After years of starving herself with crazy diets and countless grueling workouts, she discovered Eastern holistic medicine and cutting-edge food science, and launched a book to help others heal.
Maranda Pleasant: What keeps you grounded?
Laura Prepon: Working hard and appreciating the accomplishments that have come from that. I get to wake up and do what I love every day and I don’t take that for granted. I feel grateful for it every day.
MP: What’s your health/fitness routine?
LP: My fitness routine includes things that are not stressful on my body—swimming, yoga, stretching, and rebounding. When I used to kill myself in the gym, it had an adverse effect on me because my body would be so stressed out and constantly in fight-or-flight mode. I eat organic and cook my food whenever possible, and I live by the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the time I’m Stash all the way, 20 percent I enjoy the things I want.
MP: Why is food a passion for you?
LP: Food is a passion because I basically grew up in a kitchen. My mother was a gourmet chef and I’m the youngest of five kids. We would always congregate in the kitchen. I love cooking and spending time in mine. Food nourishes you, brings people together, and I feel that anybody can bond over food.
MP: What is a truth you know for sure?
LP: That when you eat pure food that isn’t genetically modified, your physical and mental state does improve and it’s worth the effort to make that happen.
When I finally started to heal, that was the inspiration
MP: How do you nourish your spirit?
LP: Experiencing other cultures and trying new things that push me outside of my comfort zone. Meeting new people who live completely different lives than I do and learning from them.
MP: What inspired you to create this book?
LP: What inspired me was that I knew there were so many other people who were struggling with the same things I was and didn’t have answers. When I finally started to heal, that was the inspiration. My body changed, my energy level changed, and my overall well-being improved.
Laura Prepon, star of Orange Is the New Black and That ’70s Show, struggled with weight and digestive issues before meeting integrative nutritionist Elizabeth Troy, who combines Eastern holistic medicine and cutting-edge food science. Troy “unstuck” Prepon’s malfunctioning organs and jump-started her metabolism through targeted eating and stretching that finally allowed her to thrive. Their book is “The Stash Plan.”