Lauren Graham's Love-Your-Life Tricks

Parenthood’s Lauren Graham on finding balance, calm, and body confidence.

Matt Jones
Sitting in her trailer between filming scenes for Parenthood, Lauren Graham is still in hair and makeup, but dressed in what could be considered her casual uniform: a pair of stretchy jeans tucked into boots, a tank top, and a Current/Elliott denim shirt.

Shes nearly cornered the market on playing young, cool single moms, and its no accident: The 43-year-old is warm, naturally pretty, and self-deprecatingly funny. But her devotion to living healthy is no joke. Today, as she eats a lean lunch of brown rice and tuna, Lauren talks to Health about staying body-confident in Hollywood, and just how she earned herself the nickname "Bootsy."

Q: What does being healthy mean to you?
A: Balance, and I think that is something youre always aspiring to have. Sometimes Ill think, "That was a really nice day. I ate well, I exercised, I called some friends, wasnt working too hard," but I rarely have one of those. [Laughs.] Theyre more often, "Im too tired, I didnt run as far as I wanted." And so thats something Ive gained peace with. I expect now for the day to be imperfect in some way.

Q: Whats your go-to power meal?
A: I guess its protein and vegetables. Ive pretty much always been on a diet since I was born. And the women in my family struggle, so I find the less I think about food, in a way, the happier I am. In general, I think I eat less the less I think about it.

Q: In what areas of your life are you most and least healthy?
A: Im probably most healthy in exercise. Ive always really liked being active. I do Spinning classes, I run, I have a trainer, I do Pilates with my sister Shade. And I think work has been an area, historically, where Ive way overworked myself. Not on this job. But [in the past] Ive definitely spent a lot of time worrying about work, taking jobs when I maybe could have taken some time off—really pushing myself. Although Ive gotten way way way better.

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Amy Spencer
Last Updated: February 10, 2011

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