Lea Michele Learned 1 Important Lesson from Her Mom

Lea Michele recently became a mom for the first time. Here’s one important lesson the former Glee star says she learned from her own mom.

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Lea Michele on 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen' | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Lea Michele on ‘Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen’ | Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Lea Michele and her husband Zandy Reich welcomed their first child on August 20. They reportedly named their son Ever Leo Reich. Michele posted one of her first pregnancy photos on Instagram back in May. She included the caption, “So grateful” underneath the picture. Michele and Reich have been married since March 2019.

An important lesson Lea Michele learned from her mom

In her book Brunette Ambition, Lea Michele says she learned about respecting her body from her mother. One of the ways Michele shows her body respect is by eating well. She said it’s important to consume the right fuel so that she can do her job to the best of her ability.

“My mother always taught me to respect my body—that you’re only given one and should take the best care of it that you can,” wrote Michele. “I’ve really listened to her: I never treat my body like a garbage disposal and instead try to feed it only the best possible food. After all, the right fuel is the source of the energy I need to do my job well.”

Michele says taking care of her body and eating healthy food is what has helped her avoid practicing bad habits. One surprising revelation she made in her book was that she never ate fast food when she was a child. Her family emphasized cooking meals at home.

“This has always helped me avoid falling into bad habits,” wrote Michelle. “I never had fast food as a kid—instead, like any traditional Italian family, we cooked all of our meals together. Food was the central theme of our lives: We showed our love over a bowl of baked ziti. So many of my favorite memories growing up took place at the family dinner table.”

What Lea Michele learned about food

Michele says she learned that food doesn’t have to taste bad to be good for you. She realized early on that healthy food can be flavorful.

“It’s there that I also learned that food could be wholesome and delicious and an opportunity for celebration,” wrote Michele. “Quite simply, I love food: Ask my friends and they’ll tell you that I’m the person who wants to talk about all the things I ate today, where we’re going to dinner, and all the things we could order and eat. I really love food. Since it’s what keeps me going and makes me feel good, I’ve always worked hard to put it in a good perspective.”

Although Michele eats healthy food, she does allow herself to have a cheat day now and then. “There are definitely days when I need to eat an entire Amy’s frozen pizza in front of the television,” wrote Michele. “Because I generally maintain a good balance throughout the week, I never give myself a hard time about these moments. In fact, I usually turn Saturday or Sunday into a cheat day, and I love those days.”

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