Hilary Duff will always be my favorite Disney star-turned successful entertainer. She can sing, dance, act, and is just a really positive presence wherever she goes. She's a new mom and is loving every second of it. She sat down with Shape to share some of her wisdom and I took out my favorite bits:
On Hollywood pressures:
"There's so much pressure to always have it together, and I'm not falling for it. You see supermodels who have babies, and the next week they look as if they were never pregnant. That was not the case with me. Some days I feel great, others I feel pretty normal, and that's acceptable."
On her workout philosophy:
"I don't do auto-gym. I go three times a week and mix it up every time. I work out with weighted balls, battle ropes, and big rubber bands. I do this thing with a sledgehammer where I swing it and hit a rubber block, and it gets out all of my aggressions. Everyone is like, 'Uh-oh, Hilary's got the hammer — get out of the way!'"
On everyday exercise:
"And I rely on real-life exercise. Carrying my son, for one. He weighs 35 pounds. The other day we went to Disneyland and he fell asleep in my arms, and I had to carry him back to my car, which was a 30-minute walk. I was dying."
"I rely on grown-woman food. I'd rather have someone pull my fingernails off than hunker down and go on an actual diet. It's so hard for me! My sister Haylie and I once considered doing a baby-food diet, but it just sounded too disgusting."
On healthy snacking:
"I do cool things with snacks. My favorite is a Wasa cracker topped with avocado, radish, chia seeds, a little olive oil, some sea salt, lemon, and dill. That keeps my palate excited."
On cutting back:
"I love my wine, but when I'm really trying to lose weight, that's got to go. Alcohol is a trigger to make bad choices, just like when I get too hungry."
On her secret to happiness:
"The key to a happy life is cheese. It's a real problem. I can't say no to it! There's a cheese shop in Beverly Hills, and my car is like a magnet to it. Luca is crazy about it, too. Love the cheese!"
...God, I love this woman.