Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your motivation to take a multi-faceted personality of a fitness model, professional physique competitor, fitness bodybuilding video star and a fitness expert ?
Ms. Justine Vierdag: My motivation when I first committed to a healthier lifestyle was to be happier and healthier for myself and my family. I believe that we can not take care of and support anyone else until we have taken care of and built ourselves up physically and mentally. As I have progressed through the sport of physique competition; my drive comes from wanting to keep moving forward and rising to the challenge of achieving Professional status in the NPC/IFBB. I also just love to read and learn about how to optimize my health in order to excel and continue improving in my physique development.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your diet? Do you take a particular fixed regulated diet comprising of nutrients and vitamins to keep you in perfect health?
Ms. Justine Vierdag: My diet changes throughout the year a bit depending on my particular goals but overall, I am a very clean eater. I do weigh all of my food precisely during a competition prep and have a structured plan comprised of a certain amount of protein, carbs and healthy fats. The specific amounts are strategically manipulated throughout the prep in order to provide optimal nutrition and encourage maximum fat loss while building and/or maintaining muscle mass.
Supplementation with high quality vitamins and minerals is very important; not only during times of a tightly structured diet and intense exercise; but also to fill in any gaps my off-season diet creates. Any lack of key vitamins and minerals hinders the metabolism and does not allow the body to optimize all of its functions. I do enlist the help of a very knowledgeable and accomplished IFBB professional bodybuilder/trainer , Brian Smith, with my competition specific goals. His 30+ years of knowledge and practical application are a very valuable tool for me.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: 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?
Ms. Justine Vierdag: Glowing, healthy skin and hair comes from my clean, nutrient-rich diet and drinking about a gallon of purified water everyday. Foods like wild salmon, olive oil, coconut oil, blueberries, lemons are all staples in my diet that contribute to skin health. I do supplement with extra biotin w/ collagen as well as Vitamin C and E specifically for skin and hair. I also make sure to remove my makeup every night before I go to bed. I have been using and loving skin care products with black charcoal for skin purification and use organic coconut oil on my skin before bed.
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