THE OC star KELLY ROWAN shuns all of the catering on the set of her hit TV show - because she only eats raw food.

The 37-year-old actress, who plays KIRSTEN COHEN in the drama, has steered clear of cooked and processed foods for a large number of years, and it's meant preparing her own meals whenever she goes to work.

She says, "I don't eat any refined carbohydrates. I eat sprouted rice, I eat raw meat... nothing processed.

"I've been doing it for 12 years and I've never been sick. I eat raw dairy; anything the body can assimilate. It's great, 'cause you don't feel like you're on a diet. I get so angry that women always feel that they're on some kind of diet because as soon as that happens you feel like you're in deprivation mode.

"I had hyperglycaemia when I was in my late 20s. I was really tired and I couldn't figure out why. I kept going to doctors and they kept saying to me, 'You're fine,' and I said, 'Well I'm not fine. I don't feel great,' and that sort of prompted (the diet)."

But Rowan does deviate from her strict eating plan for just one treat.

She adds, "If I really want a piece of chocolate, which is my weakness, I will have a piece of chocolate."

01/04/2005 21:00