Lea Michele: ‘I’ve never eaten fast food. I do not drink soda. I don’t eat candy’

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Lea Michele has a new interview with E! and she’s promoting her upcoming second album, Places, which is out this week. I just listened to the first single, “Love is Alive,” and it’s so syrupy yet serious. I’m not a fan. E! has a video of their talk with Lea up on their site and it’s interesting to see how quickly she talks and to hear her voice. She repeats a claim that she’s made before in which she says she works out to eat whatever she wants and that she doesn’t limit herself, however she then says that does not include any fast food or candy.

“I love working out. I work out to feel good but also so I can eat whatever I want,” she admits. “I want to be able to enjoy myself. I’m Italian. I like to eat big meals. I love red wine. And you know also when you’re traveling and stuff like that I like trying new restaurants and going on adventures, so I can’t limit myself.”

Like any healthy lifestyle, however, Lea has foods she tries to avoid. “I’m good in the sense that I’ve never eaten fast food. I do not drink soda. I don’t eat candy,” she shares. “Like my house is healthy, so when I’m saying I’m eating a lot it’s like good food that’s worth it.”

In addition to feeling her best, Lea shares she’s also living her best. “I feel like I’m in such an incredible place in my life right now, and there’s definitely those personal songs on the album and especially my concerts,” she says of her music. “I break down the songs and I tell everyone what they’re about, so that’s where I get really personal and that’s where I open up.”
She continues, “I try to keep my life as private as I can, but my music is where I really open up, and maybe we’ll Taylor Swift a few people left and right.”

[From E! Online]

I don’t see how it’s eating whatever you want if you don’t eat fast food or candy. I surely have a sugar addiction but candy is the best. Also a little fast food won’t derail your diet if you eat less calories than you burn. She’s never had it ever? Lea sounds like one of those people who has a lot of rules around food but still think they’re letting loose because they eat full-ish meals. One of my favorite youtube trainers, Jessica Smith, recently published a balanced article against food moralizing. It really captured my approach to eating. Smith writes “To me, terms like ‘clean eating’ or ‘cheat days’ imply that there are good and bad foods or right or wrong ways to eat. Personally, I don’t subscribe to any specific method or way of eating. I just like to eat.” She also adds that it’s a personal decision, which is of course true, and that she ascribes to moderation. This is just common sense to me but so many people think there are “forbidden” foods. When celebrities say things like “I eat healthy, I don’t keep any junk in the house,” it puts a value on certain foods as good or better than others. There’s some truth to that, some foods are more nutrient dense, but I don’t think any foods should be off limits unless you’re limiting them due to allergies or personal philosophy.

Kudos to Lea for using “Taylor Swift” as a verb though.

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  1. astrid says:

    hard to believe a person living in America has never had fast food

    • mia girl says:

      Yeah, no. It literally took me two seconds to find this in a search-
      http://www.justjared.com/2015/05/25/lea-michele-matthew-paetz-enjoy-chipotle-on-memorial-day-weekend/

      Chipotle is fast food. The company even describes itself that way. It might be healthier compared to others, but it is still fast food.

      I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and figure she was likely talking about McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell…

      But even with that, I’m with you – I don’t believe she has never had one of those ever.

      • WTW says:

        @Mia, Chipotle is what falls under “fast casual.” Panda Express, Baja Fresh and others fall into this category. This is the terminology the restaurant industry uses to describe these places, meaning the industry does distinguish them from the likes of McDonalds, BK, and TB. That said, I WISH I had Lea’s mindset. But I love the occasional order of french fries, and I love sugar, damn it! I don’t know if Lea’s never been to a fast food chain, but she may have been raised this way. I did not grow up drinking soda, for example, and I don’t drink it as an adult. I am shocked when I hear that so many people drink soda on a daily basis, often multiple times per day. Maybe this is where Lea is coming from with fast food.

      • QQ says:

        Very Interesting WTW I’m a Fast Casual Girl Myself AF, I too wasn’t raised in a Soda or Cereal Home ( my Parents would mark occasions by doing ONE bottle of soda or Buy Mini Cereal Boxes As Treat) and to this day Even if I go through period or occasionally have some I can’t F*ck with either thing like that, frequently or anything, In fact as far as I know my sister and I either eat cereal dry of like as a snack.. not for serious morning food certainly not before 11 am LOL, and my Bf and I always shockingly discuss how a friend of hours exclusively drinks diet soda through most of his day, SOOO Scandalous to our brains LOL

      • Aerohead21 says:

        Chipotle is only healthy if you get the salad bowl, use tomato based salsa instead of dressing, and leave off rice. Limit cheese/sour cream. Yeah…otherwise it’s not healthy. Not even a little.

