When I first started Paleo Lifestyle Magazine I knew I wanted to talk to “people of influence” who were outside of the Paleo industry as part of our monthly interviews.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t find value in talking to people like Mark Sisson and Robb Wolf (I do, which is why I have), but I think there is something to be said for getting someone’s perspective who isn’t tied to making a living off “being Paleo”.
Unfortunately, my problem was, I had no idea which celebrities, if any, were actually following the Paleo diet. But, with the help of Google, I was able to find some pretty big names pretty quickly, and one of those big names that kept popping up in all of my searches was actress Eva La Rue, best known for her roles on All My Children, and CSI: Miami.
Thankfully, I was able to catch Eva just before she left to shoot a movie for the Hallmark Channel, and find out what it’s like to try to be Paleo while on set!
Here is an excerpt from our interview, available in the latest issue of Paleo Lifestyle Magazine (both for the iPad and on Amazon), where Eva talks about how she became Paleo, her connection to Robb Wolf and John Welbourn, and what it’s like to be Paleo on set:
Brian: First and foremost, how did you get involved in the Paleo diet?
Eva: I got involved in it through my husband, Joe. I don’t know how it came to be, but he got to be friends with Rob Wolf and John Welbourn, who started CrossFit Football. They both got him into being Paleo.
Then, when Joe and I got married two years ago, we were both super strictly Paleo and we were shredded for the wedding! All of our wedding pictures consequently turned out fantastic. I wish I could say I was as thin now as I was then!
We’re not as strictly Paleo as we should be. When we travel it’s a little harder to figure your diet plan out when you’re eating out all the time. It’s really tough when you’re eating at restaurants a lot.
Brian: So, when you’re on set is it hard to stay Paleo?
Eva: It is, it’s really hard. Well, not if you can grab fruits and vegetables and stuff like that. But, it’s tough because they’re making food for 300 people, so you have to try to kind of pick your way through what works.
That is another reason that I find when I am on hiatus for three or four months between shooting that I am most strictly Paleo. But, then again, it takes me into the summer so I end up looking my best which is good!
Brian: Hollywood tends to be the trend setters in America. Do you feel like Paleo is catching on with other actors and actresses?
Eva: Definitely. I feel like two years ago nobody had ever heard of “Paleo” and I think most people have heard of it now. Plus, there is such a big CrossFit craze and I think most people are hearing about Paleo through CrossFit. But, to answer your question, I think actors are just now starting to help being Paleo become more mainstream.