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At 61, Angela Bassett still looks as youthful as she did 30 years ago. She recently celebrated her 61st birthday and did what most of us can’t do: she opted to not have any birthday cake.

Many of us use our birthday to splurge and eat what we want. Bassett somehow maintained self-control and celebrated her birthday with a plate full of veggies. On Instagram she was all smiles with eating her broccoli and salad with a candle in the middle.

“Annie Mae might be wating cake, but not me!” she wrote on Instagram. “But hey! I’m still getting my birthday party on! Come on through Birthday Broccoli!”

Bassett has been open about her strict diet she maintains so she can live her best life and maintain those rock hard abs. One reason she probably didn’t have any cake is because she abstains from eating dairy. She also doesn’t eat bread flour.

“I don’t do any dairy, all right?” Bassett said during her press tour last year for Mission Impossible Fallout. “I don’t do any bread flour. I’ll do Ezekiel bread, which is sprouted.”

Throughout the week, she adheres to a regimen that includes a lot of veggies, good fats and carbs.

“Monday, Tuesday, I may eat carbs, fruit; Tuesday, Wednesday, protein, veggies—veggies every day—no fats those four days, and then the last three days, I flood it with fat,” she said. “Good fat, though: maybe coconut oil, salmon, almonds, almond butter, you know, olive oil, that sort of thing.”

If only we all could as disciplined as you, Ms. Bassett.


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