We wouldn’t have necessarily thought that Nigella would be a seed-eating, vegetable-drinking, clean-living advocate. And we were right.
On the eve of her new book, Simply Nigella, she dismissed the dieting craze that has swept Instagram and the publishing industry: “I wouldn’t want a life where I lived on chia-seed pudding, just as I wouldn’t want a life where I lived on eggs Benedict or steak and chips," she said in a recent interview. “I love kale and I'm an avocado obsessive. But life is about balance – it's not about being smug. You don't eat things because you think they're good for you.”
The 55-year-old continued to stress that her food philosophy is one of enjoyment, not discipline: “No one should be put on this earth to go on a diet,” she said. “It’s certainly true my weight went up – that happens in life sometimes. I feel like I haven’t lost weight, but I’m possibly in better shape.”
Nigella discussed that, as she’s got older, she’s prioritised feeling good over looking good. As a result, she’s adopted a new slow-yoga routine, “As you get on in life, you value feeling well, as opposed to looking well. Yoga certainly makes you feel great, and you want to carry on feeling great. I just do a bit in a very slow way – sometimes lying down.”
So, according to Nigella, the secret to life is in not being smug, eating for enjoyment and a touch of lying-down yoga.