That Time I Had To Wear A Bikini On Screen

Every year, as the summer season approaches I get really frustrated when I hear about girls doing unhealthy things in hopes of achieving a bikini-ready body. There are bazillions of silly crash diets, pills and other products promising a quick, easy fix. These things aren’t only bad for your health but the results are short term. In fact, people usually end up putting more on than they started with once they stop.

When I was filming Safe Haven in Southport, North Carolina, you’d better believe I was indulging in all of that great Southern fried food! According to the script, the whole beach scene with my character, Katie, and Josh Duhamelโ€™s character, Alex would be shot with me in shorts and a tank top. Without the pressure of a six-pack in sight, the world was my (fried) oyster! Well, a couple weeks later, the producers were like, “We need a bikini shot!” Of course they did. I tried to avoid it by saying Katie wouldnโ€™t wear a bikini (and crossing my fingers), but clearly that didn’t go over as well as I’d hoped.

Immediately I went from eating everything in sight to cutting out carbs, salt, sugar and alcohol. Instead, I filled up on lots of proteins like eggs, fish and chicken plus tons of veggies and more water than you can imagine. I was still eating — a lot, even! But I was eating clean. My mission to be bikini ready meant I had to amp up my cardio as well. In the end, it was definitely worth it — the scene turned out really great for the movie and I didn’t end up having to go to Fried-Oreo-Addicts Anonymous.

Remember, when it comes to getting into shape: slow and smart is the way to go. It’s never ever a good idea to be starving and miserable. When you take your time and do it right, the results will last much longer. And, more importantly, you’ll be respecting and taking great care of the one and only body you are blessed to have!

What are you doing to get ready for your summer wardrobe??

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  1. I used to be in the gym every Monday-Friday toning with weights and doing cardio. I was in the best shape of my life and in my 40’s. Then circumstances out of my control entered my life. My 42 year old brother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He died last April and in just a few days from now we will celebrate the one year anniversary. I had become very sedentary through this time of my life. I’m back at it now…walking, running, taking classes at the gym. Taking control! I want to feel fit and strong again…physically and emotionally. Thanks for this blog. You are very encouraging!

    1. Great advises. I think we all fall in the trap of trying to starve ourselves when we need to loose some weight. But instead need to eat clean. You won’t hate eating like that and will feel great afterwards.

  2. Love this so much, Julianne! Living in a sorority house, it’s easy to get sucked into the “crash diet” craze with spring rolling around – especially since the food offered here isn’t crazy healthy. One thing that has always helped me is spending as much time outdoors as possible, which is pretty easy to do since Austin, TX is so beautiful. I really appreciate this encouragement and perspective from someone with your influence! Your hard work totally paid off. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love from Texas,

  3. Lots of cardio, lifting and clean eating. Lots of protein is the key! Especially before bed so your body feels full and works to burn it off all night. It’s been 6 weeks and I am bikini body ready.

  4. You’re such an inspiration to girls everywhere Julianne!! I love your blog and you were fantastic in this movie, still one of my favorites!!!

  5. Thank you so much! I’m a young girl who isn’t too self conscious but I am surrounded by so many people that want to look perfect. You are an inspiration to me and sooooo many others!

  6. I was a Zumba instructor for two years and recently have been taking time off and spending more time with my little one. I still dance at home for exercise, but it has been challenging keeping up with it at home with all of the distractions. I’ve gained about five pounds, but I’m not worried about it. I actually kind of like it since I have more curves now. I’m just going to continue to exercise as much as time and energy allows. Also, chasing after my son at the park helps keep me in shape. haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Trying to live my life intentionally. My word for 2015 ( : Starting my day off with lemon water, doing yoga, meditating, drinking three liters of water everyday, and having at least one green drink. There are days I have to convince myself that my body will thank me later

  8. I started a nutritional cleansing program that removes toxins and fat back in Jan. I’ve lost 20 pounds and 25 inches and can’t wait for beach weather!

  9. I love that you inspire People to eat clean food without becoming obsessed with different diets!
    You can Come a long way with cutting out sugar and fast carbs. We need more People like you talking about healthy food, especially to young women.

