Jewel for Shape July 2010

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American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet Jewel covers the Shape magazine July 2010, on newsstands Monday, June 21. The 36-year-old beauty shows off her carved feminine body in stripy bikini. In the exclusive she talks about dealing with teasing about her body and how she stays positive.

Here are the highlights:

On feeling good about yourself:

“We should be more like men, God bless ’em. They can take their shirts off and show their man boobs, and they don’t give a hoot. But women are so critical of themselves. We can be gorgeous and hot and still be embarrassed to wear a tank top. So if you can’t stop looking in the mirror, at least try to not think badly about yourself when you do.”

On her diet:

“I try to stay away from an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to food. It’s like a pendulum: The more extreme I am–like saying, ‘I’m not going to eat any carbs’–the further it’s going to swing to the other side and I’m going to binge. My dad sends me fresh salmon and halibut from Alaska as well as dried nettles, which I like to put into soups. I also eat a lot of raw vegetables or bitter greens, like kale and dandelion greens, lightly sautéed in olive oil. People are so fat-phobic these days, but eating good fats is important, which is why I always try to get some olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado into whatever I’m making.”

On being called “the chubby Renee Zellweger” in the media years ago:

“My feelings were so hurt by that story, I ended up bingeing on an entire cake. Afterward, I actually tried to throw it all up, but thankfully I couldn’t do it. It made me think, ‘I can’t go down this road.’ I had seen so many performers develop eating disorders or try to control their weight with drugs, and I decided I would do no harm to my body.”

Looking sporty and hot in the bikini, Jewel calls women for being strong and fearless in the Shape mag July 2010 issue. Her words make sense!!!

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