Each week, journalist and content specialist Stephanie Stephens celebrates healthy living with a famous figure age 45+.
The first Australian actress to win a Best Actress Oscar, Nicole Kidman first caught U.S. attention in 1989 in Dead Calm. Since then she has amassed one of the most prestigious lists of awards and accolades for roles in films such as The Hours, Moulin Rouge!,The Others, Rabbit Hole, and Eyes Wide Shut. She starred in last year’s The Paperboy, and 2013′s Stoker—in the new year, Kidman plays Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco, and stars opposite Colin Firth in both The Railway Man and Before I Go to Sleep. She recently finished filming Paddington in London and will soon begin production of Queen of the Desert in Morocco.
Kidman, age 46, is married to Australian-raised country singer and songwriter Keith Urban, a judge on American Idol. In 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She is also Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women, whose mission is to advance women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment. She and Urban also support the Women’s Cancer Center at Stanford University and have helped raise millions for the cause.
How do you take care of yourself with what you eat?
I eat everything, except I’m allergic to strawberries. So basically, a little bit of everything—the name of one of my husband’s songs.
How do you take care of yourself with what you do for your physical activity?
I work out regularly. I run, spin, play tennis. I love the outdoors.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about health so far?
If you’re tired, go easy. The most important thing I think is balance and to take your vitamins. I’m a Swisse wellness spokesperson, which is a great fit for me. They have a great array of vitamins, especially the Women’s Ultivite which has over 50 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and herbs. It’s a must-have during winter for busy women. Their skin, hair, and nails vitamins are amazing as well—they have literally changed my hair.
How do you sustain a positive mental outlook, “get happy”?
I believe that everyone needs a different set of tools, so to speak. I love to meditate and I try to always do something active each day. I also believe love is incredibly important to maintaining a positive outlook. Love for your children, for your partner, being able to give it and receive it.
What one health condition would you most like to eradicate for everyone and why?
Cancer would probably be the primary health condition I would love to eradicate.
How do you handle holiday stress?
Take each day as it comes. We try not to get caught up in the materialistic side of Christmas. We see it as more of a time of giving, donating and taking care of others.
How do you manage holiday eating?
I’m not that strict. I think it’s a time to enjoy and then in the New Year, I tend to step it up. I just really enjoy good food and the relaxation of preparing it and eating it. I’m not a very good cook but I do love when someone else is.
Stephanie Stephens, M.A. is a spokesperson and consultant for the active mature female demographic—midlife and boomer. She writes, produces, and hosts her multimedia channel, Mind Your Body TV, featuring timely health and lifestyle blogs, podcasts, and videos—also seen on YouTube and syndicated by AOL/On.