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Lea Michele: 'My body talks to me'

The former Glee star's relaxed approach to health and wellness does her body good.

Actress Lea Michele has mastered the art of listening to her body.

The former Glee star works out often, but sometimes she can't be bothered to go to the gym, and on days when she'd rather sit out of a fitness session, the 30-year-old tries to tune into what is going physiologically.

“If I have one of those days when I don’t want to work out, I ask myself why," she tells Shape magazine. "I’ve learned how to listen to my body and know what I need in that moment. And I’m grateful for that. It took me a very long time to get to this place. Now I can tell when my body is saying to take a break from working out, or when it’s saying, No, you’re being a little lazy, so that I can push myself to get going.”

Overall health and wellness is very important for Lea, and to achieve this goal she practices acceptance not just around her fitness practice, but also with her dietary habits.

“I was vegan for a while, I was vegetarian for 10 years, and now I’ve incorporated meat back into my diet," she explains. "I eat as healthy as possible because I know food fuels me. I usually start my day with avocado toast or a green smoothie. I love a big salad for lunch; I’m always concocting recipes like kale Caesar or spinach artichoke salad. For dinner I’m flexible. If I’m going out and I want a bowl of pasta, I’ll eat it. I’m not hard on myself.”

Being tolerant and observant around her emotions when it comes to food and exercise is proving to be really beneficial for Lea, with the star explaining she no longer cares about how much she weighs.

“As I get older, my body is always changing," Lea shares. "Right now I have so much energy, my skin looks good, and my butt is higher than it’s ever been. I’ve been skinnier and I’ve been a little bit bigger, and I’m never hard on myself one way or the other. The fact that I’m active, eating well, and taking care of myself is all that matters.”

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