Celebrity chef Sandra Lee has revealed that she kicked off 2021 with a cleanse after gaining 30 pounds last year during the pandemic.
The 54-year-old Food Network star took to Instagram on Monday to share a photo of herself sitting in the front seat of her car, saying she ‘weighed in at 170 two days before Christmas.’
‘None of my clothes fit and worse I feel terrible,’ she wrote. ‘I feel my very best at 140 pounds. I’m 5’9” that’s a good weight for me.’
Candid: Sandra Lee, 54, revealed on Monday that she has started a cleanse after gaining 30 pounds in 2020
Looking back: The Food Network star (pictured in January 2020) admitted that felt ‘terrible’ and ‘none’ of her clothes fit, explaining that she feels her ‘very best’ at 140 pounds
Lee said she was inspired by her sister Kimber, who does cleanses ‘all the time’ using the NutriClean system. She typically ‘loses up to 10 pounds’ in seven days following the plan, though the chef noted the first five pounds is water weight.
‘As far as I know 2020 was not a great health year for anyone — except for my new Health Hero — Rebel Wilson,’ she added.
The food lover didn’t waste any time getting her diet on track and started the cleanse on Christmas Day. Lee said she didn’t have any alcohol over the holidays — ‘NOT EVEN NEW YEAR’S EVE.’
She has been abstaining from red meat and having ‘very, very few carbs.’ Instead, she’s filling up on vegetables, fruit, avocado, eggs, soups with low-sodium broth, sauerkraut, and pickles. As for drinks, she’s been having coffee, tea, and ‘lots of water.’
Lee’s also been taking plenty of vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and ‘a few other amazing things.’
Diet plan: Lee said she was inspired by her sister Kimber to start a cleanse on Christmas Day and has been abstaining from red meat and high-carb meals
Getting there: The chef revealed in her post that she has already lost 10 pounds since December 25
Since December 25th I’ve lost 10 pounds,’ she shared. ‘My energy isn’t super awesome though (1250 calories a day is tough — I LIKE TO EAT!). Tomorrow or the next day I’m going to go get a vitamin IV and hope that that helps a little bit.
‘I would love to know what your health plans are for the new year and hope that you stay the course and fulfill them alongside me,’ she wrote at the end of her post.
‘I do read your comments so please do let me know how you’re doing and what you’re doing maybe I can learn something too!!!’
Last month, Lee opened up about her heartbreak after moving out of the New York home she shared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo before they separated.
She shared nostalgic snaps of the four-bedroom Colonial-style home she called ‘Lily Pond’ decorated for past holidays.
Cocktail-free zone: Lee said she hasn’t had any alcohol over the holidays, not even on New Year’s Eve
Honest: Lee admitted her energy levels have been low now that she is only consuming 1,250 calories per day
‘I woke up early this morning and all I could do is look at beautiful pictures of how I decorated Lily Pond for the holidays. Hoping for some inspiration,’ she said.
‘How am I very going to rebuild my life — I don’t think it’s possible. It took me a lifetime to build that home. The home I never had when I was growing up.
She had purchased the home in 2008 and put it on sale in May 2019. In October the idyllic home sold for $1.85. million.
‘Warm and clean with a spectacular view from every room. I can’t even imagine how I’m going to rebuild it or where I can rebuild it or that it’s even rebuildable,’ she wrote.
‘How do you start again after you tear apart your house and stick it in storage. I guess that’s where my feelings have been over the last couple years, in storage. This entire thing has torn me apart.’
Hard to handle: Last month, she opened up about her heartbreak after moving out of the Mt. Kisco, New York, home she shared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Walking down memory lane: Lee shared several snaps of her home decked out in festive holiday decorations in previous years
Breakup: Lee and Cuomo were together for 14 years before they announced their split in September 2019. She later snapped up a beachfront house in Malibu for $3.38 million
Her throwback photos showed how she set up a glittering Christmas tree in the living room, decorated the dining room with elaborate reindeer decor, and put ornaments and baubles around the house.
‘One day at a time everyone says ……so today I’m going to try to get ready for Christmas. I’m going to wrap presents and organize shipments of presents to Fam’Lee in Seattle although I don’t feel like Aunt Sandy Claus today,’ she said.
A few days before Lee had shared the post, she was seen hauling the last bits of furniture out of the house and into a moving truck.
She announced on Instagram in an emotional post that she had officially moved out of the house.
Lee said she had fond memories in every room from living with Cuomo, 63, and his three daughters for some time in their 14-year relationship before they separated in September 2019.
‘Today will be one of the saddest days of my life. Today is the day that I do the final move out from Lily Pond. I love that house and I have a personal relationship with every single room of that home. I hope the new owners take care of it as well as I did and I will love it forever,’ she wrote.
Deal: Lee purchased the white colonial style home in 2008. The house went for sale in May 2019 for $2 million and was sold in October 2020 for $1.85 million
Family: Lee acted as a stepmother to Cuomo’s three daughters — Michaela, Cara, and Mariah — from his previous marriage to Kerry Kennedy
When the house hit the market rumors started to swirl that Cuomo and Lee had parted ways. They initially denied rumors and instead pinned the downsizing on Cuomo’s three daughters moving out of the home.
The couple finally announced their split in September 2019, saying: ‘Over the recent past, we have realized that our lives have gone in different directions and our romantic relationship has turned into a deep friendship.’
Lee then moved to California and snapped up a beachfront house in Malibu for $3.38 million.
Despite the breakup, Cuomo and Lee appear to still be close. In April she told the New York Times she and Cuomo still communicate nearly every day, adding, ‘He’s still my guy. Neither one of us, well as far as I know, has had a date.’
She said that she watched Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefings and was doing her best to help even from across the country.
‘You know, nobody has a daily routine right now,’ she said. ‘I get up and I see what the latest news is. Of course I watch Andrew live and then share with him my thoughts.’