Gisele Buündchen is embracing her 40s.
The Brazilian supermodel, who has two children with her husband, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, explained that she feels better at 40 than she did in the previous decade of her life.
“I feel better at 40 than I felt at 30, I can tell you that much,” Bündchen shared with Phillip Picardi on a Dior Digital Talk episode on YouTube this week.
Clearly excited for the future, Bündchen went on to say, “I think the 40s are going to be awesome. The 20s were a little challenging, I’m not going to lie. The 30s, I was getting a grip on stuff. Now the 40s, I’m like, ‘Let’s go!'”
When Picardi brought up Bündchen's wellness philosophy, which includes everything from healthy eating to spirituality, the supermodel said she considers all those things to be important components of what makes her look and feel her best every day.
"I think everything we can do that is supporting us, that is nourishing us and is helping us to feel good, naturally are going to help us look better, right?" she said. "I always said let the food be your medicine because I also think food is very important. Like, if you eat a bunch of greasy food, this is going to hard to have really good skin. The more you eat your vegetables, the healthier your diet — that is going to reflect in your skin."
Bündchen has previously said she "felt a big difference in my life when I started making better food choices," adding that she cut out processed foods and replaced them with home-grown vegetables and herbs.
"When we eat foods that are alive (and not processed), their nutrients and vitamins keep us healthier and also help our bodies function better. One of my favorite things is bringing home fresh food and herbs from our community garden,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
In her 2018 memoir, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, Bündchen revealed that she used to suffer from panic attacks so severe that they led to suicidal thoughts, Yahoo Life previously reported. While she was prescribed medication to help deal with her anxiety at the time, she ultimately found meditation, yoga and other lifestyle changes to be the key to relief.
"From my own experience I learned that nothing is permanent,” she wrote on Instagram back in September. “Sometimes a gentle reminder that the bad feelings will eventually go away can work like a beacon of hope. Anxiety can feel all-consuming, and sometimes we need a supportive push to help break us out of our vicious cycle of worry.”
Bündchen continued, saying “my own panic attacks were difficult for me, and I sought help. In moments like these, family, friends and specialists can help, and so can breathing and meditation tools. The most important thing is to move away from inertia and look for alternatives.
“Life is our greatest gift — and every day is worth it,” she said in conclusion.
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