“I think one of the most important things is no matter how healthy your food is, it has to taste good — whether you marinate that fish or chicken overnight, whether you slow-bake it, whether you put your chicken and vegetables in a crock pot and let it simmer,” she tells me. “You have to take time out and nurture your food and make it taste good because eating food is a big part of the day for everyone. It’s social.”
Counting calories is a tactic Mel used when she had daughter Angel, now 3, so that she could “drop weight in a healthy way.”
“I don’t do that much because I have a pretty good gauge as to what’s healthy and I have a pretty good gauge as to ‘OK, I’m full now.’ I try not to overeat. But I think it’s great to know how many calories this has, or that has. I think it’s unhealthy when you start getting completely obsessed about it, but I think a healthy knowledge of it is a great idea.”
The married mom of two encourages dieters to soak up all the information they can.
“Doing my show, Dance Your A** Off, one of my contestants had never eaten broccoli before. One of my contestants didn’t even know what a calorie count was. Educate yourself. Power is knowledge, and there’s no harm in getting more knowledge in anything.”
Catch Dance Your A** Off on Oxygen tonight at 10/9c. And, pick up the OK! on newsstands now to get Mel B.’s What I Ate Today diet. The cover line is William and Kate/“A Wedding Just Like Diana’s!”