A life that includes buffalo wings and pizza is a life we can definitely get down with, which is why we're enamored of Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and her realistic approach to healthy living — #treatyoself absolutely included.
Chopra has come a long way since winning the title of Miss World in 2000. Now 34, the Indian actress, singer, and philanthropist is still breaking barriers for women everywhere. The feminist says she's all about changing people's perception of what an Indian and Bollywood actress should be, and that's exactly what she's doing.
Quantico's second season aired on September 25, which means Chopra's back to doing her own stunts and fight scenes as CIA officer Alex Parrish. But even though her job is physically and aesthetically demanding, she knows there's more to living well than overdoing it at the gym and eating solely kale salads and smoothies 24/7. Here's how she finds a healthy balance in her life.
She's Realistic About Her Workout Schedule and Embraces Her Curves
Being physically fit doesn't mean you have to spend your entire day/life on the treadmill, and Chopra is proof.
"Life is just really fast-paced and you don't have to kill yourself in the gym," she told Women's Health at her November 2016 cover shoot. Chopra has admitted in the past that she's not exactly a fan of working out, but she does love squeezing some yoga in. "I want to be curvaceous, but not super skinny. And at the same time, I want to be lean."
She Doesn't Follow a Strict Diet
Spoiler alert: You can be healthy and still dig into the occasional plate of junk food.
"You don't have to starve yourself," Chopra said. "I love having my pizzas and burgers and buffalo wings on the side for sure."
She Doesn't Neglect Her Mental Health
Obviously Chopra achieves balance in her diet and fitness routine, but how about her mental health? With such a busy schedule, she relies on a couple things to stay sane during 16-hour days of filming: coffee and passion.
"My career is very important to me. No one's forcing me to do it. Also? I drink a lot of coffee," she says. "People always say you should listen to your body. But I don't listen to my body. My body listens to me. I can't afford to be sick or low on energy. It's mind over matter: I'm going to have a good day, and not in that fake 'Happy girls are the best girls!' way. Identify the weaknesses, shut them in a box, find your strengths, and run with them."