Forget all that riff raff about rom-coms not being great for your relationships; we’ll never tire of them. And who is (arguably) the undisputed queen of a golden age rom-com? Cameron Diaz of course. (My Best Friend’s Wedding, people. That is all). One of the many things we’ve always loved about Diaz is the fact that she keeps it real. She wasn’t one bit sorry she waited until later in life to wed her now-husband and her practical advice when it comes to grooming is on point: lasering your hair off is forever so be careful before you opt for that route, particularly if it’s in a sensitive place.
With the launch of her new book titled, The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time Diaz spoke to Women’s Health magazine and offered her sound advice on ageing, menopause and why she’s totally fine with never having children.
As you can likely glean from her writing collaborations with experts for The Body Book and The Longevity Book, the 43-year-old is a huge proponent of taking care of yourself. She’s now using her new-found knowledge to spill what she’s learned to others.
HELLO Again, Ladies! I am so excited I can barely contain myself!! As soon as I saw it myself, I wanted to share with you the cover of THE LONGEVITY BOOK. I am so proud of this book and very much looking forward to engaging us all in a new conversation about aging–how to do it with strength, grace, health and wisdom. I also wanted to thank you again for your beautiful submissions, which we’ll eventually get to show you as part of the cover beyond the cover; a perfect representation of women standing beside other women, as a united front, to stage change and incite progress. I can’t wait until hard copies hit the stands in April so we can really get started!! #thelongevitybook #theprivilegeoftime @thebodybook ox, Cameron
“Getting to know yourself on the smallest cellular level is so empowering,” she said, adding that she wants to educate other women on her journey: “I want women to understand their own journey and be prepared for it.”
Naturally, part of that journey is ageing, and Diaz knows a thing or two about the realities of this, having lived her life in the public eye.
Do we keep punishing other women and ourselves for growing older, for doing something that’s perfectly natural? Or do we pat each other on the back and say, ‘You’re doing amazing?’
She added that she feels the whole process might be easier for women if they can understand their bodies more, so she has some advice to offer women of varying ages based on advice she’s sought from doctors, scientists, nutritionists, and other experts for her latest book.
“Bone mass is really important in your 20s,” she said. “After that, we don’t build much bone anymore. So your twenties are your best chance to build bone through nutrition, physical activity, and strength training.”
Women in their 30s, according to the star, could focus on fertility if they felt this was important to them for starting a family. “After 35, most women’s eggs begin to dwindle,” she said. “There’s no way of knowing until you test yourself. That might be something you want to do in your early thirties if your fertility is important to you.”
And on this topic, Cameron — who married Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden in 2015 —has publically spoken about how she came to the decision not to have kids.
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“I was never drawn to being a mother,’ she said. “It’s so much more work to have children. To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for – I didn’t take that on. A baby — that’s all day, every day for 18 years.”
For women in their 40s, the topic of menopause will be a big one, and Diaz says that the process can be helped by reaching out to others. “Make connections, make friends, join communities, and really honour yourself. You’re getting ready to make that transition to menopause, so pay attention to where you’re at emotionally, physically, and mentally. The women who stress have it longer and harder, but the ones who accept it have it shorter and less severe.”
Via Women’s Health