  10. 3 days ago I was trying to figure out how I was going to get ready to look good at the beach in a few weeks and I thought about you and wondered how you did it. I am a nutrition major and still struggle with what to do sometimes but it really helps to know that you were able to accomplish that through eating clean and naturally. Very encouraging, thank you! You are absolutely beautiful and down to earth.

  11. This is great advice! In really trying to be healthy and tighten areas up but as a college student it is so hard! Any advice Jules?

  12. You looked stunning in the movie! I watched it a few weeks back and just two days later I discovered this blog – and I was like “hmm she reminds me of Katie”. I laughed when I understood it actually “was katie” ๐Ÿ™‚ the best part is that you’re truly inspiring and this post just show us how natrually you can become a healthy and happy person – just like Katie/Jules!

  13. This is such a wonderful and candid post! In a world where there are so many ‘fast fixes’ being thrown around, it’s so important to have role models speaking up about self-love and true health. Love it! As an actress, I also struggle with body image being in front of the camera constantly, but am learning how important it is to love the body I was given. Thank you Julianne!


  14. I’m on Day 2 of the Whole 30 challenge. All of the good none of the bad! I’m nervous about it (and it doesn’t help my husband bought 5 boxes of Girl Scout cookies lol) but I’m committed to being the healthiest version of me that I can be! Love your posts!

  15. I have recently changed up my lifestyle and eating habits in the hopes that I would become leaner. I have been exercising for years, usually I’d hit the gym three days a week for weights and minimal cardio. I have always enjoyed walking my dog, and riding my bike outside, so I would do those things on my day off. 2 months ago, I ditched the gym and began working out for half an hour in the mornings before work. I am able to fit this in my schedule 5 days a week. This allows me to have my evenings free, so I can walk my dog every day, and do other things I enjoy.
    Now to clean up my diet. I’ve always considered myself a healthy eater; I don’t eat junk food or fast food out, and I don’t drink pop but maybe once a month. My problem, I believe, is that even though I was eating good things, I was still eating too much. I started to cut back in very small ways. For example, I really enjoy Kashi granola bars, and I would eat one every morning as a snack. They come in packs of two, so instead of eating the whole pack, now I just eat one. Before, I would eat a piece of fruit and some crackers as a snack in the afternoon. Now, I’m good with a banana. I have also regulated my breakfast by eating the same thing every morning: two eggs with a little cheese and a piece of toast with jelly. It’s easy because I don’t have to think about preparing it anymore and it’s a stable part of my daily diet.
    In 2 months, I have lost one pant size, and I’m thrilled!

  16. Its the ultimate kindness to go vegan. Please research factory farms. And think about an animals right and desire to live and a cows right to its baby, and its baby’s right to the mothers milk. And think about how eating animal products plays a role.

    And then encourage others to do the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Guys, this is not eating clean and naturally.
    Eating clean and naturally is eating whole foods that are plant based, like fruits veggies, starches, and grains. Plant based foods have a lower caloric density, meaning that they are lower in calories than other foods and they have a lot of fiber, which keeps you full and cleans out your insides for a flat tummy. So you can eat as much as you want, and you still won’t over- eat.
    Yes, that means you will be eating a lot of carbohydrates, but carbs from natural sources in their whole form are NOT bad. Carbs are the quickest energy source for the body, which means that your body will break them down immediately and use them as an energy source. They won’t be stored as fat!

    I’m a college student and I actually lowered my grocery bill thanks to that by a lot! Besides that I have a lot more energy, I feel amazing, and while I was eating all those carbs and not changing my lifestyle otherwise I kept burning fat and losing a few inches of body fat here and there- and I still do!
    There’s plenty of information out there. a great place to start is the documentary “Forks over Knives” (it’s on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and their website, filled with nutritional studies, information, tips and recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Hi Julianne, please can you make a blog post about your food choices and challenges. Healthy food is my new obsession; and I would love to know new recipes which cause weight loss but ARE healthy. Smoothies and vegetarian meals would be great! Xx

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