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Personal Best: Q&A With Alison Sweeney


How to lose 5 pounds

"If I have a photo shoot and want to lose, I reassess my eating times and focus on the details. Sometimes, after I get the kids to bed, I eat dinner much too late -- last night, it was nine o'clock. If I'm pursuing a goal, I make sure I eat by six or seven. I feel it's really important to give yourself time to digest food and get it through your system before you go to sleep. You'll eat more throughout the day if you set yourself up to eat later. I also might cut out a glass of wine with dinner, and I make sure my meals contain a nutritious, satisfying protein. In between meals, I like to crunch on fruits and veggies."

Favorite cause

"It's Stand Up to Cancer, and I'm really proud the organization has touched so many lives and that funding actually goes to research. And I am an ambassador for City of Hope cancer center in Duarte, CA, and I'm so proud to be a part of delivering their mission statement. I believe in what they're doing because they're changing how we all care for the whole family when someone has cancer."

Deal with changes

"It's a new direction. I'm not afraid of change, though it can be intimidating. There's no reason to be concerned if you want to set yourself up for success. I'm excited for the future, ready to try something new and to have more time with the family. I'm excited for my book -- I love to write -- and I'm working at gaining new skills. I'm also proud of the effort I put into it, and can't wait to meet my fans when the book goes on sale."

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Reviewed on April 15, 2014

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