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Paleo Celebrities – Eva La Rue

March 14, 2011

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I love to hear about celebrities who have gone paleo / primal because they have the potential to reach so many people. I was excited to see on Robb Wolf’s site that Eva La Rue of CSI: Miami is paleo! She also has a testimonial on the back of his book, The Paleo Solution:

“I am a firm believer in The Paleo Solution. I maintain a hectic schedule that starts early and finishes late. Filming a television series, maintaining my fitness, and being a mom can be harrowing some days. Since adopting a Paleo way of eating I look and feel better, and I know that I am setting a good example for my daughter.”—Eva La Rue, star of ‘CSI: Miami’

Eva La Rue’s paleo diet is being featured on the front page of the April 2011 issue of First for Women magazine (front page, article pg. 1, article pg. 2).

No more yo-yo dieting

Eva, 44, says she feels “glorious” on the diet – and she looks it. She’s tried all sorts of diets in the past, but with the paleo diet, she was actually able to maintain her weight loss for over 18 months now, setting her free from yo-yo dieting. Eva also says that she now has tons more energy.

Health benefits

It’s great that Eva went beyond talking about weight loss in the article and covered some health benefits as well. Her 70-year-old mother-in-law followed her paleo example and  not only did she lose 20 pounds, but her hair grew back, her vision improved, and she was able to stop taking heart medications for the first time in 10 years. Eva also mentions a friend with Graves’ disease (an autoimmune disease that leads to an overactive thyroid) that lost 25 pounds in five weeks, and more importantly, was able to stop taking her medication. There was also a sidebar quoting Loren Cordain about acne – Eva’s adult acne completely disappeared after switching to paleo.

Eva has implemented paleo in her household, although her 9-year-old daughter is still allowed “kid favorites” like oatmeal and mashed potatoes. I wish in general that this trend of kid versus adult foods would go away, but still, this kid is eating better than the majority of the population. Eva mentioned that the paleo diet got rid of the rashes her daughter has had since she was a baby.

“This way of eating just makes sense”

I think the article did a really good job of introducing paleo to the masses. The food examples they gave looked pretty representative of paleo, without scaring anyone off. The article doesn’t mention anything about her workouts in the article, but I wonder if she has a more primal approach, considering the comment regarding having more energy to exercise, – “she squeezes in at least 10 minutes a day” (doesn’t sound like chronic cardio to me).

I’m also happy that paleo was represented as a lifestyle and not a diet.

“I’ve struggled with diets in the past, and what I love about this is that it’s not really a diet,” she explains. “You learn what your body is meant to eat – it’s really about eating different kinds of meat, vegetables and fruit… eating natural foods.”

And that Eva emphasized how easy it is to eat this way. Although she admits to the occasional cheat, she says,

“…knowing what I know now, I’ll never go back to eating like I did before. This way of eating just makes sense.”

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Jule January 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Key to Dieting

When I’m not busy, especially at work, I tend to snack. That’s why it’s hard to stick to any diet, especially a low carb diet. Eva La Rue made the comment, “I maintain a hectic schedule that starts early and finishes late.” I can always lose weight when I am in this situation. I don’t crave snacks and I eat a moderate-sized meals. This is the perfect situation for losing or maintaining a perfect weight for my size. Currently, I am in a position where I have little to do. I can’t believe it either! I hate it! I have volunteered to do more and have initiated a project, but they are really not that meaningful to me, they are ‘busy work’. However, it’s not busy enough that I am not looking for food to keep my mind off of it. I can see why Eva would be able to stick to the Paleo diet or any other for that matter … she is not only too busy, but full-filled with what she is doing. I think that is the key for most weight loss and weight maintenance.

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admin@primalist February 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Boredom and being unfulfilled/unhappy often result in mindless eating and less than optimal food choices. This can indeed make sticking to a healthy diet more difficult. But awareness is key. Now that you know that’s what you’re doing, you can work towards overcoming it. Also, an excuse that busy people often use is that they don’t have time to eat healthy. So it can go both ways. All we can do is strive to do our best, regardless of our current circumstances. I hope you get to do some more meaningful work, and good luck with your healthy eating :)

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