Rachael Ray Interviewed by Shape Magazine

Rachael Ray's dress size seems to be the topic of many discussions these days. The topic was disucssed this week on The View and comes up quite often on Rachael's talk show. So, it's no surprise that she was recently interviewed by Shape Magazine. Well, they make it look like it was recent, at least. They say it was posted on 1/30/2007, but her answers talk about her talk show in the future tense (it debuted last September).

Shape asked Rachael how she burns off all the EVOO. Rachael's response:

My favorite home morning routine is 100 crunches, 100 butt lifts and at least 20 push-ups. I live in New York City but have a cabin in the mountains, so I do a lot of hiking and walking, especially with my dog, Isaboo. I do belong to a gym, but I can't get there as often as I'd like. I think a lot of women struggle to fit in exercise. That's why my new talk show is going to feature a Better Than Nothing workout segment. The idea behind it is to do the absolute minimum to maintain your weight and health -- and to make the routine simple, no special equipment required.

When asked how she defines healthy eating, Rachael said:

I don't believe in counting calories; eat in moderation and you won't have to worry about the numbers. I eat pretty much everything. Flavor is really important. If you peeked into my fridge and pantry today, you'd find almonds, cashews, goat cheese, Pecorino, salami, bacon from upstate New York, olive oil, pasta, tuna, an open bottle of white wine, tomatoes and beans. Truly relaxing during meals and enjoying the foods on your plate also matters. I make it a point to sit down, have a glass of red wine and savor my supper every night.

I'm glad she didn't buy into the hype with that answer. She gave a truthful, honest response that I think most of us can relate to.

Shape also asked Rachael the usual "how do you have all that energy" question. Rachael's usual response is that she drinks a ton of coffee! This time it was a little different:

I really love what I do. In fact, even after a full day of taping cooking shows, I'll come home and head straight for the kitchen. Cooking helps me unwind because it's so meditative. I focus on what I'm doing, not my worries or my to-do list. While I'm making dinner, I'll listen to music: anything from the Foo Fighters or Tom Jones to my husband John Cusimano's band, The Cringe. And I'm a Law & Order addict, so I'll often listen to it while I'm cooking.

(Thanks to FitSugar for the lead on this story!)


  1. You also notice on her show $40/day she is always walking around. That girl loves to walk!

  2. i find it interesting that she says everything in moderation, but her recipes always seem huge to me! i usually make half a recipe for 4 for my husband and i and usually that is good enough for lunch the next day as well!

  3. Jennifer - very true! Although, I tend to walk when traveling because it's just easier than driving.

    Dahlia - the same thing happens to me, especially with soups and chilis. Those things could feed an army, even if the serving size says 4.


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