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6 Things We Learned About Self-Love from Kate Hudson In Her New Book

Being Body Smart Is a Process

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"My body and mind are always changing, which means that taking care of myself requires that I tune in regularly," writes Hudson. That means she hasn't mastered the perfect diet that will work for her—or you—forever. It means when you hear she's into yoga, you're not getting the whole picture. The truth? Trial and error, constantly changing things up, and doing a little bit of homework are the methods that have worked for her. Yep, it's all about the good old-fashioned hard work (even when you're a celebrity).

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Go Back to the Drawing Board

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Mood board, vision, board, journal, diary—Hudson calls it her drawing board, and it's the place she keeps track of her thoughts, feelings, questions, and fears. For her, it's a journal filled with drawings, lists, and reflections on what's going on with her mind and body and how she feels about it. "I use my drawing board to ground me, to reflect back all of what I'm doing and feeling so that if I feel off, I can make a few small adjustments," she writes. So grab a journal, a stack of sticky notes, or a bulletin board, and get to work! (Did you see how incredible Hudson looked on our March 2015 cover?)

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Food Should Make You Feel Good (Long After You Eat It)

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During the low-fat food craze (before everyone realized that these foods were just full of extra sugar and sodium), Hudson admitted to buying fat-free everything, but she writes that was tired all the time and needed frequent naps. (We're glad that craze is over, because these 11 High-Fat Foods a Healthy Diet Should Always Include are seriously delicious.) Her diet is now based on foods with a high alkaline impact, which has made her skin clearer and given her more energy. "I've learned that food is meant to energize, heal, and build my body," she writes.

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Find Workouts That Match Your Personality

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Switching up her workouts regularly keeps Hudson from plateauing and getting bored. Most importantly, she sticks to things that she actually enjoys. "One of my all-time favorite workout classes is pole dancing," she writes. "This is an intense, full-body workout that is so fun and fabulous...you'll laugh, move, and connect with that inner sexy diva!" Other days, she'll do a spin class or head to a dance studio for two to three hours of advanced jazz-modern class. But she doesn't always have that luxury, so 20-30 minutes DVD routines are her go-to (think Ballet Beautiful, Insanity, and Brazilian Butt Lift). The key? Love the workout and you'll stick with it! (Find out The Secret to Kate Hudson's 6-Pack Abs.)

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Mindfulness Can Be a Lifesaver

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You've heard it again and again, but meditation has its perks. (In fact, The Combination of Exercise and Meditation Can Decrease Depression.) "When I began to practice meditation and other easy forms of mindfulness, my entire body and my brain calmed down," writes Hudson. That's not to say she meditates every day, and that's OK, but she has learned to re-center herself when life feels out of control. Aside from the stress-busting benefits, Hudson says meditation has also made her relationships with others warmer and steadier and helps her feel more trusting.

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Put Yourself First

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Selfish? Maybe a little, but if you don't put your needs and dreams first, you won't succeed, Hudson argues in her book. "Putting others before ourselves time and time again actually put stress on our bodies and minds, and we may become ill," she writes. So prioritize your daily workout, your 10-minute meditation, and your meal prep. A stronger you means you'll actually be able to better tackle everything else in your life.

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