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Monday 28 July 2014

Five things we learned from Cameron Diaz's book

Aishling Phelan

Published 17/01/2014|10:09

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06:  Cameron Diaz promotes her new book "The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body" at Barnes and Noble Union Square on January 6, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
Cameron Diaz promotes her new book "The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body" at Barnes and Noble Union Square on January 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16:  Cameron Diaz attends the book signing for "The Body Book" at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on January 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
Cameron Diaz attends the book signing for "The Body Book" at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on January 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06:  Cameron Diaz promotes her new book "The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body" at Barnes and Noble Union Square on January 6, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
Cameron Diaz promotes her new book "The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body" at Barnes and Noble Union Square on January 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz is sharing her frank ‘‘life-changing lessons’’ after she realised many young women are confused about how their bodies work.

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The 41-year old has caused a stir with her blunt and open discussion about the human body from bowel movements to breast size.

Her matter-of-fact attitude in her new wellbeing book ‘The Body Book’ has attracted the attention of women worldwide looking for advice from the actress, well-known for her healthy lifestyle. 

The book details intimate topics that Diaz has previously said she wrote for her 16-year-old self.

1. Pube-gate

Her one-page section entitled ‘In Praise of Pubes’ caused the biggest media frenzy as Diaz warned women against stripping themselves of pubic hair permanently.

‘‘Pubes keep the goods private, which can entice a lover to come and take a closer look at what you have to offer,’’ she outlines in her book.

She questions whether women really want a hairless vagina for the rest of their lives and asks women to consider leaving their private parts ‘‘fully-dressed.’’

The A-list actress said she was not fully against waxing or shaving but warned women against using laser treatment to remove it forever.

"Twenty years from now, you will still want to be presenting it to someone special, and it would be nice to let him or her unwrap it like the gift that it is,’’ she explained.

2. Cameron regrets Botox

The former model expressed her regret at using Botox saying it made her face look ‘‘weird’’ and insisted she now embraces her wrinkles.

‘‘I've tried it before, where it was like [a] little tiny touch of something,’’ she told Entertainment Tonight when promoting the wellbeing guide. 

 'It changed my face in such a weird way that I was like, no I don't want to be like that,’’ she added.

The Hollywood starlet said she would rather have an aging face than one that doesn’t belong to her.

3. Bowel movements

The actress touches on bowel movements and outlines the best way to ‘‘poop in the morning.’’

‘‘Let’s talk about poop, baby! Yes, you heard me right. Listen, it’s a natural and necessary part of being human,’’ she wrote.

The cover girl explains how bowel movements are an important indicator of overall health and believes it’s important to check excretions.

She shares her morning bowel movement routine and advises women to eat beetroot and then scrutinise their emissions when they go to the toilet.

‘‘So let’s get past the ick quotient and the modesty factor and become more familiar with what comes out the bottom of your beautiful bottom,’’ she said.

4. Breast size

The superstar asks women to not place a great emphasis or worry about their breast size.

‘‘Whatever the shape, whatever the size, boobs – or mammary glands – are modified sweat glands whose primary biological function is to create milk for our young,’’ she wrote.

She noticed that women were developing a negative body image and becoming obsessed with having the perfect body.

‘‘Yes, they are sexy. Yes, they look great in a plunge halter. But at their most basic, they are part of the human need for food,’’ she said bluntly.

5. Hunger

A breath of fresh air in terms of Hollywood, the actress outlines the importance of nutrition and said it is important that women do not starve themselves in their quest to be slim.

‘‘Food is your friend and you have to embrace your hunger absolutely -- you are going to be hungry for the rest of your life,’’ she said.

She tells women that she has no slimming secrets and insists that ‘‘it’s science’’ indicating that we must provide our bodies with nutrition.

"You have to feed your hunger, honour your hunger, because it's not going to go away. I eat constantly. All my friends are like, 'Excuse me?' They watch me eating and eating,’’ she insisted in her book.

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