Jenna Dewan Tatum credits a vegan diet and cardio-dance workouts for her speedy post-baby weight loss. “Working out kept me sane,” Dewan Tatum, 33, told Us. “I would feel a burst of energy and all my hormones would regulate.” Dewan Tatum did cardio dance workouts, hiking and strength-training. Jenna, who has been a vegetarian since she was 13, also made a healthy diet a top priority.
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“I think a lot of women find out they’re pregnant and are like, ‘Let’s go crazy and eat ice cream every day!'” she said. “To me, it was, ‘I’m growing a human being, and I want to give this little soul the best nutrition I can.'” Still, Jenna admits she had a weakness for french fries. “I could not get enough,” she said. “They were completely my Kryptonite.” Earlier this year, Dewan Tatum revealed she lost 33 pounds just seven weeks after giving birth to daughter Everly in May 2013. She said staying active throughout her pregnancy curbed weight gain and accelerated her post-baby weight loss.
Meanwhile, Jenna’s husband, Channing Tatum, tried a vegan diet last year but lapsed after gaining weight on it. “I gained weight, because I don’t like vegetables, so I basically had to wrap them in bread,” said Tatum, 33. Jenna said Channing is an amazing father who’s crazy about their daughter. As the Tatums navigate parenthood, one thing they agree on is they will never medicate their daughter if she ends up having a learning disability such as ADHD, which Channing was diagnosed with during childhood.
Tatum, who has dyslexia and ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder), took prescription drugs as a child to cope with his learning disabilities. Channing said he experienced severe depression and emotional distress as he built up a tolerance for his ADHD medication and the drugs became progressively less effective. As a result of his harrowing experiences, Tatum vowed never to medicate his daughter.
“For a time, it would work well, then it worked less and my pain was more,” he said. “I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child.”