Jewel Talks Dieting, Being Called Chubby in Shape Magazine

Posted on June 18, 2010

Singer Jewel Kilcher covers the July issue of Shape magazine. She's wearing a striped bikini on the cover of the magazine. Jewel explains how the "Chubby Renee Zellweger" reference hurt her feelings. She also talks about her diet and why women should be more like men.

On Being Called The Chubby Renee Zellweger: "My feelings were so hurt by that story, I ended up bingeing on an entire cake. Afterward, I actually tried to throw it all up, but thankfully I couldn't do it. It made me think, 'I can't go down this road.' I had seen so many performers develop eating disorders or try to control their weight with drugs, and I decided I would do no harm to my body."

On Dieting: "I try to stay away from an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to food. It's like a pendulum: The more extreme I am - like saying, 'I'm not going to eat any carbs'--the further it's going to swing to the other side and I'm going to binge. My dad sends me fresh salmon and halibut from Alaska as well as dried nettles, which I like to put into soups. I also eat a lot of raw vegetables or bitter greens, like kale and dandelion greens, lightly sauteed in olive oil. People are so fat-phobic these days, but eating good fats is important, which is why I always try to get some olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado into whatever I'm making."

On Why Women Should Be More Like Men: "We should be more like men, God bless 'em. They can take their shirts off and show their man boobs, and they don't give a hoot. But women are so critical of themselves. We can be gorgeous and hot and still be embarrassed to wear a tank top. So if you can't stop looking in the mirror, at least try to not think badly about yourself when you do."

We can't imagine who would think Jewel is chubby.

As Yahoo notes, Jewel later wore the swimsuit bikini seen on the cover again for a Necker Island trip. Here's Jewel's Shape cover shoot video.

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