LA/Bay Area actor Nina Martina[/caption]Nina Martina makes the transition from film to stage playing multiple roles in Liberace in Pacific Grove. The LA/Bay area actor embraces another professional challenge but nothing compared the challenges she’s faced in her personal life. Once helpless and hopeless in the throes of food addiction, Martina lost over 100 pounds with the realization the healing needed to come from the inside rather than a dress size. The self-described “sushi whore” confesses to her guilty food pleasure, admits to trying a Luther Burger (briefly) and offers hope to anyone as living proof that it’s never too late to chase your dream.
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Nina Martina Takes the Stage and Tackles Food Addiction One Bite at a Time
"I have an addictive personality. I have used food and other substances...and even though I've been able to stop and put aside other addictions, food is the hardest because ou have to eat. Any other addiction, it's cold turkey. You need to stop smoking, addicted to cigarettes, you have to stop. Period! You're addicted to drinking, you can't just have a beer. You can't have any, ever. Or any other drug. Well, you can't do that with food.
"My dad.... had multiple families and they had split because he was selling drugs with money that was in the joint bank account. He was also a bad drug dealer and he would lose money all the time so she ditched him off of that. I haven't seen that guy a lot. I've seen him every now and then.
"You've caught us at a time where I've had the unfortunate happen here with a broken foot. Normally, if I had a broken foot and would be in a walking boot, maybe over the course of the six week period that I have to be in it, I would have had maybe 12 shows. It just so happens I've been the boot 25 days and we've done 19 shows with a broken foot. We have extra together time now because I can't do a lot of things for myself...Like probably every couple we probably get on each other's nerves a lot during the day. We get off stage and that always seems to be healed. "
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