Jenna Dewan was born in Connecticut, but moved around a lot at a child. She was a cheerleader in high school, and voted prom queen in her senior year. Dewan attended the University of Southern California. Her first big break was as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson in her music video ‘Doesn’t Really Matter.’ She has gone on to appear in film and tv shows, including Witches of East End, and a recurring role in Supergirl and The Resident. Dewan is a vegan and animal rights activist. PETA named her ‘Sexiest Vegans’ in 2017. She met Channing Tatum while shooting the film Step Up. The two married in 2009, and have a daughter togetherbut divorced in 2019. Dewan is currently in a relationship with actor Steve Kazee and expecting a child in 2020.In 2019, Dewan published a self-help book called Gracefully You. She is an ambassador for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Dewan has millions of followers on social media. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about115 lbs.
Jenna Dewan’s Diet
Dewan has been a vegan since she was 10 years old for both health and ethical reasons. Vegans do not eat any animal products, including dairy, eggs, and animal byproducts like honey. She loads up on the veggies every day, starting with a green smoothie at breakfast, and the fiber-fest continues with fruit- and veggie-packed meals and snacks. She definitely hits her veggie quota each day, and so she doesn’t feel guilty when she indulges in the occasional treat. She stays hydrated by drinking a half-gallon of water a day. She is raising her daughter on a vegan diet as well, but says she will be free to choose when she is old enough.
- Low-Medium Protein 25% 25%
- Medium Fat 35% 35%
- High Carb 60% 60%
A typical breakfast for Dewan is a green smoothie made with lettuce, celery, fruit, spirulina, and fresh herbs like cilantro and parsley.
Dewan eats vegan because she finds the food tasty, but also because thinks the world eats too much meat. She says even a single meatless meal can make a difference to the planet.
For lunch, Dewan might have quinoa tabouli, hummus, and a cucumber and tomato salad. Dinner could be southwest-inspired quinoa bowl piled high with beans, squash, avocado and vegan chipotle sauce.
If she feels hungry between meals, Dewan will go for a fruit smoothie, made with berries, bananas, apples, and water.
While Dewan makes an effort to eat clean, she won’t deny herself if she’s got a craving. She’s into savory rather than sweets, and her fave is french fries.
What to Eat
French fries (cheat day)
What to Avoid
Dewan On Diet
‘I consider eating healthy a way of life because I feel better, plain and simple.’
Dewan On Dieting
‘I’m not a fan of dieting, which is why I choose to eat healthy most of the time.’
Dewan On Veganism
‘I also choose to eat plant-based foods because not only is it healthy and yummy, but I feel ethically right. We have become so off-balance with our animal consumption.’
Dewan On Ginger
‘I can eat my bodyweight in ginger!’
Dewan On ‘Cheat’ Days
‘When I want to splurge, I allow myself and don’t beat myself up — I just make a plan to eat extra healthy the next day or work out.’
Jenna Dewan’s Fitness Routine
Weekly Workout Routine
Dewan has been active throughout her life. She was a cheerleader in high school, and always loved to move, and especially dance.
Dance Your Cares (and Calories) Away
Dewan does the JJ Dancer method with trainer Jennifer Johnson. Even though the session is less than an hour long, it hits everything with compound movements.
Besides dancing, Dewan does Pilates to help keep her body toned and flexible.
Spin for the Win
In addition to dance and Pilates, Dewan also likes to take spin classes.
Dewan’s fave, the JJ Dancing Method, involves constant change: cardio, kickboxing, jumping, squatting, side-to-side, spinning, resistance bands, medicine ball, you name it. She says it’s mostly muscle conditioning with dance moves to keep it fun.
As a busy working mom, Dewan likes to sweat it up in brief sessions. She does a 45-minute workout, then heads off to pick up her daughter from school.
Make Every Minute Count
Dewan says she would turn the bedtime routine into a workout, doing squats and lunges and other exercises while she rocked the baby.
The World Is Your Gym
Dewan says being busy and traveling is no excuse for not exercising, and she’ll workout in her hotel room if that’s all she has time for.
A Jenna Dewan Routine
Exercise at least 3x/week
Quick hotel/no-time-to-workout routine
Do 5 sets of the following:
Knee to chest: 25
Squat jumps: 10
JJ Dancer Method sessions
Dewan On The Importance Of Regular Exercise
‘I try to work out a couple of days a week just because it’s good for my mind, body and soul — and that’s good for everyone in the house.’
Dewan On Dance Sessions
‘You’re having so much fun that it’s easier to get the cardio in.’
Dewan On Making Time For Exercise
‘Sometimes a quick, on-the-go home/hotel workout is all I have time for.’
Dewan On A Power Workout
‘It gives me energy.’
Dewan On Getting Back Into Shape After Having A Baby
‘I’d be doing lunges across the room or squats or whatever…I think that it fully helped…snap things back in shape a little bit faster.’
Jenna Dewan’s Supplements
Dewan adds superfood spirulina powder to her morning smoothie. The vegan-friendly algae is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants, boosts ener-gy and can help lower blood pressure. It also contains iron, protein and vitamin B-12, all of which are important to supplement when following a vegan diet.
While spirulina offers a lot of nutrients, it can be bitter and may not pro-vide enough of individual nutrients on its own. Many vegans are defi-cient in vitamin B-12 and so it is wise to supplement.
Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids also come primarily from animal sources, and they are essential for healthy brain function, to reduce the risk of depression and also lower inflammation so a supplement is a good idea.
Iron is needed to transport oxygen in the blood and a deficiency can cause anemia and fatigue. Vegans, and women in particular, can struggle to get enough iron on a plant-based diet.
Jenna Dewan’s Lifestyle
Dewan says she tries to go to bed by 11, but it tends to be closer to midnight when she actually falls asleep. She’s up around 7:30 so she can get a shower in before her daughter wakes.
Simple Beauty Routine
Dewan doesn’t spend much time fussing with makeup in the morning. Her #1 priority is sunscreen.
Take Time to Breathe
Like most working moms, Dewan can sometimes get overwhelmed. To keep stress from building up, she does a visualization of herself with a tree growing roots into the earth, which she says helps her feel relaxed and grounded.
Dewan says one of her favorite things to do in the evening is take a bath with essential oils and epsom salts. She’ll read a book rather than checking her phone so she can truly relax.
Bring On the Babies
Although she just turned 39, Dewan says she isn’t ruling out having more kids.
Dewan On Stress Management
‘One of the hardest things for me — well, for anybody — is to stay balanced.’
Dewan On Babies
‘I do like being pregnant. I’m one of those people.’
Dewan On Parenting
‘If you’re not conscious of it, parenting can start to feel like Groundhog Day.’
Dewan’s Advice To Women
My best piece of advice…is really to honor and love your own uniqueness and to celebrate that and to really work hard not to try to be something you’re not.’
Dewan On Karma
‘If you consciously send negative energy toward someone, then what you send is exactly what you will attract upon yourself.’
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