What are a few of your favorite wellness tips?
- Whatever your water intake is currently, double it! It is still a challenge for me to drink enough water every day and it is advice I gave my own clients as a trainer. I suggest trying to get in two glasses of water before your feet even hit the floor in the morning and then aim for a full glass before each meal. This will go a long way in helping to get in the recommended amount of water we should be having each day.
- Don’t question whether to do your workouts. Literally, “Just do it!” You have your body for life, and while there will be ebbs and flows, take care of yourself for the long term, not just trying the latest fad or a quick fix here and there.
- Make your workouts fun! If you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing to be active, find something else. You won’t stick with something you don’t enjoy.
What is a common mistake you would tell others to avoid?
Don’t get caught up solely in the numbers! Your goals shouldn’t be set in terms of a number on the scale. Gaining muscle mass is so important and isn’t a factor that can be gauged by your weight on the scale!
What does a typical daily meal plan look like for you?
I am very grateful to have access to some great local farmers markets in my area, and typically try to plan my meals around what is fresh and seasonal. I’m a pescatarian and have avoided red meats, pork and chicken since I was sixteen years old. This was a decision based on how eating meat makes me feel, and I found I would typically feel very sluggish whenever I would eat meat. Presently, avocado toast made with fresh multigrain bread is a favorite choice of mine for breakfast. For lunch, I enjoy mixing my salads (butter lettuce is a current favorite staple in my salads!) with warm items, like warm purple potatoes, and drizzling them with homemade dressing made from olive oil, lemon juice and cilantro. Dinner is often a fish or shellfish choice, along with some veggies. I also enjoy Banza Chickpea Pasta, fresh pasta from the farmers market, couscous or sushi rice from the local Asian market.