Alison Sweeney Talks Criticism and Dieting in Ladies' Home Journal June 2013
While striking a few adorable poses for the gorgeous shot spread, the "Days of Our Lives" beauty dished about handling criticism and avoiding sugary foods.
Check out GossipCenter's recap of Miss Sweeney's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Ladies' Home Journal.
On dealing with her past weight issues and criticism:
"At one point while I was on 'Days' I was a size 12, which by Hollywood standards was overweight. The show never gave me a hard time about it. But I was hard on myself. And some casting directors made it clear that a lot of roles didn't come my way because of my weight. I used to think, I'm already overweight so I might as well eat whatever I want. I also fell into that pattern of starving and then overeating. I would try to be 'good' by not eating all day long but by dinner I'd be so hungry I'd splurge. I'd eat bags of baked chips and low-fat stuff. I figured it was 'low-fat' it was ok to eat the whole box."
On changing her lifestyle:
"My husband [California highway patrolman Dave Sanov], who at the time was my boyfriend, made me realize how much I kept dwelling on my weight. He'd say 'You look beautiful, but if you want to something about your do something, don't just complain about it.' When you're not happy with how you look it fills your mind. You think every pretty girl you see has a better body than you. You eat every piece of food you come across, even though you know you shouldn't. That's such an unhappy place to be. So I started exercising. At first I started playing racquetball, which I'm terrible at. But my husband is really good and I'm really competitive so he and I would play until I was covered in sweat. The better I got, the more I started seeing a change in myself. I wasn't so tired all the time and I wouldn't get out of breath so quickly that made me more confident."
On the alternative to unhealthy sweets:
"If I'm really craving chocolate I'll break off a little piece of dark chocolate and take some almonds and make a dark chocolate crunch. One of my favorite treats is Greek yogurt with a handful of blueberries, agave nectar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It tastes sort of sweet because of the agave but it's full of protein and the blueberries give you an energy boost. I allow myself treats all the time, but I use portion control. My husband gave me chocolate-covered strawberries the other day and I had one. It was delicious. I loved it. I just didn't have six."
Photo Credit: Alexei Hay for Ladies' Home Journal