HOW I STAY HEALTHY
LORNA JANE CLARKSON … designer, business woman and author Almost three decades after launching her iconic Activewear brand, Lorna Jane Clarkson shares her secrets to a fit, healthy and happy festive season!
Lorna Jane Clarkson shares tips
What’s one of your earliest food memories around Christmas? I remember Advent calendars that had 30 days of chocolate in them! My family is originally from the UK, so no matter how hot it is we still have a traditional roast. My brother-in-law cooks a turkey, mum makes her famous trifle (my favourite!), the rumballs are my sister’s specialty, and of course, I make all the salads. Luckily I have a new cookbook out this year so I can steal recipes out of that!
It’s Christmas morning … do you reach for your usual healthy breakfast? I usually start the day with a smoothie to give me energy for my morning workout and then have something more substantial, like oats or eggs, before I head into work. Christmas is one of the few days of the year that I change it up. We usually make our way down to the beach, followed by a long, drawn-out breakfast . We’ll have a large platter of fresh fruit, followed by every cereal you can imagine, and then we’ll have eggs, ham and tomato — all cooked on the barbecue, of course!
Is Christmas an excuse to have a day off exercise? It’s mostly exercise free, but it’s also a bit of a family tradition to play a few rounds of extremely competitive bocce after lunch, and a little backyard cricket!
How do you satisfy sweet cravings? I eat dessert most days, but it’s always a more nutritious version of what I would have indulged in before I understood how important it was to eat good food. I make my own chocolate with cacao, coconut oil and pure maple syrup. And I keep homemade bliss balls in the freezer to have with a cup of tea after dinner.
How do you stay active when you’re busy? I’m never too busy to work out! And on super busy days I try to get up 30 minutes earlier than normal so that I can do a quick workout before the busyness starts. I also wear my Activewear to work so I can do the stairs, and I have been known to take ‘Walk with Me’ meetings with my team!
What’s your favourite tip to add flavour to meals? Start with really good ingredients and always buy in-season for
maximum flavour. Fresh, nutritious, seasonal produce will never be boring — and I wrote my new book Eat Good Food to show everyone just how incredibly easy and delicious healthy food can be when you have the right knowledge and recipes.
What does ‘healthy’ mean to you? To me, healthy is a feeling. It’s a state of being where you feel like you have the energy and the enthusiasm to do all of the things you want to do with your life. It’s not about a particular size or a specifi c body type, but more about doing what makes you look and feel at your best. It’s about taking care of your mind and your body, and creating an active lifestyle that really works for you.
Healthy is not about your size, it’s how you feel.
Looking for healthy eating inspiration? Pick up Lorna’s new book Eat Good Food (RRP $44.99), available in Lorna Jane stores nationally or online at lornajane.com