HOW I STAY HEALTHY
We chat to TV host, Lisa Wilkinson
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