Jewel looks better than ever as shows off her bikini body on the July cover of Shape magazine. The 36-year-old singer/songwriter talks about her struggles with eating, body image, favorite healthy foods, and more:
On being dubbed the "chubby Renee Zellweger when she was young:
"My feelings were so hurt by that story, I ended up bingeing on an entire cake... Afterward, I actually tried to throw it all up, but thankfully I couldn't do it. It made me think, ‘I can't go down this road.' I had seen so many performers develop eating disorders or try to control their weight with drugs, and I decided I would do no harm to my body... The worse I felt about myself, the more I overate."
"I had to remind myself that standards of beauty are very fickle. One minute J. Lo's body is considered beautiful, and the next everyone wants to look like Kate Moss. I'm all for people wanting to feel more confident, but altering your body to fit a current trend is serious stuff... But women are so critical of themselves. We can be gorgeous and hot and still be embarrassed to wear a tank top. So if you can't stop looking in the mirror, at least try to not think badly about yourself when you do."
Her healthy outlook on food and eating colors (just like Kristen Bell does!):
"I try to stay away from an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to food... It's like a pendulum: The more extreme I am—like saying, ‘I'm not going to eat any carbs'—the further it's going to swing to the other side and I'm going to binge... I also eat a lot of raw vegetables or bitter greens, like kale and dandelion greens, lightly sautéed in olive oil. People are so fat-phobic these days, but eating good fats is important, which is why I always try to get some olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado into whatever I'm making."
"I love a vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting!"
Her favorite healthy food:
You can read Jewel's entire interview with Shape here and pick up the July issue on June 21.