What does your diet look like?
I found what works best for me, and that may not be what works best for everyone else. It’s important to find something that your body responds to and that you can live with for the long term. I am in the process of getting certified myself in nutrition. Because I have food allergies, I avoid dairy, wheat, gluten and eggs. I would describe my diet as mostly vegan and plant based with fish like salmon, bass, tuna and cod, mixed in.
On rare occasions, I will also have turkey. I supplement my protein intake with Burton Nutrition Plant Based Vegan Protein for shakes and to mix with oats. Garbanzo beans, hemp, flax and sunflower seeds, as well as pine nuts, are also regular staples on my food shopping list, along with Brussel sprouts, asparagus, carrots, peppers, onions, sweet potatoes, avocados and rice cakes.
What would you consider a splurge or a treat?
One of my favorite splurges is sweet potato French fries! I also have a raging sweet tooth, so treat myself to one (occasionally two!) squares of Enjoy Life Vegan Dark Chocolate Bars.
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
I would tell myself to be kind to my body and that it’s okay to want to be healthy when everyone else is being a bit more carefree and enjoying their teen years. I never wanted to “party,” because I loved being fit, but I felt guilty about that because it caused a lot of anxiety for me. I would want 18-year-old Courtney to know that her intuition was right!
When was the last time you had a great laugh and what caused it?
I laugh all the time, so this question is difficult! I believe that laughter truly is the best medicine and being a child at heart is what keeps life fun! I make it a point to surround myself with the friends and family that enjoy life and being silly and light-hearted always seems to lead to many big laughs!
What’s next for you?
Life is constantly expanding for me. I have a peaked interest in a variety of areas surrounding heath, wellness, artistry, creativity and spirituality. I have some cool fitness projects coming up soon that I am excited for and more acting opportunities are always just around the corner! I just enjoy living life every day to the fullest and being open and ready for any and all new adventures!
Courtney’s drive and dedication shows up in both her work and her workouts, and yet she always makes the time to encourage and inspire her students and fans to find their own joy in fitness. Courtney may walk in other people’s shoes as an actress, but she clearly reaches for sneakers when she puts on her own!
You can follow Courtney Hope on Instagram and Twitter @thecourtneyhope and on her website at Courtney-hope.com
“Courtney Hope plays “Sally Spectra” on The Bold and the Beautiful, the most watched U.S. produced soap opera in the world, viewed by more than 30 million people in over 100 countries daily! She’s namesake to her great aunt, the larger than life owner of rivalry fashion house, Spectra Creations.
Current story: Sally, like her great aunt, is a strong, independent and fierce woman who has a giant, charismatic and larger than life personality. Sally hasn’t always had the best luck, but she believes in herself and always manages to find a way through. Her one constant is her fiancée, Wyatt Spencer, heir to the Spencer Publications publishing dynasty. However, when he tries to break up with her to reunite with his high-school flame, Flo, Sally refuses to accept this as her fate. And, she soon gets diagnosed with a devastating medical diagnosis. Will she give up, or will she fight? Expect the unexpected but definitely don’t count Sally out just yet!”
About the author: Charlene Bazarian is a fitness and weight loss success story after losing 96 pounds. She mixes her no-nonsense style of fitness advice with humor on her blog at Fbjfit.com and on Facebook at FBJ Fit.