Valerie Bertinelli Opens Up About Her Complicated Relationship With Food, Says She’s Still Learning To Love Her Body

Eleven years ago, Valerie Bertinelli posed for a magazine cover in a tiny green bikini to show off her weight loss of nearly 50 pounds as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. At 49, Bertinelli had donned a bikini for the first time in 30 years to show the results of her hard work, but the actress now admits that she did not do the same for her mental health.

Speaking to People magazine, Bertinelli explained that in 2009, when she posed for the cover, she was proud to show what she looked like after nine months of strict diet and exercise. However, she admits that she has regrets. Valerie Bertinelli Opens Up About Her Complicated Relationship With Food, Says She’s Still Learning To Love Her Body

“There is a lot of pride and a lot of shame associated with this blanket,” says the beloved One Day At A Time alum. “I worked really, really, really hard. Physically certainly. I wish God I had worked so hard on my mental form. But when I am not working on what I eat, I will start eating. ”

Bertinelli is now 60 and hosts the Food Cooking show on Valerie’s Home Cooking. She says she puts “mental and emotional work” to tackle her difficult relationship with food. As a special correspondent for Today since January, Bertinelli says she wants to “know what real joy looks like”.