What does wellness or wellbeing mean to you?
Wellness is as much to do with the mind as the body. In fact – I believe you can’t have one without the other. Many times stressing about the physical - causes mental unwellness, and just stressing about things/being anxious can directly lead to being physically unwell. So for me, Wellness is about being at peace with your body and mind.
What are your daily non-negotiables when it comes to your fitness and lifestyle regime?
I wake up every morning to my Power Thought Cards; choosing one always sets a positive tone for the day! And by the time my feet hit the ground, I say how wonderful this day is going to be. I have suffered in the past from anxiety and stress, but I have learned to control it by being grateful for this one life we have to live! Warm water and lemon is the first thing that goes into my system to wake up my digestive system , followed by a fresh juice. I workout 5 times a week mostly because it makes me feel good and I enjoy it – but give myself a break if I just don’t feel like it. In January I gave up caffeine, alcohol (which i now indulge in once in a while), meat and processed foods. That has had an incredible impact on both my mental and physical state.
You travel a lot for work. What are your rules when it comes to living consciously on the road?
I don’t believe that traveling is an excuse for letting go of your healthy routine! I ALWAYS pack my own food for the plane, have done for over 10 years now! Then I source healthy food shops/gyms online of where I’m going so that I can slip into into my new location easily! For example I am about to head to New Zealand for a 5 week shoot, BUT I am traveling in a RV the entire length of NZ! I have already googled a list of shops in Auckland – (where we are starting) where I can pick up supplies of food, and exercise equipment to store in my RV. So there are never any excuses- excuses are only a form of fooling yourself! My belief is that your body and health are a dedication. We only have one body that we live in, so why would you want to abuse that gift?!
What are your go-to meals and snacks when you are really busy?
When I’m filming long days, I will always pack tuppaware boxes the night before. I love cucumbers, which are a filling healthy re-hydrating snack, and will always take nuts, and some salads with whole fresh veggies, and some variety of steamed fish. The easiest way to look at it, is always choose natural healthy unprocessed foods – you can’t go wrong! Fish, veg/salad and quinoa is the easiest healthiest go-to.
Juice Junkie or Smoothie Junkie? Which do you prefer and what’s your go-to favourite combo?
Well, my go-to is a combo of both!
I always juice my harder veg, carrots/beets/cucumer/celery etc. Then in my (beloved) Vitamix blender, I put ice/softer fruits – banana/Avocado/berries and leafy veg – Kale/Spinach/Lettuce (for extra fibre) Then I add supplements such as Maca/Chia seeds/ baobab/Lucuma/Spirulina…. And blend! So it’s a juicy smoothie!
My fave combo? Probably Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Carrot, Beetroot, Apple, Blueberries, Lemon, Banana, Avocado Chia seeds… with oodles of fresh mint…!
What are your top 3 superfoods and why?
Maca – helps with monthly mood swings! And clarity of mind
Chia Seeds – they make the BEST desserts and are high in antioxidants
Kale – when it’s in season. Loaded with vitamin K and C (more C than oranges!) and beta carotene.
Cacao – in nibs/powder form, full of antioxidants, and RAW! It makes for amazing guilt free chocolate dishes!
If you could prepare a meal for anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you make?
Both my grandmothers. They passed away when I was quite young so I didn’t really know them. One lived in Pakistan the other in Ireland, so they came from vastly different backgrounds, but both such strong women facing life through some tough times. I would love a girls night to get to know them and grill them for lots of advice! I’d cook a curry and a coddle – My iranian Gran taught my mum how to make the BEST curry, and my mum taught me, so I’d like to show her my skills! And a Coddle is a traditional Irish stew that my Irish granny passed down the line..
What lesson(s) have you learned in the last few years that have improved or enriched your life in some way?
To stop being so hard on myself. Both on my mind AND my body. I had a habit of beating myself up a lot, since I am passionate about everything I do, I want it to be done well, so I put an awful lot of pressure on myself.
When I canceled my wedding a few years ago (and subsequently broke up with my now ex fiancé) I found it very hard to handle. Because things hadn’t gone according to plan. But ever since then I changed how I look at life and myself. I have accepted that things don’t always go the way you want them to – but accepting that is a part of the healthy journey! I now take time for myself, and have learned to be kinder to myself.
What is your favourite quote or saying to live by?
Oh SO many! Top 3…
“Why wait til tomorrow, to do what you can do today, because if you like it- you can do it again tomorrow!”
“Life’ is what happens, when you were busy planning other things”
“If you don’t know where you are going… Any road will get you there”
What are your core values that you like to live by?
Always be kind to people – you just never know what their journey is. I truly believe that if you give out love and compassion that you get it back ten fold.
I am very dedicated to my job and the people in my life and I try to embrace every moment- you just don’t know when it is all going to end. Sometimes, when I’m in a room or at a dinner with my friends, I’m overwhelmed by the wonderful people I’ve been so lucky to come into my life…
What would you choose as your last meal on earth?
Haha, this one changes all the time! “All you can eat” sushi would be up there! But, it would most likely be my Mum’s Christmas dinner. Mostly because of the happy times it is associated with. Christmas for me is so special and because I’m away from my family most of my life, that Christmas dinners evoke such a warm happy feeling and wouldn’t you want to leave this earth with that feeling?!
Where’s your favourite place on earth?
Ah, I have many!! I’m not sure it’s even possible to just have one! I do have a love affair with Sydney, my best friend lives there, so I travel there quite often. I always go for early morning runs along the coast/ beaches as the sun comes up – and I have to stop, breathe and smile- knowing i’m in my happy place. That’s a great feeling.
Ibiza also holds a special place in my heart. It’s very spiritual and something about it makes me feel so at peace with myself.
Then of course there is Dublin. Home. When I land, i get goosebumps every time. I know it’s where my heart is.
Lastly, please leave us with your favourite quote.
I guess it’s an amalgamation of many, and put in my own words…
The universe will conspire to make your dreams come true, so relax in the knowledge that you are loved and you are safe.. So go ahead, be brave enough to Live your dreams, to travel often, and to get lost- it will help you find yourself..
Please share your favourite recipe with us:
My fave is my home made gluten free, sugar free granola!!
- In a frying pan, melt some coconut oil with some agave / raw honey/natural sweetener of choice.
- Add gluten free oats and coat and mix up, let them toast slightly
- Spread the oats on a baking tray, and bake until crispy.
- Then back to your pan, melt a small amount of CACAO butter, stir in coconut flakes, nuts and seeds of choice. Add a few pinches of cinnamon powder and coat until crisp/toasted.
- Add to your crispy oats, and mix up. You can then add goji berries/Logan berries/mulberries for a pop of sweetness/colour.
And voila – homemade natural healthy cereal!
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