model explained that at 38 years old, her “metabolism has slowed” and she is “very thoughtful about what I eat.”
  • “I don’t call my nutritional regimen a diet, but rather healthy eating habits, so I can maintain a high level of vitality and the mental clarity to have a productive and enjoyable life,” she explained.
  • Bündchen’s diet includes avoiding foods that will leave her feeling sluggish, taking vitamins, choosing a

    “whole-food, plant-based diet,” and having snacks in moderation.

Gisele Bündchen is one of the most recognized and successful models in the world, so naturally people are curious to know how what she consumes to stay in great shape.

In chapter seven of her new book, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life,” the 38-year-old detailed what she eats and drinks to maintain good health.

“I don’t call my nutritional regimen a diet, but rather healthy eating habits, so I can maintain a high level of vitality and the mental clarity to have a productive and enjoyable life,” she wrote.

In her early years modeling, Bündchen used to consistently drink mocha frappuccinos with whipped cream, smoke cigarettes, and eat fried foods to get through her busy days. In addition, the panic attacks that she experienced in her ’20s “completely transformed” the way she ate. Now, Bündchen is more “thoughtful” about what she eats because her metabolism has slowed down.

Here’s what Bündchen’s diet looks like.

She starts off her morning with water and half a lemon and green juice.

While putting together school lunches for her children, she drinks a juice blend that typically consists of celery, cucumbers, half an apple, turmeric, ginger, and lemon juice.

For days when Bündchen plans to do intense workouts, she’ll concoct a smoothie with berries, cacao powder, hemp seed, flax seed, chia seed, and coconut milk.

Bündchen takes plenty of vitamins

Food is her primary source for getting nutrients, but she takes vitamin C, vitamin D, and a B multivitamin, in addition to acupuncture and an intravenous shot of vitamins.

Twice a week, she fasts until lunchtime

“I always feel incredibly energized from this mini fast,” Bündchen said. “It takes a lot of energy for our bodies to digest the food we eat, and I think it’s a good idea to sometimes give our digestive system a rest.”

For lunch, Bündchen’s go-to is a salad or soup

She’ll eat salad with seed crackers and avocado. For a bowl of soup, Bündchen will add chickpeas and a variety of vegetables. In the summertime, she enjoys two or three spring rolls (made from two slices of apple and avocado, cabbage, carrots, and cucumber) with a tahini dipping sauce.

She is careful to avoid foods and beverages that leave her feeling exhausted

When Bündchen relied on cheeseburgers, fries, and other unhealthy foods, she often felt sluggish afterward.

“The only thing I felt like doing was curling up in a ball and falling asleep,” Bündchen wrote in her book.

This led to a constant cycle of drinking cups of coffee with plenty of sugar for energy.

“After so much caffeine, I would start to fall apart both physically and emotionally,” she added.

“Once in a while I might still drink one or two small cups of coffee, usually if I’m flying overnight and then going directly to a studio,” Bündchen said. “The difference is that now I understand that caffeine is a powerful upper, and I treat it as such. “

Bündchen, husband Tom Brady, and their kids have all adopted a “whole-food, plant-based diet”

The model said that they opt for “organic and local ingredients, including raw or lightly steamed vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains, with the occasional small piece of meat or seafood added into the mix.”

Additionally, Bündchen eats seafood once a week and meat twice a month, avoiding big fish that contain large concentrations of mercury.

She can’t completely resist sweets, but eats desserts with modified recipes and no processed sugar

To add sweetness to meals, Bündchen uses dates or fresh honey from two hives that the family owns. Her desserts are also “a blend of avocado and coconut,” since those are considered healthy fats. For a healthy spin on ice cream or mousse, Bündchen combines avocados, bananas, and raw cacao powder.

Bündchen is “a big believer in small portions” and snacks in moderation

The model said that she loves cheese, but eats it “sparingly.” Bündchen also eats dark chocolate every day, “even if it’s only a bite.” Additionally, her family enjoys hummus paired with chopped celery, carrots, and cucumbers.

“I just serve small portions that I know will satisfy me, without leaving me feeling overfed or tired,” she said. “I also feel lighter, more vital, and ready to tackle the day.”

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Gisele made breastfeeding look simple in an iconic Instagram post, but revealed years later that motherhood has been a huge struggle

Gisele made breastfeeding look simple in an iconic Instagram post, but revealed years later that motherhood has been a huge struggle

But the daily reality of motherhood wasn’t as glamorous as it seemed on social media, according to the world famous model. Bündchen also told People that, after she became a mother, working left her plagued by guilt.

“I thought what a terrible mother I was for leaving my child even for like a day,” she told People. She added that she was also felt guilty when she brought her kids along to jobs with her. “Like, ‘Here we are on a plane and the baby is crying,’” she said.

Bündchen isn’t the only well-known mom to publicly discuss guilt in the postpartum period.

In an Instagram post published August 6, tennis star Serena Williams also said she struggled to balance motherhood with her tennis career after giving birth to daughter Olympia last year.

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Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom. I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be. However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes. I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week–it’s ok–I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!

A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Aug 6, 2018 at 3:24pm PDT

“Last week was not easy for me,” Williams wrote. “Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom … Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal… We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be. However, that means … I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing.”

Emotional struggles like these are common in early motherhood

Many new mothers struggle after giving birth.

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Many new mothers struggle after giving birth.
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Most new mothers experience a phenomenon known as the postpartum “baby blues” directly after giving birth, the Mayo Clinic explains. During this time, new mothers may feel depressed, anxious, angry, and upset, and may cry for no reason, have difficulty sleeping and eating, or question whether they can take care of their baby, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). These feelings usually go away without treatment in the first week or two after childbirth, the ACOG adds.

And about one in nine women has postpartum depression (PDD), a condition that’s longer-lasting and more intense than the baby blues. The wide-ranging symptoms can include severe mood swings, changes in appetite or sleep, intense irritability or anger, hopelessness, fear of not being a good mother, and feelings of worthlessness or guilt, according to the Mayo Clinic.

It’s not clear if Bündchen had PPD or any other specific mental illness after giving birth. But in her new memoir, she also revealed that she struggled with panic attacks and suicidal thoughts in the past, as People also reported.

“Things can be looking perfect on the outside, but you have no idea what’s really going on,” Bündchen told People. “I felt like maybe it was time to share some of my vulnerabilities, and it made me realize, everything I’ve lived through, I would never change, because I think I am who I am because of those experiences.”

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