Zoe Saldana Talks Her Support System, Cheat Days & More With Shape Magazine!

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Zoe Saldana is Shape magazine’s June 2017 cover star!

Check out what the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star shared with the health mag below:

On dieting: “I don’t believe in cheat days because I don’t believe in diets. I try not to deprive my body of anything, because the moment I have just salads and protein for a few days, I crave carbs. But when I eat everything in balance, I think less about food and more about everything else. It’s about eating to live, not living to eat.”

 

On the idea of “perfection”: “If we could design ourselves, we’d all be perfect. But we can’t, so why be unhappy about it? I’ve never wanted different hair or my body any other shape. And I’ve never thought of a person as ugly unless they opened their mouth and their heart was full of venom.”

On cooking with her husband: “My husband [Marco Perego] and I love to cook. I’m going through a phase where I’m making a lot of beans and quinoa. And I love ceviche and stews. But my favorite type of food is Asian. No matter how north or south in the Pacific, I love the spices, the vegetables, and the ways they cook them. Lately my husband and I have been learning to cook with Asian spices, like turmeric, and ginger, and we’re having a blast.”

 

On exercising: “I can’t work out regularly, so I compensate by eating a lot healthier than I might otherwise. Once you have relatively healthy eating habits, your workout can become playing with your kids, strolling around the neighborhood, playing airplane, or just changing diapers.”

Images: Nino Munoz for Shape

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