    • AnneC says:

      My dad was a vegetarian from the 1940′s until he died and we ate super healthy growing up in the 50′s/60′s/70′s. I think I went to a Macdonalds in LA on Sunset once and a couple times ate at Taco Bell in college. Since then nada fast food and my own kids were never brought to a fast food place. Candy, shrug, if you have a sweet tooth that’s a big deal, but I totally relate to her working out so she can drink wine and eat big Italian meals. And I also have never drank soda (yuck) but have cappuccino and some Sauvignon Blanc every day…

  2. Esmom says:

    I don’t know about food moralizing. My son does that, he is obsessive and annoying but at the end of the day it seems silly to complain about someone eating too healthy. I do wish he could get back to the point where he could relax with a chocolate chip cookie or eat a pizza with his friends.

    Anyway, I do think we as Americans generally eat too much junk. I’m not offended when people in the industry recommend healthier diets. In fact I think it’s gross when people like Tracey Anderson talk about working out like a beast to get that hot bod and then eating frosting from a can. It sends such a mixed message about being healthy. We do need nutrients, and there aren’t many to be found in junk and a lot of people have a hard time with balance.

    • Shijel says:

      Hi! I don’t know you or how your kid eats, but from what you wrote, if he’s a teen, keep an eye on his eating habits. Obsession with healthy eating as a teen might point to an eating disorder. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a restrictive eating disorder, but if a kid his age can’t even relax around certain foods (a slice of pizza isn’t the unhealthiest thing ever) then it might point to some underlying causes.

      Source: former teen anorexic who masked her ED for the longest time with ‘healthy eating’.

      Other than that, I agree with your post. I’m not American, but even here diets are getting increasingly unhealthy, the pace of life enables ‘convenience eating’ (fast food IS convenient) and there’s less and less moderation.

      • Kitten says:

        @ Shijel-IIRC Esmom has alluded to her son having issues with this.

        Masking EDs with healthy eating is CLASSIC for ED sufferers, but that’s not to say that every person who lives by the “eat healthy” mantra has an ED.

        That being said, as someone who struggles with an ED, I am prone to getting incredibly obsessive about my diet. It’s the easiest and fastest way to lose weight and change my body, because I already lead such an active lifestyle.

      • Esmom says:

        Shijel, thank you, I hear you. He battles depression and anxiety and we absolutely know this is tied to that. He’s got a virtual team of people monitoring this so hopefully we can eventually get it under control. It’s so tricky because he gets so much positive reinforcement for being so “disciplined,” when we in his family know it can be sorta harrowing to live with someone so rigid and when he knows he should relax in this area sometimes too.

      • Dex and Destruction says:

        @Esmom
        In my own experience with depression, anxiety, and OCD, I can tell you that my EDs manifested because of the chaos in my life in and around me. Just like my self-harm tendencies, my EDs are something I can control—at least that’s what I tell myself. I can control how much pain I inflict on my body. And I can control how much or how little I want to eat. I also feel my OCD tendencies fall into this same category. It’s all about the illusion of control over something, when you simply have control over nothing.

        Everyone’s experience is different but I thought I would share mine for what it’s worth. Your son is lucky to have such support. I’ve learned that specific element can help almost as much as anything else.

      • Esmom says:

        Dex and Destruction, thanks for sharing your story. My son’s eating (and working out, tbh) issues definitely are the result of trying to assert some control in a chaotic world. He’s said as much. His thing is about being as “big” and buff as he can be to help give him an edge in athletics, which doesn’t come naturally to him. So he works out every day (although he does rest muscle groups on certain days) and tries to eat as much protein as he can to stay “big.” While his psychiatrist thinks he should be working harder to ease up sometimes, his therapist is ok with these “atypical coping mechanisms” because they do in fact help him function better than when he doesn’t and he does get a big boost to his self-esteem from being seen as a dedicated athlete. Athletics seems to be one area where obsessiveness is a considered a virtue! Unfortunately. I keep thinking/hoping that once he goes to college and he no longer has varsity sports to worry about, he will have an easier time achieving better balance in his life.

