HOW I LOOK THE WAY I DO... charlotte dawson
She’s made no secret of her plastic surgery, but the TV presenter is committed to a balanced diet and regular exercise for all-round health
I always used to have to exercise to look good, and after I quit modelling I’d exercise every now and again but it would be that whole “Oh, do I have to do this?” routine.
In the last four to five years I’ve discovered exercise makes me feel good, so that’s why I do it. Now I’m driven to do it and it’s a whole different motivation; it’s about how I feel.
I try to train with a trainer three times a week at the gym, doing weights and interval cardio, and I walk pretty much everywhere.
Every week I’ll go with a friend down to Bondi and do the Bondi to Bronte walk [in Sydney]. It’s usually an hour-and-a-half walk.
I have bad cholesterol which I fight through my diet.
For breakfast, I’ll usually have a couple of poached eggs and gluten-free toast and a juice, or fruit and muesli.
I’ve realised caffeine isn’t a positive thing for your body at all, but I’ll usually have one coffee a day.
I’ll usually have four small meals a day, and I don’t usually have a lot for dinner. I’ve learnt your body needs a good amount of time between dinner and breakfast to clear and cleanse itself, so I won’t eat late at night, and if I do I usually sleep badly anyway.
I also do a 21-day detox twice a year. It starts with three solid meals a day and then for the last couple of weeks it moves to juices or soups in the morning and evening and a solid meal for lunch.
I’m very aware of what I put on my skin now. I never wear make-up when I’m not working or don’t have to go to an event. I like my skin to breathe. Make-up is like a mask; when it comes on the other person comes out; it’s like drag.
You have to take care of yourself as you get older. I now take magnesium and calcium supplements. I have kidney problems, so I’ve just got to be really aware of what I do, what I eat and how I live.