By Michele Smith
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Hectic is a word that doesn’t begin to describe a model’s life on the run, from waking up at the crack of dawn, to squeezing in a workout before a shoot, and managing to consume a healthy breakfast while scrambling to run out the door. Busy is a complete understatement and if a model is able to manage a quick healthy breakfast, what does a model do the rest of the day for food in between photo shoots, or appointments for prospective jobs and fittings? Here are a couple of diets/menu items that anyone can benefit from a health perspective combined with a busy lifestyle.
Clean eating – Victoria’s Secret models swear by this diet
In its most simplest of definitions, clean eating is eating healthy, non-processed foods. While most corporate employees think they are doing themselves a favor eating a low calorie frozen lunch, the truth is while many are low calorie there is typically still an excess of salt and preservatives. Many models swear by organic fruits and vegetables for a quick slim down and the key to eating clean is planning ahead to prepare fresh foods. Again, most models avoid the carbs here and stick to low-carb meals such as fresh grilled salmon with a side of vegetables.
Staying hydrated in between appointments is not only key to staying energetic and healthy, but H20 will also keep a model on the run feeling full in between shoots/appointments. Most models will avoid sweet energy drinks that are full of calories. They are generally are unhealthy due to high-sugar content and keep a bottle of water on hand at all times.
Choose wisely if it comes down to fast food
As much as we all plan ahead, sometime we are faced with fast food as a last resort. The key is (and to quote Indiana Jones – The Last Crusade) “choose wisely.” If you are faced with having to dine out, always choose a salad with low-fat dressing instead of fried foods. The smart choice here (aside from the salad) is a low-cal dressing, as many creamy dressings may be pushing the calorie limit just as high as fried food options, such as French fries. This is a perfect situation where planning ahead comes in quite handy, as some models will pack a mini cooler complete with yogurt, fruits, cottage cheese, vegetables and nuts; complete with bottled water.
Healthy breakfasts to go
Without question, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day (and everyone always should keep this meal healthy in order to keep one’s energy continuing throughout lunch).There are a couple of meals on-the-go that are healthy and easy for planning ahead. First, while most models avoid carbs, breakfast is the time to have them, as your body has time to burn them off throughout the day. There are a bunch of healthy homemade muffin recipes one can prepare ahead of time and then freeze, so you always have a stash on hand. Oatmeal is also a great healthy option for a breakfast on-the-go as it is a quick, whole grain option with many low-sugar options. You can also stock up on packets and make oatmeal onsite, whenever there is a hot water line/coffee maker at photoshoots.