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Carrie Underwood's Secrets for Healthy Living -- On and Off the Road

The country music star talks about her diet, her exercise, her dog, and how she handles her fear of crowds.

How Underwood Stays Healthy on the Road

But Underwood has found that maintaining her well-being on a mega-tour is not easy when the road is a minefield of sleep deprivation, fast food, and grimy venues. Even though she sometimes stays in posh hotels, she occasionally finds herself in places that compel her to keep her shoes on inside her room.

"Here's my test," she says. "My dog travels with me everywhere. If he licks the floor a lot, or tries to roll around and stuff, the socks stay on. It's totally mental -- I'm sure it's fine. I mean, growing up I used to run around with no shoes on, just outside everywhere. I was a disgusting child."

She is also careful when it comes to food. The longtime vegetarian orders room service once a month at most ("it's expensive!") and avoids fast food entirely. "It would be very easy to just go eat that all the time. But if I don't know what's in it, I don't eat it. That's my rule," she says firmly. Instead, she hits the grocery stores in major cities and stocks her tour bus with healthy fare like yogurt or microwavable oatmeal.

"I've become a wonderful microwave expert in my years of travel," she says with a laugh. And she has no problem making a sandwich in the bus and toting it into her hotel. "People say, 'I don't have time -- I just grab a hot dog on the street,'" she says. "I know better. It takes about five minutes to make a sandwich to take with you someplace."

Heading to the supermarket, by the way, is one of Underwood's favorite ways to stay grounded. "It's a very human thing to do, and that's why I love it so much," she says.

"When you're out on the road, people see you as a performer -- not necessarily first and foremost as a human being. So it's really nice to go and do things that people do!" She laughs. "I always hear, 'You shop yourself?' I would hate to see the day when someone else had to buy my groceries for me."

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