ASK Michelle Bridges
Q.How do you exercise and eat right when you’re busy?
A.The best way to answer this is to take you through my own typical day… 6AM Wake up, feed my 18-month-old son Axel and have a cuppa while chatting to [ partner] Steve about dinner. That way I can take something out of the freezer or grab it from the shops later. It’s important to plan, otherwise it will get to 6pm and the steaks won’t be defrosted or the fridge will be empty. And then what happens? Take out.
7AM Eat a small banana before an 8km run. If it’s not a run, it will be a walk with Axel in the pram or a workout in the park with Axel and our dog, Paddy. I won’t always have an hour to burn so I have my go-to 10-, 20- and 30-minute workouts. I’d recommend everyone else has those, too. On days when I can’t even get to the park, I’ll work out in our lounge room.
8AM Eat two poached eggs on sourdough toast with avocado and spinach. This is a killer breakfast that keeps me full until 1pm, or even 2pm on some days. It’s got everything you need: good fats, carbohydrates, protein and phytonutrients in the spinach. It’s tasty, too.
9AM Work from home. If we need groceries, I’ll pop Axel in the pram and jog there and back. If there are any household chores to do, I’ll even turn those into a workout by doing them as fast as I can with music pumping.
12PM Head out to a work event with my own lunch. Leftovers are great. The other day there was some osso bucco in the fridge, so I took that in a container with a salad. If you’re at a sandwich shop, choose grainy or sourdough bread, then load up on all the vegetables.
3PM Work from home for a few hours, then feed and bath Axel. I eat well at meals so I don’t tend to get hungry in between. If I do snack, I’ll grab four dates and some macadamias or a piece of fruit.
7PM Eat dinner – something like grilled fish and salad with kale, pine nuts, fetta, quinoa, lemon juice and olive oil. Dinner is always protein and veg at our house, with a vegetarian meal once a week.
9PM Brush teeth and bed. I always look for ways to fit in more activity. Lately I’ve been doing lunges while brushing my teeth!
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