Eva Mendes celebrates her 39th birthday today and although she’s older than some people would like to admit, her body is equivalent to those 10 to 15 younger than she is. What is the secret to her healthful success and her stunning good looks besides being Latina and getting intimate with Ryan Gosling?
Over the years, Mendes has done a series of risqué photo shoots that go hand-in-hand with the interviews for magazines all over the world. The unavoidable question pertains to what she does to keep her figure along with the curves that she inherited from her Cuban parents, something that plenty of Latinas know a thing or two about. Inclusive of workouts, she also has a unique way of looking at her diet, though it isn’t fool proof from having emotional or bodily perception issues.
According to interviews that she’s done, Mendes says that her figure was something she had to embrace
Here are a few ways that Mendes keeps her 5-foot 6-inch modeling-self as good-looking as a 19-year-old beauty queen.
She Doesn’t Diet: Mendes cut out red meat and chicken from her diet, claiming that it made her skin look and feel better. She said that she doesn’t diet but pays attention to what she’s consuming. If she has something coming up, like an event or some kind of performance, she cuts her portions down a bit. Though this isn’t new, the idea that eating solid portions of good food every day means that you don’t have to diet because of the healthy choices that are being made.
Although Mendes doesn’t diet, she has been known to do a goat’s milk detox diet which is said to give a boost of energy and clear skin. And she indulges on the occasional pieces of chocolate.
Cut Meat Out of the Diet: This might be hard as a Latina since a lot of our meals, dishes and food have a base in meat. Pork, chicken and beef are very hefty in Latino foods, but with conscious decisions, Mendes has been able to say no completely which she claimed, helps her skin feel and look better. Protein, which is a substantial part of any persons diet, can be found in foods such as eggs, garbanzo beans, nuts like almonds and milk.
Positive State of Mind: Mind over matter goes a long way for Mendes, especially when it comes to her daily exercise routine. One tip that she does herself is fast-forwarding to the next day. How do you feel when you don’t work out or when you realize you actually did have time to do something physical? If you regret it, just do it before you get the chance.
When it does come to her exercise schedule, Mendes runs 4-5 times a week, sprinkling in a bit of yoga, twice a week, and weight-training in the mix. A piece of advice for people to pull from her work out rituals is knowing whether you like to be part of a group or like to do it alone. Deciding this factor may be the difference between motivation and lack thereof.
De-stressing: Stress can cause weight gain, but Mendes knows how to keep off the extra weight by de-stressing. Going for a massage, having time with her friends and taking it easy allows her to relax and get the negative energies out of her system.