How To Lead A Healthy Life According To Audrey Hepburn

The actress knows beauty has a lot to do with how we see and feel about ourselves and the world.

For decades now, Audrey Hepburn has been every woman’s peg. She’s classy and fun and philanthropic—beautiful inside and out. Her youngest son Luca Dotti, in an interview with Yahoo! Health, says that Audrey “had a natural instinct toward a healthy habit,” even if she passed away because of appendiceal cancer at 63 years old. The actress led a healthy life since it made her happy; she didn’t do it to strengthen her muscles or to change her weight.

Luca also shared Audrey’s philosophy on health and wellness, and here are a few of them that we should all live out.

1. Drink lots of water. “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.”

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2. Don’t be afraid to age. “She had a very healthy vision of her own seasons. She wasn’t afraid at all of getting old. Of course she was complaining about the wrinkles, the white hair, but she really enjoyed her older years.”

3. Don’t be afraid to eat carbs. “Sometimes we tend to forget, she was Dutch, so potatoes were a big, big part of her diet. …[And] her father was Irish. Potatoes for her, they were a sustainable thing.”

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4. Eat fruits and vegetables. “My mother was not a vegetarian; she ate meat, but very little, in little doses. I remember once, because our house used to be a farm, I had this idea about raising chickens and rabbits. And my mother looked at me like, that’s a good idea, but who’s going to slaughter them? So we grew potatoes instead. She [ate] 80 percent fruit and vegetables.”

5. Stay down-to-earth. “When my mother moved to the house in Switzerland, of course it was a very small village. So everybody, for them it was a big event. They were waiting for her to come, and they were thinking she would come in a Rolls Royce or Mercedes, so they were waiting for an event. Instead, she comes in a moving van, sitting just beside the driver. …My mother had a life, rather than a history. Some people expect a public person to be historical.”

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6. Stay in love with life. “She had more than a positive outlook. She was naïve in the sense that she was like a young girl. Every time that she found something new, or went to a market, or got a new recipe, she wasn’t blasé. She was so excited, like a little girl. My mother, she was really interested in living the day. She was very interested in life. Even when she was in bed, she was saying oh, when I get better, we have to go to Australia. It’s beautiful there.”

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