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Wed May 24 11:34:10 EDT 2017

Shay Mitchell doesn’t stress too much about her diet.

“Food and exercise are all about balance for me,” the Pretty Little Liars star, 30, tells PEOPLE. “Unless I am prepping for something that requires I be really strict with my food, I really do try to eat healthy and clean — but will also have the slice of pizza if that’s what I’m craving.”

And while she’s relatively laid back about her food choices, the actress says leading an active lifestyle is important to her.

“I truly enjoy working out so I mix up my workouts with spin, boxing or hiking,” says Mitchell. “Being able to stay active allows me indulge once in a while.”

Check out Mitchell’s daily food log below, and for more inspiring weight loss stories from people who lost 100 lbs. or more, pick up a copy of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.


1½ to 2 liters alkaline water


Smoothie with a big handful of spinach, 1 frozen banana, ½ cup of almond milk, 1 scoop of Naked protein powder, 1 tsp. PB2 powder, 1 tsp. ground flaxseed, ice and water


2 mashed hard-boiled eggs with salt, pepper and chili oil

Brown rice cake

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Sweetgreen’s Spicy Sabzi Salad with organic baby spinach and carrots, shredded kale, spicy broccoli, raw beets, bean sprouts, spicy quinoa, basil, roasted sesame tofu, Sweetgreen hot sauce and carrot-chili vinaigrette


Baked salmon prepped with lemon and pepper with a side of asparagus

Total Calories: 


The Verdict: 

“Starting the day with green leafy veggies and natural protein powder is smart,” says Chicago-based dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, who gives Mitchell an “A+ for her fruits, veggies and water” intake. Blatner praises the actress for having a snack that includes high fiber and protein and choosing a healthy on-the-go lunch. Even though Mitchell’s lunch contains quinoa, Blatner also suggests the actress add even more grains to her dinner. “Whole grains are a natural, nutritious source of carbs, and by eating them we are less likely to crave junky carbs like candy and white pasta,” she says.

NOTE: It is recommended that women eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men eat at least 1,800 calories per day.

Wed May 24 11:30:34 EDT 2017


If there is one unabashed, soaring declaration of cinematic devotion, it is the Lift from Dirty Dancing. It’s a beloved cultural touchstone — though the high-flying feat admittedly flummoxed Baby until the last night at Kellerman’s and proved equally difficult for star Jennifer Grey, who once admitted, “I don’t think I did the Lift until the finale, when I had to.”

Now as fans ready to be stunned by ABC’s reimagining of the 1987 favorite with Abigail Breslin and newcomer Colt Prattes taking on the moves made famous by Grey and Patrick Swayze as Johnny, six-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough — who famously recreated the Lift with Mirrorball-winning partner Bindi Irwin in 2015 — reveals how to recreate the classic film moment.

Derek Hough’s Five Essential Tips for Nailing the Dirty Dancing Lift

• First, “practice in a swimming pool.” On dry land “people think they can just run and jump and lift. No. Do lots of little lifts.”

• Timing is everything. “Practice running up to your partner: ‘One, two, three and up.’ If she jumps and her energy is on the way down while the man is trying to lift, she’ll feel much heavier. Time it so she’s jumping while he’s lifting.”

• Ladies, “keep your head, chest and legs up. You need to activate your lower back muscles.”

• Gentlemen, “put your hands on her pelvic bone; aim low when she’s coming in. And this is key: Lock your arms as soon as you lift. If you lock your arms you can hold her up there forever.”

For more inside scoop from the beloved dance romance and its new small-screen reimagining, pick up PEOPLE’s special collector’s edition Dirty DancingThe Music, The Moves, The Memories, in stores now or available on Amazon!

Dirty Dancing, also starring Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland and Debra Messing, premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Wed May 24 11:25:51 EDT 2017

Pope Francis broke the ice with First Lady Melania at the Vatican on Wednesday by asking if a traditional Slovenian dish contributed to President Donald Trump‘s large stature.

As Melania shook hands with the pope during the visit, Pope Francis said in Spanish through his interpreter pointing toward Trump, “What do you give him to eat?! Potica?”

“Potica, yes,” the Slovenian-born first lady said with a laugh before stepping aside.

The pontiff was referring to a sweet bread usually filled with nuts (but can also include poppyseed, cottage cheese, hazelnut, chocolate, honey or other ingredients) from her homeland — and not “pizza,” as some onlookers mistakenly heard.

One of the pope’s attendants also gave Melania a small object, which she had Pope Francis bless.

The president’s eating habits have been the talk of Twitter before, notably when Trump shared a photo of himself using silverware to eat an eight-piece bucket meal from KFC with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy. He’s also known to eat two scoops of ice cream during dessert, while his guests receive just one.

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During a September interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, a health exam from a doctor showed that Trump is overweight for his height at 6’3″ and 236 pounds.

“I think I could lose a little weight,” Trump admitted. “I’ve always been a little bit this way. I think that if I had one thing, I’d like to lose weight. It’s tough because of the way I live. But the one thing I would like to do is be able to drop 15 to 20 pounds. It would be good.”

Despite the joking exchange with the first lady, onlookers described the meeting between Pope Francis and the president as “stiff.” In the first minutes of the meeting, the pope did not say anything to Trump and did not smile.

Melania and First Daughter Ivanka strictly stuck to the dress code, wearing long-sleeved black dresses and veils for the visit to the Vatican — just days after they ditched headscarves in Saudi Arabia.

“Per Vatican protocol, women who have an audience with the pope are required to wear long sleeves, formal black clothing, and a veil to cover the head,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, told CNN.