If you're at an age where you long for the fountain of youth, Michelle Pfeiffer says that she's found it. She recently gave up meat and dairy and surrendered cigarettes and Coke in exchange for the health and beauty benefits of a clean vegan lifestyle. In a recent interview with Ladies Home Journal, Michelle revealed her secrets for staying fit and fabulous at 55. And what's clear: Going from vices to vegan virtues has helped her boost her confidence and her beauty.
Think that your bad habits of the past can't be reversed? Wrong, says Michelle. "When I was in my 20s I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. I lived on Marlboro Lights and Coca-Cola," she confessed.
But now that she's gone vegan and boosted her exercise, Michelle says she's never felt better. "I cut out meat and dairy and after two months my cholesterol shot down 83 points. I also try to exercise five days a week -- I run, do free weights."
What motivated her to enhance her health? Michelle told Ladies Home Journal that it was a combination of factors. "A few years ago I saw a special on CNN, "The Last Heart Attack," about how to prevent heart disease. I'm not really at risk for that but my father died of cancer and my mother has advanced-stage dementia. And I have people close to me battling cancer. Seeing both of my parents suffer has made me think a lot about longevity and quality of life. And while it's open to debate, if there's any chance we can prevent a lot of chronic illnesses by the way we eat, why not try it?"
Frequently called one of the most beautiful women in the world, Michelle has learned to accept the inevitable wrinkles that come with growing older. "Once you get over a certain hump there actually is less pressure. You can begin to look great for your age. You don't have to look young anymore. I've moved over to that other side -- I'm 55, which is a little too close to 60, but looking great for my age is okay now," she declared.
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