Introduce us to a day in the life of “Gabrielle Reece”.
A day in my life, usually starts with attending to my daughters. I have three, two at home, so attending to their basic set up for the day and then I go straight into training if I don’t have another work commitment. I even try to schedule all my work, shoots, meetings, etc, after twelve noon so I can get my training in. I find that if I don’t get my training in early it can fall by the wayside, based on day events.
Again it’s just about managing a lot of different hats in one day, sometimes it’s like I’m the mom or the wife and then you have to turn around and be this business person and not be emotional or take things personal. I try to the best of my ability to waste as little time as possible and stay really focused.
Another helpful thing that I do old fashioned is write everything down in my day books. This keeps me organized and lowers my stress.
What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine that you may like to share?
For me I try to do workouts that I enjoy. Yes my workouts are challenging but I still enjoy doing them. So I would encourage people to find a few they like to do and stick with those.
So Monday, Wednesday, Friday I do circuit training and then Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, I do a pretty rigorous ballistic pool training with dumbbells and that’s great because it doesn’t further damage your joints and it’s a great environment to train in. Besides consistent exercise, there are two other really important focus’s for me. Good nutrition and sleep. Eating the right types of food is essential for how I feel, move, and look. I try to make sure I get at least 8 hours of restful sleep a night.
Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
I just try to eat as much real food as possible and I know that’s oversimplified but I just trying to avoid processed foods, foods that break down to glucose, too much sugar, things like that I really try to be mindful of and so I would say that I eat a plant based whole foods diet, with condiments of high quality animal protein and really good healthy fats: coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil.
The other thing I have learnt is that I try not to combine too many carbohydrates with my healthy fats, so for example if I’m going to use olive oil or something, I try to use that on vegetables verses, even the whole raw butter, but not in conjunction with sweet potatoes, so where we get into trouble is I am a big advocate of healthy fats but my understanding is they’re better off with vegetables even though, obviously there’s a little carbohydrates as well but not quite as high.
So real whole foods, minimize the processed foods. I only eat pretty much when I’m hungry and until I’m full. I try not to overeat and I watch the sugar intake, I watch sugary drinks. I make sure that the food I eat I enjoy and it’s diverse, I try not to eat the same things over and over. We used to eat things when they were in season and be more diverse, that’s something that’s really important for a good diet.
You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do to your hair to make them look so stunning?
My skin and my hair, I actually think, this is a reflection of my nutritional habits mostly. I don’t really drink alcohol, or smoke.
I think a life of exercising and playing sports has allowed me to fend off the elements and some of the skin problems you get in aging.
Hydration is also a key factor. I drink lots of water throughout my day. This is really simple information but it’s impactful. As far as the products I wear I try to use a chemical free sun block. I love Dr. Colbert, from the New York Dermatology group. His sun-block it’s chemical free and they put reflective particles in it. I also like Epicuren sun-block, they have a Bee Propolis sun-block, that’s quite good. I use a Radical moisturizer a Japanese clay bar to wash my face, it’s a soap but it doesn’t have any of the chemicals in it and you can find it on Amazon. Lastly, for my hair, the key for me is I have actually quite thin hair so when I’m doing pool training I will put a leave-in conditioner or oils, just to give it a break and if I’m not working, I don’t touch it with a blow dryer or anything like that but I just leave it as it is and try to spare my hair from the hot heat.