Julianna Margulies: Working Mom, ALS Advocate
How this busy actress takes care of herself and those with Lou Gehrig's disease.
Margulies on the Art of Self Care
Sharing responsibility for parenting has been another important lesson in learning to let go. "As a younger person, I thought I had to do everything myself. But then why do we have friendships and family? You can't do it all by yourself, and it's silly to try."
To maintain her energy, Margulies takes care of her body. The need for a healthy diet was ingrained by her parents, who taught their children the importance of daily protein and leafy greens. "I'm not a believer in denying myself anything -- I think people who do that end up binging and not being happy," she says. "But I eat for energy."
That means Greek yogurt with berries or an egg-white omelet with tomato and spinach for breakfast, followed by a ginger/carrot/apple/beet drink when she arrives on set. Lunch and dinner consist of salad and a lean protein like salmon. Between meals, she snacks on almonds, vegetables, and fruit, avoiding bread and sugar.
She skips soda in favor of water, although she does indulge in a morning cup of coffee and the occasional glass of wine on a weeknight. "Saturday nights, my husband and I will go out and have steak and martinis and dessert. Nothing crazy, but I make sure I have a good time!"
To stay on track, Margulies makes extra of whatever she cooks for dinner, stocking the fridge with leftover salmon and undressed salad. "And the second I buy fruit or vegetables I wash them, cut them up, and put them in the fridge so they are ready to eat," she says. "When you are hungry, you'll take what is in there, whether it's a premade salad or junk.''
Margulies also fits exercise into her schedule. "When I'm not working, I'll go to the gym 5, 6 days a week for 90 minutes," she says, adding that she counts on '80s playlists to power through 45 minutes of cardio using the treadmill and stair machines, followed by cable weights. "I prefer to be long and lean," she says. "So I work my arms with 4-pound weights, and I do a lot of holding push-ups, getting down on my elbows and counting to 30. It's incredible ab work!"
When The Good Wife is in production, Margulies works in whatever physical activity she can. "My dressing room is on the third floor, so I'll take the stairs two at a time," she says. "Or I'll bend backward over a medicine ball to get the blood rushing to my head. And if I have 10 minutes, I will close the door and do yoga. Whatever your form of quieting your mind, 10 minutes can save your life."