The Reason Giada De Laurentiis Needs to Take 20 Pills A Day, Plus the Daily Ritual She Enjoys

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis is a busy single mom – between her Food Network shows, her three restaurants, working on cookbooks, and of course, caring for her young daughter, life is pretty hectic.

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The 49-year-old is a huge believer in self-care in order to get all her daily obligations done at her optimal best.

Find out why De Laurentiis needs 20 pills a day, plus the other health rituals she relies on.

De Laurentiis cares a lot about self-care

The single mom of one knows she can only take the best care of her daughter and her work when she herself is at her best. That means finding time in her busy schedule to keep health appointments and being disciplined to exercise every day.

“If I’m not shooting [her Food Network shows] or I don’t have to be anywhere, I start my day with all of my appointments,” she told The Cut in 2018. “Acupuncture, I try to do once a week. Yoga, I try to do five days a week. And then any doctors appointments.”

“Because I travel so much and I’ve had a history of really bad sinus infections, I tend to get vitamin pushes from my doctor once a week when I get busy to try to get my immune system going and so that I don’t get sick. If I think about it, my free time is all taken up by maintenance for myself. I think people forget how much women, as we get older, have to keep up.”

She needs to take 20 pills a day

To boost her immunity, the Giada’s Italy author takes 20 pills daily. She doesn’t love doing it but she will do what is necessary for her health.

“My acupuncturist makes my little supplement bags for me. I try to go once a week. . . The only regular things that I take are vitamin D, a probiotic, a prebiotic, and biotin. Everything else will sort of switch out.”

“It’s like a baggie of — I hate to say this — 20 pills a day. Which is a lot. I have to tell her, ‘You can’t give me more than 20 pills a day. I cannot take them.’ I take ten in the morning and ten in the evening.”

De Laurentiis’ surprisingly favorite daily ritual?

The TV personality’s most relaxing daily ritual is surprising, not because it’s unpleasant, but because to someone else, it would be considered another to-do on a list. Also, it’s so closely associated with what she does all day: cook.

“Making breakfast for my daughter is actually a ritual I enjoy. I make pancakes. I like to cook, and as long as I’m not talking in front of a camera or having to explain to anyone what I’m doing, I sort of zen out. That’s my second form of meditation in the morning.”

De Laurentiis spoke from experience at the Self-Care Summit in Los Angeles in July of 2019, “You need to take care of your mind and your body before you can take care of anything else. You need to take care of yourself first.”

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