        Thank you again for your thoughtful words. Wishing you health and peace.

    • Snowflake says:

      But when you put too much emphasis on whether food is good or bad, it can lead to binges. For example, I ate a chocolate chip cookie, I broke my diet, f@ck this, then you eat the whole box. That’s how it works for me.

  3. Beth says:

    Not even as a child? Yeah right. Another holier than thou. I’ll eat what I want and be fine doing it

    • original kay says:

      I drink diet coke for breakfast.

      • SusanneToo says:

        I drink undiet Dr. Pepper for breakfast.👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😊😊😊

      • ell says:

        karl lagerfeld only drinks diet coke, because apparently water is too meh for him.

      • Shijel says:

        So do I to be honest. I like the taste, it’s not as sugary as soda, and the caffeine kick works better and faster than coffee (whose taste I dislike anyway). Gulp gulp.

      • Beth says:

        I drink Sprite sometimes with breakfast. Just ate some Skittles a few minutes ago. Have a Jimmy Dean bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit in a few minutes and I’ll be doing fine. Yummy and enjoyable

      • Lucy says:

        Yup, just had a Fanta with my omelette

      • Erinn says:

        Ahaha, I drink diet coke for breakfast, too. It’s a caffeine kick, and I have little patience for hot drinks like coffee. If I’m drinking a hot drink, I’m probably sick. Iced coffee I’m content with, and I can drink it with just a hint of milk added, which isn’t the worst thing in the world either. But diet coke is a staple for convenience.

      • Kitten says:

        I like a Diet Coke in the afternoon for a hint of sweetness and a kick from the caffeine. Otherwise I am strictly flavored Polar seltzer water (drinking cranberry clementine right now).

      • Pedro45 says:

        @original Kay,
        Diet Coke is the breakfast of champions. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    • Jessica says:

      I eat whatever the hell I want and clock in at 115. Moderation. And I call bullsh*t on this fast food claim.

      • Anon says:

        So true! I weigh 105 pounds. I had a small cookie and regular sized bag of m&m’s for breakfast this morning. I eat whatever I want and just make sure to stay around my maintenance calories, which is a little over 1400. Maintaining my weight has always been pretty easy and stress-free for me. I’m very thankful I don’t have to fight a constant urge for overeating or binging.

      • PwdrPuff says:

        Report back after you turn 40, whether that’s still true.

      • Ange says:

        Genetics don’t work like that for some. It must be nice……

      • isabelle says:

        I’m in better shape after 40 than i was in my twenties. Ate horribly in my 20s and paid for it. Weigh 35 pounds less than I was in my 20s with more muscle tone. Do weight training now, watch the diet, it does take some effort. That 40s thing, don’t use it as an excuse because its possible.

    • Matomeda says:

      Just be careful with sat fat. That’s what clogs up arteries and leads to heart attacks and strokes. I used to eat pure junk, meaning chocolate bonanza and root beer :) but now I’ve had some heart health scares and watched both parents succumb to awful diseases, and nothing tastes as good as health feels, so I really can’t eat junky without angst. And I stopped craving it, too. Except I do crave and sometimes drink Dr Pepper. And for the record I have always been 115-120lb at 5’7. Fast metabolism doesn’t mean clear arteries and low inflammation, necessarily.

      • imqrious2 says:

        It’s not just the fat, which can be pretty bad, but it’s the sugar and the salt content, too. High blood sodium can lead to high blood pressure, strokes, etc. That’s what’s pretty unhealthy about fast foods.

        Like anything, just do it in moderation, and not that often. A “splurge” once in a while won’t kill you.

      • Beth says:

        I’m 5’5″,107 pounds, my blood pressure is 115/70 and my cholesterol is excellent. It’s shocking to me because I eat so badly. One of my medications makes sodium drop, so all my drs say to eat plenty of salt. I have to go to the neurologìst often and he tells me it’s fine because when I start new meds or cut down on eating , I lose weight. Just no caffeine or alcohol and drink water

      • Lady D says:

        I found chocolate-banana flavoured gummi bears yesterday.

    • oh geez says:

      She didn’t say people shouldn’t eat it she just said she doesn’t. That not holier then thou.

