There is a huge fallacy that models the world over don’t eat, or don’t eat enough as a means of maintaining their slender physique. While there may be a some small percentage that do function like that (not for very long, might I add as it’s not a sustainable lifestyle), for the most part it is down to clean eating and exercise.
I’ve seen and heard all kinds of things in my travels internationally as a model, and lived with all kinds of girls, but absolutely what I see most is how much models look after themselves.
Many models including myself are coming out and using their voices to convey how important healthy eating and living is, because they know! They’re speaking from experience. Models such as Miranda Kerr, Ashley Hart, Abigail O’Neill, and Rebecca Lomas (see below). There are many more too, and lots of them are voicing the importance of exercise and a regular/daily Yoga practice too, for body and mind.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be featuring some of my amazing girlfriends who are also models – To prove that models do eat healthily because they choose/ want to, not because they necessarily have to. Looking and feeling our optimum starts with what we’ve already heard and know – clean eating (wholefoods) and exercise (along with a few other side factors that help, like water, sunshine, fresh air etc). These girls will show you how to start on your path to feeling and looking good, with some of their favourite recipes.
Another HUGE misconception when it comes to eating clean or healthy is that, “It’s tasteless”, or “Less than enjoyable”, or even “Doesn’t fill you up”… well, I’m one of the millions that choose to eat this way that is stepping up to the plate to say that we wouldn’t continue eating this way if it were ‘tasteless‘, or left us feeling hungry, or disappointed. We’re excited about FOOD, and how delicious and indulgent it can be.
Our bodies are our only vessels for our lifetime of existence, and for a model our body is our business, so why wouldn’t we want the best returns on our business by investing the best into it..?! By looking after it, and making the best of what we were given, by making optimal choices where it’s concerned.
Firstly I need to say that us human beings aren’t built to store a large amount of fat, and be obese. Sure we live in a society that is all about convenience food, and (generalising) a mostly inactive lifestyle – driving cars everywhere, lots of stimulation in terms of tv, games and movies. We’re totally spoonfed with how convenient everything is in this day and age that there is a large chunk of our population that have no idea about food, in terms of where vegetables and meat actually come from, preparing food and what real wholefoods actually are. A lot of the time convenience foods are about packing in flavour (not necessarily nutrition), which usually consists of stripping the wholefood element away from what ever the basis is, and adding in processed salt and sugars, trans fats, and goodness knows what chemicals or preservatives to maintain a lasting ‘shelf-life’. Basically commercial manufacturers/companies/ fast food restaurants make their food products taste great without really having much (if any) nutritional value anymore, thus leading to deficiencies in the body, which then lead to all kinds of weird, different diseases and ailments within the body, particularly the intestines and bowels, that might not necessarily exist if there were more awareness about being conscious about what you put in your mouth.
We are what we eat, and the body only properly recognises the wholefood, not what’s left after everything’s stripped away and some fancy stuff is added back in for the purpose of flavour, and how long it will last on the shelf before going bad. The longer food is kept on the shelf, the quicker the nutrients diminish in it. We’re victims of our own technology. The average size of the population is ever increasing and the long list of health concerns/ diseases/ issues is also increasing with it. Can’t anyone else see this is largely down to poor nutrition and health choices?
Looking back at history, it’s true that in many ancient cultures and eras, the royals were much larger as they too lived a life of convenience, like we do today, where they could afford to be lazy and have a bunch of servants be at their beck-and-call providing whatever they desired, not having to lift a finger. So over-eating/ drinking no doubt came into play, because they had enough wealth to do so. Having said this could open a whole can of worms, but I think I can say this because I’ve experienced enough emotional eating of junk, nursing insane sugar and alcohol cravings, endured a 12kg weightloss and 6 day/week exercise regime – tweaking my eating in all kinds of ways to reach different results, and many uncomfortable, disciplined detoxing processes to undo the quite toxic life I had. All to realise there’s a better way to feel good, and it starts with the inside.
The thing is we all know we can eat better, and treat ourselves better, but actively putting it into practice on a daily basis, most people see it as a ‘discipline’ in this modern world we live in – this practice is what makes all the difference to our wellbeing and longevity. The sooner we realise the path to a happier healthier you begins with, YOU, the sooner you can feel/ look/ function like your optimum self. All it takes is showing some self-love and care for better choices in what fuels your body and your life.
This is the first instalment of ‘Meet my friends’, ladies who strive to look after themselves on a daily basis!! They are models, yes, and it’s an occupational requirement to do their best with what they have, BUT why can’t we all strive to do the best with what we were given and be the best versions of ourselves..?
Meet Julia Pratt
Julia’s been a model for about 7 years. She works full-time modelling, based in Melbourne with Giant Management. J has travelled on contract to China, though favours working in her home country where she boasts a long list of regular clients, including reputable label, Country Road, with which she has regularly worked as in-house model for a number of years.
She grew up in the beautiful countryside of Tasmania with Hungarian parents, and in her journey has preferred a Vegetarian diet for the past 4 years, though in the last 18 months has switched to eating Vegan, and including lots of Raw Foods. Only a month or so into eating Vegan, Julia said she felt so much better for the change.
I met Julia on her trip to China in 2011, where we shared a tiny room, and together struggled to find optimal food choices for a healthy Vegetarian/ Vegan diet. There we both developed an obsession for Durian.
I got Julia to whip up one of her fav recipes to share with you all.
See more of her modelling profile here:
Vegan Rice Pudding with Coconut, Orange and Ginger
(to prove that models DO eat dessert occasionally)
1 can organic coconut milk
1 cup water
¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup long grain basmati rice (can be brown)
2 to 4 tablespoons organic maple syrup or agave syrup, to taste
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger or fresh grated ginger
I tablespoon orange zest
Flesh of 1 orange
Punnet fresh strawberries
30 ml Cointreau (optional)
1-2 teaspoons raw organic coconut sugar
Pinch organic shredded coconut
1) In a medium sized pot or saucepan, mix the coconut milk, orange juice, water, rice, vanilla extract and salt. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover pot, leaving lid slightly ajar for steam to escape
2) Simmer the mixture for approx. 30 mins or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Now stir in maple or agave syrup, cinnamon, ginger and zest. Continue to cook until rice is creamy and soft. If needed, add a little more water or maple syrup/agave.
3) To serve:
May be served warm in a bowl with extra cinnamon and syrup on top.
Use a small mug as a mold and let the rice set in the fridge for about 20 mins. Turn it upside down and tap to release.
Finely slice the strawberries, dice the orange and stir through the raw coconut sugar (and Cointreau if you’re going for the naughty version). Serve the fruit mixture on the side or over the top, adding the shredded coconut as the pinnacle!
For all booking enquiries for Julia please contact Giant Management – http://giantmanagement.com.
YUM!!! Thanks Julia. A delicious guilt-free warming winter dessert!
Keep an eye out for the next introduction with another one of my gorgeously health conscious girlfriends to inspire you on your journey to great health awareness.
Quote of the week:
Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.
~ Henry Ford