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Q&A With Judy Greer

The busy actress and stepmom shares her healthy living tips on and off the set.


I'm a huge fan of workout DVDs on the computer. I like Jillian Michaels' videos, some of which are just 20 minutes long. I make weights out of bottles of red wine or water.

Q. How else do you stay healthy on set?

I never want to sound like a diva, so let me explain here. On set, people get you what you need so you don't go wandering off. So I ask for something specific and healthy, so someone else can go to catering where there are cookies, little pieces of cheesecake, and all those soft drinks. I don't want to get tempted by other food, plus, I don't want to touch a lot of things other people touch all the time -- like when 200 people put their hand in a jar of nuts! (And I don't like to use antibacterial hand gels.)

I'll check out the lunch menu and decide in advance what I'm going to get. I'll usually have the fish and make myself a salad. At a buffet, I'll do a pass first, and then go back and make my choices. A trainer once told me to imagine my plate as a picnic plate divided up: half is salad and vegetable, a quarter is carbohydrate, and the last quarter is protein.

Q. What three makeup items do you never leave home without when you're traveling?

It's got to be mascara, eyebrow pencil, and Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 in Sugar Rose and Sugar Berry. Uh oh -- this is four -- my blush.

Q. What's the best life/skin care/fitness/health advice you ever got?

It's a combination of advice from different people. Drink a ton of water, use moisturizer and sunscreen, and make yourself sweat once a day -- the last one is my husband's advice. Also, wash your face every night before bed.

Q. When you're trying to lose 5 pounds, what's the first thing that goes and why? What's the first thing you add and why?

My body is very normal and I just have to watch what I eat and exercise. If I had to lose, I'd cut carbs in general after 4 p.m. I'd add back pasta.

Q. What does a perfect day look like for you, when you have no place to be and no calls to return? How do you define me-time?

I'd go to Bikram yoga, have lunch with girlfriends -- lunch is my splurge meal and I eat less at dinner. I'd go to a Korean spa and take hot and cold plunges in pools, have a scrub, massage, and face masque at an all-in-one price. Then I'd grab my husband to go see some live music. We like small venues and indie bands, like at The Satellite in Silver Lake (Los Angeles).

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