  4. original kay says:

    I’m not sure she should be throwing shade at TS. She’s pretty thirsty herself, even if in a different sort of way.

    • Jim says:

      She’s not throwing shade becasue she likes Taylor. Lea probably thinsk it it is good to express yourself and tell someone off that way.

  5. Lillian says:

    She sure is missing out

  6. Millenial says:

    I see a nutritionist, and she’s very against “food moralizing” (foods are good/bad) or having “food rules” (calorie limits, no carbs, no eating at 7pm, etc…) because they lead to a lot of guilt/shame and, in some cases, obsessive food behavior. She turned me on to “intuitive eating” — where you just pay attention to your body, your hunger cues, etc… and you give yourself permission to eat when you are hungry.

    Now I read these stories about celebrities diets, rules about eating, etc… and I just start feeling really sad about America’s food/dieting culture.

    • Sharon Lea says:

      Your point about “intuitive eating” rings a bell for me. I remember as a kid feeling a sense of being full at meal times and I lost that somewhere along the way. I have tried fasting over a few months, 500 calories 2 non-consecutive days a week, and that “full” feeling has returned. I have probably been doing something while eating, like reading or watching TV, so stopping and tuning into the body to listen to it is key. It is so simple, I’m embarrassed I was ignoring it! ha

      • Millenial says:

        re: the “full” feeling — I am the same! I had forgotten what full and hungry felt like. I would focus on having meals that met specific calorie amounts rather than fullness, so I often over or under-ate. And I could only detect hunger when I was “hangry.”

        I think you are right about distracted eating, too! I’m not sure if you are American, but we are terrible about that.

      • tschic says:

        I did this 5: 2, too, and it really helps!
        It came back, and I realized I drank to less most of the days. Now I still do it, 2 days only 500 calories, Rest oft the times everything you want.
        I really changed my eating habits. I don`t feel hungry when I have one of the days with 500 calories and I don`t binge on the other days. It`s really easy and you can eat 5 times a week whatever you want.

      • Sharon Lea says:

        Millenial – yes, I am an American, you’re right we do a lot of distracted eating. Ha I get your word “hangry” too!

        Tschic – you tried 5:2 too? Yes, it is weird, I don’t feel the urge to binge on the normal days either, but you think you would.

    • LadyMTL says:

      My brother’s ex was a dietician and she basically believed the same thing. Her approach was to educate people and help them make good choices, but she didn’t slap labels on stuff, and didn’t impose any strict rules unless the person had health issues (e.g. if you’re diabetic cut back on sugar as much as you possibly can).

      Heck, I can’t tell you how many times we’d go to the movies and snarf down a bag of popcorn or some Twizzlers, but we never felt guilty about it. It was a treat!

    • Kitten says:

      My dad has been doing this his whole life: listening to his body and giving it the nutrition it needs. I didn’t know there was a name for it but I’ll pass it on ;)

    • Frannie says:

      Actually that is more Lea does. She has talked about listening to her body and what it needs. She has also often said she just is not a sugar person.

  7. Pumpkin Pie says:

    As if all fastfood is bad. No it’s not.
    Disclaimer – I went straight to the comment section.

  8. Lama Bean says:

    She exhausts me.

  9. littlemissnaughty says:

    I feel like she’s talked about food a lot? I don’t really care about celeb diets, they aren’t usually realistic for me so I ignore them. There are also so many trends and fads involved in “celeb eating” that I just can’t. Who has the time to keep up? Learn to cook, don’t eat too much processed crap, move. Possibly eliminate foods that make you feel bad. Physically I mean. Other than that, watch your calories.

    • emilybyrd says:

      Yea. As someone who was lucky enough to pull back before I developed a full-blown ED, I think she talks a lot in a red-flag-raising-way about giving herself permission to eat big meals. I also second the whole good food/bad food dichotomy thing as being a not-so-healthy mindset. I used to be big into that dichotomy, too.

      I think Lea’s really afraid of gaining weight. She has a naturally more curvy, petite figure, and maybe Hollywood standards (i.e., be extra slim) make her feel self-conscious about every calorie she doesn’t work off.

      • Tata says:

        I met her once in person and she is actually incredibly petite. i don’t know if it is the camera or just her clothing proportions being off bc she is short.

