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Sheryl Crow Adds Healthy Living to Her Repertoire

After a traumatic year, the singer-songwriter is making music, raising a son, and learning the art of balance.

Sheryl Crow on healthy living

As for her famously fit body, Crow monitors everything that goes into it. “I eat chicken, fish, occasional red meat, loads of vegetables, plus lots of omega-3s and antioxidants.” She also gives thanks to her own DNA. “I’m genetically blessed. My mom has wonderful skin. And I take care of myself. I get up and meditate. ... I’ll work out on the elliptical machine and do core [abdominal] work. I used to run, but now it’s just too hard on my knees. So I’ll do Pilates or yoga instead.”

For a woman who looks not merely years but even decades younger than most women pushing 50, does aging scare her? “Not particularly,” she answers. “Certain things have changed with getting older, like not being able to run like I used to. But when I look in the mirror, I try to embrace those things and find the value in what I can do now. It has so much to do with attitude.”

Crow also believes in finding balance, now that she’s juggling a megawatt career with play dates and preschool applications. “I take care of my health,” she says. “Sleeping is major for me. Meditating creates space in my life. I know how to say ‘no’ now, and move on. I listen to my body … and I don’t work as hard as I used to.

“There are certain choices I make,” Crow adds. “And I choose quality of life. Every time.”

Sheryl Crow on how to say “no”

Of course, saying “yes” to quality of life often means saying “no” to others’ requests (or demands) -- a feat that many women find difficult. Crow herself didn’t discover how to do it until her breast cancer scare forced her to put her own needs first -- a new experience for her. “The problem is that women were never taught how to say ‘no’,” says Rebecca Adams, PhD, associate professor of family studies in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. And this translates into their saying “yes” -- to their spouses, children, bosses, and volunteer groups -- when they ought to be saying: “I’m sorry, I just can’t take that on right now.”

Adams offers these tips for mothers who want to learn how to say “no” now:

Make a conscious effort. “So often, once baby comes, both men and women slip back into traditional gender roles,” she says. “Women need to say, ‘Yes, I’m staying home, but my expectation is that we are both involved, from changing diapers to child care.’” Even if these familial roles have come to feel cemented, Adams believes that the first step is acknowledging things are out of balance and specifically setting out to make a change.

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