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Rosario Dawson Claims This Diet Helps Calm Her Anxiety

Actress Rosario Dawson, now under additional public scrutiny as presidential candidate Cory Booker's girlfriend, says her diet helps her cope with anxiety.

By Alesandra Dubin
Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson has long been in the public eye as an actress — and outspoken activist — and her relationship with presidential hopeful Cory Booker has only given her public persona an additional dimension under the public spotlight these days. So it stands to reason that she faces additional stressors and needs effective coping mechanisms to adapt.

The 40-year-old mom of a teenage daughter opened up about her self-care rituals to, emphasizing the raw vegan diet she follows, and its importance for both her mental and physical health.

"I’m eating mostly raw and vegan right now so that’s giving me a really great base line because that’s so consistent, so that’s really helping," she said. She explained that raw veganism is just one prong of her healthy lifestyle, but being consistent with what she eats helps keep her anxiety to a manageable level — to balance out inconsistencies in the other lifestyle factors when controlling those as carefully is not as feasible.

"If I could every day, I would get at least eight hours of sleep, and I would stay hydrated, and take a shower and have a bath with all of that stuff like essential oils, but I don’t get to do that," she told Daily Mail. "But if I can do a few of those things, I feel really really great... So even if I’m inconsistent a little bit with some of the other stuff, I feel really OK. I feel good, my body doesn’t feel so stressed out."

She explained that her approach to diet as well as other forms of self care might have sounded more radical in her younger days — but the environment has changed. "As I get older [self-care] is just something that I am so appreciative of — and the fact that the cultural conversation is geared towards it in a way that kind of demystifies a lot of things about it and also takes away some of the shame or weirdness around it... Where I grew up, the ethos around [self-care] was often like, 'Well if you’re complaining about that, you’re lucky you got…' It was always too bougie, the idea of getting massages regularly or whatever."

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