Sharon Stone Opens Up About How She Forced Herself to Accept Aging

02/18/2014 at 09:00 AM EST

Sharon Stone Opens Up About How She Forced Herself to Accept Aging
Courtesy Shape Magazine
No stranger to making jaws drop, Sharon Stone is likely to do it again with her latest magazine cover, but the actress says that getting older has been a struggle she's had to force herself to embrace.

"It hasn't been easy. There was a point in my 40s where I went into the bathroom with a bottle of wine, locked the door, and said, 'I'm not coming out until I can totally accept the way I look right now,' " Stone, 55, tells Shape for its March issue, on newsstands Wednesday.

"And I examined my face in the magnifying mirror, and I looked at my body, and I cried and cried and cried. Then I said to myself, 'You're going to get old now. How do you want to do that?' And I thought, 'I'd like to age like a dancer.' I want to keep my body in shape like that. I want to do the work. I like to dance and stretch. And I like going to the gym."

In addition to enjoying exercise, Stone has eliminated alcohol and figured out a diet that works for her.



"I like porterhouse steak, rib-eyes and New York strip. This works for me because I have very low cholesterol and low blood pressure. It's not good for everyone; you have to talk to your doctor about that. I also eat fish and cheese. I like clean food prepared as simply as possible," she says.

"I used to love wine, but I don't drink at all now. I think, at a certain point, it's better for women not to have any alcohol because it can make your face, breasts and midsection get very bloated."

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