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Amanda Knox Shares Quarantine Coping Tips From Her Days Behind Bars

Amanda Knox draws on her years in an Italian prison to offer people advice on staying sane and healthy during the this extended period of social distancing.

By Courtney Brogle
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As the global coronavirus pandemic leaves millions shuttered indoors to prevent the further spread of the virus, many have found their quarantine experiences to be mentally and emotionally draining.

But for Amanda Knox, who was kept in a high-security Italian prison for four years after she was wrongfully convicted of murdering her roommate, it's a chance to use her platform to help those struggling with social isolation.

"#Quarantips from a formerly incarcerated woman," Knox, 32, wrote at the beginning of a Twitter thread on Wednesday. Alongside a photo of herself displaying her toned abdomen, she wrote, "#Quarantip 1: How do you think I got deez abs? Sit ups for days! Best yourself."

Knox used the rest of her Twitter thread to provide additional healthy eating and mindfulness suggestions that she picked up while behind bars. 

In one tweet, she shared a recipe card for her "favorite prison salad," which consists of shaved raw fennel, bite-size orange pieces and slices of green olives mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. 

"If you can get 'em through commissary, sprinkle on some chopped pistachios," she wrote on the recipe. "Share with your cellies."

To stay in touch with loved ones from afar, Knox recommended hand-written notes.

"Somehow, pen on paper makes the message more precious," she explained. "What would you say if you only had 500 words & it took a week for them to arrive? Who would you write to?"

Knox also sympathized with those dealing with an overactive and anxious mind. In addition to journaling and reading — her favorite novels include "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "Cloud Atlas," "The Psychopath Test," "War of the Encyclopaedists" and the Harry Potter series, as well as love poems to "remember what it was like to touch people" — she encouraged others to start on open inner dialogue with themselves about the situation they may find themselves in.

"Something that really helped me was to have a conversation with my younger self, explain to her what she was going to experience and how she was going to survive it," she wrote.

Knox was first thrown into the public eye while studying abroad in Italy in 2007 after the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. Though she was initially convicted for the murder, she was eventually acquitted in 2015.

This isn't the first time Knox has taken to her social media accounts to open up about her prison experiences. In January, as she prepared for her wedding, she shared a photo of herself in her old prison uniform on Instagram. 

“40 days left until the wedding and 267 tasks left on the wedding To Do list.. I've locked myself in the craftroom and I'm wearing my old prison uniform,” she wrote. “Literally the very same sweatshirt and sweatpants I lived in in Casa Circondariale Capanne, Perugia.”

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