“I would wake up in the morning … and I would have like four muffins,” he said on the latest episode of Red Table Talk. “Then for lunch I would have like, a Moscow mule. That was pretty much my routine for the ten days. You saw. I would wake up, eat five muffins, and then go to sleep!”
Will said that his overly relaxed attitude toward food led to weight gain, and Jada, 48, and Willow, 18, started calling him “pudgemuffin.”
“I had gotten up to 225 lbs., and it was the most I had ever weighed in my adult life,” he said. “I got to 223 on [the movie] Ali, and I got to 225 on the muffin boat. I don’t want to be a pudgemuffin to my family.”
Will said that he “didn’t like being 225,” and decided to address it head-on after vacation by fasting for ten days — but that led him to a more difficult health situation.
“I got to about four days [of fasting], and I [drops his head in exhaustion]. Because I was still taking my blood pressure medicine. And I started testing my blood pressure, and my blood pressure was way, dangerously low,” he said. “So I stopped taking my blood pressure medication, and my blood pressure normalized for the ten days. And I felt as good as I had ever felt. So I started thinking, wait a second, I’ve been taking blood pressure medicine for almost a decade, and I was like, so, do I have high blood pressure, or was I eating myself into high blood pressure?”
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The dad of three realized that he doesn’t “actually know anything about food” and how it affects his body.
“I eat food like an addict. I love food. But I realize my relationship with food was that I eat for fun. I eat for joy,” he said. “I get bored and I start to eat. I realized I’m a grazer. I put something in my mouth every 30 minutes, all throughout the day.”
The rest of the family also spoke about their struggles with food.
Jada said that she and Jaden, 21, are the total opposite — they would rather not eat, and she and Will even had “a bit of an intervention” with their son when he went vegan and wasn’t getting enough protein.
“He was wasting away,” Jada said. “He just looked drained, he was depleted, he wasn’t getting the nutrients he needed.”
Jada added that she has to eat almost the same thing every day because of stomach issues, which Willow said she has as well. The conversation led Will to declare a “Smith family health intervention,” and brought in a nutritionist to work with each member of the family.
“I feel first and foremost that food is medicine, and that people can live healthier lives if they understand what we’re putting into our bodies,” he said.