Kate Hudson has started eating now she's given up smoking.

The stunning actress recently quit her potentially-fatal habit as it was starting to take over her life and says she's now appreciating things such as fine foods.

She said: "It was starting to drive me crazy! I didn't like the way the car smelt, or my hair and clothes. It takes you away from the family and the things you're doing. You don't realise it at the time. Then when you're done, you go, 'Wow, I do so much more in a day - including eat.' Quitting meant eating more. Then there were rumours in the press saying that I was pregnant. Later somebody said, 'When did you quit smoking?' And I was like, 'Right about the time everybody thought I was pregnant!' "

Kate - who is dating baseball star Alex 'A-Rod' Rodriguez and has a five-year-old son Ryder with ex-husband Chris Robinson - also revealed she has taken up salsa as a new hobby because it help maintains her figure now her appetite has increased.

The 'Nine' star said: "I've kind of gotten into salsa. It's hard, though. If you do a full salsa session for an hour, you've got to lose an inch. You're pouring sweat. Salsa is really fun."