How Eva Mendes Got Her Killer Postbaby Body

How Eva Mendes Got Her Killer Postbaby Body

Eva Mendes graces the cover of Women’s Health Magazine‘s April issue just six months after giving birth to baby girl Esmeralda| and it’s no surprise that she looks as fit as ever. Although she admits a workout routine isn’t something she loves| she’s come to peace with the fact that it’s something she needs. This is the actress’s first magazine cover since having her baby| and she spills on the diet and exercise practices that work best for her.

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On working out: “”I realized a long time ago that I needed to have some kind of routine|”” she says. “”I don’t love it| but I’ve made peace with that.”” She runs| incorporating sprints| and lifts light weights u2014 “”nothing too heavy| because my muscle bulks up pretty easily. I mix it up with yoga| or sometimes I’ll hike with my trainer.””

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On food: “”I haven’t eaten meat in about six years| because I don’t agree with factory farming here. This is just what worked for me| it’s important to say| but when I cut that out I immediately felt better. And also| after a year of eliminating it| my skin looked brighter and healthier overall.””

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On being a new mom: “”I’m actually enjoying the sleepless nights because it’s bonding with my little girl|”” she says. Not that she’s ready to dole out too much motherly advice yet. “”I don’t feel like I’ve really earned the right|”” Eva admits. “”I want to respect all the moms out there. They’re going to be like| ‘You know what? You’re a few months in. Just shut up.'””

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On mental wellness: “”Having [a therapist] who’s totally objective and who points out my patterns u2014 I find that really helpful. And I’m lucky to work with someone who doesn’t just sit there and nod her head| you know? I need to hear what you think! Tell me what’s wrong with me so I can fix it!””

Read the full interview in the April 2015 issue of Women’s Health Magazine| available on newsstands March 17.