'Never Say Never': Valerie Bertinelli Talks Plastic Surgery and Self-Acceptance

by Gregory S


The journey of self-improvement begins with you. Just ask…... Valerie Bertinelli?!!

The media personality recently made a public appearance at the Central California Women’s Conference on September 16, where she openly discussed women’s empowerment, plastic surgery, and weight loss in front of an adoring sold-out audience.

Maintaining Healthy Relationships

First and foremost, Bertinelli addressed the need for gender solidarity.

"I think more women need to be nice to each other," Bertinelli said. "We have bad examples on television of the 'Real Housewives' of whatever town they're in. I would never want to have those people as friends. I want someone who supports me and backs me up and loves me."

The mission of the annual Central California Women’s Conference is to inspire and motivate women, both personally and professionally. Every year, the conference selects a theme to incorporate into their symposium. This year’s theme was “Nurture You.”

The theme is rather appropriate for keynote speaker Bertinelli, who has recently confessed to formerly abusing food in addition to an addiction to cocaine. Now healthy and sober, she has added motivational and inspirational speaker to her list of impressive accolades.

"Life is all about change," she said at the conference. "The trick is to change for the better in ways that make us feel better about ourselves and our lives. Nurturing begins with a deep breath and a scary first step across the chasm of fear. Try to be more like Georgia O'Keeffe, scared but fearless when it comes to what you want to do and more importantly, what you need to do. It's about having the guts to say to yourself, 'I can do better and I'm going to figure out the ways to do it.”

Bertinelli Under-the-Knife?

Bertinelli did not balk at serious questions from her audience either. When asked if she would ever consider going under the knife for plastic and cosmetic surgery, she provided an honest straightforward answer.

"Needles in the face and cutting is scary," she claimed. "Never say never, but not yet."

Bertinelli also has addressed her fluctuating weight, following her weight loss back in 2009.

"I've gained a few pounds," Bertinelli said on The Talk back in April. "I broke my foot three months ago and the weight starts to creep up."

Unable to work out, Bertinelli began to feel shame.

"It started to panic me," she recalled. "And then I thought, 'Wait a minute. I broke my foot. Why do I feel so much shame?' We need to take the shame out of it. We all need to give each other a break, especially women. Let's leave each other alone."

The journey has not always been easy.

"I used food as a crutch, and I abused food in a way that I shouldn't have," she said. "[Drugs] wreaked havoc on [my body], because one day I'm eating a healthy meal and the next day I'm just putting a bunch of white powder up my nose."

Fortunately, the sober Bertinelli is now able to continue on her road to self-improvement, one day at a time.

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