Cameron Diaz writing nutrition book for teen girls after being inspired by Goop’s success

Cameron Diaz
When you think of good nutrition, do you think of Cameron Diaz? I don’t, I just remember what she’s said about how she enjoys eating junk food. She said sometime in 2006 that her hangover cure was “An Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s and a beer. You have to drink more alcohol; you’ve killed yourself with. Hair of the dog, that’s what it is… And you have to get grease. Grease is the only cure for a hangover.” So I’ve always assumed that Cammie indulges when she wants and spends a lot of time in the gym working it off. She must not eat junk all that often or she wouldn’t have a banging body like that, though.

Well Cameron is penning a book for teenage girls on nutrition, with a focus on being healthy instead of just aiming to be thin. She’s supposedly been inspired by her buddy Gwyneth Paltrow’s success with “lifestyle” brand Goop, as if Goop is anything more than a commercial venture. Cameron also plans a high school tour to bring her message to more impressionable young people. It actually sounds like a great idea. Here’s more, thanks to E! Online.

Far from being a celebrity vanity project, the What to Expect When You’re Expecting star is putting pen to paper for a very good cause, and is writing a book about the importance of proper nutrition and staying healthy for impressionable young girls.

“She wants to stop their fixation on being thin, and for teenage girls to understand that being healthy is more important,” a publishing source told E! News. “She wants to use her celebrity to make a difference. She knows she is a role model to girls and she really wants to use that position to do good.

“This book is not about weight, it’s about making the right choices.”

No formal publishing deal is yet in place, but Diaz has been mulling over the idea for some time, and has signed on with a literary agent.

And lest you think Diaz is simply lending her name to the noble endeavor and nothing more, think again.

“Cameron is going to be visiting high schools around the country to talk to teenagers about their food choices and what is important to them,” the source told E! News. “She wants them to know that being thin should not be their priority, it’s about getting the right vitamins and knowing what foods will give them energy and keep them strong. She wants to get their feedback, learn about how they decide what to eat now, and teach them to make more informed choices.”

In other words, put the legwork in. So, how and when did the literary urge strike Cameron’s fancy?

“Everything changed for Cameron after her father died,” the source said. “She realized what is important and started to think more and more about her health.”

Her good intentions, coupled with her unprecedented access to the top nutritionists in the world, has resulted in Diaz’s desire to pass on the lessons she’s learned to young women.

But there is one thing the book will not be.

“This book isn’t about her. And it’s not a diet of any kind. Of course, it’s her own journey that has helped her realize what’s important, but she wants the book to appeal to everyone, and not just be about her own food choices.”

In addition to her own story, the book will also feature advice and expertise not only from top nutritionists, but some of Cameron’s celebrity pals, including Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez and, yes, Gwyneth Paltrow, who, it turns out, has been a bit of an inspiration to her fellow movie star.

“Cameron has become very close to Gwyneth and it’s been very interesting for her to see what Gwyneth is doing with Goop,” the source said. “She’s been inspired by Gwyneth and the way she uses her fame to influence and help people. Now Cameron wants to do the same.”

Diaz’s rep confirmed the actress’ interest in the project, saying “This is one of many projects she is considering for the future but nothing firm or ready to announce.”

Though she has yet to sign on any dotted lines, a book deal seems inevitable, and could be ready as early as next year. When it does finally hit shelves, Diaz will also launch an accompanying website to further educate young girls on health issues.

And that might just be the beginning.

“Through this project, she wants schools to offer better meal options for kids,” the publishing source continued. “She wants to have an impact on a huge scale. In some way, she feels like this is her calling. This is her passion.”

[From E! Online]

The end part, about how schools should offer more healthy food options, is extremely important. I’ve seen what passes for food in my son’s cafeteria and it’s outrageous. The more celebrities who get behind this cause, the better. Jamie Oliver is trying his best and as we saw on his show and there’s a ton of red tape and budget issues behind this. If Cameron can make a difference, it will truly be a great legacy.

