Since I Can’t Send You Melons…

I was in Hollywood yesterday for an audition, and caught a peek of the new Outdoor Screening facility.

Can’t believe this is the same Big Lots I used to get cheap snacks and park at (back when I used to go to the gym across the street).

Yup, this town is all about movies. There was a DVD ready to go at my commercial audition (remember when I actually went to The Badlands in 2009?!?)…

…even the Trader Joes is movie-themed!

And of course, it’s my job.  Just got my new union card in the mail – look how long I’ve been at this!

As much as L.A. is centered around films, this blog is to show you it’s also about food. A little TOO MUCH food. My stomach has been feeling the effects from this past weekend’s Deep Dish Pizza, Marilyn Monroe Dinner, and Chinese Food Feast.

(“Dinner” was melon/miso and “Dessert” was cherries/cocoa.)

I’m a bit overbooked when it comes to eating for the next few months (yes, I said months). Every other day there’s some kind of tasting, dinner, meeting, or date that revolves around something delicious. So when I was contacted yesterday by Urban Girl Wellness – they just launched the 14-Day Fresh Start – it sounded like it would be exactly what my tummy needs.  The Program includes smoothies, snacks, online support, and plenty of materials to guide you through a two-week cleanse.

But since I know myself, my history with eating disorders, and my lifestyle/agenda very well, I know a detox isn’t for me.  Still, this one sounds pretty do-able and trustworthy, especially since Paula Burton, the creator of Urban Girl Wellness, went to Integrative Nutrition, where Christy studied.

So instead of going on the detox for 2 weeks myself and blogging about it, I’m going to give it away – a $750 value  – free to one of you.  (And if you want to try it for $250 now, just sign up here and say you were referred by The Actor’s Diet blog.)

I’m trying out PunchTab for the first time with this giveaway – it should allow you to enter easily in multiple ways with just a few clicks.  But if for some reason it’s not showing up/working, just leave a regular old comment on this post saying why you want to try The 14-Day Fresh Start Program.  I’ll choose one U.S. winner next week.  Good luck!

  • Tamara

    I’m in a food rut and this sounds like about the healthiest detox I’ve ever seen! Thanks, Lynn (and PunchTab is pretty neat!).

  • tracy s

    I am getting ready for summer vacation and really need to eat simple and healthy

  • Lisa

    I miss LA weather. I’m so spoiled. I’m in the Caribbean yet here I am.. whining. It’s too humid. : P

  • kayleigh

    I would love to try it because I am trying to eat healthier and this seems like a great option!

  • Lindsey Romain

    I’ve been suffering from some chronic illness issues lately and have been struggling to find a way to freshen up my body from the inside out. I was told to look into a cleanse, but the idea of them has always been scary to me – I don’t want to starve myself or rely entirely on liquids to subside, but I don’t know how to do it otherwise. I researched this cleanse and it looks incredible – a safe way to ensure that I’m still getting all the health benefits I need. I’m sure a cleanse like this would make my body (and mind) feel better.

  • Liz

    I’d like to try it because I think I need a “reset” on my diet!

  • Michelle M

    I would like to try this and see if I can get my system reset a bit.

  • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Oh my gosh, Lynn, I would love love LOVE to win this. I’m getting married in September, and although I’m loathe to be “that bride” who’s trying to lose weight for her wedding, I do need to take off the 10+ pounds I’ve gained while recipe-testing for my books. This cleanse sounds AMAZING!

  • Lisa

    I’ve been feeling sluggish lately and it has everything to do with what I’ve been putting into my body. Would love to reboot my system and start afresh!

  • Heather

    I would be over the moon to win this. I’ve been wanting someone else to do all the thinking for me with food!

  • Amy

    Wow…that’s exactly what I need to get ready for summer…bring it!!

  • Danielle

    I would love to try it!

  • Lauren

    I’ve never tried a cleanse and always wanted to – this would be a perfect opportunity!

  • Wendy

    I would love to try this to feel a healthier during the summer!

  • Jenna U.

    I would love to try this! I have IBS so lately I feel like I need something to just cleanse myself and start fresh!

  • Kristie

    I would love to win this and give it to my mom! She wants to get a little healthier and I’m not in the best position to give her health advice…but I’m sure Paula Burton is!

    Ps- drove down Wilshire yesterday and passed by so many places that you’ve blogged about! Was half hoping to spot you on the street or something:)

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      if you drive on larchmont, there’s a good chance you’ll see me (and julius!)

      • Kristie

        I’ve never been to the Larchmont area (didn’t even know it existed until I read your blog, oops) but it’s bound to happen one of these days! So don’t be alarmed if you spot a little Asian girl eyeing you through the car window sometime in the near future.

  • Sarah M.

    Haven’t ever gone on a cleanse but have been wanting to — this one definitely looks doable!

  • britt

    I would love to try this cleanse– this looks like a good one.

