Gisele Bündchen Says Anxiety and Panic Attacks Led Her to Completely Change Her Diet

Three decades into her career, Gisele Bündchen does a lot to stay in shape and in business.

Arguably the most iconic supermodel of our time, a known wellness and fitness aficionado, a red carpet queen, entrepreneur, mother, friend, sister, and a natural beauty, Bündchen didn’t always have it all together.

In Harper’s Bazaar’s February cover story, she recalls a time in her life as a young 20-something model in New York City when she was working too much and her diet consisted of cigarettes, Frappuccinos, pizza, and wine. Not surprisingly, that soon became toxic, and she began to feel symptoms of anxiety, including panic attacks.

What triggered her panic attacks varied, but in enclosed spaces like dark rooms, elevators, or airplanes, her heart would begin to race and her palms would sweat. Concerned, Bündchen went to an osteopathic doctor, who advised her to cut out alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and gluten—everything she once lived on.

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Her diet has since evolved into a mostly plant-based, organic one, and some years ago she cut out alcohol. It’s a change the mom of two credits with helping her deal with her anxiety, and one that fits her current low-key, disciplined routine, which includes waking up at 5:00 a.m., walking her dogs, practicing meditation, and doing jiujitsu.

Bündchen shares some of her favorite healthy recipes and lifestyle tips in her forthcoming cookbook, Nourish: Simple Recipes to Empower Your Body & Feed Your Soul, which hits stands March 26.

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Rosa Sanchez is the senior news editor at Harper’s Bazaar, working on news as it relates to entertainment, fashion, and culture. Previously, she was a news editor at ABC News and, prior to that, a managing editor of celebrity news at American Media. She has also written features for Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Forbes, and The Hollywood Reporter, among other outlets.