‘The Young and the Restless’ (Y&R) spoilers find that star Courtney Hope (Sally Spectra) recently opened up about her eating disorder and how she managed to overcome some of the challenges in her life, thanks to her dedicated fitness and health regime. Here’s what she has to say.
Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Courtney said that yes, she has struggled with her weight in the past. She told the publication, “I had an eating disorder when I was younger. I was filming in Bulgaria and I ended up getting a parasite in my stomach and I was really sick. When I got home, I just never got better, so there was a lot of stuff I couldn’t eat. I was always in shape because I’m a dancer and as I was losing weight, I was looking more ripped and people were complimenting me on it, so when I did get better, I was like, ‘I have to stay like this!’ I wasn’t really eating and for a short time, I had bulimia. Then one day I went, ‘What am I doing? This is not who I am.’ So I started eating but over exercised. It wasn’t until I was about 22 that I found my groove because I learned more about fitness and nutrition.”
‘The Young and the Restless’ Spoilers: Star Courtney Hope Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder
Thankfully, she has a much better approach to nutrition now. She says, “It’s about moderation in food and a healthy lifestyle. I’m in touch with my body, so when I eat something that makes me feel sluggish or tired or bloated, I know to avoid it. That’s an easy guideline for anyone to follow. I also have a few allergies, like to gluten and dairy, so I shy away from those, and I stick to whole foods as best I can, which includes veggies, fruits and proteins. And of course, I drink lots of water.”
Courtney also said that her exercise routine has certainly changed since the pandemic. She said, “I love going to Cardio Barre classes, but going to classes doesn’t really exist right now. So we [she and beau Chad Duell, Michael, GH] transformed our game room into a full-fledged workout room with my Pilates machine and I bought a Bowflex Max Trainer, which is like an elliptical/ StairMaster for my cardio. I also do a little strength training with some weights.”
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