Country legend Faith Hill turned 50 last year, but her onstage performances and impressive physique haven't changed much since she made her debut more than two decades ago. While the singer and producer, who's sold over 40 million albums worldwide, has said that she tries not to think about aging too much (she wants to set a positive example for her three daughters), she manages to maintain a strong and toned body. So how does she stay in shape? Her diet is about as lax as her attitude, and, according to Hill, finding balance is a major key to staying beautiful inside and out. Read on to learn what the country star has revealed about her food, eating and health.
1. Hydration Is Key
During a 2012 Facebook Q&A with Self magazine, Hill revealed that drinking water helps her power through the day and through her workouts. She told Country Weekly: "I try to drink 70 to 90 ounces of water a day. It is so good for you, inside and out." Because water makes up more than 60 percent of our bodies, New York-based registered dietitian nutritionist Keri Gans tells LIVESTRONG.COM, that becoming dehydrated can lead to fatigue. So if you're feeling sluggish, drinking water is a fantastic way to boost your energy levels.
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2. Hill’s Biggest Beauty Secret? More Water
Hill also said that drinking water is the best way to hydrate your skin. "I used to be awful about drinking water, but with the flying and traveling, you quickly see how important it is," the "Breathe" singer tells New Beauty. "It doesn't just help with the hydration of the skin, it makes everything run. Water works! It's a miracle product. It's gold. That's my biggest piece of beauty advice: water, water, water!" Hill is onto something, according to a report by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Like the lungs and heart, the skin is an organ, meaning that it needs water to function properly. Without it, your skin can become tight, dry and flaky, making it less resilient and more prone to wrinkling. So before you invest in an absurdly expensive skin care routine, try upping your water intake.
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3. She Doesn’t Really Diet
Don't let Hill's beautiful body fool you into thinking she goes from one fad diet to the next. "I don't diet, but I do watch what I eat," she said during her Q&A with Self magazine. "For lunch I usually have a Greek salad with grilled chicken. I love salads for lunch. It's light, delicious and good for you. I vary the protein and sometimes use salmon instead of chicken." According to a 2015 report published in the journal Food & Nutrition Research, eating a vegetable-rich diet that includes poultry, meat or chicken can reduce your risk of becoming overweight or obese and lessen the likelihood you'll develop cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 diabetes. Eating fish — especially omega 3-rich fish like salmon, sardines and herring — is known to have similar benefits and can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and depression.
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4. When She Does Diet, She Goes Hard
Hill says that if she doesn't schedule a gym session, she'll find every excuse not to work out. Relatable much? And that's exactly why she loves the Tracy Anderson method. She tells Fitness magazine, "I don't get bored as easily because of all the movement involved in her program." On top of a hardcore exercise routine, which typically consists of client-specific workouts six days a week, the Tracy Anderson method also prescribes a restrictive low-carb, plant-based diet.
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5. Kale Yes!
You don't have to convince Hill to eat her veggies — she'll have them straight out of the garden. "I don't diet, but I do try to eat good foods," the "Way You Love Me" singer tells New Beauty. "I'm lucky because I'm one of those people who actually loves kale. Growing up, my parents had a garden, and we would pick things straight off the vine, so I've always been a fan of 'raw' foods." While raw foods are not necessarily better for you, "the key is not to overcook veggies, which may leach out the vitamins and minerals," says registered dietitian nutritionist Keri Gans. "Some veggies, like tomatoes and carrots, are actually better for you because lycopene and vitamin A are more readily available to the body when cooked." To learn more, check out our article on which foods are more nutritious raw and which foods you're better off cooking.
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She Indulges When She Wants To
Like a true Southerner, Faith Hill will reach for a glass of sweet tea when she's craving a little sugar, according to Taste of Country. And, after rocking out in Chicago last year, Hill treated herself to a milkshake from Steak 'n Shake. Though these foods aren't exactly healthy, Gans encourages people to indulge in their favorite treats once in a while. "I always recommend that people do not deprive themselves of any food they love. Deprivation almost always leads to overeating," she says. "I much prefer that someone learns to include the foods they love in an overall healthy diet that they can maintain for a lifetime." For example, if you love chocolate, having a piece or two after dinner is totally fine and can keep you from binging or going overboard later on.
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She Enjoys a Big Meal on Holidays
On holidays, Hill doesn't hold back. She shared one of her favorite Thanksgiving recipes a few years ago: She smothers buttermilk cornbread with rich chicken gravy for what sounds like a delicious, albeit indulgent, meal. There's nothing wrong with enjoying your favorite foods on special occasions, according to Gans, and allowing yourself to do so can make it easier to get back on track the following day. "Eating [Hill's cornbread] every day would not be recommended since it is packed with saturated fats that may increase your risk for heart disease," Gans explains. "However, I think it is OK to indulge on the day of a holiday, but not to extend that holiday for a week afterwards."
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She and Tim McGraw Eat In
There's something about aprons that make men 10 times hotter, and that's saying a lot for Faith Hill's country star husband Tim McGraw, who's already a total stunner. You can catch the occasional snap of McGraw cooking on Hill's Instagram feed. In one shot, he can be seen chopping herbs and pineapple for what might be a refreshing salad or marinade. And in another he's getting in a small workout by kneading dough for chicken and dumplings. "When you cook at home, you know exactly what is going into the dish and can make healthier substitutions if you choose," Gans says. "Also you can serve yourself a smaller portion to reduce food waste or overeating and, hopefully, add a lot more veggies than you might get at a typical restaurant."
What Do YOU Think?
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