Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure is 40 years old and feels better about her body now than before she had her first of three children 15 years ago. "I'm more fit today at 40 than I've ever been at any other time in my life," she says.
Candace, the new spokesperson for StarKist, shares what she eats to look even better than the teenaged D.J. Tanner she played on the original Full House.
1. Eat mostly plants. Candace sees her diet as integral to maintaining her figure and her career. "When you're hired to play a specific role and look a certain way, it's something that you have to keep up with, especially being on a television series," she says. Still, she doesn't follow a specific diet. She eats mostly vegan, but also eats eggs and, occasionally, fish.
2. Stay away from dairy, refined sugars, and white flours. Candace doesn't suffer from food allergies, and she isn't trying to lose weight. While she's not a dietitian, she has her reasons for keeping these ingredients out of her diet: "They're just not good for you, that's why," she says.
3. Eat carbs before you work out and eat protein after. On most days, Candace works out anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour on her own, but on rare occasions, like when she reunites with her longtime New York-based trainer, Kira Stokes, she'll go at it for up to two and a half hours. (Now that Candace is no longer hosting The View in New York City, and spends most of her time in Los Angeles, this doesn't happen super often.)
To keep her energy up during workouts, which might involve doing Kira's online videos, using FaceTime to carry out a virtual training session, or performing dynamic, strength-training moves she picked up working out with Kira IRL, Candace eats grains or another source of carbs before she starts sweating. Afterwards, she'll reach for a protein-packed snack or meal to help her muscles recover.
4. Be boring. "I've always enjoyed food and used to get bored eating the same foods," Candace says. But now that she's older, has tried eating different foods, and is in tune with how her body reacts to them, she isn't as interested in variety. "I have the things I know I like to eat, and I just kind of stay within those recipes," she says. On most days, that means she'll have a protein shake for breakfast and stick to tried-and-true restaurants, where she looks for familiar meals like quinoa with kale, beets, carrots, tofu, or tuna fish.
5. Stop eating before you're stuffed - particularly when eating at restaurants."If you listen to your stomach and just eat until you're satisfied, not full, you can always take the rest of your food to go," says Candace, who might dip into her leftovers hours later when actual hunger strikes again.
6. Find a partner who eats just as healthfully as you do. Candace says she and her husband eat very similar diets. While vastly different palates won't make or break a strong relationship, it's much easier to make healthy food choices when your partner prefers to eat healthy too - particularly when kids with different tastes come into play. "We'll cook what we want to eat, and then we'll make something different for the kids," Candace explains.
7. Plate your home-cooked meals instead of feasting family style. Candace sees family meals as super important, so all five members of the Bure family dine together often. When dinner is served, it's on individual plates, not platters, which takes the guesswork out of portion control - a good thing considering that the biggest difference between the way Candace and her husband eat comes down to serving sizes. (He eats more.)
8. Follow the rules 80 percent of the time. Rules: They're meant to be broken up to 20 percent of the time, at least for Candace. "I don't eat dairy on a regular basis, but a lot of baked goods contain butter or milk," she notes. "To say I never have dessert would be a complete lie."
And while Candace might not order a bacon cheeseburger off a restaurant menu, she's more than happy to deviate from her diet rules when she's a dinner party guest. "I would never turn anything down that someone's cooked," she says of meals she eats at others' homes on special occasions. After all, there's no better time to deviate from plan A than when homemade dessert is on the table.
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