Eliza Coupe: “I’m an actress with food issues and body image issues—that’s real”

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36 year-old Happy Endings actress Eliza Coup recently opened up to Bon Appetit magazine about her workout routine and diet, as well as body image issues – via People.

On waking up at 4 to do yoga then take a hot/cold/hot shower:

“It’s more about breathing and stretching than working out. If I don’t front-load the day with time to myself, life will get too busy. [A cold shower] wakes me up and it’s good for hormones and the entire endocrine system. I start with hot, go to cold, and then I go to hot, and then I go to cold. The vacillation between those two is just incredibly good for your heart.”

On having food allergies and restrictions:

“I have the digestion of an infant as a 36-year-old, and I want to know how I can remedy that. l eat three huge bowls of blueberries a day, just because I love them and it’s very hard for me to find a quantity of food that I can digest. “I’m in such a high-stress job where women have to wear tight dresses all the time, and if I eat something that messes me up, I’ll be so cripplingly uncomfortable that I can’t go 12 more hours of shooting without freaking out. Worrying about it makes it worse, because I am an incredibly anxious person. When I was 23, I cut all sugar out of my diet, quit drinking, and found yoga and breathing and stretching. That’s the best Ritalin you could give anyone.”

On having body image issues:

“I’m an actress with food issues and body image issues—that’s real. But I’m trying to heal that part of myself and also handle my physical issues naturally by putting the best things into my body.”

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15 thoughts on “Eliza Coupe: “I’m an actress with food issues and body image issues—that’s real””

  1. HONEST. bravo. that’s will maybe help us realise how incredibly overcharged sugary food is and how we would all wish blueberries to be cheap.

  2. Showers for the heart and endocrine system? Lol. Clearly, something is NQR with this poor girl. She has disordered eating and is not terribly bright. I feel sorry for her.

      • I havent found anything scientific to back it up, just a lot of blog stuff and homeopathy sites, which cite “reseachers have known” but give no links or references.

        Its sounds like junk science – but if there are scientific studies id be happy to read them

  3. She is honest about her disordered eating though. She recognizes it and what a terrible industry it is in which she finds herself. Having anxiety disorder sucks and I’m guessing is probably a bit of chicken and egg when combined with poor body image. She knows she needs to work on that…but stresses out…gets stressed about being stressed…leads to poor digestion…
    From a strictly aesthetic perspective, I think she looks great.

  4. She’s a bit too orange for my liking, but other than that she looks great!
    I do the hot-cold showers, too. They are great for your heart, help against cellulite, I sweat less in summer and freeze less in winter. It’s like a mini-Sauna for those who can’t afford one 😉
    Also I love that she’s so honest about the pressures of Hollywood. It’s sad and refreshing at the same time.

      • If a person experiences a benefit from something, their experience weighs heavier for them then someone shouting it being unreliable because “there is no study to validate” it. The fact that you are so obsessed with finding a study to validate what people experience, kind of implicates that..you would accept and totally rely on something based on a study rather then try it out yourself to come to your own conclusions. Do you know most studies are funded by the very corporations that want to sell their products? Also..science isnt foolproof, although many believe in it the way religious people believe in religions, there are always advances in science, and paradoxes, studies can come out about the same subject, but depending on the researchgroup and the parameters they use to measure certain outcomes/effects you also havedifferent results regarding the same subjects. Also, sciense is about measuring things, to find a “average” result, lets say you study 10 people for the effect of hot and cold showers, 3 of them get significant results, 3 feel slightly impacted, n 4 dont feel much, the result would be “most people dont experience any siginificant effects”. This is how big pharma uses their studies of different medications, also they use doubleblind studies, in alot of studies the placebo effect ratio comes very close to or excells, the number of those that experience the benefits of the actual medications, and without the side-effects of the medications. The trick they use is that the placebo effect is explained as “random”, but when individuals in the group that get the medications have any positive results its directly ascribed as a benefit of the medication. I mean…according to some studies veganism is the best way to eat, according to others its the paleo diet…and so on and so forth…yes there is valueable information in alot of studies, but you also have to consider all humans experience differences regarding being exposed to a certain treatment/diet/medications. Hell, some people love peanuts and can eat ounces of it and still feel good, some are so allergic that they can possibly die from eating a single peanut. Good science on a individual level, is being critical to all studies and finding out how you relate to the variying results. Not letting the results dictate what you believe in.

        • Studies are founded on rigorously tested principles and are peer reviewed, and furthermore corroborated by other studies. These standards help avoid people being duped by people looking to part you from your money and time, and even spare people from harm.
          In this particular case (cold showers), since the person isnt paying anything, its not as harmful as someone paying something and getting nothing in return beyond a placebo (though people with heart issues are warned . The zamboni ms scam was one of the saddest cases, and people died because of it, after paying thousands. There is also the concern that junk science can cause bigger harm to the greater population by undermining accepted beneficial health practices and divesting money and interest into promising research.

          • The fact is that corporations that manufacture and sell medicine and treatments conduct Their own studies, meaning if you dont take that into consideration youre pretty gullible. Theres no money in studiying certain effects, you cant sell hot/cold showers, Who is going to fund it? Have you ever considered that money and politics effect science? Heres good science.. Get in a froggin shower and alternate The watertemperature from hot to cold, do that Every Day for aslong as u would consider a fair period for a trial, evaluate The effects you EXPERIENCE.

      • Research vasodilation and vasoconstriction, that’s what happens when we go from hot to cold and vice versa; it’s why people go for a cold dip after a sauna – it’s good for skin, overall health and said to be good for the heart

        • I hear that and ive looked, i just can’t find good for the heart, despite looking. I have a sauna and a pool in my building.

          Is this ‘said to be good” like the siad to be good your grandmother says, like naturopath hydrotherapy or …?

          • Yes, it’s hearsay and based largely on word of mouth; beauty therapists recommend it for skin health and I think that has more evidence behind it.
            Here’s something I found regarding saunas: “A small study from Japan suggested that two weeks of daily saunas may even improve vascular function in patients with mildly damaged hearts that cannot pump blood normally”
            https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/saunas-and-your-health

            It’s not definitive, obviously, but it’s clearly not harmful. I feel a bit bad that people here are calling the hot/cold shower thing crazy when it’s a thing that’s at worst very neutral for your body and costs nothing – it’s like she’s GOOPing it up!

          • (typo in last comment) *it’s not like she’s GOOPing it up.

            I completely agree with your above points about junk science and people turing away from facts and evidence in favour of ‘magical woo woo’ and powders that will clearly not do anything for actual illnesses etc. (I like my green smoothies/juices but I also really like peer reviewed studies published in reputable journals and taking health advice from people with degrees!)

      • https://www.kneippaerztebund.de/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/ausbildung/psychosomatische_grundversorgung/hydrotherapie.studie.2009.pdf

        There you go, it’s about decreasing bloodpressure and improved performance, published in a german journal by Thieme Medical Publishers. Tbf after a lot of googling, the research isn’t as vast as I thought and most studies are hidden behind a pay wall anyway, but I didn’t find any studies debunking the benefits, either. I did find plenty of interviews (in german) with scientists (medical doctors, virologists etc) though, that mention the benefits of hot-cold showers to the immune system and the cardiovascular system.

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