“I was in denial for a long time but I always wanted to get better — I had talking therapies and holistic therapies, like acupuncture,” she says. “Sport became really important to me too.”
Part of the problem, Mel C says, is that she didn’t understand how to eat healthfully at the time.
“When I was a teenager, I didn’t know the difference between a protein and a carb,” she admits.
Now the former Sporty Spice says she understands how proper nutrition actually helps her body perform at its best.
“I love to be physically fit and, obviously, to really push yourself, you have to make sure you eat the right things,” she says. “I like to think I have a healthy relationship with food now, and I love to cook. We’re so much more aware of nutrition nowadays.”
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com
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