        Anyway @Emily I tend to agree with you, she seems like she could be a bit curvier, but wants to be a pretty low hollywood weight, which I feel like you can only do for so long before your mental health takes a toll.

  10. ell says:

    i have a friend who has never eaten fast food because her mum didn’t allow it, and then she grew up and it wasn’t interesting anymore. and i personally never eat candy because it’s yuck, but i literally live for chocolate and i would eat it everyday if calories weren’t a thing.

    idk, i guess it depends on where you’re from. i’m italian and british (and not italian in the lea michele’s sense, i’m actually italian as in i was born and raised there until i was 10), and while in britain comfort food could definitely be fast food or something from the chippy, in italy your idea of eating whatever you want would be totally different. in italy you’d have ice cream, pizza (which is nothing like fast food pizza, but much healthier, although still high calorie because bread) or some fancy pasta. these are food you can’t have everyday if you want to stay thin, but they’re relatively healthy.

    • Clare says:

      In American candy includes chocolate (at least in Georgia, where I’m from).

      I lived in Italy for about 2 years, in my 20′s – in Siena – and I feel like people ate pasta or risotto or pizza or dessert as part of basically every meal. Don’t know how they stay at a healthy weight, but my guess is a combination of small portions, variety of foods and being fairly active. Certainly for me, the walking up and down the hills several times a day kept the daily gelato off my arse.

      • ell says:

        it’s small portions definitely, but generally when people are trying to watch their weight they’ll only have pasta or risotto at lunch, and something lighter for dinner. but yeah portion control is a huge part of it. in italy massive portions are just not a thing.

        re candy: we don’t even call it candy in britain, we call it sweets, so yeah that was quite confusing to me :P

      • Anilehcim says:

        “Don’t know how they stay at a healthy weight, but my guess is a combination of small portions, variety of foods and being fairly active.”

        This is a huge and important factor that gets left out often when talking about American’s diets… our portions are generally enormous. This is the land of the super size. I think that the fact that this has become normal for so many of us also makes people harsher critics when someone makes a lifestyle choice not to drink soda or eat candy or abstains from fast food.

      • Lady D says:

        Clare, are you familiar with Sweet Georgia Browns? A gooey, chewy delicious mix of chocolate, caramel and Georgia pecans. I buy myself a box once a year at
        Christmas, but I could eat them year round.

  11. Sam says:

    The moment a person starts talking about how they’ve never eaten fast food or they’ve never eaten candy/sweets, I tune out on them. I don’t believe for one second you’ve never had a lollipop or a French fry from a fast food place. But you do you, I guess.

    Also her using Taylor Swift as a verb….lol stop…Taylor is thirsty but her thirst at least translates to massive success…this one is more thirsty and yet her thirst turns into not much at all.

  12. Miss V says:

    I cannot stand Lea, and I don’t even have an explanation why. Just something about her rubs me the wrong way. There is just so much try-hard in her. I find her insufferable.

  13. Snazzy says:

    Did she do something to her face or is it just me?

  14. Jazzie30 says:

    Hmm. I don’t eat fast food, drink soda or eat candy simply because I don’t like those foods. I did have to try them to determine they weren’t for me. I just prefer fresh, natural food. Nothing wrong with that……..

    • Anna says:

      Agreed! I try fast food and candy again from time to time, but it never satisfies. I’ve become kind of a food snob and as it happens, McDonald’s just doesn’t taste good if you compare it with a burger you either make yourself or get in a proper restaurant. I used to eat a lot of convenience food, but now it just makes me sad.

    • Kitten says:

      Many people simply don’t have a taste for sweets. Scientists have discovered that some of us have genes that make us more sensitive to bitter compounds which means differences in how the other four tastes — sweet, sour, salt and umami — are genetically wired.

      Just like cats-they can’t taste “sweet” which is why they don’t generally gravitate towards sweet things. Although I used to have a cat that enjoyed cereal, but I think that had far more to do with the crunchy texture than the sweetness.

      • WTW says:

        @Kitten, my dog surely can taste sweets! I dropped a bit of vanilla ice cream on the floor the other night, and by the time I got some paper towels to clean it up, she’d licked it all up. Whenever I have fast food or potato chips, she starts to salivate.
        I often wonder how she got this extreme desire for “bad” food, when we don’t feed her these things. She’s a rescue, so I don’t know what her life was like before. But she was very underweight when we brought her home, so I assume her old owners didn’t feed her much of anything. Yet, she never met a sugary, salty, greasy food that she didn’t beg for.

