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Lea Michele talks diet and body image: Cory Monteith 'made me feel so beautiful'

Lea Michele shows off her new CD: See the article for diet details and lifestyle attitudes.
Lea Michele shows off her new CD: See the article for diet details and lifestyle attitudes.
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She rose to fame on Broadway, then charmed the nation on "Glee." Lea Michele also has managed to make time to become a style and fashion icon and carve out a unique singing voice. How does she juggle all those responsibilities? A dedicated diet and fitness plan. Get Lea's secrets, plus her reflections on Cory Monteith, here.

When it comes to staying slim, Lea varies between vegan and vegetarianism, she told Shape magazine in a recent interview.

I go back and forth between [being a vegan and not being a vegan]. I try lots of different things. I really feel that you need to kind of listen to your body and what your body is telling you to eat. So I was a vegan for about two years.

Summing up her whole foods, naturally healthy lifestyle, Lea notes: "I like to think of myself as more granola."

Lea keeps her focus for her future positive, noting that she's excited about her album, "Louder" (click for details).

I also feel an incredible, happy responsibility to keep the memory and light of [Cory, who] was the most amazing person. I’m so happy to make it my journey now to continue on and live my life as best as I can.

Hoping to help other young women and teens, Lea is sharing all her secrets, from fashion to fashion to positive body image, in an upcoming book: "Brunette Ambition" (click for more information).

She recently suffered through a tragedy when her boyfriend Cory died. But now Lea credits him for her positive self-esteem and body image, telling Seventeen:

"I thank him for being the best boyfriend and making me feel so beautiful.”

Working out helps: Lea keeps it simple, she told Shape magazine.

"I love hiking, going to the gym, doing some simple stuff. I love being outdoors, I love bike riding."

Lea feels good about her body, and she told Seventeen magazine that her attitude comes from her time on Broadway.

"I come from Broadway – everybody’s naked on Broadway," Lea laughed.

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