On battling autoimmune disorder Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and going gluten-free as a result:
“Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed. You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean. I had a great time in my 20s. Then your doctor says you’re losing calcium in your bones. What the f**k is that?! I would hear those conversations with my mum and grandma, thinking I’d never get there. I’m going to live forever! But all of a sudden it hits you. I s**t you not, it’s from night to day.”
… says Zoe in The Edit.
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On the worst thing a producer ever told her:
‘I hired you to look good in your underwear holding a gun.’
On being asked to share suggestions and ideas about her role:
‘That’s what I was doing, and this producer was so bothered by the fact that he had to disrupt his vacation to call me and tell me to stop being a difficult bitch. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s real. It really happens.”
… says Zoe.
On losing the baby weight in one year (after twins):
Holy S—! You guys, I had to share this, this is one of the old #guardiansofthegalaxy costumes that I wore back in 2013. After twins I can’t believe I was able to slip into this. @marvel and @jamesgunn don’t be mad, I’m not showing anything that hasn’t been seen before… besides, aren’t we designing new stuff?…. It pays off to work hard! I mean it mommies of the world, if I did it you can too.
… says Zoe on Instagram.
On getting back in shape after giving birth to twins in December 2014:
Almost there! It’s been difficult but so rewarding. I feel strong. All it takes is determination! Mommies we can all do it, d*mn it!!!
Zoe previously talked about the impact of pregnancy on her body:
“Your body changes dramatically, inside and out. You grow in places you never knew you could, and you are tired beyond belief. In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of trauma through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you’ve had that experience. My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed. Thank God, we are all doing great now, but my body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born. Bouncing back feels impossible, but I know it is important as a woman, and now a mommy, to not give up. I am determined to get my energy back and find balance for my body before these little guys start walking, and before I go back to work…my clock is ticking!”
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On her post-baby figure:
I don’t want to get back to where I used to be. I want to feel healthy, and not just fit into the old jeans I used to wear. I’m a woman now. My body has changed forever. It’s softer… and stronger. Your body changes dramatically, inside and out. You grow in places you never knew you could, and you are tired beyond belief. In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of trauma through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you’ve had that experience.
On the complications of her pregnancy:
Everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed. Thank God, we are all doing great now, but my body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born. I know many of you have gone through this or are going through it as we speak. Let’s do it together. Let’s talk about it, hear each other out, and seek advice when we need it.
On how she plans on getting back in shape:
I started in January with Moyer (her trainer). I was 160lbs (at the peak of my pregnancy I reached 185lbs). I had no flexibility, weak joints, and exercising was painful. We started with just walking, I think I only walked that first month. I did however change the way I eat. I want to prove to myself that if I have the right determination I can do anything.
… says Zoe, who gave birth to twins 6 months ago.
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