      • Tata says:

        @WTW, I have rescued quite a few underweight cats and dogs. I find they tend to need a lot of food at first to repair damage from when they went without food and their body had to eat itself/slow down their metabolism (it is so sad when their body cannot even maintain their coat!) to stay alive.

        From what I have seen, they will eat and eat and get chubby, but eventually their body starts to trust they will be well fed, and they shed some of that weight with time. Uusally right around the same time their coat is all beautiful and shiny.

        Years later, I read Portia de Rossi’s book about her recovery from anorexia, and also read about Zoe Kazan’s experience – and it seemed something very similar happened to them when they went from starving to eating – they had to relearn how to eat, and they needed to eat much more than they expected – and yes, their bodies got chubby at first (think Portia said she gained ~100 lbs, zoe much less so maybe its genetics?) but then over time as their bodies felt comfortable there would be food coming in, a lot of the weight they had gained slowly melted off.

        Thought that was kind of cool!

  15. Sparkle says:

    Lea has the personality of a dead moth.

  16. Jessy says:

    I remember a video (maybe a Snapchat?) with Jonathan Groff where they talked about eating a whole bag of starbursts.

  17. LadyT says:

    “I try to keep my life as private as I can.” No, no you don’t. I have zero interest in this woman and “somehow” I know way too much about her. She’s the thirstiest of the thirsty.

  18. Clare says:

    Is she Italian? I thought she was from, like, California or something?

    Does she mean her ancestors were Italian, and that she is of Italian descent? Someone decode. Please and thanks.

    • Roci says:

      she is of Italian descent on her mom´s side. I have noticed Americans of Italian descent love to call themselves Italian, and claim the most obnoxious stereotypical traits as part of their “Italianness”, i.e. being loud and loving big meals.

  19. Zuzus Girl says:

    “I don’t see how it’s eating whatever you want if you don’t eat fast food or candy. ”

    I haven’t had fast food in probably 40 years, when mcDonalds was just a baby. I just don’t like or crave that kind of food. I know a lot of people who don’t eat fast food. Same with candy. I don’t recall my sister ever eating sweets of any kind. Just not her thing. I love to eat and I eat a lot (and exercise accordingly,) I just make most of it myself.

  20. BJ says:

    I believe her and good for her.She didn’t say she has NEVER had a piece of candy or a soda.She said she doesn’t eat or drink those things.As for fast foods I know many people who have never eaten food from a fast food place.
    I don’t drink alcohol and I get people accusing me of lying about that.I have never had a drinking problem,I am not religious,most of my family drink beer,wine,etc but it’s not something that appeals to me.I have tasted alcohol twice wine,champagne(NYE) 25 years ago.

  21. Linabear says:

    She really grates on me and I think it’s because she has the same birthday as my ex. Very perfectionistic, judgmental, and have food hangups. Needily ambitious too.

  22. Nina says:

    I try not to food moralize. I did that when I was 18, and ended up becoming anorexic. Dropped down to 90 lbs (I’m not particularly tall, but even for my height at just under 5’3″, that’s still a very low weight), but then did a 180 when I hit university and developed a problem with binge eating that, at 30, I’m still struggling to overcome.

  23. OhDear says:

    I don’t quite believe her (someone above noted that she ate Chipotle recently), but I don’t see it as being beyond the realm of possibility for someone in her position (celebrity, needs to look good).

  24. thaisajs says:

    She is so insufferable. Does she think comments like that will really endear her to middle America? Or maybe she doesn’t care about whether she’s popular enough to carry a TV show or sell an album.

  25. Pumpkin Pie says:

    Am I the only one with a huge craving for fast food right now? I could eat a burger, a hot dog and a burrito with v greasy meat. Right now. Fries too. With cheese. Maybe some slaw. And a Dr. Pepper, no ice. And a Snickers bar.

    • Kitten says:

      McDonald’s French fries are so damn good. I also LOVE sweet potato fries so much.

      Oh and Snickers…generally hate chocolate but LOVE Snickers.

