We chat to athlete, model and entrepreneur Torrie Wilson as she graces the cover of the April 2017 edition of Women’s Health and Fitness magazine.
On the relationship with food
I spent many years trying to avoid food and trying all sorts of diets. Once I began a healthy relationship I got leaner than ever. Funny how that works.
On eating for pleasure
It’s great to enjoy your food, but once eating becomes an outlet we enter the danger zone. When I have a craving, I don’t deny myself because I eat healthy all the time and know that I will feel usually satisfied with just a little bit of it anyway. It’s when we eat the whole box of something that we get into trouble. It’s actually possible to make yummy healthy food too!
On fitness fuel
Eating a healthy diet gives me the energy I need for workouts, which is the best reason to eat clean on a daily basis. If I have a sluggish day, because we all do, I am not afraid to have some coffee before a workout! On occasion, I will drink a half serving of a pre-workout formula, but I try not to make that a daily habit. I feel like once we get into the rut of taking a bunch of caffeine and such to workout, it becomes a snowball effect and eventually we are running for Red Bull twice a day. I know this because I have definitely had phases where that happened!
On cheat meals
I don’t really do cheat meals or days. If I want something I have it. Doing it this way, I can usually have a few bites of something and be over it. I have learned to listen to my body and definitely believe in enjoying life. Eat healthy most of the time and don’t go crazy when you have something considered a “cheat”. And never beat yourself up over it; that just creates a weird relationship with food.
On favourite foods
I love eggs. I eat the same thing most mornings: two eggs over-easy on toast. I’m also obsessed with Mexican food. Usually if I have it, I just make sure I order a lot of healthy protein with that yummy tamale and mostly fill up on that first.
On nutrition mistakes
This list could go on forever! Doing the no-carb diet was horrible for me! I know it’s great for some people, but my body needs carbs. I had so little energy that I walked around all day with my eyes half closed as if I had narcolepsy. The biggest mistake is probably trying to starve yourself in desperation to lose weight. It slows metabolism to nothing and your body eats hard-earned calorie-burning muscle. I’ve done that too. Not pretty.
On food epiphanies
It’s not our enemy! Eating healthy does not have to be boring at all, and the more you try to avoid something, the more energy you give it and the more you want it. It’s not easy, but once you get to that healthy place it all makes sense.
Working out makes me happy. I love a good sweat and feeling accomplished after a great sweat session. It’s fun to push myself and set new goals and I am definitely in my element when I am pushing through a great workout. I love HIIT workouts using weights and bodyweight and I love making up my own (and sharing them on torriewilsonfit.com). I also do love cardio. I use it as my time to brainstorm ideas as the blood is flowing.
We all need love, not just from a romantic relationship. Love comes in many forms. The fast pace of this world and the social media frenzy has taken a toll on intimacy these days and I think it’s important that we all make a big effort to remember to be in this moment with people we care about. Happiness stems from a lot of things on the inside, but a big key is surrounding yourself with genuine people that care about you.
It’s important to feel passionate about something. That something may change often and that’s just fine. Just make sure there is something that lights your fire and gets you excited about life. Something to look forward to. If you don’t have something to be passionate about, I suggest you start by being curious. Checkout things that you never thought about…take classes just to learn something new. Maybe something you never thought twice about will end up lighting your fire.
On beauty and self-care
It’s important to take care of yourself and feel good. God gave you this amazing gift of a body and taking care of it is your responsibility. If you feel good, it carries out into pretty much every aspect of your life. If you feel crappy, it also carries out into pretty much every aspect of your life as well. But beauty is not everything and looks fade. I make a point of remembering that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. I’ve met some of the most gorgeous-looking people who are so ugly on the inside that it makes the whole package ugly.
Balancing everything in our lives can be downright difficult, but I always look at like this; if you don’t find a healthy balance, eventually an outside force is going to do it for you. That outside force can often be in the form of something negative like illness. Find a way now or regret it later.
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