Taraji P. Henson told us about the health scare that forced her to change her diet, and the Civil Rights film she’s producing

After a health scare landed Taraji P. Henson in the hospital, she knew she had to make some changes to her diet. She wasn’t making smart food choices, she says, and she had a lot of guilt around what she was eating.

“I didn’t take care of my stomach, so my stomach started to turn on me,” she tells HelloGiggles. “I was forced to make better, healthier choices in my diet.”

This all happened around the same time Special K was conducting a survey about women’s eating habits, so when Henson was asked to join the campaign, she signed on right away.

“Special K just dropped out of the sky,” she says. “I swear, it had to be God.”

Special K surveyed 2,000 adult women across the U.S. about their relationships with food, and found that an astonishing 90% of women question or doubt their food choices every day. Plus, the researchers found, women spend more than an hour each day second-guessing their food choices.

“That’s 15 days a year, or more time than most Americans receive as paid vacation (10 days),” the company points out.

Henson joined Special K in New York on Monday to unveil a clock-themed art piece inspired by the results of the survey, and to challenge women to ditch their food guilt and own their food choices. We had a chance to speak to Henson by phone about the campaign, her health scare, and the incredible new film she’s producing.

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