Carrie Underwood shared some of her tips on staying healthy, happy and in love with Self Magazine April 2102.
“I’m a very regimented eater. I’ve kept food journals for years. Now I do it with the LiveStrong.com phone app, which is great with nutrition info for restaurant meals,” she confesses.
In her interview, Carrie reveals the reasons behind her decision of becoming a vegan. “I love eating and talking about food. I’ve been a vegetarian for seven years. But after seeing a friend who looked amazing and had recently gone vegan, I thought,’ What’s holding me back?,’” she says.
The singer also explains her veganism saying that, “Now I’m 95 percent vegan. Sometimes you’re at a birthday party and there’s cake and…you know, you can’t resist. My veganism is based on a concern about where my food is coming from. In my perfect world, I’d have webcams wherever food is processed so I’d know how clean it is.”
For lunch, Carrie says she does “a stir-fry with precut veggies. I like broccoli, carrots, broccoli slaw, fake chicken and onions. I eat it with brown rice and season it with Bragg Liquid Aminos, then I’m good to go. It’s a lot of food but not a lot of fat or calories.” And what about dinner? The singer admits that, “I’ll always be a fan of veggie burgers!”
On her pre-event diet, Carrie told Self Magazine that, “I lay off starches. I’m not a fan of the nocarb thing; you’re going to get yourself in trouble that way. So I have lots of veggies and fruit but no other starches or bread.”
When it comes to her fitness plan, the singer says that the secret is to keep it fun.
“I have a game I love for when I’m working out on my own, without a trainer. I take a deck of cards and assign each suit a body area — say, diamonds for arms, hearts for legs, spades for core and clubs for cardio. I split the deck in half and write down exercises for each suit, a different one for each half,” she told Self Magazine.
On her style, Underwood confesses that the idea of being criticized used to scare her. “In the beginning, my biggest fear was being criticized. Now I’m a lot better with saying, I feel good about myself and that’s enough,” the singer says.
Carrie also reveals her pre-event beauty tip. “Get plenty of water and sleep. That’s it! I’ve heard horror stories about people who’ve done peels or fake tans before events. What if my face melted off? I’ll stick to hydration and a little extra night cream,” she told Self magazine.