“This is not an ad. This is me getting it up for healthy food,” she adds.
Lively went on a diet after giving birth to her first daughter, James, because she had to film in a bikini for her starring role in The Shallows just eight months later.
“I did no gluten and no soy,” she said. “Once you remove soy, you realise you’re eating no processed foods. So that’s basically what I did. No processed foods and then working out.”
But dropping soy from her diet proved tougher than she expected.
“[It] seems like, ‘Oh, that’s really easy to cut that out,’ but then you realise, there’s soy in everything,” she said. “Like, everything you eat, there is soy in it. Even if it’s healthy, Whole Foods-organic stuff, there’s always soy in it.”
Lively previously opened up about how much unnecessary criticism moms face about their post-baby bodies.
“You don’t want to be the person in the magazines that they are saying ‘ugh, look at her’ rather than ‘wow, look at her,’ ” she said. “That’s a shame because there shouldn’t be that negative ‘ugh’ after someone has a baby. Your body is so beautiful.”
“You couldn’t walk a Victoria’s Secret runway but it’s beautiful in a completely different and incredible way and I do wish I had the bravery to go out there and represent women as they actually look.”
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com
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