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Amanda Seyfried Talks About Raw Food Diet in April 2010 Issue of Esquire

Would You Ever Do a Diet That You Hated?

In the April issue of Esquire, Amanda Seyfried takes a departure from her character on Big Love to go the boudoir route. She's also packing — lunch, that is. The actress arrives at the interview with her own plastic container of tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern salad made with parsley, bulgar, tomatoes, mint, and lemon juice.

"I'm on a raw-food diet," she declares, raising her brows to make her eyes even bigger. "It's intense. And sort of awful. Yesterday for lunch? Spinach. Just spinach. Spinach and some seeds."

Going raw seems to be popular amongst the Hollywood set; celebs like Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Madonna have all followed it. Some would argue that being on a diet in a conventional sense is never fun, but a means to an end. And while the results might be great, I don't think I have the willpower to eat things I find "awful." How about you?

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ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Ha.. I meant I've grown.. not frown.. that doesn't make sense :) But I do really love my mom.. I don't fault her.. we didn't have all this good information back then..
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Oh I did when I was younger, at the urging of my mother.. slim fast (gross), vegetable soup diet (gross)... she was preoccupied with a couple extra pounds on me.. which lead to a lifetime of body complexes for me... Yet she never had the time to make a healthy meal... how do you expect your kids to be healthy when you feed them frozen breaded fish and diet soda.. I've frown and gotten over it. I'm much healthier now, and it makes my health, and the health of my family a priority to me. I love my mom, but she forced her body issues on me.. Diets stink..
farrenpaige farrenpaige 7 years
I think most of the time people make the diet they're doing horrid to them. I'm sure a raw food diet wouldn't be terrible if you thoroughly prepared yourself for it, like getting cookbooks or finding nearby raw food restaurants.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Nope. There are plenty of ways to eat healthy that maintains a healthy weight, and that's tasty. The raw-food diet is not the only diet out there.
Louie Louie 7 years
I recently tried a diet that my trainer gave me - all fresh foods, nothing processed and lots of protein. It was supposed to go for 21 days but I lasted 14 (with a teensy bit of cheating every day). It was so tough, but I felt amazing, lost a couple of kilos and got heaps of compliments. I wouldn't do it all the time, but I would definitely consider doing it again if I needed a kickstart.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I would never do a diet I hated just to lose weight. However, in a few days I'm going to be pretty much forced to drink all my meals for a week because I won't be able to eat solids (I'm having oral surgery). I'm not looking forward to it AT ALL. I wouldn't mind a totally raw diet, though. Most of what I eat now is raw, but I do cook a few things. I suppose if you weren't used to it, it would be tough to adjust somewhat, but I think if you ease into eating that sort of food, it would be a lot easier to do.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Haha, bryseana. I did the same thing with the Slim Fasts. I used them as in-between meal snacks, when they're supposed to be real meals. Needless to say, I didn't lose weight.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 7 years
I absolutely refuse to eat food I hate. I've done some crazy diets, but I'll always adapt them so that I'm eating food I actually like. Otherwise, what's the point?
Meowphotog Meowphotog 7 years
Sounds like torture. I've done some crazy diets tho, not I stick to moderation and exercise = happier me.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
Zulkey when you said she's professionally good-looking it made me think of Zoolander. ha I don't do diets well. I tried the Slimfast diet once. Those shakes were so delicious I started drinking them with my meals. Sort of defeated the purpose. I think portion control is the thing to remember. If I crave a chocolate chip cookie I'll eat one or two rather than a whole box (what I used to do). I try not to buy in bulk or keep junk food in my house. If it's not there you can't be tempted.
ojodeazul ojodeazul 7 years
I work out to eat..I hate dieting. Simple eating healthier is good!
Mila_83 Mila_83 7 years
I think she is actually doing a disservice to all young women out there...she is obviously misinformed and misguided plus she is on raw food "diet" for all the wrong reasons. Its not a raw food diet but rather a raw food life.First one has to understand the philosophy behind the idea that cooking destroys nutrition and enzymes and chemically changes foods making it harmful for our health.She just wants to be skinny and that is why she just chews on spinach and seeds!And that is exactly why she hates it!!!All the young girls out there who read her dumb interview will think:"OK,I will go on raw food diet too!will survive on spinach and get skinny!"just wrong!
laellavita laellavita 7 years
you can soak bulgar enough so that it becomes chewable -- i have a friend who's a raw vegan and makes her own tabbouleh all the time that way. or she'll make it with amaranth or another grain that doesn't need to be so much cooked as it does soaked because it's so small. and i agree with the other people who say they appreciate her for at least being honest about it. yeah, it seems miserable because it probably is, but who knows, maybe it'll finally get people to realize that sometimes skinniness just isn't worth it.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
FYI - Tabbouleh isn't raw! It's made with COOKED bulgar wheat. It sounds like she's just on a generic diet. People usually don't go raw to lose weight, but rather to experience the health benefits. I have a raw foods cookbook, and the recipes are all delicious and full of flavor. If she's just eating plain spinach with nothing on it, she's missing out.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
I went all raw for nearly a year several years back... it's not that awful!! And I worked out two hours a day back then! The variety can be quite extensive - and delicious when it's done right. It takes creativity and a lot of juicing... and she has way more financial resources than I did.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
No, but actually I appreciate her candidness. I am so tired of celebs (like Demi Moore) saying they haven't worked out in years, and eat whatever they want. Okay, sure. At least I know these girls are suffering to look that skinny!!
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
nope. I sort of find it refreshing to hear that it's a pain in the butt for her to look the way she does. she is professionally good-looking and it makes me grateful that I'm just a regular person whose livelihood doesn't hinge on whether I eat what I like or not.
aerofan69 aerofan69 7 years
Right on susmita! I love food and wouldn't eat something i don't like, there are better, healthier, and more enjoyable ways to lose weight.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
I think the problem is mainly that many people have developed a love of and taste for foods that are rich, processed, calorie intensive, very sugary, very salty and otherwise enhanced, so any diet which involves eating something raw, natural (eg wholewheat), unsweetened etc will seem horrible, even if its actually not restrictive. I value food too much to eat stuff I actually hate and if being thin is that important, rather than wasting my time and money on food I hate, I may as well not eat it at all and forego the meal; btw, Tabbouleh is great! And so is raw spinach, which I eat a lot.
TammyO TammyO 7 years
I hate diets now, but I did try the Atkins diet since everyone was raving about it.. I tried it for like a day and was ready to cry. Now I just try to eat healthy and exercise.
Susmita Susmita 7 years
No way! Food is one of life's great pleasures... I eat only things I enjoy.
goddessru goddessru 7 years
I just really dont see why she has to torture herself. I mean, putting out statements like that discourages people from understanding moderation and healthy lifestyles and encourages them to suffer to look good by doing something you hate. Makes no sense.
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