Today we welcome Lisa Meers as our At Health Australia 'Fit Foodie Inspo for June' to share her journey to good health. Lisa is an inspiration for so many reasons - she is an amazing mum who balances an active, healthy lifestyle with raising two beautiful girls and still finds time to be there for her friends and family. Lisa is such an inspiration 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, JERF, Dairy Free or Wheat Free? If so, any particular reason why and how does it impact or change how you feel?
I try to steer clear of processed foods so my diet revolves mostly around a lot of fresh produce and I try to choose organic wherever possible. I also limit my sugar intake and drink plenty of water. I find as I get older my body has a lower tolerance for poor quality food - whenever I neglect my diet my mood and energy levels tend to take a dive.
I believe in moderation, so I won’t deny myself that hard earned glass or two of wine on the weekends or a bowl of ice cream with my girls. I think food should be fun and enjoyable, eating is one of my most favourite things to do and sharing a meal with friends and family are some of my most happiest memories.
My diet (in particular my evening meals) revolve around what my kids are eating, so its finding something that’s healthy, tasty and quick. I love spending time in the kitchen (when I have the time), but most of our weeknights are some kind of lean protein and vegetables.
What is your favourite healthy treat?
Vegetables baked in Coconut Oil
Paleo Lemon Slice from one of my favourite cafes
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
I have two favourite breakfasts that I usually alternate depending on my mood and the weather;
1) Greek Yoghurt with some Ancient Grains Muesli with berries, Chia Seeds and LSA Mix
2) Porridge with Almond Milk, Chia, LSA, Berries and some At Health Protein Powder sprinkled on top!
We know it's important to have health & fitness goals... What's your current fitness goal or challenge?
I find I'm at my most motivated when I have a goal to work towards. I'm going on an overseas surfing holiday in two months, so my current goal is to be as healthy and surf-fit as possible.
How many times a week do you work out, and how long do you typically train for?
I try to workout at least 5 times a week. From anywhere between half an hour (on a busy day) to an hour or two in the surf.
I usually run twice a week, do strength and fitness training twice a week with my trainer and then surfing and yoga with any spare time that I get.
What are your 3 favourite ways to work out?
Strength Training and
Yoga (that's four I know!)
What is the furthest distance you have ever...
Run - 15km
Swim - 2km
Bike - ??
Have you always been this fit and active? What has your fitness journey been like?
I have always enjoyed being active pretty much my whole life. Both my parents were very fit and active when I was growing up, so it’s not something that I have given a lot of thought too -it's just a way of life for me. Fitness for me is all about building and maintaining a healthy, fit and strong body so I feel happy in my own skin every day.
I have been fortunate enough to grow up and spend my life on the beach, so being close to nature is important - and just as important for my mental well-being as well. I have taken up surfing in the last few years which has been such an amazing, challenging experience, it makes me feel like a kid again. There is nothing better than catching waves with my awesome girlfriends at our beautiful south coast beaches.
I think that there is an opportunity through diet and exercise to create a longer healthier life, a calmer mind and a better existence for ourselves. And to me this is what life is about - living life better!
What is your biggest personal challenge when it comes to staying fit and eating healthy?
Probably being organised. If I’m not giving enough thought to my grocery shopping and meal planning, my diet won’t be as good as it can be. I try to hit the local fresh produce market on a Sunday and stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables which is a good start to the week.
Who inspires you and why?
Ryan Walsh - my amazing personal trainer. He just gets in the gym and gets the job done, without the hype. He has an ability to motivate people with humility and kindness. His calmness in the gym and in life and his commitment to fitness inspires me every day.
James Duigan - the author of the “Clean and Lean” books and also a personal trainer. His philosophy on diet and exercise is based on common sense and he really taps into how you can function at your highest potential, while being realistic to our busy modern lifestyles.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have courage to follow your heart and intuition - they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary". Steve Jobs
On that inspirational note Lisa, YOU inspire US ... You balance being a busy mum of two, with a healthy, active and well balanced lifestyle. You're such an incredibly kind, fun and kind hearted soul, who is not only an amazing mum of two of the most beautiful girls, but a wonderful friend!
We're so grateful for your time today to share your journey to good health with us, so thank you.
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