The 28-year-old former modelwho is reportedly dating New York Yankee Derek Jeternow splits her time between her native Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, where the show is taped. The actress strives to find happiness in everyday life, even as she attempts to cope with the recent death of her mother. Here, she shares the secrets to her positive outlook.
Q: What aspects of your health are you fanatical about?
A: Getting enough sleep and drinking lots of water are the most underrated, simple, and beneficial things you can do for your health. I also have to sleep a full eight hours. And I like to take my half-hour power naps in the middle of the day.
Q: You’ve been described as “simultaneously curvy and toned.” Do you try for that?
A: Well, if I didn’t work out as hard as I do, I’d be really thick. [Laughs.] That’s also hard, because I love to eat. But it’s about wanting to take care of myself, as opposed to wanting to look a certain way. I don’t really ever stand on a scale.
It can be self-defeating to weigh yourself every day. Then you end up obsessing over it. And if you’re working out and gaining muscle, your weight is not going to go down, but your fat could be decreasing.
Q: What’s your workout regimen?
A: I do a lot of running, which I enjoy for mental reasons, too. I’ll be really frazzled and run for 30 minutes, and everything sort of seems clear again.
Q: Is there any form of exercise that just wasn’t for you?
A: I did Bikram yoga for a while, and I know that’s not for me. Too hot!
Q: Any secret-weapon foods?
A: I always have a bowl of Kashi Go Lean cereal with some cut-up strawberries
for breakfast. It’s just the quickest, healthiest breakfast. And it fills me up.
Q: What’s your eating vice?
A: I’m a dessert freak. I looove peach cobbler. Everything in moderation. Have a cheat dayWhoo! Sunday’s Cheat Day. I’m gonna have my peach cobbler!then it’s exciting, and you really enjoy it.