Audrey Hepburn ate chocolate to stay elegantly slim with chocolate. The Breakfast At Tiffany‘s actress loved pasta as well, eating it almost every day, reported People.
The seemingly glamorous Audrey actually was a quiet woman. Hepburn preferred spending her evenings watching TV and nibbling on pasta topped with ketchup rather than rocking the red carpet and dining on caviar at chic restaurants.
“She was crazy about the pasta,” revealed Luca Dotti, who is Audrey’s youngest son.
Now 45, Luca’s book Audrey at Home shares both his memories of Hepburn and recipes, from chocolate to spaghetti. And although she looked as if she subsisted on water and vegetables alone, Dotti insists that Audrey actually consumed large amounts of the fattening carbohydrate.
“She would eat it almost every day,” added Luca of his mother’s passion for pasta. “Her absolute favorite was spaghetti with tomato sauce. She could live on that alone.”
As to how she stayed so slim, Dotti revealed that she was both fortunate in her heredity but also aware of portion control.
“My mother was very good at listening to her body. She was lucky with her physique but she had normal plates of pasta. Mum had a serious pasta addiction. She couldn’t do without pasta.”
In addition to all that pasta, Hepburn loved chocolate cake. But she avoided snacking, revealed her son.
“Snacks didn’t really exist in our household,”he emphasized. “She was very strict. When it was breakfast, lunch or dinner, her feeling was, you should take your time for meals and stop what you are doing.”
Luca’s father is an Italian psychiatrist, Andrea Dotti, who was Audrey’s second husband. Hepburn’s first son, Sean Ferrer, was fathered by Mel Ferrer, to whom the actress was initially married.
In addition to skipping snacks, Audrey went on monthly detox diets, reported Yahoo.
On her detox day, Hepburn limited herself to vegetables, fruit, yogurt, and large amounts of water. And that insistence on drinking water wasn’t just limited to once a month, added Luca.
“She insisted so much on everybody … drinking a lot of water. And that really, today, is so important for the support of everything. She was really about drinking a lot of water and eating a lot of vegetables. It was a matter of how she was brought up.”
In addition, Hepburn followed the seasons when it came to choosing her vegetables.
“She was always looking for seasonal vegetables, what was available at the market,” revealed Dotti. “And she had a very healthy vision of her own seasons. She wasn’t afraid at all of getting old.”
Audrey also valued her favorite treats. In particular, Hepburn adored chocolate. Through today’s magic of movies, she even appeared in a chocolate ad, below.
“She ate it every day. A bite or sometimes more. She had a special drawer in the house where she would put her chocolate and it was forbidden to touch. She would get upset if someone finished it before her. Chocolate was her favorite pick-me-up.”
But despite all those efforts, Hepburn died of colon cancer at 63. She had surgery in 1992 before passing away in 1992.
Following in Hepburn’s regular detox diet footsteps is Gwyneth Paltrow, as the Inquisitr reported. And like Audrey, Paltrow advocates balance.
Gwyneth follows her Paleo detox a few times each year, eliminating all processed foods, dairy, and sugar.
“I probably eat this way two or three times a year for three weeks at a time. Past that, I’m not willing to make the sacrifice. Life is about balance.”
[Ed. note: The Inquisitr strongly recommends you consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. The Inquisitr does not endorse any of the diets or diet techniques mentioned in this article.]
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