Audrey Hepburn left the world 25 years back, but to this day, her fans remember her for her exceptional acting skills and amazingly thin figure. If you have also been her fan for a few decades now or you have become a fan after seeing some of her movies, then you might be curious to know what workout and diet plan helped her to stay amazingly thin and so full of energy.
Here are the details of her workout regime and diet plan along with details of her very real struggle with starvation, her ideas on wrinkles, and her attitude towards plastic surgery.
Though many people accused the British actress of suffering from an eating disorder that made her notoriously thin. These were just rumors.
She was never partial to dieting and loved Italian foods. She was a great fan of grains, meat, and every available food, according to her son, Loca Dotti.
The diet of the diva was simple yet healthy. Her diet plan is mentioned right here:
Brown bread with jam
Lean meat or pasta with fresh produce from her garden
Chicken soup with vegetables
The beauty liked to indulge in baking chocolate, eating it and having one or two fingers of Scotch after her dinner.
A Pasta Fan
The model was a huge fan of carbohydrates and crazy about pasta, according to her younger son Dotti. He even thinks that she was addicted to pasta. Her signature dish was spaghetti al Pomodoro, and she cooked it at home almost every week. She was also a fan of spaghetti with tomato sauce and might have lived on that alone.
Hepburn’s longtime partner Robert Wolders once shared that though she didn’t have a specific workout routine, she liked to walk a lot. She often took long walks with him and beat his fitness levels just in walking.
When she was walking, she decided on a number like she had to walk 5 miles that day and stuck to it. According to Wolders, the stunner had a healthy metabolism and yet she was not excessive.
Dealing with Starvation
Many women these days like to starve themselves to lose weight. The humanitarian was a bit different in this regard because she faced actual starvation during World War II. She was the daughter of a British father and a Dutch Baroness.
Her father left the family when she was 6, and she barely survived the German occupation of Holland that started when she was just 11 years old. She literally starved during the war, and this might be the reason for her being thin most of her life.
By the end of the war, she was very close to death. She survived the seemingly toughest phase of her life by drinking water and eating nettles and tulip bulbs. At that time, she was about 5’6” and weighed 88 lbs.
She also suffered from edema and jaundice during that time. She suffered from anemia the rest of her life as a result of this bad phase of her life.
Loving Herself and Her Imperfections
Audrey was never afraid of her imperfections but she rather embraced them. Towards the end of her life, she was asked by an American photo magazine to pick her favorite photograph. She selected a picture of her with a child on one of her missions for the UNICEF.
In the picture, she could be seen holding a child in her arms, and both of them laughing. The photographer asked her whether she wanted to photoshop her wrinkles (which were quite visible in the picture), but she refused and said that she earned every one of them.
Thoughts on Plastic Surgery
Sean Ferrer, the Head of Audrey Hepburn Society at UNICEF has stated that the film and fashion icon never even thought of getting plastic surgery. She thought that wrinkles were symbols of age, wisdom, and experience. (We think the women of today can learn the art of self-love and appreciation from the blue-blood beauty, won’t you agree?)
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