  • Lauren Penland @ Lauren’s Cup of Tea

    I would love to win this for my hubby!!! I’m currently prego, but my hubs NEEDS a detox!!!

  • katecooks

    I’ve tried to detox once but without the support of a program it was pretty difficult! i’ve been eating up a storm lately and would love to clean my system in a healthy way!

  • Sara P.

    I would like to win because I am really into healthy eating, and this would be an easy way to do it!! (also, I could use a break from cooking for a couple weeks!!)

  • Tricia

    I’ve never done an “official” cleanse before, and I have a strong passion for health and fitness, so I am really willing to experience something new.

  • Lauren

    Would love to try this.

  • Emily

    A detox such as this one sounds amazing! Not only would it allow me to not stress about my meals for a few weeks, it would also ensure that I’m getting all of the nutrients I need. Being on-the-go all the time can make that difficult!

    PS: I just got my new SAG-AFTRA card as well! Although, I definitely haven’t been a member as long as you. (:

  • hallie

    I want to try The 14-Day Fresh Start Program

  • Eve

    I would like to win because I just started rotations mid-May and I feel sluggish and tired every day (maybe this also has something to do with the fact that I have been on a student “sleep until noon every day” schedule for the past several years). Also I’m spending my first summer on the super hot and humid east coast (really miss southern California!) and I’m packing a few more pounds than I would like to be!

  • Michelle

    as someone who reaches for a glazed donut for breakfast way too many mornings, i would love to try this plan and start my summer with something healthy for me! hopefully it’ll create new and better habits :)

  • Dewey

    What a good idea! I feel the same way–my tummy could use a little extra love right now, in the midst of junk-food celebration season.

  • Emily

    This post made me home sick! I just moved from Hollywood and it is great to see that the Big Lots has been transformed :) And I do miss that TJ’s…. I would love to win as I am about to have a baby and this would be a great kickstart back to health once he makes his appearance :)

  • Jessica

    This is just what I need after my move this week to a new apartment. Having convenient healthy meals at such a stressful time would be great!

  • Patty

    I would love to try the cleanse to prep for my wedding in October!

  • Katie

    I would love to try this because my wedding is in less than 2 months!

  • Brigid

    I want to win because my eating has been all over the place lately (i.e. intermittently clean and terrible). Getting a “reset” would be wonderful!

  • Vegyogini

    Hi Lynn! Do you have any idea if the food on this cleanse is vegan? If it is, I’d love to be entered. I’m always preparing meals for myself and I think it would be amazing to have that taken care of by someone else for a couple weeks. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      Here’s what Paula said:

      “The vanilla shakes are vegan friendly. The bars contain a little bit of whey. They are welcome to do the supplements, vanilla shakes and program. We would tailor the rest of the snacks to incorporate some vegan friendly stuff. Definitely doable!”

  • alain

    thanks Lynn for holding this giveaway! i’d love to win because similar to you i have been feeling the effects of too many meals out and especially late night snacking. i think where we differ is that i am uber-sensitive to sugar and the more i have it, the more i crave it. i think this detox will be a great way for me to recalibrate my tastebuds and get me off the sugar-crack train.

  • Danielle Gonzales

    I definitely need to start eating/being healthier in general and I’d love to give this a shot to start off!

  • k

    I know that I eat very healthfully and do enjoy my food. However, I would love to do something like this to reset my digestive system. Plus I love smoothies! Free smoothies, even better! :)

  • Breanna Laakkonen

    I would love to try it because this sounds like a healthy kickstart to my summer and a good boost to my healthy eating attempts!

  • Lisak

    I have been feeling overbooked with my eating too (bbqs, fun summer drinks, birthday parties, weddings), so this comes at the perfect time for me!

  • Jane

    I would love to try this Detox! I think the approach of Urban Girl Wellness is great and I would love to be able to experience the health improvement that comes with on of their programs.

  • bonnie

    I’d like to try it because I really need to stop my unhealthy eating ways and I need some encouragement.

  • Iris Lee

    I would love to reset for summer!! This would be a perfect way to do it. :)

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    I have never done a detox, but I know my body would thank me. I’m actually in the middle of really “cleaning” my diet up (after a very stressful couple weeks), and a plan that I could follow would be great.

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    P.S.: PunchTab is cool! :)

  • meredith

    sounds delicious! i’d love to win and try a cleanse to start the summer off feeling revitalized.

  • Lindsey

    I would love to win this detox! I have adopted some unhealthy habits that I need help to get rid of!

  • Amy S

    I’ve never tried a detox/cleanse but I’ve been wanting to try one for a while now

  • Annie G.

    I’m roughing it out in DC living the post-grad intern life… and a detox sounds wonderful!

  • Natalie

    i’d love to try this program because i just moved home and literally have been eating the same thing every single day!!

