AceShowbiz - Actor Christopher Meloni is giving his diet an overhaul by trying to eat "semi gluten-free" and vegan.
The longtime "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star, who recently returned to the franchise to front new spin-off "Law & Order: Organized Crime", reveals he's always looking at new ways to stay in shape and improve his physical health, and so far, he's been enjoying the benefits of clean eating.
Speaking to InterviewMagazine.com, he said, "I'm semi gluten-free. I think that falls under the category of vegan, which I'm dipping my toes into. I'm unafraid to expand the horizons and see how it makes me feel."
"I actually had a gluten-free pasta just the other night that shocked and pleased me. It's a close cousin to the Beyond Meat [plant-based products]-type stuff, and I'm a big fan of those as a change of pace."
Meloni, who turned 60 in April, admits he is very particular about his food and always likes to grill his server whenever he eats out to ensure he gets the best dishes on the menu.
He shared, "I always want to test the server. I usually find two or three things on the menu that I like, and I'll ask a specific question about how something is prepared, or which is more filling, because I'm usually ravenous. And if it has the threat of being greasy, I ask that question, but not in such stark terms."
"More often than not I'll say, 'If you were me, which one would you order?' And I appreciate it when they say, 'I haven't tasted that one so I can't tell you.' Honesty counts. You don't have to have all the answers."