Gabrielle Union ‘Fesses Up About Her Food Obsessions

Women's Health |

By Claire Connors; Instagram/Gabrielle Union

Hint: She LOVES bacon.

Actress Gabrielle Union sat down with Women’s Health for the March issue and spilled the beans on everything in her life. One of her fav things? Food. Union dished on what’s on her plate, and here are the highlights:

“My dream food is all food: Mexican, Indian, Italian, soul food. I just really like food, especially cheese, bread, and bacon, bacon, bacon. Half of the appeal is the smell—I want to fill my home with it. If there were a bacon-scented candle, that would be my dream.”

“I tried a cleanse once and lasted a day and a half. I was so hungry, I couldn’t function. I have to eat every few hours. I can’t eat a lot after 8 p.m., but to eat nothing from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.? I can’t do that. I’m doing [a different] cleansing diet to get on track while filming Being Mary Jane. I’m eating vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sodium, low-sugar, and low-carbs.

I feel very focused when I eat like that, and it keeps me lean. I don’t like tofu, and a lot of vegan foods that claim to taste ‘just like spare ribs’ have so much salt and sugar it defeats the purpose. I stick to quinoacouscous, lentils, brown rice, beans, vegetables, juices, acai bowls, and gluten-free oatmeal.”

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“If I’ve inhaled some of my favourite foods one night, the next day I boost my water intake to 3 litres and just try to move. If I can’t work out, I walk instead of drive, take the stairs rather than the elevator, and keep active.”

“I’ve learned to be kind to myself. I’m not obsessive about food, like, ‘Oh no, I ate badly, so I have to stay in the gym for two hours!’ At the end of the day, did I enjoy that meal? Hell, yes! Am I going to stress out about it? Hell, no! And, magically, the world doesn’t end because of what I ate.”

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