Being healthy doesn’t always necessitate following strict regimens, and no one knew that better than style icon Audrey Hepburn. Prior to health fads, Hepburn adhered to healthy habits naturally, including drinking lots of water, eating fruits and vegetables, having a zest for life and being generous with others. Hepburn’s son, Luca Dotti, recounts favorite dishes and special memories of his mother in his new book, Audrey at Home, a collection of anecdotes from Hepburn’s personal recipes. We have chosen 7 of Audrey Hepburn’s lifestyle habits that positively impacted her health and contributed to her longevity. We encourage you to incorporate one or more of her habits into your daily routine. We could all use a little more of Audrey Hepburn in our lives, right?
- She drank lots of water. Hepburn drank plenty of water and insisted that her family and friends do the same. Water has a multitude of health benefits including hydrating the skin to prevent wrinkles, energizing the muscles and aiding kidney function.
- She ate seasonally and locally. Hepburn was a locavore, shopping in local markets for fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. She also ate from her own garden long before it was trendy to do so, growing her own fruits, vegetables and one of her main staples like potatoes. As she aged, she did away with complicated recipes and focused instead on the quality of the ingredients in each simple dish she made.
- She ate a flexible, semi–vegetarian diet. Hepburn was not a hard and fast vegetarian though she only ate meat in small portions; again, she chose fresh, local fish and meat when she did indulge.
- She ate both moderately and mindfully. Hepburn’s son, Dotti, recalls that Hepburn was “good at listening to her body”. She emphasized the importance of sitting down and taking the time to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hepburn also ate in moderation and avoided mindless snacking.
- She worked hard and led an active lifestyle. Hepburn was most famous for her iconic roles in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “My Fair Lady” but she also served as a Goodwill ambassador for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). She travelled the globe, partaking in mission trips to which she devoted herself fully. Each trip reignited her excitement about life and the work itself gave her a strong sense of purpose.
- She was always positive. Hepburn had an unrivaled passion for life and lived one day at a time, choosing not to worry over trivial problems. Dotti recalls a time when his mother was sick but didn’t complain, and instead, focused on getting better so that she could travel to Australia, a place she was excited to visit. This lust for life allowed her to be fully present and joyful in each moment.
- She had a sweet spot for dark chocolate. The one snacking exception she made was dark chocolate. She would have a bite or two every day and it was her favorite pick-me-up. Today, dark chocolate is a known superfood that promotes heart health and blood flow to the brain when eaten in moderation.
We can see now that Hepburn’s style was not her only attribute that will stand the test of time. Her natural tendencies to lead a healthy, happy life are inspiring to all and very much in line with our Balanced Care Method™ approach to care, which adapts best practices to promoting a long and healthy life, including mindfulness, a nutritious and varied diet, physical and mental stimulation, calm and a sense of purpose. Adapt these behaviors into your everyday routine for a Hepburn-inspired approach to healthy longevity!