Alethea Mills - Australia
Food & Fitness: Is It a Trend?
I think there have always been people that have taken an interest in their health and been cautious to avoid food marketing campaigns and fads. However, there are always people searching for the latest or most promising answer to improve their health or fitness ability and fast! I believe now, with an abundance of accessible information, more people can gain an understanding of how nutrition and exercise play a major part in chronic disease. What does this mean? People realise they have the power to change their health. Regarding fitness, there are so many activities to suit any fitness level and preference of movement that I believe fitness has become fun for more people. From the likes of dance inspired exercise, obstacle races, world-class cycling where you can participate online to nude yoga by a lovely Australian girl who is shouting body acceptance and love from the rooftops. My overall favourite, is women’s trail running groups that are gaining in size and making it safe for women to enjoy running with nature. I think health has become an attractive state for more people and I think this is a great thing.
What Do You Do For a Living?
I’m a full-time student, in my final year, studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine. I also work part-time in my partner’s real estate business as a Digital and Social Media Manager.
What's That One Thing You Do Or Food You Eat To Make You Feel Better During A Working Day?
Can I say two? Ensuring I start the day with a balanced breakfast including healthy carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats to avoid finding myself hungry and struggling to think mid-morning. My perfect start is scrambled free range eggs, beetroot sauerkraut, a slice of Ezekiel bread or mashed sweet potato, steamed baby spinach drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice and avocado. Keeping a stainless steel or glass water bottle with me and sipping two litres of filtered water throughout the day.
Do You Take Any Vitamins/Supplements/SuperFoods? Any Favourite?
Sauerkraut is my daily superfood. I prefer to use food as medicine over nutraceuticals and sauerkraut is my probiotic. I load up on a diverse range of fruit and vegetables and fibre to provide the prebiotic (food for the probiotics!). Gubinge powder (Kakadu Plum) is a staple bush food in Australia and is the highest natural source of vitamin C, it’s my favourite in winter to support my immune system. I do take a high-quality magnesium supplement and an activated B complex during times of stress (university assessment time!) to support the nutritional demands during these periods.
What's Your Fitness/Training Routine? How Many Days/Week Do You Exercise?
I exercise six days per week. My exercise varies depending on whether I have an event coming up. However, currently, I am loving SpinHouse indoor cycling 2-3 days per week, running 2-3 days per week and swimming 1 day a week. Last year I ran a 50k ultra trail and spent hours training out in the hills which led me to enjoy beach and road runs this year. Recently I have hit the forest again and I’m loving being back out in the hills, it’s wonderful for my head space. I am signing up for a triathlon this year so I will be taking the leap from the indoor cycling to the road – eekk!! I’m a big believer in mental fitness and health, so part of my routine is meditation where I am currently using the Headspace app. I need to be a little more dedicated on this one!