Robyn Lawley Shares her Secrets to a Healthy Life

She's been named one of Australia's most inspiring women for her real size and her real outlook on life. But for Fruit Juice Australia ambassador, Robyn Lawley it's all in a days work.

Model, mentor and new mum Robyn Lawley sat down with LifeStyle YOU to chat about her healthy habits and being a new mum.

Q: How do you juggle a healthy lifestyle with the demands of being a new mum?

A: The foods I mainly enjoy are usually typically healthy, I stay away from fast food and 'poor' quality food. I don't beat myself up though if occasionally I do eat something like fish and chips. With My daughter if I'm out and about, most places can give me a side of avocado or a banana, and I feed her that if I haven't got the time to make her food. Freezing home cooked meals is a good way to have good food last minute.

Q: How has being a mum changed your life?

A: My life has changed quite dramatically as I now live in LA instead of NY and in a house instead of an apartment (which is actually a great change). For me, having a baby has been both an incredible and surreal experience. Time has definitely become a lot more important, and finding any spare time is almost impossible, but also know I get some back when she gets a bit older.

Q: What do you love about being a mum?

A:Watching Ripley, be Ripley!  I love her big toothy grin. She's a sweetheart and loves to giggle. I would do anything for her and I really can't imagine life with out her - the love is intense but amazing!

Q: What the best tip you can offer new mums?

A: Stay as active as you can and don’t be so hard yourself! Motherhood comes with its challenges, practice moderation and balance.

Q: How do you juggle a healthy lifestyle with the demands of being a new mum?

A: The foods I mainly enjoy are usually typically healthy, I stay away from fast food and 'poor' quality food. I don't beat myself up though if occasionally I do eat something like fish and chips. With My daughter if I'm out and about, most places can give me a side of avocado or a banana, and I feed her that if I haven't got the time to make her food. Freezing home cooked meals is a good way to have good food last minute.

Q: Name the three healthy tips you live by?

  • Live like a vegetarian (most of the time!): I mainly try to eat like a vegetarian and I treat meat and fish as a special occasion, meat production is really bad for the environment, especially at the level that western societies run. We often overlook fruit and veg, which is crazy as they're so vital for a healthy mind and health life. I also love drinking green juices and oj with lots of pulp, the occasional serving (125ml) of juice with no added sugar can help count to your daily fruit intake.
  • Avoid fast food: I really love real quality food, so it's easy for me to avoid bad food like fast food, as to me that food no nutrients what so ever, I don't even count it as food! So I suppose I eat more like a European, as I definitely indulge but preferably higher quality foods or home cooked.
  • Buy sustainable ingredients: I always shop at my local markets in LA, as I like to buy my ingredients from more locally sustainable places. Your local markets are the best place to shop, especially as it brings a great community of people together.

Q: How has being a mum changed your exercise routine

A: Mornings are harder for me to exercise now as the baby wakes pretty early and needs a lot of attention. I prefer working out in the afternoon now, it's not as frequent as pre-baby but I definitely try to go to classes or train with a trainer, just so I can get that high intensity that I wouldn't do by myself.

Q: What does your average day look like on a plate?

My days always start early. I have a glass of OJ, my iron tablets, a breakfast sandwich or cereal.
At lunch time I love eating something hardy, so I’m full for the rest of the day, so it’s usually sandwich or leftovers from dinner. My favourite cafes also have amazing pizza and salads.
Smoothies/juices are great snacks, especially before or after workouts.
Dinner is usually pasta or veggie bakes.

Check out Robyn's Green Smoothie recipe below!

This drink is a necessity in my busy life and is also great-post workout. I absolutely love the taste. The blended frozen banana tastes as good as ice cream.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1

1 3/4 cups of almond milk or cashew milk (I make my own often )
1 cup baby spinach leaves (a large handful)
1 tsp flaxseed oil
1 large ripe frozen banana (handy tip -peel bananas before putting them in the freezer)

Blend in blender, you can always add more fruit or veg.

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