      I’m about to throw my greek yogurt and oatmeal in the trash and run over to McD’s because of you.
      *shakes fist angrily*

  26. msw says:

    Meh. I didn’t take this so literally that she has never had fast food, but she never eats it – the same way I “never” leave my cell phone someplace, when I’ve actually done it a few times; it’s just not something I’m in the habit of.

    While I agree we have some warped ideas about “good food” and “bad food,” I know I have foods that make me feel crappy when I eat them, and I feel loads better when I limit refined carbs and eat mostly protein and vegetables, when I cut back on coffee and cut out soda completely. Especially as I get older, I need to eat healthful food to feel good. When I say I don’t limit myself on those foods, I mean I don’t skip the dressings and sauces, I don’t count calories, and I take a second helping if I’m hungry and I want it. That doesn’t mean I go crazy and eat whatever I am craving, because I know I’ll pay for it by feeling sluggish and irritable the next day.

    I’m not a gigantic fan of Lea Michele, so please don’t make me defend her again. ;)

  27. Isa says:

    Oh man, a chopped salad from subway is one of my favorite meals.

  28. purple prankster says:

    has any of you ever had Popeye’s food? for some reason (I’m hungry) I have enjoyed reading what you all like and don’t like. the fanta and omelette was a bit odd I think but anyway, I do wish that when people share something about how they eat or live , other people would stop getting defensive about their own choices. live and let live. etc

    • detritus says:

      Popeyes is the BEST fast food fried chicken.
      No Mary’s, no KFC, only Popeyes spicy chicken.

    • WTW says:

      @Purple, I love me some Popeye’s, especially the biscuits and dirty rice! I am strange in that I like their side orders more than their actual chicken, which I do think is the best of all fast food restaurants. Anyway, I actually use a recipe I found online to make a version of their dirty rice in my own kitchen. It is healthier, and my husband says it’s better than what they serve at Popeye’s. I disagree, though. I like the fast food version better. I think it’s the salt or whatever other unhealthy stuff they put in there. Am I crazy? My husband is not a big fan of fast food, so, of course, he’s naturally going to prefer anything homemade better. I also make oven-baked cajun fries, using whole potatoes I peel, cut and season. This takes way too long, so I don’t do this as often as the rice.

  29. Anilehcim says:

    But maybe she really just has made a choice in life not to eat junk or crap and she sticks to that. Most of my friends are anti fast food and one of my best friends opts for things like dark chocolate or fruit when she wants something sweet. I don’t necessarily think that it means that they’re secretly sitting around fantasizing or wishing they could “let loose” or anything. For some people, it could obviously be an obsession, but I think for a lot of people it’s simply a lifestyle choice.

  30. Incredulous says:

    I had pizza last night and am having cold pizza for lunch today. Both are delicious and yesterday I used a wood chipper for eight hours, how’s that for a work out?

  31. Kylie says:

    If anyone wants to beat addictions to rubbish, please read marisa peer, you can be thin. Helped me beat a lifetime of miserable eating and stop craving junk. I have not had any crap since September and I know I won’t again. Weight fell off. Just a suggestion…

  32. Originaltessa says:

    Hmm, I think she meant that she’s never habitually eaten fast food. Like it’s never been a thing for her or part of her life. Growing up in the US and NEVER having a fast food meal is almost impossible. I can’t believe that. Late night after rehearsal or a show? Never? No way.

  33. mkyarwood says:

    Well, I HAVE.

  34. Frankie Frame says:

    Maybe she doesn’t like those foods? I haven’t eaten fast food since i was a teen (over 20 years ago), I never drink soda because i find it disgusting. I eat candy only when I go to the movies. I LOVE the taste of fruits and veggies. Crunching on a Pink Lady apple, sipping on a mineral water, or having some really funky french cheese are how i indulge. Soda, fast food, and candy are NOT food- they should be very rare treats.

  35. Sandra says:

    CB, a couple of times I have seen you mention food and exercise sites that you like, and they sound really great. Please do it more often so they stay in our consciousness!!! :)

  36. Beatrice says:

    She is overly and oddly self aware. Her constant need to reinforce her own public relevance is really unfortunate. She did great work on Glee. I hope she has another opportunity to put her talent to good use.

