Laura Miller, director & founder of Follow Me!, a program devoted to teaching families about healthy lifestyles, shares how she keeps fit.
What are your go-to healthy dinners, keeping in mind time, cost and nutrition?
One of our time-saving tricks is using Sundays to bake or grill an entire week’s worth of chicken or lean meats. Then throughout the week we will use them for wraps, salads, pastas, rice dishes, etc. By having a lean meat ready to go, it saves time and makes preparing healthy meals easier.
What’s your go-to snack?
Right now its Greek yogurt with fresh fruit like strawberries, peaches or pineapple. It’s a great source of healthy protein, fat and calcium. I also enjoy fresh guacamole, which is rich in omega-3 and fibre.
That’s great but if there’s leftover crackers from my kid, or she didn’t finish her burger, I’ll polish it off. Help?
It’s important to be conscious of what and how much we are eating. Picking on foods can quickly add up calories that are unsatisfying. Snacking on your child’s leftovers can easily add up to an additional 300+ calories that you never needed in the first place.
A new study came out, saying that parents exercise less than those without kids. Duh! I?have no time for the gym. What do you suggest?
Incorporating exercise into any busy lifestyle works best when you create a schedule that works within your current daily routine. At-home workouts that incorporate your stairs, medicine balls, kettlebells or resistance bands work great. Finding a program that provides instruction through videos and puts you on a schedule is guaranteed to set you up for the most success. The most important thing is that you keep yourself mentally and physically healthy so you can be the best parent you can be.
You are an extremely fit woman. Do you have kids?
I have a 14-year-old son and I have been a single parent for more than 10 years. It’s very important to set a positive example when it comes to diet and nutrition because children are sponges and soak up everything around them.