What’s “The Actor’s Diet?”

This isn’t called “The Actor’s Diet” to tell you how to eat so you end up looking like a certain celebrity. Like all people, actors come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and their diets vary accordingly. But unlike most people, actors have unique circumstances that center around their bodies. Sometimes we need to get strong for an action movie, lose weight to look sick, tone up for a bathing suit scene, or figure out how to fit into the same costume for reshoots.  With very little time to prepare.

But let’s face it, that’s when we ARE actually working (which, for most actors who aren’t huge stars – like me – is rare).  Another occupational hazard is the prevalent unemployment and constant rejection that is 95% of the job.  Learning how to deal with the stress of these constant negatives without turning to harmful eating patterns or abusive self talk is an ongoing lesson.

How to deal with all this in the healthiest way possible? Especially when confronted with the crafts service table on set?

The Actor’s Diet” will show you how I attempt to navigate these unique challenges, in addition to exploring how other performers eat.

(Me in 2005′s “Saving Face” – eating many, many, many hot dogs and trying not to freak out about fitting into my costume the next day)

“The Actor’s Diet” started out on Blogger, in June of 2009.  Back then it was a joint project between me and my good friend, fellow actress and holistic health counselor Christy Meyers – we got the idea from an episode we recorded of the now-defunct podcast Actors Off - and now I have a new one!

After a year, I took over full time.  For three I years, I posted about virtually every single thing that I ate, usually twice a day.  Now, it’s a lot more sporadic, but with the same feel.

Here are some compilation posts to give new readers a sense of the blog’s history:

“The Actor’s Diet” has a lot of restaurants and products, discussions about body image/eating disorders, and many simple/thrown together microwavable meals.  I am not a cook, baker, food writer, nutritionist, eating disorders specialist – I don’t have the most refined palate or the vocabulary to be a reviewer.  I don’t get tied into controversies in the food world, though I try to be as conscious as possible.  I don’t take the greatest photos.

What you WILL find is someone who is passionate about eating, and exploring the relationships we have with food.  That, combined with pictures of my dog, husband/family/friends, L.A. area interests, travels, movies/TV shows, fashion/beauty choices, giveaways, and other random things are what you’ll see on this blog.

It’s my life, viewed through food.

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1 Jerilyn February 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Thanks for listening – I mentioned your blog in the ‘food’ episode on 02/10/10 – here’s a link to subscribe if any of your readers want to take a listen – thanks and keep on keepin’ on!
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=336560437

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2 timetosavetheworld June 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm

What a great blog! I’m an actor as well and I’m really looking forward to looking at all of the information on here! Thanks so much!

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3 dmcgirl37 June 30, 2010 at 10:31 am

Wow, I just love you blog!!

Dana :)
http://happinessiswithin.wordpress.com/

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4 Jamie September 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I justfound your blog today… I love it :-)

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5 Lindsay October 1, 2010 at 7:57 am

I like you blog a lot – especially since I also went through an eating disorder in high school I can relate to some of your thought processes. Anyways, I wanted to know if you could get a feed link so I could get your blog on my instapaper app on my ipad? This way I can read your blog offline. Not sure how to do this but many other blogs seem to know how.

Thanks!!

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6 actorsdiet October 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm

thanks, lindsay! you can subscribe via this link – there’s also a “subscribe via rss” section on the right-hand side of the blog, next to the archives! http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/feed/

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7 eatdrinknbmerry February 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm

hi lynn, you had commented a while back on a hawaii posting. just realized you’re the one in Saving Face ha. great movie and awesome that you take the time to write/enjoy food.

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8 Vivian March 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I’m not actress, nor an aspiring 0ne, but love your blog coz it inspires me to eat right. The gorgeous pictures help tons too. I think I’ll stop having cereal for dinner and actually make an effort to prepare real food. :)

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9 Angel @ | 77inspire | April 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

What an interesting blog :) I’ve never heard of “saving face” but i’m gonna try and find to watch.

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10 Ashley July 31, 2011 at 10:33 am

I just stumbled upon your blog via hungry hungry hippie and I deal with the exact same things you have! I was at very scary weight and now im in the binge eating stage and gaining quite a bit of weight which is pretty difficult. it is soooo nice to see such a beautiful person overcome a very difficult disorder, it gives me hope as i continue to go through therapy…Thank you so much for sharing your story and being an inspiration : )

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11 katthenomad November 27, 2011 at 3:26 am

You’ve probably heard this a million and one times before but I just have to say it again, I loooved your performance in Saving Face. That movie was one of the defining moments when I “came out.” For that, I thank you. And thank you for this blog as well. I’ve had similar eating disorders from a few years ago, and I can’t believe I stumbled here by random blogsurfing. You are awesome. Keep up the good fight! Needless to say, I’m a huge fan. :)

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12 Liliana April 3, 2012 at 3:14 am

Hi Lynn, I`m writing from Spain and that`s why I apologize for my limited English. I arrived at your blog thanks to “Saving Face”. I just watched this beatiful movie one month ago and I became a fan of it. Reading your wonderful blog about actor`s world and food I discovered your problem with food when you was making the film a few years ago. I congratulate you in your fighting and I hope to see you in many others films. A person who show her or his problems in public way in a world like yours is a BRAVE person for me. Greetings from Spain.

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13 yangjie September 2, 2012 at 3:21 am

Dear Lynn,
今年八月份我看了电影《面子》,fantastic,I love Vivian the role you acted , so so so beautiful ! And now i will care about you all the time ,ALWAYS LOVE YOU !加油!

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14 johan April 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Hi lynn,
I admire you for telling us all this. You are an inspiration to all. I have a sister with an eating disorder too. With family support and therapy, she was able to conquer it. Stay strong. Right now she is using this new healthy cookbook which is working for her.

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