Brittany Snow says positivity is ‘just as important’ as diet and exercise

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Brittany Snow landed her first major role at 12 years old.

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  • Brittany Snow recently opened up to INSIDER about her approach to health.
  • The ” Pitch Perfect ” star said that “the mentality that you have in life is just as important as anything else, especially food and exercise, ”
  • She also described a day that would make her feel her healthiest and most confident.
  • In addition to walking her dog and eating a big breakfast, the actress would do something creative, chat with a loved one on the phone, and drink with friends.

Brittany Snow is intimately familiar with how beauty standards can affect a person’s health. The 32-year-old actress told People how she spent nine years struggling with anorexia, constantly ” on a diet and working out to be the size of a model. ”

But throughout her career in the spotlight, Snow has worked hard to feel comfortable with herself — and now believes that a positive mindset is “just as important” for her health as nutrition and physical fitness. She recently told INSIDER that wellness is “really about having those adventures and looking forward to things and also being grateful for what you have.”

“So many people spend a lot of time talking about their body and exercise and food, but I think so much has to do with your mindset and what you do with your own head and your thoughts and how you make yourself happy,” she said. “I think the mentality that you have in life is just as important as anything else, especially food and exercise.”

Snow also gave INSIDER a break-down of a day that would make her feel her healthiest and most confident — and this positive mindset may explain why her daily self-care is so relatable.

She wakes up early to take her dog on a walk.

“My dog is my best friend, my favorite thing in my life. I put her before most everything,” Snow told INSIDER. She even partnered with Nature’s Recipe to help her dog, Billie, live her “best and biggest life.”

After their 7 a.m. jaunt, Snow works out on the elliptical for 45 minutes before eating.

“It’s not my favorite thing in the world because I’m starving all the time and I love eating, but I know it’s the thing that makes me feel the healthiest,” she told INSIDER. “I feel better about my day and I can kind of eat what I want a little bit because I’ve jump-started my metabolism.”

Snow then makes herself “a big breakfast with fruit.”

Her perfect day would involve doing something creative.

“I write a lot — I’m working on a project right now that I wrote and directed. Going to do an editing thing or going to shoot something that I’m inspired by, it really makes me feel like I’m being productive,” Snow told INSIDER.

Snow said that working on her own project, a short film called “Milkshake,” has allowed her to be creative while “hammering home a message” she believes in.

“I think there’s this weird part of me that loves to create a whole immersive world for somebody, and that’s what directing is for me; it’s creating the color palette and the tone and the music and it’s just a really creative outlet that is a long process but makes me feel super fulfilled,” she said.

She makes sure to chat on the phone.

“I also always call at least one person, whether it’s my dad or my mom or a friend of mine, to try to make sure I’m not always focused on myself all day,” Snow told INSIDER. “I’ve found that’s really important for my mind.”

Indeed, Snow clearly values quality time with her loved ones. “Milkshake” stars her best friend and former “Pitch Perfect” co-star, Anna Camp.

“Getting to direct her and getting to have that collaborative process with one of my best friends was so special and something that I’ll never forget. It would not have worked without her,” Snow told INSIDER.

Snow loves to run at sunset.

“I run when it’s dusk out — that’s one of my favorite things to do when it starts to get dark and the sun is setting — for like 45 minutes,” she said.

Snow also told INSIDER that her perfect day would be topped off by going out for drinks with her friends. (Stars, they’re just like us!)

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