  37. Justjj says:

    Many adults don’t eat candy or drink soda and rarely eat fast food or just on road trips-why do celebs think this makes them exceptional or is some rare diet tip? It’s like duh. Your whole job is to look good and say words of course you don’t eat sh*t. And lots of people with normal jobs don’t either? Why is this a talking point in every interview?

  38. Shannon says:

    Maybe she just doesn’t like fast food or candy? I don’t have a love of fast food or candy either, but I will eat the hell out of pasta. I don’t consider it making a moral choice about food – I honestly don’t feel like dropping cash on food (most fast food) that I don’t really like. It feels greasy and heavy in my stomach and the taste isn’t so great to me. I don’t drink soda either, I drink water. And sometimes vodka LOL it’s just balance. If something isn’t good for you and you can easily eliminate it, why not? I used to love candy and then I ended up with a bunch of dental problems, so now anytime it’s near me it’s like NOOOO. But I wouldn’t judge someone else for eating it. I think she’s just making her own choices based on her lifestyle and preferences.

  39. Ana says:

    She’s so talented but she’s exhausting. I like her better when she’s singing (preferably covers and not the terrible songs written for her).

  40. Bridget says:

    I find it interesting that the author can’t separate candy & fast food with having a treat. There are ways to make good, indulgent foods that don’t involve a drive through or a wrapper. And the more you eat real food, the less of a treat fast food becomes. It really only tastes good to people that eat it regularly. Also, why is it that we can’t talk about fast food being terrible for you, that it’s just tossed into the category of food moralizing and disordered eating? Like, I get it that the people that talk about this stuff are obnoxious usually. But they’re also not exactly wrong, even if it’s not the choice you’d make.

    Also, I don’t know if she’s telling the truth about fast food, but the biggest food snobs I know are Italians. They would only go near a McDonalds in an absolute emergency.

    • KLO says:

      yeah – if you eat carby and fatty food at least make it taste good. A lot of Italian food is just as fattening as McD but it has loads more nutrients and tastes a lot better.

  41. paddyjr says:

    Maybe if she drank a soda she wouldn’t be so thirsty.

  42. Paris says:

    Well … her life must be so so so boring!
    Am not huge fan of fast food and soda drinks, but … no candy?

  43. Rachel says:

    I’m pretty sure, when Glee started she talked about being vegan, so that would count out a lot of fast food and candy also if you live that lifestyle. Not sure if she still is, but that could be a factor.

    • Nadine says:

      I think so too! She was vegan as late as last summer so chances are, she still is. The majority of candy and fast food would not be OK to consume for a vegan. I’ve candy once or twice a year since I went vegan. I avoid soda as well. Too sweet.

  44. Bronson says:

    I eat whatever I want AND I also don’t drink soda, eat fast food or candy. I just dont like them. Everyone’s palate is different, and I think fast food tastes like garbage (which it is) and sugar gives me a headache. Live and let live.

  45. Pumpkin says:

    She seems a bit unbalanced and obsessive, but I get how someone can “not limit” themselves and still stay away from fast food and sweets. I’d choose a packet of crisps over a rich chocolate cake or a bar of chocolate any day.

  46. lightpurple says:

    Every time I hear or see this boring girl I think of Jessica Lange barging past her pathetic posing ass on the red carpet.

  47. J.Mo says:

    People, I doubt she meant it literally. I read it as she never bothered with fast food, so it was never a habit or preference.

  48. Miss Jupitero says:

    I eat whatever I want. However I am a weirdo who has almost no sweet tooth (my bf loves this– two bites of dessert and I have had all I can take) and I hate French fries, greasy foods etc. I loathe sugary drinks. i love to cook so I rarely eat anything prepackaged. All of this serves me pretty well.

  49. KLO says:

    I do not think she is strange at all. I personally have no taste for fastfood (McD and the likes) because I think it doesnt taste like food.
    I used to be crazy for candy but I dont even like it anymore because I have a sugar crash really easily and feel better if I dont eat it.
    I LOVE home cooked food. Boiled potatoes are my favorite comfort food. So yeah, i get what she is saying.

  50. Ss11 says:

    She is very short but has a great body. Good for her, no need for that pesky and petty feminine jealousy. She needs that good bod, because her face is quite simply revolting. That’s why she is not a bigger actress and has to sing. Like Barbra. She too always had a decent bod.

  51. Brownkid says:

    Damn. I thought we were done with this one? Why is she still around?