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Carrie Underwood Shares Her Health & Fitness Secrets

Carrie Underwood photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Carrie Underwood always looks stunning on the red carpet and now, she’s looking great on the cover of Self Magazine. She shared her food and workout secrets with the magazine, revealing that while she’s been a vegetarian for the last seven years, she recently made the decision to go vegan after seeing a friend who looked great after adopting a vegan diet. That doesn’t mean she never allows herself indulgences.

“Now I’m 95 percent vegan,” she told the magazine. “Sometimes you’re at a birthday party and there’s cake and you know, you can’t resist. My veganism is based on a concern about where my food is coming from. In my perfect world, I’d have webcams wherever food is processed so I’d know how clean it is.”

Carrie might be a vegan, but her pro hockey player husband Mike Fisher still likes a good steak. Carrie enjoys spending time in the kitchen, but when it comes to meat, she has to recruit Mike into the food prep routine if he wants to dine without suffering the consequences.

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“My husband would rather go out to restaurants than eat at home—it makes me mad!” she said. “I really enjoy cooking and eating together at home. If he’s watching TV and I’m cooking, I’m like, ‘Hey, you’re being lazy—come help!’ It’s a nice time to be together and talk. Plus, I don’t know what to do with meat, so if Mike wants it to taste good and doesn’t want to end up in the hospital with food poisoning, it’s best if he makes it himself.”

If you’ve seen the cover for Carrie’s new album, Blown Away, out May 1, you already know how great she looks. To stay in shape, she works out with a trainer often. But when she works out alone, she takes a set of playing cards with her and makes a game of it.

“I take a deck of cards and assign each suit a body area—say, diamonds for arms, hearts for legs, spades for core and clubs for cardio,” she said. “I split the deck in half and write down exercises for each suit, a different one for each half. So, if I flip over the six of hearts, I’ll do six squats. If the next card is ace of diamonds, that’s 14 push-ups. Sometimes I’ll make spades boxing and beat the crap out of the bag for however many punches the number on the card says.”

Being in the spotlight, Carrie has her share of critics. In the early days of her career, it was hard to take them. Now, she’s in a good place. “In the beginning, my biggest fear was being criticized,” she told Self. “Now I’m a lot better with saying, ‘I feel good about myself and that’s enough.’”

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