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Insurgent star Shailene Woodley has revealed her latest health kick, and no, it doesn't involve clay.

The 23-year-old actress and environmentalist has raised eyebrows over her comments about her diet and beauty regimen before and has said she leads an "alternative" lifestyle." Currently, she is all about the bone broth.

"I am telling you, it is the s--t," Woodley, who plays teen warrior and rebel Tris, told MTV News in an on-camera interview posted on Thursday, about a week before the March 20 release of Insurgent, sequel to Divergent. "It sounds pretty gnarly, but if you're gonna eat a steak, there's gonna be bones involved, so you might as well honor the animal and utilize them."

"You brew it in water...throw it in a crockpot for 24 hours, a little apple cider vinegar, some onions, garlic, oh my God, it's heavenly," she said, adding, "And if you want, you can blend it with coconut oil and it's delicious." 

Bone Broth


While bone broth and stock is a common dish in many countries, and you may have even seen a contestant whipping up a quick and dirty version on Chopped, her co-stars are less enthusiastic about it.

"She's been on the bone broth for a while, baby," Jai Courtney, who plays her adversary, Eric, told MTV News. "I ignore any health tips from Shailene. I can't keep up with them."

"Put noodles in it," franchise newcomer and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer said. "I don't even have to know about the bone part."

Here are seven health and lifestyle habits Woodley has raved about in the past:

1. Clay

"Clay is one of the best things you can put in your body," Woodley told beauty website Into the Gloss in 2014. "One of my friends was making a clay toothpaste that you swallow instead of spit out. But I first heard about the benefits of eating clay from a taxi driver. He was African and was saying that, where he's from, the women eat clay when they're pregnant. Seriously—ask your taxi drivers where they are from and about their customs. You will learn a lot."

Pica behavior, or the consumption of non-food items, among pregnant women has been observed in some cultures in the world and some believe they alleviate stomach upset and also contain compounds that boost the immune system. (But ask your doctor before you do anything like that, OK?)

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2. Pick-Your-Own

"I gather my own spring water from mountains every month. I go to a farm to get my food," she told Flaunt magazine in 2013.

Woodley is originally from Simi Valley, a part suburban, part rural community located north of Los Angeles and near several farms and ranches.

3. DIY

"I make everything from my own toothpaste to my own body lotions and face oils. I could go on for hours," she told Flaunt. "I make my own medicines; I don't get those from doctors. I make my own cheese and forage wild foods and identify wild plants."

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4. Speaking of coconut oil...

"You can do something called 'oil pulling' where you swish coconut or sesame oil in your mouth when you wake up and spit it out," she told Into the Gloss. "It's amazing!"

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5. Ouch

Woodley told Natural Health magazine that one of her favorite herbs is the stinging nettle, which is safe for human consumption as long as it's cooked or boiled, which removes the stinging chemicals.

"She—I always think of it as a female plant because I take it when I'm about to start menstruating—is especially good for women and full of vitamins and minerals," Woodley said. "I fill a little less than a quarter of a mason jar with nettle and add boiling water until it reaches the top. Then I seal it, let it sit overnight and strain it and drink it in the morning. There's something very special about seeing a plant and turning it into a tea or infusion or tincture versus taking pills."

Stinging Nettle Tea


6. Dandelions

Woodley said on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in October that this is her favorite edible flower.

7. Getting some sun...

"Another thing I like to do is give my vagina a little vitamin D," she told Into the Gloss.

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