I don’t get how she finds Goop inspiring, though. Cameron will be embarking on a charity project aimed at girls. Gwyneth is trying to sell us a hyped lifestyle with paid advertisements for brands that are priced out of most people’s reach. She advertised a $420 cleanse that was nothing more than protein powder and vitamins. That’s not healthy or promoting nutrition, that’s taking starvation and marketing it. Goop has been successful at moving beyond acting I guess, since that her career is drying up for her. We’d all have much more respect for her if she would have focused on an important cause instead like Cameron is about to do. I’m actually excited to see how this works out for Cameron and I love the idea.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

Cameron is shown outside the gym on 5-30 and at the UK premiere of What to Expect on 5-22-12. Credit: FameFlynet

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  1. LeeLoo says:

    I think Cameron will do better than Goop. While I am not a huge fan of either Goopy or Cameron, I find Cameron to be more approachable. As long as Cam keeps it practical and healthy and keeps the lecturing to a minimum she will be very popular.

  2. Jackie O says:

    just what young girls need…an uneducated, mediocre model turned actress, who has awful taste in men, with bolt-ons and bad skin, teaching them about healthy living.


  3. mzthirtyeight says:

    I read(maybe earlier this year?) that she had given up the fried food. In any case, she’s definately fit with a seemingly healthy/positive mindset about her body, so if that comes through in the book, it sounds pretty good to me.

  4. Rux says:

    Damn! Girl looks good in the header picture. Is that a recent pic?

  5. TopMan says:

    Ummm, isn’t Cam a big smoker – not just the herbal type? Can you sat suppress your appetite with a ciggie?

  6. paola says:

    How much more money do these people need?

  7. lucy2 says:

    The idea itself sounds great, never would have pictured Cameron as the person doing it though. True, she’s in fantastic shape (but I’d imagine she has genetics to thank for a good chunk of that).

    She needs to not look to Goop as an example of health and nutrition though. I’m no expert, but even I know half the stuff Goop pushes isn’t the best idea.

  8. Bellatrx says:

    All I remember from Goop’s superduper healthy yummy cookbook is that every other recipe calls for vegan mayo.

    Vegan doesn’t necessarily mean clean and healthy.

    So, as with most celebrity health & cooking books, I’ll be checking this one out of curiosity. And perhaps, like with Goop’s, shake my head and dive into a “normal” cookbook by some chef. I’ve learnt over the years that it pays off much more to find the right balance within my own reasonable mind. I’ll be avoiding the yummy olive oil drenched pasta salad when the time has come to keep the cellulitis in check. I’ll prefer plant based proteins with raw vegetable spaghetti and some healthy fruits instead.

    Calories are one thing, but understanding that the source of your calories is even more important is just rarely properly taught. It took me a good decade from being a teenager to becoming an adult and stop listening to celebrity chit-chatting away about their miracle food & workout lifestyle to finally find my own not so miraculous lifestyle. And it works.

  9. johnnybadboytapia says:

    the message is a good one and i hope she gets through to the kids that need that kind of help to be healthy, but i kinda think of Cam as her role in Bad teacher part of me feels like thats how she lives in real life. I guess cause she did such a great job in that movie.

  10. really says:

    How do her botox and implants fit into the healthy body image she’s trying to convey? If I had a daughter, then this woman would be one of the last people I’d want counselling her about anything other than making it in the Biz with mediocre talent.

  11. annaloo. says:

    Doubtful that High schoolers will give a damn what a near 40-something actress is going to preach to them about health.

    Right now, someone just needs to give Ms Paltrow the Jesus Award of the World for changing the lives of so many people, inspiring the poors and fatties and setting them on the path they always needed to be on. Launch that limp piece of celeery into deep space and see what her all-knowing goodness and light can do for the misfortunates in the nearest galaxy cluster.

  12. Sumodo1 says:

    Annaloo nailed it. All of you nailed it. Yeah, Cam smokes cigs AND the chronic. She over-tans, has bolt-ons, yadda-yadda. I can think of lots better “celebrities” to do this work.

  13. Minty says:

    Oh Cammie, why don’t you just have your trainer/nutritionist ghostwrite your book and call it a day?

    You know, the same way Gwyneth had someone else write the recipes for her cookbook.

    Sigh, these narcissistic celebrities who imagine themselves as renaissance people…

  14. Lisa says:

    lol. I get that people are educated about health, but write a book about it? She’ll probably write it with someone who actually has a degree and some clout, but they’ll get second billing on the cover.

    As for Goop, I wouldn’t take nutrition tips from a woman who ended up with osteoporosis before 40.

  15. dj says:

    C looks sexy as hell in that last photo.