Oct 30, 2013 Worth every bit of hard work Fitness, Food, Lifestyle I’ve always been interested in health and fitness. I grew up playing a lot of sport at school and my fam would go water skiing every Sunday (dying to get home for another camping trip at Christmas!). Some of my most precious memories are on the athletics track and my dream was to compete at the Olympics in long jump. I’ve always been taught the importance of eating a well-balaned, well-porportioned meal with the occasional treat day. On my plate I saw carbs, meat & veg every night. I must admit I do eat slightly different now to when I was younger – I like to buy local and organic, I eat red meat on rare occasions, make vegetables and fruit the bulk of each meal and eat a lot of foods I didn’t even know existed when I was growing up like quinoa, kale and goji berries. As soon as I fell pregnant I felt the importance to be even more health conscious and motivated to maintain an active & positive lifestyle so that Violet was being nourished with goodness. Of corse I still had the odd treat day, chocolate is my weakness mmm! I don’t think it’s any more difficult or time consuming to find a healthy meal idea and create it. In some cases it’s actually easier, eliminating excess salt & sacues or heavy butters & thickeners full of additives and preservatives. I like to look at every label of the food I buy and if there are more than 5 ingredients or words I can’t pronounce I tend not to buy it. Some days are exceptions if I’m eating out or having a cheat meal. I also believe in adding as much colour and diversity into my diet and always sticking to the most ‘whole’ food source as possible which means nothing white or refined. There’s no denying it’s hard work maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy or at any time for that matter. Our bodies are our vehicle for life and I think we should give it the TLC it deserves. I have so much admiration and respect for women who juggle newborns with other children in the house, work and their health. It’s hard enough with just one baby. I think the healthier you strive to be the easier it becomes to maintain. I don’t believe in the whole ‘eating for two’ theory while pregnant I’m for ‘quality’ over ‘quantity’. I also think that not gaining excessive weight during my pregnancy, while keeping track of a healthy weight gain for my BMI (Body Mass Index), contributes to being able to lose any pregnancy weight I did gain. If I didn’t work as a model or on television with people watching I would still be as health-focused as I am. It’s my way of life. You can see some of my post-pregnancy diet & lifestyle tips in this week’s Woman’s Day. Diet Fitness Work Relaxation MON Breaky: 2 free range eggs on rye w/avo & soy cappacino Lunch: Tuna + avo brown rice sushi, seaweed salad Dinner: Oven baked chicken breast rubbed with BBQ spices, steamed veg & mashed sweet potato Snacks: Dry roasted nuts, fruit 1-2L water 1hr Power walk with the dogs in morning near beach or somewhere relaxing 2-3 meetings & fittings in and around cityHealth coach program study 30mins Yoga before bed TUES Breaky: Allbran & greek yoghurt w/stonefruit Lunch: Wholemeal turkey sandwich w/all salads Dinner: Grilled salmon w/big salad Snacks: Fruit, homemade protein balls 1-2L water 1hr swim (1km – breaststroke & freestyle/ strength training in pool) Media launch/eventHealth coach program study & practice exam 30mins Yoga before bedEating breakfast in the park WED Breaky: 2 egg omlet w/spinach & mushrooms on rye Lunch: catering on set – mix of salads and sandwiches Dinner: Kidney bean & vege soup Snacks: Dry fruit & nut mix, rice cakes 1-2L water 1hr dance practice after work, Photo shoot 8-4pm 30mins Yoga before bed THURS Breaky: oatmeal w/goji berries + strawberries & soy cappacino Lunch: On location during filming – wholemeal sandwiches/ salads Dinner: Quinoa & oven roasted veg Snacks: carrot sticks w/hummus 1-2L water 1hr Pilates classWalk dogs in fresh air Filming 9-5pmHealth coach program study 30mins Yoga before bed FRI Breaky: 2 free range eggs on rye w/avo & soy cappacino Lunch: Tuna + avo brown rice sushi, seaweed salad, edamame beans Dinner: Huge mixed salad – anything & everything Snacks: stonefruit, homemade protein balls 1-2L water 1.5hr technique class & dance practice at our dance school (Dance Planet) Voice over work in studioHealth coach program conference call 30mins Yoga before bedEating lunch somewhere outdoors SAT Breaky: Avo & tomato on rye Lunch: Wholewheat vegetarian burrito Dinner: vegetable frittata Dessert: bowl of ice cream, or two Snacks: Dry roasted nuts, fruit 1-2L water Walk dogs in fresh air Dance Planet management – Ballet, Hip Hop & Latin classes 1.5hr massage SUN Breaky: Bircher muesli w/nuts, seeds & berries Lunch: Tuna & avo brown rice sushi, edamame beans Dinner: treat night – restaurant Snacks: Fruit, nut & seed mix 1-2L water 1hr swim (1km – breaststroke & freestyle/ strength training in pool) Health coach program study & health histories Movies or dinner date In our Dance Planet studio. Dancing the Rhumba (my fave dance)! Training for the Nissan corporate triathlon last year. My favourite event was long jump. 100 metre sprint as a youngster. Lane 1. The bulk of my meals. My touch football team at school, GO CROCS!!