House of Lies actress Kristen Bell covers the latest issue of Natural Health and opens up about family life with husband, Parenthood star Dax Shepard, and their two daughters: Lincoln, 22 months, and Delta, 9 weeks.
On if her second pregnancy was different than her first: “I gained a little less weight with this one. I think it’s in part because I gave up sugar this time. Before I was pregnant, Dax and I gave up refined sugar for 30 days—cookies, brownies—and at the end, we went to the store and got the desserts we were craving. Then we pigged out and after about five minutes, we both felt like barfing. Like, ‘Oh, white sugar is toxic!’ Since then we’ve just given it up in our household. And now an apple tastes mind-blowingly delicious.”
On what her diet is like now: “For breakfast, I’ll either do Manna bread or Dave’s Killer Bread and a humanely harvested egg or two with sea salt. For lunch or dinner, I make a lot of what I call garbage disposal salads: I’ll start with a grain, like bulgur, or a bean, like lentils or chickpeas, then add lettuce and any fruit, vegetable and nut I can find—strawberries, cucumbers, walnuts. Put an over-easy egg on top and break the yolk as the sauce—game over! I get a box from FarmBox LA every week with vegetables, eggs and some chicken breasts for when I cook for meat-eaters.”
On losing the baby weight: “I’m not willing to kill myself to look a certain way. And I won’t ruin the first six months of being with my baby because I’m only eating lettuce. It’s also not healthy while you’re breastfeeding, and I breastfeed like a champion.”
On just letting life unfold: “I am where I thought I’d be, but I didn’t put too much effort into getting here. I let it unfold organically, and I hope to do that with the next five years. Maybe I’ll be a stay-at-home mom. Maybe I’ll have had five more kids. For me, it’s less about my circumstances and more about my perspective: Have a good attitude and enjoy your life.”
For more from Kristen, go to Natural Health…