  • Jennifer

    I would love the chance to try the detox. I have been really struggling to lose weight and I definitely think that a cleanse would be a great way to jump start my summer goals! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Ezzie

    The past few weeks have been pretty grueling (so glad finals are over!) and I haven’t been feeding myself the best food. I’m more than ready to let go of the Cheez-its and icecream and give my body a fresh& healthy kickoff to summer!

  • bridget

    i would love to win this!!!!

  • Floey

    Sounds like a great program!

  • Diane beebe

    I would like to win this as I haven’t been able to stick to a detox yet…..this sounds doable……

  • Ariel

    Ive been eating to many factory made food items. Need a Fresh start. With amazing healthy food. That I don’t need to think about what to eat next.

  • Penny

    I’ve always wanted to try one of these – and need it!

  • Dana H

    I would love to try this! I work in the health and wellness industry, and Im always looking for new/exciting information to experience myself and help with clients, family, and friends!

  • Darcee

    This sounds exactly like something I’m going to need after I come home from vacation!! 11 days in the Midwest with family who likes to feed, feed, feed you, i”ll need a good cleanse:)

  • Kari

    I wouldn’t mind trying a detox plan and reporting my findings. I haven’t been eating great the past week or so and could probably use it!

  • Megan Lin

    I need the detox plan because after my nights of chocolate, tacos, carbs, carbs, chocolate, carbs, carbs, carbs, and an organic apple….home girl needs a detox!

  • Joann C.

    Wow! That detox actually sounds doable! I would love to win the 14-Day Fresh Start Detox. My eating habits have been all over the board recently and its getting to the point where I feel slow and sluggish all the time because of it!

  • gloria

    I’ve never done a detox, but I would love to The 14-Day Fresh Start Program a try!

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  • Fiona

    I’ve definitely gained a lot of weight since I started blogging – it’s time for a detox, for sure!

  • Living, Learning, Eating

    I’ve been so busy with my internships and jobs that I’ve been eating absolutely terribly – just whatever is in sight and ALL of it. I’m just always in such a rush and I need to get back to reallly enjoying my food again! I’ve also always been curious about these kinds of things – in the past, I was always quick to dismiss cleanses and detoxes as rubbish but I think that I really ought to give things a try before I write them off! Perhaps this is just what I need to get my stomach feeling good again and my body back on track.

  • erica

    have always wanted to try something like this! would be a good way to reset and reconsider eating choices

  • Anne

    It would be interesting to try this.

  • Stefanie Gladden

    I want to win because I’d like to lose some weight and try out this cleanse!

  • http://deliciouslifebydarrilyn.blogspot saniel

    thanks for the giveaway, always need a detox and cleanse to start a good week.

  • Emily

    I love the idea of detox for a “reset”, physically and- maybe more importantly- mentally. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  • AnJelique

    I feel as though I need a change in my life and this would be a great way to get it started!!

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  • Jil

    A cleanse/detox is such a great way to jumpstart your body, and sort of reset and realign everything. A great way to start off bikini season! :)

  • Eliza

    As a working girl and newly part time student (applying for nursing school) things are busy. I try and plan my meals in advance to be healthy and fresh. but this giveaway would be epic to make things easier. I would love to try it out and detox. It could also be helpful with my stress management :)

  • Nancy Yun

    Just like you, i’ve had some issues with eating disorders and mainly binge eating and topped the scale at 230 pounds (my height is 5’6). About five years ago, I went to a bunch of trainers, a nutritionist, and spent a whole summer working out and losing 50 pounds. During this i ate lettuce and mustard and egg whites. Every single day. I also drank the nights away and would continue on my odd diet. I did end up losing loads of poundage in an unhealthy way– working out five hours a day and eating a few hundred calories daily. Ever since then,I’ve lost 80 pounds total, found a healthy diet with a few occasional foodie binges (similar eating habits to you!), and work out normal amounts (4-5 times a week for an hour). I have a new demanding job lately and have not been able to keep up my normally nutritious food regimen. I’ve been traveling a lot for work, stressed out with the usual life woes (all these health problems are popping up in my family!), and am desperate for a kick start to health!

    I’d love to win the 14 day fresh start so I can feel great about my body rather then the slump I’ve been going through. Don’t worry, it wouldn’t go wasted on me. i know what it’s like to “diet” through lifestyle changes and I have been wanting to try something new without starting a fad diet– you have to know, i’m completely against fad diets. For me, it’s not about losing the weight but feeling great again!

    • Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      Thanks for entering and sharing Nancy. You have such a cool blog!

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  • The Sisters

    Okay, we just have to say it…even though your life may be a little booked ;), it seriously sounds like SO MUCH fun! Thanks for linking up with us on “Strut Your Stuff Saturday!” We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

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  • sam chang

    i’ve had some troubles with overeating and this is the perfect, healthy way to jumpstart my body! thanks!

  • Elle

    I’ve never done a detox before, but after a lot of travelling and sweets lately, I could definitely use one. Having a program would mean one less thing I have to think about, which I could really use!