Nicole Kidman says she follows an '80-20' healthy diet — here's what that means

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesNicole Kidman’s lifestyle and diet is enviable.

Nicole Kidman is someone who, objectively, has a lot going for her. The actress has an Oscar, two Emmys, and several other prestigious awards and nominations under her belt and has played everyone from a Stepford wife to an action hero.

But what, exactly does Nicole Kidman eat to fuel her enviably successful lifestyle?

As it turns out, it’s not all that complicated. (The diet, that is.) Its main components are seafood, barbecue, vitamin supplements, jogging, and a surprising amount of extra-foamy coffee. We broke down her diet keys to success.

Kidman’s diet, according to Kidman herself, is not too restrictive.

Starbucks / FacebookShe said she eats ‘anything.’

“I’m actually not that strict with my diet,” she told the Los Angeles Times“I pretty much eat anything, but all in moderation.”

This breaks down as a mostly-healthy diet and exercise routine with some room for indulgence.

“It’s walking a path that’s ultimately 80% healthy, 20% … sometimes it falls to 70,” she told Women’s Health of her diet. “But that’s why I think you have things like natural health remedies – you find out what works for you. And I do a lot and I have a lot of energy.”

Some of Kidman’s energy comes from coffee. But she has specific requirements for when she drinks it.

“Keith and I love coffee. I love the foam more than the coffee,” she told People magazine. “I will go and order a cappuccino and say, make it all foam and very little coffee.”

Kidman also supplements her diet by taking one multivitamin a day. She told the Los Angeles Times she credits the Swisse vitamin (she is an ambassador for the brand) as helping her “fill any nutrition gaps I have when I’m on the road.”

Kidman favours Australian meals like seafood platters and “sausage sizzles.”

Getty ImagesKidman loves her meat and seafood.

Nicole Kidman is from Australia and some of her favourite foods are signature Australian dishes. According to Food & Wine, Kidman likes fresh seafood platters with Sydney rock oysters, tiger prawns, mudcrab, and lobster. She also told Food & Wine that she’s been known to enjoy a “sausage sizzle,” a.k.a a barbecue that produces an iconic Australian dish – a sausage on white bread.

Kidman, like a lot of people, also likes bread. Her favourite food, according to her 73 Questions video with Vogue, is “homemade warm bread with Reggiano.”

But should you ever dine with Kidman, don’t suggest adding ham to the meal. According to the same 73 Questions video, it’s her least favourite food.

Kidman’s exercise routine is fairly low-maintenance.

Kidman grew up in a marathon-running family, so told the Los Angeles Times that she always thought running long distances was “totally normal.” She still runs today but has also implemented yoga, playing sports with her family, and spinning into her routine.

“I try to get everyone to spin,” she told the Los Angeles Times.

But Kidman said that she isn’t the best cook.

Micolas/ShutterstockKidman admits that she can’t cook.

“I am a terrible cook,” she told People magazine. “I cook chicken for Keith, and it’s always dry.”

That said, she said she’s still a good person to have in the kitchen – as long as she’s on the receiving end of things.

“I’m a much better person to cook for because I love food and I will eat almost anything,” she said.


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