Time In

May 22, 2012

in blogging, eating disorders, restaurant, salads, vegan

…and on with the rest of yesterday’s eats!

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Abe and I wound up spending the afternoon in Culver City, getting work done at Teaforest. Around 2pm we swung by Native Foods Cafe

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…along with the rest of the Baby Brigade…

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…I was seriously craving veggies and ordered a Crunchy Kale Salad.

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Fancied up my water…

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…and brushed up on my Onion Trivia…

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…look at the answer to #6!!!!

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Finally our lunches arrived…

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…I was actually more interested in photographing Abe’s order – the Monday special…

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…it says “Cheeseburger” but there was no actual patty to be found? Mostly thinly sliced seitan, which reminded me of “pulled pork.”

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I immediately stole one of the fried pickles – they tasted like Burger King!!!

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Plus a forkful of the rest of the “meat” and “cheese” – smothered in both BBQ and Ranch.

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Native Foods seems to like double dressings! I had two of my own to drizzle on top…

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…it was a solid salad, and held me over the rest of the day…

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…wasn’t hungry for dinner so I skipped straight to a Q-Bee

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…and later, a handful of Atwater Cherries:

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I loved hearing from every single one of you and truly value the feedback on my last post – I read each comment twice and thought long and hard about how I felt afterwards…and here’s the decision I’ve made. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. I’ll still show every single thing I consume, and how much of it, but will continue to leave off the cocoa/miso/candies. That said, I don’t want to end up like a raw onion soaking through your freaking feet right into your taste buds, you know?

(No, I don’t know why you would know what the HECK that means.)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m really glad to hear I’m not annoying you (yet). I’m sure I’ve lost an audience because of the frequency/redundancy of my posts, but I can’t put value on stats/numbers and need to acknowledge just how important this format has been not only for others, but for ME. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that I’ve been blogging for 3 years and haven’t binged once that entire time. I guess I have a fear that I will relapse without it.

The Actor’s Diet is my baby – I’ve created + nurtured + watched it grow. But sometimes it also feels like my secret lover that steals away precious time/attention from other goals in my life – my Brokeback Mountain, if you will – and well…I just can’t quit it.

Perhaps one day I’ll evolve and grow. For now, this is part of what makes me unique. Knowing how much this daily posting helps others is a huge motivating factor as well. This is the blog I needed to read when I was deep in my eating disorder, so this is the blog I’ll continue to write. I do hope you’ll continue reading, too.

Thanks.

{ 31 comments }

1 Becki @ Bites 'n Brews May 22, 2012 at 8:37 am

I’m glad that you’re keeping your blog this way! In the beginning, and in the end, it should always be for YOU first and foremost! And then for others to peruse multiple times a day and drool over your wonderful restaurant eats.

2 Helenna Santos Levy May 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

I am so glad that you are continuing with this blog. I absolutely love it and look forward to all of your posts. I haven’t been a reader for very long, but in the last few months I’ve found it to be extremely helpful and have sent a number of people here to check it out. I definitely know what you mean about it being your “Brokeback Mountain” because I was recently struggling with something very similar. As long as what you are doing is feeding your soul (pun intended), your readers will be here to support you. xoxox h

3 Alison May 22, 2012 at 8:45 am

I’m happy with however you blog. When I first read your post yesterday, I was worried that you were stopping altogether. I’d hate that. I’ve come to look forward to reading you blog over the years. I started out having a food blog years ago (Live Listen Cook) and you were always so wonderful about commenting. That turned out to not be my style and I now have a book blog, which fits me much better. Regardless of my blog changes, I’ve always loved reading your blog and look forward to doing so for a long time.

4 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet May 22, 2012 at 9:03 am

ALISON!!! i miss you!!!

5 Lisa May 22, 2012 at 9:07 am

Even though I’ve only been a reader for the past 3 months or so, I love seeing all your posts! Haven’t been annoyed in the slightest. : )*

6 Lily L. May 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

When I checked your blog this morning I was happy to read that you were continuing to blog as you’ve done in the past. It is my morning ritual to read through the various outlets I follow and yours has becoming one of my favorites! Wanted to thank you for sharing your journey through food – it has been a source of comfort and kinship. Thanks!

7 Jen Gregory May 22, 2012 at 9:32 am

I love your process, Lynn! I meant to respond yesterday to Time Out…You’re not just a food blogger who documents each and every meal, you’re a creative person and talented writer. I don’t mind the melon pictures at all. And I love reading about your personal life, acting life and eating life. Keep writing whatever feels right to you. If it feels right to you, it will feel right to all of us who read your blog. Best wishes to you always!

8 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet May 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm

means so much coming from you jen, b/c you knew me waaaay back when.

9 Cindy May 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

Self evaluation and taking time to assess where you are and where you need to go IS evolution and growth. Recognition that what you are doing is working for you is called insight and maturity. I’m happy you’ve been able to make a decision that is good for you. Love ya.

