Paula Abdul

Staying On The Same Team As The Body

Paula Abdul. Healthy Living Magazine, Yana Mandeville

Paula Abdul. Healthy Living Magazine, Yana Mandeville

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HealthyLivinG: Do you think that money is a factor when it comes to aging and skin care? Do you think that it’s possible to stay looking young and have beautiful skin and look as good as a celebrity for those that don’t have all the resources?

Paula Abdul: Some of the best products that I’ve encountered are ones that cost $5.99 at the drugstore. If you have the money to spend on expensive products, but with the internet now and going online, you can get a breakdown of what the most expensive products cost and the drugs versus what you can get at a health food store or a drugstore, and it works. It has the same ingredients. It may not have as much concentration in it, but there are so many wonderful organic products that you can use that work wonders on the skin. You just have to research. Take my grandmother, for instance, she has the most beautiful skin, and it was just like old wives’ tale combinations that she used. It would be food. It would be mayonnaise. It would be avocado for the hair, apple cider vinegar to keep it shiny. For the skin it was olive oil and coconut oil—there’s a lot of wonderful things. She did not buy those expensive products and treatments and laser treatments. And all that worked before we even discovered those.

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HealthyLivinG: I heard you are a dog lover?

Paula Abdul: Yeah, I’m a big dog lover. I always say life would not be fair without dogs. They’re my kids.

HealthyLivinG: How many dogs do you have right now?

Paula Abdul: I have four. Two of them live with me and the other two visit every day. They come with the amazing woman that’s worked for me for many years. She’s part of the family. But she takes the other two dogs home at nighttime, but they come every day. And they’re all like sisters—play together, but all have different personalities. They’re all Chihuahuas and one little teacup Yorkie. I grew up with Chihuahuas, cocker spaniels, pugs.

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HealthyLivinG: What is the most ridiculous rumor you’ve ever heard about yourself?

Paula Abdul: My God, pick a number. I don’t know. There are tons. One rumor was that I was dead. I think every notable celebrity goes through that, the rumor that they’re dead.

HealthyLivinG: How does that feel?

Paula Abdul: I pinched myself to just make sure I wasn’t. This was a long time ago. I don’t know. Lots of stars I know have gone through that. That was probably the craziest rumor of all time, that ever could be.

HealthyLivinG: What else do you like to do in your spare time apart from exercise a lot, which is the way it seems?

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Paula Abdul: No, I don’t. I try to keep it healthy as much as I can. I’m not a saint. I don’t always work out when I plan on doing it, and I’ll skip a couple days. But what happens is I won’t feel good. I don’t feel like I’m lively and that I have energy. I know that when I don’t incorporate fitness and something to get my cardiovascular butt in gear, I don’t feel like I’m myself. So I know it’s important to me. But in free time I love spending time with good friends and make sure that I get to see my family. It’s important to me, relationships, you learn that as you get older. Relationships are everything. They really are. And the older you get, you realize that more and more. So work is one thing, and it takes you out of your normal schedule.

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The normal schedule being with your family and being with your friends becomes the exception when you’re working a lot. And you’ve got to strike a balance with that because at the end of the day, work is one thing, success is one thing, but your relationships are everything. And I always tell people when they’re first starting out in their career, when they’re just starting to gain momentum, if I could do it all over again, I would be more concerned with the decisions I make and being able to say “no” more often. Because this business makes you feel like if you don’t take the job you may not get another job ever again, and that’s not true. When it comes time that you start getting jobs...

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For instance, this one dancer came from “So You Think You Can Dance” and she started getting hired. And she said, “I’m canceling a vacation with my family. I was going to bring my boyfriend to Hawaii because I’m being asked to do an episode of America’s Got Talent.” I said, “Let’s rethink this.” And I said, “What is so important about the job?” “Well, this choreographer, it’s the first time I’ve ever worked with this choreographer. They’ve never called before.” I said, “Do you think you’ll never get hired by this person again?” “Well, I don’t know.” I said, “Well, let’s think about it. The worst thing that you can give up are moments in time and vacations with family and close ones that you create history with. They’re fond memories. Jobs you will have, and if you really want to work with this choreographer, then why don’t we do a personal, hand-written letter?” It goes a long way, especially with our technology today. No one writes hand-written letters anymore. And I said, “I wouldn’t give up your family vacation. Your family’s bummed out. You’re bummed out. You will get hired again because you’re a wonderful dancer. Write a handwritten letter.” And she did. And sure enough, she got hired again. She went on vacation. She was hired again, and it was really appreciated that she did write that letter. And it made me happy because if I had somebody telling me that back when I was just starting to get momentum and become a professional, I would have much rather built those memories. And more often than not, I would take the job because I’d think, “I might not get the chance to work.” I wish I did that more often. So I’m telling people nowadays, balance it out. It’s more important that you say no than saying yes to everything. And when you say yes to everything, there are things that come along that you really wish you could do but you can’t now because you said yes to something else. Saying no is very powerful, so that the things that you say yes to are most rewarding.

HealthyLivinG: I very much agree with hand-written letters. It’s much more personal.

Paula Abdul: And you know what? And you’re never forgotten. Those little extra things that you do make it very difficult to forget. It makes them say that person’s cool. “They wrote a letter, and they honored me the right way, and I’d definitely hire them again.”

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HealthyLivinG: Paula, are you involved in any charities?

Paula Abdul: Yes. I was one of the founders, with Elton John, with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and proud to say that it’s eradicated, and that’s something I’m very proud of. But I’m also involved with animal rights, and I have charities with them for dogs

HealthyLivinG: What is your health tip for our readers?

Paula Abdul: I’ll give you a couple things in different areas. You asked me about diets and I don’t like talking about diets, but lifestyle. I make a point of eating alkaline foods, and I have an alkaline water system implemented into my sink.

I’ll tell you a story. One of my dogs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and this was six years ago. And they said she only had three months to live. I immediately bought the alkaline machine to hook up to filter my water, and my dogs only drank alkaline water. And my dog, with pancreatic cancer, is still alive and well. And the animal hospital and the vet, they can’t believe that she’s doing well. She’s not cancer free, but she’s lived almost six years past the three months they gave her. I think there’s a lot to be said with alkaline water, and I encourage people using it, drinking it. And it’s been incredibly helpful for me because it helps keep the acidity of your body down and keeps you fit. Keeping the acidity down, in small doses, reduces inflammation in your body. And especially being a dancer, and I had a spinal cord injury when I was involved in a crash landing in a plane.

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I do use and take supplements because our bodies don’t do a lot of the things as we get older. Calcium is very important. I take calcium supplements to support my bone density. That’s very important for women, so I do encourage women to make sure they have enough calcium to take, especially calcium that’s formed from algae. I talked about how making juice, smoothies and green drinks are important.

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I want to help inspire anyone who’s struggling with accepting themselves for who they are or how they look, or if they have a negative body image, just turning the tables around and allowing yourself to take every step to be healthy. Now I’m not talking about the numbers on the scale. I’m not talking about weight, but to be healthy, making sure that you’re eating the right foods that nourish your body, that you’re getting a little bit of fitness in there. And it’s going to be hard not to expect more self-acceptance, and it will help give you a healthier outlook and image of yourself. And be gentle on yourself. Our bodies are all we’ve got, stay on the same team as your body. Don’t go against it. Your body is very forgiving, and we as people with our minds, have to be forgiving of ourselves as well. It comes from years of getting it wrong. The wisdom and experience are the best things and that comes through the mistakes. We have to forgive ourselves, and then we start to get it more right than wrong.

Photography by Nick Saglimbeni for SlickforceStudio
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