The celebrity diet: Eating for the Oscars is an art

The celebrity diet: Eating for the Oscars is an art

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LOS ANGELES, February 19, 2014-The Oscars are on Sunday, and for actresses’ it’s all about fitting into that dress. So what do they eat in preparation?

Eating for the camera is an art.  Actors and actresses usually have a team of people to help them plan out a regimen leading up to the event.  It’s not just about eating right on the event day; it’s about keeping a very healthy diet up until the event.  Here’s a break down that many actors tend to stick to.

One month from the event-

  1. Water consumption is key.  Consume the recommended daily water intake as far in advance as possible.  Your body will get used to the quantity of water and therefore can flush out toxins quickly with out retaining it.

The two weeks before-

  1. Remove foods that may give you an allergic reaction (but you can always keep them in if you know they want cause any reactions) – nuts, wheat, gluten, etc. (as they may cause you to swell)
  2. Incorporate lean proteins into your diet.
  3. Sweets should consist of fresh whole fruits; make them dark so you can really get your vitamins and minerals out of them.
  4. Eat lots of greens and vegetables in either salads or as steamed sides.
  5. Reduce your sodium intake by at least two-thirds, as we tend to exceed our daily recommended amount.

The week of the event. This week is crucial.  It’s time to get serious.

  1. Keep water intake as consistent as possible.
  2. Try to stick to the leanest proteins possible such as halibut, egg whites, cottage cheese, chicken breasts, etc.
  3. Canned tuna should be avoided because of the high sodium level and beans should be replaced with lean proteins such as halibut, egg whites, Greek yogurt and chicken breasts.
  4. Use citrus and herbs as your main flavor enhancers.
  5. Add fresh ginger, mint tea and siracha to help increase food digestion.

Two days before

  1. Continue with the list above.
  2. Remove bulky and gaseous-itemed foods like cabbage, broccoli, mushrooms and beans out of your diet.  They tend to make your stomach look a bit bloated.
  3. Keep water consistent.
  4. No alcohol consumption.
  5. Sleep at least 8 hours each night.

The day of-

  1. Remove garlic, shallots and onions from your diet, as you don’t want the odor to linger in your breath or your pores.
  2. Start your day with an egg white omelet with tomatoes, zucchini and bell peppers.
  3. Snack on walnuts, cottage cheese, a small fruit smoothie or yoghurt with dark berries.
  4. A few foods that will help keep up your energy are quinoa, faro, almond butter, Greek yogurt and granola, steamed non-gaseous vegetables, hard boiled eggs, dark berries.

Actresses not only stick to a very strict regimen, but they also incorporate exercise like yoga, cardio and Pilates as well.

Good luck.  Enjoy the Oscars!


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Mary Moran
Upon graduating from the California School of Culinary Arts in 2002, Chef Mary Payne Moran began her professional career shelling crabs at the world-renowned restaurant, Michael's in Santa Monica. Simultaneously, she launched her own company, Hail Mary’s, founded upon the belief that good food nurtures the soul, and began catering weddings, parties and large corporate events. In the fall of 2008, Mary began teaching her culinary skills to others. Currently she can be found at Hollywood School House teaching her after school cooking class, and teaching her popular "Vegetables or Not Here I Come" assembly. Most recently, Mary has launched another division in her company as well as a chef she is now also a Certified Nutritionist for high profile clients. She helps her clients discover their healthy way of eating. Mary has recently been published in the Los Angeles Magazine, & The New Jersey Star Ledger. Daily she addresses cooking aficionados through her blog - Cooking with Chef Mary as well as her how-to webisodes on You Tube.