Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Candy Crowley

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Candy Crowley

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A seasoned journalist makes news with healthful life changes

If it's a person, place, or event of political significance in America, chances are that CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley has covered it. Since joining the network in 1987, she's taken viewers inside campaigns, party conventions, and the White House itself.

A vegetarian si nee the early 1990s, Crowley talked to VT from CNN's Washington bureau, where she anchors the Sunday political-issues show State of the Union.

Q In 2005, CNN.com ran a photo of you that looks nothing like Candy Crowley today. What changed?

A That picture was taken after the 2004 election. I was on the road constantly. A meal could be Twizzlers and in a 7-Eíeven parking lot. after the 2008 campaign, which felt like it was never going to end, I was exhausted. It wasn't just, "Oh my gosh, I need to lose weight." It was, "I just don't feel centered."

Q Can you share tips for making diet and lifestyle changes in midlife, as you did?

A I always think, "I wish 20 years ago I'd taken time for me." Just promise yourself a year; there isn't anyone out there who doesn't know how quickly a year passes. You've got to find it in you. Say: Tm going to do this." It hit me after the 2008 election that if I could dedicate a year to Barack Obama, Hillary and John McCain, I could have The Year of Candy. I made a concerted effort to get eight hours of sleep, and that helped regulate my appetite. Planning is also key.

Q You've talked about how meditation has changed your eating habits, your hearth, and your life. …

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