Salma Hayek Is Just Like Us: ‘When I’m Stressed, I Turn To Food For Comfort’

To look at actress Salma Hayek, one would never dream that she struggles with her weight, eats to comfort herself, and gets stressed.

She seems perfect, always gorgeously styled and dressed, always perfectly made-up. But just as much as the Mexican superstar is known for her movies and looks, she’s also become as well known for her authenticity in telling it like is.

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The 53-year-old is surprisingly candid about her own challenges and fears when it comes to her weight and looks, just like us.

Find out the truly practical ways that Hayek deals with these issues, especially in the unforgiving limelight of celebrity. They’re solutions that can even work for us!

The tough love a good friend gave her

Hayek told Lucky magazine in 2012 the story of her worst depression. It happened shortly after she left Mexico to pursue her acting career. Although she had been a telenovela star in her home of Mexico, she wanted to pursue grander dreams. At some point, the actress wasn’t seeing the success she had sacrificed so much for and recalls being covered in gloom and hopelessness.

“When I was 25 and I left being a soap opera star in Mexico to go try to be a movie star in Hollywood and all of Mexico was laughing at me…I could barely get work as an extra.”

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Perhaps from the stressfulness of her situation, her face became covered with persistent acne. “[The acne] sent me into a severe, severe depression. I couldn’t leave the house…I mean, I was fat and broken out, I couldn’t leave the house and I couldn’t pay the rent!”

She credits director Alfonso Cuarón for speaking truth to her when she needed most to hear it. “Alfonso Cuarón — amazing director — he came to the house. He did not play it down, he did not try to say, ‘Oh you look fine.’ He said you can’t do this to yourself and taught me to meditate, relax. I got myself back together!”

Good to have: A friend who’s willing to give it to you straight when you need to hear it.

Hayek’s struggle with body image

Hayek doesn’t always love her body or feel completely comfortable in her own skin at all times. It’s an ebb and flow, as most of us know full well.

She told The Edit in 2015, “Well I am entering my fifties so your body confidence isn’t that good. I think it depends on the day, for everybody. . . I think it’s up and down all the time!”

“I was always borderline chubby,” she continued, “because I like my food and, frankly, I like my wine. I have to say, I’m pushing 50 but I feel great. I’m quite short. I have an overly… wavy body. I’m not like the girl next door who is easy to cast.”

“You have to get up and become your own work of art; from the moment you put yourself together. …But celebrate who you are and celebrate life and know that this is your experience.”

Good to hear: Accept who you are and what you have, and work it!

How Hayek deals with stress

The mother of one admits that when she’s stressed, she eats a lot, telling Harper’s Bazaar in September that she relies on juicing to help her restart healthier habits.

She started her own line of organic juices that are delivered to your door called Cooler Cleanse. Hayek wanted juices that reminded her of the fresh juice she would enjoy in Mexico and created the line for three-to-five-day cleanses.

“When I feel stressed, I turn to food for comfort. After doing a juice cleanse, I’m motivated to eat healthier and not emotionally. Cleansing is like my meditation. It makes me stop, focus and think about what I’m putting into my body. I’m making a commitment to my health and hitting the reset button.”

Another part of Hayek’s lifestyle that helps keep her unstressed and less prone to overeat are regular massages. She shared about this with Inquisitr in 2015.

“You have to find a good person that gives a good massage,” she suggests. “Massage oxygenates, activates the circulation, and keeps the muscles healthy and firm. I cannot tell you, even just for the lymphatic [system], what the massage does for the face.”

Good to do: Adopt one or two self-care disciplines that boost the mood and get rid of the stress causing you to eat.

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