Supermodel Gisele Bündchen is being called out online for comments she made suggesting that adhering to a strict wellness plan is all you need to control anxiety and mental health struggles.
In a new interview with the Observer, she explained that following a strict plant-based diet, avoiding caffeine, alcohol, sugar or carbs, practicing yoga and meditation has vastly improved her mental health.
The 39-year-old then goes on to say that she has the "discipline" to commit to this lifestyle, which she says she used to cure her anxiety and panic attacks rather than medication. Critics accused the supermodel of shaming those who rely on antidepressants.This is the controversial moment the model's husband Tom Brady kissed their 11-year-old son on the lips:
“They just have to make the decision of working at it,” the Brazilian-born model says. “That’s the problem with today’s society, people want instant gratification where it’s you know: ‘I want to do something and [when] I wake up I want to look like this.’ I’m like, ‘er, well, you know for me to cure my panic attacks, it took months. I could have taken a pill, but I decided no. I’m going to wake up every morning and I’m going to meditate and do breath work."
“Everything starts with discipline,” she adds.
“The whole point is more awareness, the more people get things like yoga, it’s a positive thing,” she says. “The more people become awakened and conscious of the very decisions they’re going to make, then you don’t have a bunch of people, like, half asleep, you know?
“I do it because it makes me feel better,” the mom of two continues. “It makes me happier in my life. I make those choices because it gives me something right back. And I’m happy that more people are getting access to that because the more people who know about it, the more it’s going to make them happier. And if you have a happier world, the better it’s going to be.”
Plenty of people had a bone to pick with Bündchen's comments on social media.
“Oh get to f*** Gisele,” writer Bella Mackie wrote. “You’re not better than other people cos you didn’t take antidepressants. You didn’t become less anxious in a ‘better’ way than those who need meds.”
“LMFAOOOO I CANT JUST WILL MY ANXIETY AWAY GISELE, SCIENCE DOESN’T WORK LIKE THAT,” added another commenter.
“Gisele mate, you don’t ‘just take a pill,’” someone else said. “You spend months working to find one that helps fix the chemical imbalance in your brain without making life even more unbearable because of side effects. Sod the insinuation that taking meds is an easy option for the weak-minded.”