This year the holidays will be a bit different for Food Network chef Giada De Laurentiis: it will be her first one being single since her divorce from Todd Thompson. They were married for eleven years but had been together for much longer than that.
Giada opened up about her experience for ‘Dr. Oz The Good Life’ magazine.
We had been together since I was 19; I’m now 45. That’s a lifetime with someone. It was a very difficult time. I don’t have the answers; I’m figuring them out as I go. I’m also afraid, like many other women who go through this, and men, too, for that matter.”
In addition to adjusting to the holidays as a single woman, Giada has also had to learn to be a bit more independent.
I never knew how to hook up a TV; I had alarms going off in the night that I never had to deal with because my ex- husband would handle all that stuff. I can do those things now. If the water heater breaks, I can handle it. It’s moments like those that wake you up and make you think, Oh, my gosh, I can take care of myself. Every challenge is an opportunity to become stronger and believe in yourself more. That’s what it’s about: believing in yourself.”
That’s a valuable life lesson to learn! And she seems to be okay: TMZ has photos of her getting very cozy with boyfriend Shane Farley ;).
Giada also talked about the fact that she doesn’t look like a typical chef with her slender frame.
I don’t fit the mold of what people believe a cook should look like. You’ve heard the expression ‘You can’t trust a skinny cook.’ But everyone has a different frame and body size.”
And here’s her trick to staying so slim despite all that pasta and delicious Italian food she makes:
In my family, we enjoy everything, but we don’t overindulge.”
I’m coming to realize that moderation is The Key to healthy eating. Of course you know Giada also talked to Dr. Oz about cooking a healthy but still delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s the picture they posed for together:
You can read her entire interview on the Dr. Oz The Good Life website.
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