HOW I STAY HEALTHY

We chat to TV host, Lisa Wilkin­son

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - CONTENTS -

In my late teens and early 20s I was an emo­tional eater. Be­com­ing edi­tor of Dolly mag­a­zine at 21, I took com­fort in food to get me through stress­ful sit­u­a­tions. I would have been a lot bet­ter off go­ing for a walk to re­lieve stress. The more con­fi­dent I be­came, the less I used food as an emo­tional crutch. Wak­ing up at 3am, it’s way too early to have an ap­petite. So, I have a big mug of hot wa­ter with le­mon juice, le­mon rind and fresh gin­ger. I’ve been do­ing that for 10 years now. I eat break­fast dur­ing ad breaks on air. I like an Aussie brand of muesli called Good Mix. It’s a delicious mix of ama­ranth, lin­seeds, chia, co­conut chips, ca­cao nibs and goji berries. Then I smother it in pas­sion­fruit pulp and plain Greek yo­ghurt — and keep den­tal floss close on hand be­cause of all the seeds! Do­ing the hours that I do, my en­ergy lev­els re­ally wane mid-morn­ing and mid-af­ter­noon. It’s im­por­tant that I have good fuel to keep my en­ergy lev­els sus­tained so that I don’t grab a cho­co­late bar. I usu­ally snack on fruit, pop­corn or grainy toast with avo­cado and tomato. I have a per­sonal trainer, which I al­ways thought was very self-in­dul­gent. But over the years I’ve joined gyms only to go for a few months, then have never gone back. Hav­ing a trainer does make me ac­count­able to some­one, and I’ve be­come re­ally ad­dicted to the feel­ing of be­ing strong. I re­ally want my body to keep run­ning for many decades to come — and the best part is I feel health­ier than ever. Now that the kids have left home, my hus­band Peter and I re­ally en­joy go­ing out for din­ner dur­ing the week at a lo­cal café. We have a lot more date nights in our lives th­ese days, which is nice. I won’t lie, it’s hard for me to walk past a KitKat. I have a weak­ness for cho­co­late, but I gen­er­ally re­ally en­joy healthy food and I try to avoid heavy meals like pasta or steak and chips. When I get up af­ter a meal, I don’t want to feel like I need to have a sleep. I al­ready feel like that with­out food! I don’t go to bed as early as I should, which is prob­a­bly my one health fail­ure. And be­lieve it or not, I’m not re­ally a morn­ing per­son. Ev­ery year I try to do a health re­treat. No phones, no dis­trac­tions, and for once, I’m able to watch the sun rise!

I’m mo­ti­vated to eat well, or I couldn’t sus­tain the en­ergy I need to do my job

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