10 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet May 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

:)

11 Thu May 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

I haven’t commented before, but I’ve been following this site for a couple years now. Your food pictures just make me hungry and give me reasons to move to SoCal. Haha.

So keep it up!

12 Erica May 22, 2012 at 10:06 am

That salad looks fantastic! What a cool spot. I’m not much for fried food…but I adore fried pickles ;) Good for you girl- do what works for YOU! Thats crazy about the onion rub

13 jan schifter May 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

So very pleased to hear your decision, YES!!!!!

14 Marie-Sophie May 22, 2012 at 10:37 am

I’m a bit late to comment on the frequency or content of your posts. I must say, I really love coming by your blog and seeing pictures of melon halves or your soup & candy … it’s kind of comforting to me because it’s kind of a regular thing. Like the owner of the little shoe repair shop opposite my flat that waives me a good morning every single day – and I love to waive back! :-) It’s these little things that make the day, you know. And I always feel that you have a great mix of fun adventures, great events, every-day-actor-stuff that is so not everyday life for everyone else and just really interesting … and your food stuff! Be it melon, be it candy, be it fun baking or your throw-together-and-nuke bowls … I just really enjoy it all!

And thanks, Lynn, for being an everyday blog that love to read! Every.single.day.

15 Mo May 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

I didn’t comment yesterday, but just wanted to stop in to tell you that I’m glad you’ll be continuing what you are doing because I love reading all about you and your life and what you’re eating. I like your honesty and find you comforting and wonderful. Hooray for continuing to do what you do! :D

16 Miss K May 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

I only started following your site a couple of days ago. I do hope that you will continue to post regularly!

17 Jenn May 22, 2012 at 11:37 am

Right on!!

18 Liliana May 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Bravo!!! Like you say, this blog is your baby, you created it and like the Ikea commercial says, “Welcome to the independent republic of my blog”. What I want to say is that your blog was made for express yourself, like an “autotherapy thing”, so you decide what direction must be followed. Feedback is always positive but in your presentation you say clearly the IDEA of this blogg. Personally as a recent reader I have to say that I like it so much:
-I learn about USA food (more variated than I thought before) and about many products that I never heard anything before (chia for example, “Flor de sal” :-))
-I follow an actress way of life (very interesting for me because I like your work and cinema in general and L.A. is the big place)
-I practise my poor English…

I`m a psycologist and I can understand why people needs to comunicate with other person with the same problems, food disorders in this case, and that can be overwhelming for a responsibly person like you are. But your blog is your life, your therapy, your expression not a magical solution for everybody and I think that your followers will understand your point. Best wishes for your soon three years baby!!!!

19 Diane Beebe May 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

So glad with your decision. For a day and a half I have been trying to formulate a response…….there is just DEFINITELY something about your blog JUST THE WAY IT IS. I don’t know if I can articulate the reason why but it is the ONLY blog I look forward to every day and it has been that way from the beginning of finding your blog. There is something very appealing about it…..for those you think you may have lost….maybe it wasn’t their taste….but I honestly think for those that feel as I do we are absolutely your faithful and loyal blog readers anxiously awaiting the next post.

20 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet May 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

aw! we’re blog soul mates!!!

21 CJ at Food Stories May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I strongly believe that one has to blog for themselves. If people like it then great, if they don’t then great, too. Kudos for deciding what’s best for you :-)

22 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I think your blog is great and the most important thing is that you are doing it for you and getting healthy! Keep up the great work!

23 The Healthy Engineer May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Fried pickles look so good! I’ve always wanted to try fried green tomatoes as well.

I’ve heard a lot about Native…maybe I’ll try to make it there one day….

24 Yuki May 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I’m soooo glad you’re keeping the blog as it is.
There is a reason why I read it several times a day.

25 Bianca May 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

So happy to hear that Lynne. The same reason you keep doing it is why we keep reading it. There are a lot of blogs written from people who have suffered from ED, but yours is decidedly unique. There are pictures of food, but it really isn’t about food. It’s about your life and all its excitement. The premiers, the auditions, the parties. Anyway, you’re a very important figure in this community. As the great Jack Nicholson once said, “You make me want to be a better [young adult on the verge of escaping the tendrils of anorexia.]“

26 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet May 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

ha ha ha! thanks, bianca!

27 heather May 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

super happy you’re keeping up with the posts!! yay!!!

28 Kristin May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

So glad you are keeping it the way it is!

29 em May 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

glad you will still be blogging! ;)

I just ate a vegan cupcake at native foods this past weekend. it was amazing, even better than any non-vegan cupcake i’ve ever had.

30 Johnny Chan May 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm

So glad you decided to keep your blog, Lynn! I really relate to your anecdotes and enjoy the consistency of your posts.

Thanks.

31 katecooks May 23, 2012 at 11:57 am

i love reading the day-to-day…i think you lead such a uniquely fun and interesting life. what might seem routine to you is so varied from the usual 9 to 5 play by play that is my life. i say, keep doing whatever you want!

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