If you’ve watched TV, you know who Candace Cameron Bure is. I’ve been following her career since “Some Kind of Wonderful” and grew up alongside D.J. and the rest of the “Full House” crew. In Candace’s recently released book “Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness,” she talks about her relationship with food, God, and her past struggles with bulimia. I was lucky enough to interview the actress, wife, mother, and philanthropist.
Talk a little bit about your new book, “Reshaping It All.”
This book is a culmination of years being asked by many women how I’ve done it. How have I managed to have 3 kids and be in better shape now than I was at 18? My life has been quite a journey, including some struggles which I openly share in my book. But, it’s not a tell-all memoir or a new diet plan. Ultimately, this book is about putting your faith into the forefront of your relationship with food. I’ve included recipes, personal stories, photos and most importantly lots of practical information and advice to motivate you to get healthy and stay on track from a biblical perspective. “Reshaping it All” is now available in stores, online and for electronic books such as Kindle and Nook.
You reveal your history with bulimia in the book. Is this your first time going public with your eating disorder history? If so, why now?
Yes, it’s the first time I’ve revealed this to anyone other than the small group of people that supported me through it. After much thought, consideration, hesitation and prayer I felt it was too important not to share. I want to honestly take the reader from the start of my journey so they could understand the transformation process and the work God did in my life. I could have chalked up my body image to the thin pin expectations of Hollywood and avoided the topic altogether, but that just isn’t me.
How long were you in the behavior, and how long did recovery take? Would you say it’s an ongoing healing process?
All that information is in the book. I’ve been healthy for about 10 years, but like any addiction or struggle like this you should always be conscious and aware of your triggers. I find that talking to someone immediately if any feelings or thoughts arise is the fastest route to making a wise decision.
How do you talk to your daughter about body image and food?
My daughter is 12 and thankfully isn’t concerned with it yet. She’s not into clothes, make-up or how she looks (I have to beg her to brush her hair!). I do think that’s because I keep most magazines out of our home and limit their T.V. time. Food, fitness and general health have always been important to me and my husband. We’ve always talked to our kids about healthy living, eating properly and exercising regularly. We include them in grocery shopping, cooking dinners and we even work out together; whether that’s running on the beach, playing soccer in the sand or going for a family bike ride. It’s just a part of life, not about being skinny or having to look a certain way.
For myself, I find that the pressures to look a certain way come more from the fans and my own insecurities, rather than directly from producers or people in the business. Do you find this to be true for yourself?
Yes, I would definitely agree with you. I’ve never been asked to lose weight by producers or people in the business. My only experience with that was for a certain fashion magazine when I was about 15 that said I wasn’t thin enough to be in it. I came back 2 years later having lost 20 pounds (not because of them, but because I wanted to) and still, I was told that my weight loss was noticeable, but I still wasn’t “right” for the magazine. Other than that, I find that with social networking, blogs and the accessibility to know everyone’s thoughts on the Internet can make it that much more difficult. I try not to read it, but sometimes my curiosity gets the best of me. Then my own insecurities kick in, it can be a vicious cycle.
How do you cope when hearing something negative about yourself?
I try not to read it because we all know that one negative comment can ruin 10 positive ones. But when I do see negative comments, I have to ask myself if it’s just a person’s opinion, or if there is any truth to what they’re saying. Most of the time, it’s just an opinion and I know I can’t please everyone. Some of them seem so ridiculous that they’re just laughable. Not everyone is going to like you, and at the end of the day, what my husband and children think of me is most important.
Do you eat differently when you’re working/off set?
I generally eat clean and healthy so my diet doesn’t change much if I’m working or not. But certainly, if I have a photo shoot or a fabulous little outfit I know I’ll be wearing on T.V., I won’t indulge quite as much.
What’s a typical breakfast/lunch/dinner on set? Off set?
- Breakfast: 2 eggs or egg whites with veggies or oatmeal or cottage cheese with a drizzle of honey and fresh fruit. Decaf latte
- Lunch: On set- whatever protein they offer without sauce, like chicken or fish. I usually pass on the ribs green salad, dressing on the side and any steamed veggies they offer. Iced tea.
- Dinner: pretty much the same stuff as lunch. Protein and veggies. I don’t eat a lot of white flour or starches (except with sushi!!).
- Twice a week- some sort of dessert or a few pieces of chocolate.
- Snacks- fruit, almonds, veggies, and granola.
How do you handle crafts service?
I pretty much avoid it except for tea or coffee. If I do need something, I go for the snacks I listed above.
I am going to assume that being married to an athlete helps motivate you to work out. How often do you do it, what do you like to do, and how do you handle days (weeks/months) when you don’t feel like working up a sweat?
I try to work out 4-5 days a week. Sometimes it ends up being 2 if my schedule is crazy. My exercise routine changes depending on the season and my work schedule. In the Summer I love running on the beach and in the Winter, I’m in the gym doing 30 minutes of cardio, usually the elliptical machine and I recently started weight training about 30 minutes a day which I LOVE. I’m seeing definition in my arms I’ve never seen before! I love Pilates. There are certainly days I don’t feel like working out, but if I have the time I’ll usually push through it. I know at the end, I always feel so much better. Years of doing that and knowing it, makes it easier to self-motivate. It also means I can enjoy eating more.
Do you eat differently from the rest of your family?
What are some fridge/pantry staples that you enjoy?
Knudson cottage cheese, fresh apples, oranges, bananas, pears and seasonal fruits & berries. Skim milk, orange juice, Nutella :), cold cereal, oatmeal, all natural peanut butter, Boar’s Head sliced turkey & roast beef. Heirloom tomatoes, Japanese cucumbers, broccoli and cauliflower with olive oil and garlic.
Tell me one go-to, easy recipe for when you’re tired and don’t feel like cooking.
Turkey tacos!! The recipe is in my book.
Favorite place to eat in Los Angeles?
I love that place too – I went last summer! Thanks for your time and honesty Candace – you’re truly inspirational.
Photo credits: Mikel Healey