The following segment aired on “The Balancing Act” on Lifetime Television. Joining the show was Jamie Lee Curtis to discuss Activia Yogurt.
The Balancing Act: Well, I have to tell you, I love our next guest for a lot of reasons. She is an international film star with countless hit movies under her belt and the daughter of legendary Hollywood actors, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. But millions of people like me are just so inspired by popular Hollywood icon, Jamie Lee Curtis, because she has continued to evolve. Jamie Lee Curtis joins us this morning to talk healthy tips for busy moms on the go. Good morning, so good to see you again, Jamie Lee.
Curtis: I love your show, what you offer me and all the people that I know, all the women I know who need it, the tipping scale of our lives and you’re kind of keeping us going. I love you guys.
The Balancing Act: Well, I have to tell you, we love you right back, my dear. Like I said, it really is true for a number of reasons, Jamie Lee, because you know, you’re very busy in Hollywood, you’ve written nine children’s books, which my kids love, by the way, you’re a mom of two yourself, you’re a spokesperson, how do you balance it all?
Curtis: Well, you’ve said key words. You said the word “evolve” and to me life is nothing but evolution, I mean literally evolution and in our own human lives, our own time, evolving as women, spiritually, emotionally, creatively and physically, and with your physical evolution, is learning about our bodies, diet, exercise. Obviously all women are trying to figure out that balance, of how much exercise, how much food, how do I balance my diet? And the new thing that people talk about with me obviously, because I’m here on behalf of Activia, is digestive health. And, you know, this is not something I ever thought I’d talk about in my life, when I was first talked to by Activia to be their spokesperson, to talk about digestive health and the benefits of probiotics. I never expected what the response has been, and the response has been thank you. I am stopped all over the world by people who say thank you for a product that helps them, and that’s as simple as it is. Activia offers you something and they now have Greek yogurt and French yogurt and a parfait crunch, because I’m a granola, I like the crunch.
The Balancing Act: Me too, I love it.
Curtis: Right, so but they now have three different styles. They have the kind of creamy French one, they have the more—you know everybody loves Greek yogurt now—so there’s a Greek yogurt style Activia, all with the same benefits and ultimately, I think the combination of a good spiritual health, good mental health, creative health, physical health, digestive health, is the balancing act of our lives and I’m just happy to represent something that actually encourages one aspect to keep you in balance.
The Balancing Act: Well, I have to tell you, you’re one of those people that I know for me and I’m sure millions of people out there feel the very same way, because the thing is, when I see you on TV, I’m like, I want to be her friend, I like her, she’s the real deal. Why do you think people feel that connection with you?
Curtis: Well, I hope it’s because I tell the truth and that I’m not interested in the subterfuge and the smoke and mirrors of life. More magazine where I took off my clothes and said, “look, this is what I look like” was my way of saying I’m just like you, I want to relate to you, I want to hear about parenting tips because I’ve got tantruming children, I’ve had children in my face screaming at me, I’ve had marital conflict, I’ve had parental conflict, I’m human, and I think that digestive health is human and there’s something about the fact that I’m not afraid to talk about it and the fact that I’ve talked about it publicly. People genuinely want to share their story with me, and think that’s, you know, we just want to relate to each other ultimately. At the end of the day I think I’ve been able to do that to a degree because I’ve tried to tell the truth.
The Balancing Act: You know what and I think that’s why people believe you when you talk about the topic of digestive health, because it’s something that you’ve become quite well known for and a bit of an expert on. What do you recommend to others when it comes to their diets?
Curtis: Well, I’m not an expert. I would say look in the mirror, I would say remember that your children are watching every move you make, every bite you put in your mouth—your children are watching you. We are all trying to balance, obviously, the motto could be eat less, move more—that’s my self-help book I’ll never have to write, that’s the title of it, eat less, move more. And in the eating less, make sure that you include some sort of probiotic, a lot of water, you know, fruits and vegetables, etc, etc, and avoid white starchy, sugary foods and exercise and keep good mental health, good spiritual health and, what would we call it, the partying health. Be very mindful about your partying health because it has huge effect on your life.
The Balancing Act: It absolutely does, you’re absolutely right on that one.
Curtis: Go on.
The Balancing Act: No, we appreciate you, you go on.
Curtis: No, you’re going to send me away?
The Balancing Act: No, no, no, they told me seven minutes. I’m just trying to stick to my timeline but I really could talk to you all morning long.
Curtis: Oh, I like “The Balancing Act,” it’s all I do all day.
The Balancing Act: Well, I have to tell you, we love you, too. Thank you so much and where can we go for more information on digestive health?
Curtis: Obviously, for digestive health, activia.com, they have all the information, jamieleecurtis.com has book information and, you know, life.com I’m sure will offer you. I don’t even think there is a site, wouldn’t be great.
The Balancing Act: I think you better grab that url, my dear.
Curtis: Something tells somebody already did. Anyway, you guys do a great job, people love you, keep doing your good work.
The Balancing Act: Well, thank you so much and you too. I can’t wait to talk to you again.
Curtis: I’m sure will and then maybe next year and the next book.
The Balancing Act: Well, sounds good, thank you again so much.
Curtis: Peace and love.
The Balancing Act: Cannot wait to see you again, bye, bye.
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