Today we welcome Clare Trollope as our 'At Health Australia' Fit Foodie for May, to share her journey to good health with us. Clare is such a beautiful soul who embodies everything our brand represents - not to mention her kind, beautiful spirit. Clare is so inspiring and you're about to discover why... Thank you for sharing this journey with us.
How would you describe your diet? ie: Do you eat Paleo, Vegetarian, Sugar-free etc? If so, any particular reason why and how does it impact or change how you feel?
It’s not low fat, low calorie, it’s not being hungry and feeling deprived, it’s nourishing my body with real whole foods so that I am consistently satisfied and energised to live and train to the fullest.
I like to keep my processed sugar intake low and eat fresh healthy produce as much as I can but I’d be lying if I said I didn't enjoy a sneaky glass of vino and a burger and chippies from time to time. It’s all about moderation.
What is your favourite healthy treat?
Green Smoothie with kale, mango, lime, chia seeds, avocado with almond milk.
Favourite Smoothie Recipe?
Inspired by Deliciously Ella http://deliciouslyella.com/pear-vanilla-smoothie/
– 1 pear
– 2/3 of a mug of almond milk (200ml)
– a big handful of spinach
– a handful of oats
– 1 tablespoon of almond butter
– 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla powder
- 30g scoop of At Health Australia Naturally Vanilla or Naturally Naked Protein Powder
Simply place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy – and enjoy!
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Oats as porridge or soaked bircher style.
In the absence of oats, avocado on toast and I always have a banana before a workout, even at 5am.
Before a triathlon, I always eat bircher with coconut milk, grated apple and slivered almonds.
What is your biggest personal challenge when it comes to staying fit or healthy eating, and how do you combat it?
NUTRITION is my biggest challenge BY FAR. When you train at the intensity I currently do, fuel is absolutely critical and balancing a demanding corporate full time job, plus teaching RPM and my triathlon training schedule, along with 4 hours commuting from the South Coast to Sydney everyday it’s easy to accidentally not eat enough, skip brekky or only have access to bad food at times when you are starving. To combat this I eat my oats for brekky and they are slow energy release and keep me fuller longer, always have a banana or two handy, keep my protein by my side so I can do a quick mix with milk if I need to and planning ahead is key. My latest thing is jar salads as you can prepare the day before and because of the layer ordering everything stays fresh for the next day.
We know it's important to have health & fitness goals... What's your current fitness goal or challenge?
To be the Elite Energy Age Champion (25 – 29) for the NSW Sprint Triathlon Series.
It’s my first tri season and I want to get really fast, sub 1:10.
How many times a week do you workout, and how long do you typically train for?
Usually 7 days a week, 6 every second week. I have easier days where I just do Yoga and stretch it out. I will train from between 60 minutes and 2.5 hours depending on my session. Sometimes I do a morning workout and then a lunch time or evening one.
What is the furthest distance you have ever...
Run – 45km
Swim – 30km in 24 hours (ouch chafe)
Bike – 90km
What are your 3 favourite ways to work out?
With a friend or two.
Utilise your lunch breaks and don’t underestimate how much more productive you’ll be when you get back to your desk.
Have you always been this fit and active? What has your fitness journey been like?
My mum got me into Fitness when I was little. I started swimming lessons super young, did kids aerobics (yes learnt the grapevine when I was knee high to a grasshopper) and netta netball on the mini courts for 5 year olds, we had an amazing teacher at school that made us do the Huff n Puff (distance running) a few times a week as a 10 year old and mountain bike riding on the weekends. I also did gymnastics and started competitive swimming and netball with intense training schedules 3 – 4 times per week plus competition, I fell in love with distance running, did a few biathlons and competition swimming. I always went to Zone or State for school athletics, swimming and netball.
At Uni I became a Fitness Instructor and worked at gyms as my part time job while studying and then got into surfing, snowboarding and kitesurfing in my early twenties as well as long distance running, where I did a few half marathons, the city to surf and the full Melbourne marathon. Unfortunately board sports and running got the better of me and at 24 I had hip surgery and that hindered my ability to workout intensely for a good 2 years. I still surfed heaps though.
I got into indoor cycling (RPM) as that allowed me to manage my hip issues and still run a few times a week. I always wanted to try a Triathlon but the road bike component scared me a bit, my father in law is into riding so I was lucky enough to inherit his second hand bike and finally registered for my first triathlon, Enticer Distance (300m ocean swim, 8km ride, 2km run). It was LOVE and I went on to buy my first road bike last year and started competing in Sprint Distance Triathlons this season (700m Swim, 22k ride, 5km run). It’s not been without injury and I landed myself on the MRI table again earlier this year (thinking my hip was gone again) turned out to be muscular and with balance and physio I’m on track again. It’s all about finding what you love and what works for your body, it’s about getting out of your comfort zone but looking after your body at the same time. My biggest learning to date has been listening to my body, I have this mental stamina and toughness that allows me to push the boundaries and sometimes that can result in being sidelined unnecessarily. I now incorporate stretching (Amanda Bisk has an amazing guide and Yoga to even it out).
Who inspires you and why?
Every strong, confident woman who is authentic, honest, consistent and confident in their own skin AND kind. Too often we compare ourselves to others, I stay inspired and positive by surrounding myself with people that will lift me up and there are so many amazing women out there, I get inspiration from many.
On that note Clare, YOU inspire US ... and we're so grateful for your time to share you journey to good health.
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