“Life is like a box of chocolates”—but with a variety of healthy practices, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks are now realizing just how sweet it can be.
Since Hanks recently announced his diagnosis of type 2 diabetes on The Late Show with David Letterman, wife Wilson has opened up about how the diagnosis has forced them to make some lifestyle changes.
“We’ve really cut back a lot on sugar, and we find time in every day to exercise,” Wilson told People at the movie premiere of Fed Up, a documentary that explores the country’s current obesity epidemic. “We actually walk and hike together. We’re not going to be doing duo, tantric yoga, or whatever.”
In addition to revamping the couple’s diet and exercise routine, the health scare also gave Wilson a fresh mindset. “When [you] were younger, you used to watch what you eat and exercise because you wanted to look really awesome,” explained the actress. “And now it’s because you want to feel really awesome.”
“We do have an obesity crisis in our country, and I think [Fed Up is] going to be a very powerful film in terms of creating awareness to that fact, just being aware of what you eat and what you put into your body,” she continued. “This is where it all begins. It’s always about awareness—at the end of the day, or at the beginning of the day, you have to be aware of what’s happening in order to make any changes.”
For Wilson and Hanks, that awareness has come full circle, and their healthy habits are paying off.
“When you start feeling so much better and the weight starts coming off and your energy is so much more vital,” Wilson added. “You don’t miss the things that you thought you really needed, because you feel so much better.”