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!

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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

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