Actress Michelle Pfeiffer graces the cover of the October 2013 issue of Ladie's Home Journal
. In the interview
, Michelle talks about looking great for your age and her health and diet plan. Michelle says her dermatologist told her to throw out her magnifying mirror in the bathroom. She says her cholesterol plunged after she cut meat and dairy for two months.
On the Pressure of Looking Good as You Get Older
: "Having to watch yourself age on a giant movie screen is simply not natural. It can wreak havoc on your psyche. My dermatologist said to me once, 'You know that 10X magnifying mirror that you have in the bathroom? Throw it away.' It was the best advice anybody ever gave me. Of course, now my eyes are weaker and I can't see to put my makeup on without that mirror! But once you get over a certain hump there actually is less pressure. You can begin to look great for your age. You don't have to look young anymore. I've moved over to that other side -- I'm 55, which is a little too close to 60, but looking great for my age is okay now."
On Her Diet and Exercise Plan
: "A few years ago I saw a special on CNN, 'The Last Heart Attack,' about how to prevent heart disease. I'm not really at risk for that but my father died of cancer and my mother has advanced-stage dementia. And I have people close to me battling cancer. Seeing both of my parents suffer has made me think a lot about longevity and quality of life. And while it's open to debate, if there's any chance we can prevent a lot of chronic illnesses by the way we eat, why not try it? So I cut out meat and dairy and after two months my cholesterol shot down 83 points. I also try to exercise five days a week -- I run, do free weights. But I haven't always been healthy. When I was in my 20s I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. I lived on Marlboro Lights and Coca-Cola."
Michelle's latest film, The Family
, is now in theaters. It is a dark comedy about a mob family that co-stars Robert De Niro.
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