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Janet Jackson Covers Health: Talks Colonics and Working Out

Janet Jackson Covers Health: We Got Colonics as Children

After spending time away from the spotlight, Janet Jackson is back and looking gorgeous on Health's December cover. In the interview, Janet talks about working out, the pressures of Hollywood, and growing up in a healthy, disciplined family. Here are the highlights:

  • On working out with her trainer: "You know how some people like boot camp, where someone's yelling at you? That's the biggest way to turn me off. That will make me say, 'You know what? I'm not doing this.' But Tony [her trainer] is so sweet. He knows I love sports and games, so that's how he gets me. We'll do obstacle courses."
  • On what gets her motivated on the treadmill: "For a good run, I'll listen to old, funky stuff like Roger Troutman or Sly and the Family Stone — something that makes me want to move. Or I'll watch the History Channel or old, classic films."
  • On eating fish again after being vegan: "My trainer is constantly in my ear about not getting enough protein, so I started eating fish. When we were growing up, all of us kids were vegetarians. No one had asked me to stop eating meat — I just noticed everyone else around me had stopped, so I followed the crew. And we were doing things like getting colonics, which was really progressive back then, being 11 years old."
  • On the scrutiny celebrities get about their weight: "I think it's mean-spirited. People tend to put entertainers on pedestals. We're human beings, just like you. You may see us smiling, and whether we have money or not, we still have bills to pay, we still have our stresses. I think a lot of people want to focus on others' shortcomings to make themselves feel better. And it's a very sad thing."
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I believe her--my mom gave my brother a colonic when he was 5 because he was really constipated. Then she tried to get all of us to try them--luckily, I was a really regular kid and I managed to talk her out of it (I was also 11 at the time and was in a better position to put my foot down). But my sister and dad weren't so lucky.
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