Cameron Diaz, who’s writing a health and fitness book aimed at young girls, wants to share useful diet and workout tips she has learned over the years without taking a preachy tone toward her readers.
“It’s not about what I eat or what I do,” Diaz told Elle UK. “It’s really about the information, so that young girls and women can look at it and make their own choices.
“I’d hate to give them guidelines of what I do. My hope is that I give them all the information so that it doesn’t matter what I or other people do.”
Cameron, a longtime fitness fanatic who’s in better shape now at 40 than she was at 25, overhauled her diet during her thirties and has never felt better.
“I’m excited about my [dietary] discipline [which revolves around] a protein, a grain and a green,” says the leggy 5-foot-9 Diaz. “I want to be disciplined. It’s not a limitation to me; it opens up my life to so many opportunities.”
Cameron, a former model who runs, strength-trains, surfs and does Pilates, used to eat fried, high-carb foods around the clock during her twenties, but radically switched her diet during her thirties.
“I used to eat fried food from morning to night when I was in my twenties,” said Cameron. “But I have really had to make some changes. I love fried chicken and french fries but I can’t do that anymore.
“As I get older, I realized I was working a little bit harder at digesting what I was eating, and I thought it is not fair to my body to keep doing this. If you are giving it a bunch of crap all the time, it will break down quicker and deteriorate quicker, so I stopped.”
These days, Cameron’s diet consists mostly of lean protein such as chicken, fish, steak and shrimp, and grilled vegetables. She avoids “white” foods such as white bread and pasta, and her preferred breakfast is egg whites, sautéed tomatoes and steel-cut oatmeal.
One fried food Diaz hasn’t given up is pork rinds, a high-fat, high-protein snack that often gets a bad rap.
While pork rinds have long had a reputation for being unhealthy, fitness experts have since reversed their position on this food since a one-ounce serving contains 17 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat and no carbs. What’s more, 43% of the pork rind’s fat content is unsaturated, coming mostly from oleic acid–the same healthy fat found in olive oil.
“Pork rinds are my favorite snack in the world,” gushes Cameron. “Even with the bristles – I don’t care, I’ll do it! It’s my favorite thing.”