FIT­NESS DIARY

Nana Al Haleq, fit­ness model, coach, and TV host

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Strength to this 31-year-old fit­ness ad­dict doesn’t just mean phys­i­cal strength—it’s also men­tal health, at­ti­tude to­wards life, and emo­tional sta­bil­ity. When Nana was in her early 20s, she suf­fered from de­pres­sion as a re­sult of feel­ing lost af­ter grad­u­at­ing from univer­sity. She took a leap of faith and de­voted her­self to fit­ness— and it saved her life. “Fit­ness helped me dis­cover my true self, un­lock my true po­ten­tial, and re­gain my self con­fi­dence,” she says.

DAY ON A PLATE

“I have a de­li­cious blend of leafy greens, flax and chia seeds, car­rot, and wheat­grass to kick off the day. Be­tween break­fast and lunch, I drink an iced Amer­i­cano and eat four egg whites, fish, and more greens. I have two meals for lunch. My first lunch is around 12pm and the sec­ond around 4pm. I usu­ally have 300g of fish, cooked Asian-style with 150g of brown rice and raw greens for both. Come din­ner time, I eat 250g of or­ganic grass-fed ten­der­loin steak or fish, and the same sides. Snacks are usu­ally some form of berries. I like blue­ber­ries, straw­ber­ries, and black­ber­ries. Some­times, I take nuts on a low-carb day.”

WORK­OUT ROU­TINE

“I ex­er­cise five to six times a week and my pre­ferred ‘tor­ture method’ would be weightlift­ing. My daily work­out be­tween 2.30 to 4.30pm is like my self-ther­apy ses­sion. I feel zen and re­laxed even though the work­out is in­tense. I love in­cor­po­rat­ing re­sis­tance bands in my work­outs be­cause it’s por­ta­ble and serves a lot of pur­pose. I can use it for stretch­ing and to work on my mus­cles. I’m also slowly pick­ing up on yoga and I’m plan­ning on tak­ing pi­lates to help re­ha­bil­i­tate my in­juries and im­prove my bal­ance.”

PREVENTATIVE MEA­SURES

“I be­lieve whole foods pre­vent dis­eases, that’s why I con­sume a lot of power green pow­ders such as wheat­grass, spir­ulina, beet­root, and broc­coli. A ma­jor­ity of my pro­tein in­take comes from fish and red meat and I avoid food that I am in­tol­er­ant to, like chicken and eggs. Get­ting to know which foods your body is in­tol­er­ant to is im­por­tant as it can pre­vent you from get­ting sick. I con­sume vi­ta­mins and min­er­als that my diet may lack such as vi­ta­mins D and B, mag­ne­sium, and l-car­ni­tine.”

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