10/06/2014 03:31 pm ET Updated Oct 06, 2014

How Breast Cancer Changed Melissa Etheridge's Relationship With Food

Breast cancer changed a lot about Melissa Etheridge's life, including her relationship with food.

The singer-songwriter had a candid conversation with HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri on Friday (Oct. 3) about her new album "This Is M.E.," sex after 50, coming out of the closet and how cancer changed the way she thought about her diet.

"After cancer, food took on a different meaning for me. It used to be, 'I don't feel very well, I'm depressed, [I'll eat a] Pop-Tart.' That's kind of what food was for me," Etheridge explained.

But after cancer, Etheridge thinks of food as fuel. "It's something that I look at as, 'I'm going to nourish myself with this,'" she said.

She also revealed her "go-to meal" for nourishment: a salmon salad with avocado, apple cider vinegar and olive oil.

Etheridge also keeps healthy with an exercise regimen of hiking, yoga and kickboxing, and she said she enjoys the balance those disciplines bring her: "Yoga is about elongating, and they're very long, slow moves, and kickboxing is the muscle you use when you do something quick."

Find out more about Melissa Etheridge's diet and exercise habits in the video above, and watch the full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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