How Chef Giada De Laurentiis Eats So Much and Stays In Shape

To look at celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, anyone might think she is an actress or model, certainly not someone who has to eat a good amount of food for a living. The host of some of Food Network’s most popular programs prepares some pretty carb-heavy, creamy, and rich meals on her programs. So how does she eat so much on the job and still look so great?

Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis | Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit

Here’s what we know about how the 49-year-old keeps herself in tip-top shape.

She’s learned self-care is important

Speaking this past July at the Creative Culture’s Self-Care Summit in Los Angeles, De Laurentiis revealed how her upbringing was key in taking care of herself.

“My mom was very good about self-care, my grandmother was very good about self-care,” the celebrity chef stated. “I watched them, and I became very diligent at a very young age about taking care of my skin, using sunscreen and just keeping it healthy all the time.”

She continued on the subject of her skincare routine, “Over the years, it’s gotten longer and longer and longer, because as you get older, it gets more complicated!” says De Laurentiis. “It’s become more intense over the years. With all the travel, all the makeup, the stress, I’ve had to take care of myself more rigorously.”

Yoga and meditation are key for De Laurentiis

De Laurentiis told Shape that having a yoga practice, especially after her daughter’s birth, has made all the difference to keeping her fit.

“I thought, ‘Oh, this will be a good way to stretch,’ but it turned out to be so much more!” she says. “It taught me to breathe, it strengthened my muscles, and it helped me relax.”

“If I don’t do it first thing, I simply won’t do it,” she says. “With my crazy schedule, that often means cutting into my sleep. But yoga gives me the energy and focus I need to get through my day. I’m not saying I don’t need a cup of coffee in the afternoon sometimes, but it’s the yoga that definitely keeps me centered.”

‘Enjoy every moment of life’

De Laurentiis’ younger brother Dino was diagnosed with melanoma in 2001 and passed away in 2003. It was an enormous grief for the entire family, and an event that reshaped how she viewed so much of her life.

“It was a complete shock to us all when he died two years later,” she told Shape. “No one believed someone that young could die of skin cancer. We were all in the ‘Lance Armstrong defeating cancer’ frame of mind.”

“That’s when I realized how short and fleeting our lives are. You have to enjoy every moment because this life doesn’t last forever.”

The Giada at Home host wrapped her fitness philosophy up by saying, “I think we all look in the mirror and see that 25-year-old. But as long as you’re eating well and moving your body every day, age is just a state of mind.”

Read more: This is What Food Network’s Guy Fieri Eats in a Day