Following her divorce from basketball player Tony Parker six years ago, Eva Longoria went through a rough patch and revealed she hadn't been eating. The scariest part: People kept commenting on how great the "Desperate Housewives" alum looked.
"I remember after my divorce, I was so thin and everyone kept saying how great I looked and it was probably the most unhealthy place I've ever been," Longoria told Health. "So it was funny what people would see as 'healthy.' In my worst time, people were saying I've never looked better. [But now] I have a great diet and exercise routine and I try to have a healthy outlook."
After getting her health and diet back on track, Longoria says she feels better than ever — and certainly looks it, too! During an interview with Vogue Australia, the 42-year-old actress shut down claims that there is one secret to looking good.
"Especially as you get older, people want to know the secret to looking good and there is no secret. It's diet and exercise," she told Vogue Australia. "People say they eat well but they don't exercise. Or they run 20 miles a day but they can't lose weight. You have to do both."
Couldn't have said it better ourselves! We love her approach to wellness, so we decided to take a closer look at how the 42-year-old actress stays in such good health.
She embraces all types of workouts.
While some stars stick to one fitness regimen to tone their flawless physiques, Longoria prefers variety.
She eats breakfast *after* her morning sweat sesh.
"After I run, I eat probably the same thing every morning, which is egg whites with spinach and turkey bacon," she told The Cut. Her Instagram posts suggest that she's also a fan of berries and other tasty fruits in the morning.
Baston also likes to keep it healthy, but he is less of a creature of habit than she is.
Her lunch is full of veggies.
The actress often pairs a grilled chicken breast with spinach, avocado, and a drizzle of olive oil vinaigrette, according to Livestrong. But if she's traveling, Longoria likes to partake in the local cuisine.
Because she's a big veggie fan, it's no surprise she adds some fresh produce to her midday meal.
"I could easily be a vegetarian because I love vegetables so much and I feel like L.A. is a place that can support healthy living," Longoria told In Style. "I love cooking with vegetables and I have a secret for cooking with vegetables, [which] is that they don't need a lot. A lot of people cover them in cheese or cover them in a sauce, and vegetables really only need olive oil."
Her dinners are based on her (healthy) cravings.
The star prefers chicken and brown rice or salmon and grilled asparagus for dinner, according to Livestrong.
"I'm definitely a moderation girl, but sometimes I won't eat sugar for three months. I'll cut out all sugar and simple carbs that turn into sugar — rice, pasta, bread. I'm not a big carb person anyway, so it's not that hard," Longoria told Glam Belleza Latina. "I actually love fish and vegetables. I was raised on vegetables! Anything green — spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts — I crave."
She takes requests when cooking for friends.
She keeps snacks in her purse for busy days.
Between acting, directing, producing, and running her business ventures, Longoria has pretty busy days. So, to keep her energy up, she refuels with a variety of snacks, including raw almonds, cottage cheese, vanilla yogurt, cucumber slices, and fruit slathered with nut butter, according to Livestrong.
"I love to cook. But when I'm on set, I have food delivery sent there. Before I could afford a food delivery system, I would make my breakfast and lunch, I'd pack some snacks, and put almonds in my purse. I was always prepared because I was always hungry," she told Health.
She takes care of her skin.
We bet Mama Longoria is proud of her daughter for sticking to Mom Lesson No. 1: Always wear sunscreen.
"It was an important lesson because the skin that you take care of in your 20s is the skin you will have in your 40s," she told People. "Especially for Latinas! Many feel like, 'Oh I have dark skin therefore I don't need sunblock,' but that's just not true. All skin types need protection from UV rays."
The bottom line? We. Love. Eva.