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Excerpt from The Body Book by Cameron Diaz with Sandra Bark:

Believe me — I know about fast food. I grew up on fast food. My mom cooked every night, and we ate dinner at home, but out and about as a teenager I was a bit of a fast-food junkie. My friends and I would roll through the drive-thru, and I would get a double cheeseburger with french fries and onion rings. When I was in junior high, my friend’s brother worked at Taco Bell. Every day after school, I would come by and order one bean burrito with extra cheese and extra sauce, no onions, and he would always give me two. Every day after school, I ate two bean burritos and a Coke. Every single day, for three years, that was what I ate. Every single day.

And while I was eating burgers and burritos and onion rings and french fries and sodas, I had the worst skin. I mean, I had terrible, terrible skin. It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away. I tried to cover it with makeup. I tried to get rid of it with medication — oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long.

The pimples were still there through high school and into my 20s, while I was modeling and acting. It was really challenging to cover them up for the cameras; it was awkward and embarrassing and frustrating, and I always felt really bad about myself. But I kept eating that fast food, still following habits that formed at a young age when I had no idea that food could affect my strength, my energy, my ability to function — or my skin. ...

My issues with my skin persisted until my late 20s, when I started cooking for myself and stopped eating so much fast food. As my eating style evolved and I quit putting processed foods into my body, a funny thing happened ... my skin began to clear up. My acne wasn’t totally gone, but it was significantly better. ... It’s definitely possible that hormonal changes and other factors may have played a role in my acne, but it’s also definitely true that I saw a dramatic change in my skin when I changed my diet. ... I began to realize that by adjusting my food intake I could affect not only my skin but also my energy levels and my stomachache levels ... not just the way I looked but the way I felt.

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