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.