1. Your name, title, and age? What do you do (or did you do) for a living?
Margaret Luce. Actress/model.
2. Who was the person that inspired you as a child to eat healthy and stay fit? What was their relationship to you?
My Father. I grew up hearing his mantra everyday-No Excuses! He was a devoted marathon runner that never allowed anything to get in the way of him and his training. He had a high tolerance for pain by building a strong immunity to it from his arduous workout routine. My parents had a garden growing up so junk food was non-existent in our kitchen. As a result, I never craved a bag of Doritos or coca cola because my body wasn’t accustomed to processed food. I grew up doing physical work, whether it was raking the yard, gardening, vacuuming, I was constantly doing things that were physically active. I watched my father train and intake an amount of food that would sustain his weight and not bulk his frame. Portion control was a conscience choice by my father so I learned at an early age to eat moderately and snack healthy in between meals.
3. What did they do to inspire you?
My father never saw a reasonable excuse not to train or work out. Whether it was miserably cold, raining or humid outside my father always found a way to train. He would improvise in extreme weather situations. So instead he would jumprope for cardio or push-ups for strength training,etc. If there is a will, there is a way. I learned the art of self discipline and focus through watching my dad train under any circumstances.
4. How did their lesson change your life?
It didn’t change it as much as it enhanced it. My father exposed me to the tools necessary to cope with changes and hurdles that life throws our way. When you look at life’s hurdles through a microscopic lens, you are often inclined to feel as though you have it the worst. But when you take a step back and consider how other people live-without food and or shelter, then it makes those problems not so problematic anymore.
5. Do you convey their message to kids in your life presently?
Yes! I teach my kids that manners can take you anywhere in the world. Also, understanding the importance of being kind it’s simple but often overlooked in today’s world.
I was raised with a sense of fear of the world around me and I’m much more lighthearted with them. I encourage them to be whatever they want to be. I cook most of the food and even taught my nanny how to cook healthy. Everything I prepare is always freshly made without the use of any canned food or sauces. I’m picky about their breakfast in the morning. I like to try to start off their day with steel oats, raspberries, blueberries or strawberries (whatever is in season) with yogurt. As a snack I like to give them yogurt with chia seeds and ad some raspberry jam as a natural sweetener or simple fresh carrots with ranch dressing. I blend all my own sauces-make homemade ranch dressing blending in turmeric, garlic and a scoop of yogurt for creaminess.
6. What would be your main message to children today to lead healthy lifestyles?
Turn off the TV and put down the computer! Instead take a walk and observe nature in your surroundings, discover where things come from and explore. Once you teach a child how things are made and where they come from, you expose them to how the ecosystem works. We recycle and compost at home-the more you explain things to them they will naturally get it. Anytime you can get out of a car and go for a walk, ride the bike to the supermarket, avoid elevators and instead opt for the stairs. Make sure to “break a sweat” everyday.
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