Hi all! I'm Elze-Mieke, a (sports)model, healthy food lover and sport addict! I travel a lot for my job and that makes a healthy lifestyle quite difficult sometimes, but I try to keep it up as much as I can. Working out and eating healthy is for me, a way of life. That's why I would like to share my food and exercise schedule with you Fit Girls so you can take a look at my life!
Nutrition & Exercise
I have actually always been concerned with nutrition. As a child I did not eat meat. I would slide it neatly to the side of my plate because I did not like the structure. My mother would cook an egg instead. There was a short period of time that I did eat meat once in a while but I've been vegetarian for years now. I do eat fish which is sourced in a sustainable way however. I have the feeling that my body reacts well to it. Besides, I love it and I know it's good for me too. As you can see in my food schedule, I eat a very diverse range of food. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables and am not convinced that you should only have two servings of fruit per day. I eat as much fruit as I want and that's a lot! I also consume a lot of bananas during the week through food and smoothies. The claim that bananas and fruit make you fat is a myth. Just make sure that you exercise enough.
Since childhood I have always been heavily involved in sport and I have never stopped. I have also done high-level athletics for a long time. During high school I would choose the gym class so I could work-out extra, and besides that I was riding horse, playing softball and doing gymnastics. I would go to gymnastics on Friday night along with Aranka! Now, I exercise 4 to 5 times a week. Especially cardio, strength, and sometimes once a week I go to Bikram yoga. On my rest days I always walk for an hour. I love to clear my head in the fresh air. An additional motivation for me to stay in shape is my work as a (sports) model. In this line of work you have to deal with many other girls who have a beautiful body, so staying in shape is a must. But I think it's important anyways and I enjoy working-out.
A way of life
I have absolutely no difficulty with working out so often and eating healthy, as it is a way of life for me. I don't really think about it and because I work out so much, I allow myself to eat healthy bread (eg. Fitkorn, sourdough, spelt and rye), brown rice and whole wheat pasta. Eating healthily is all in the choices you make. Choose for sustainable, organic or unprocessed products. And when I crave something, I just allow myself to eat it otherwise that desire will remain in my body and mind, and that bothers me. I'd rather run a few kilometers more than skip the carrot cake if that's what I really want. Besides, in such situations you crave the taste. You do not have to eat the whole bag of chips to satisfy that taste, just eat a few. Buy a small bag, instead of a medium sized bag.
I travel a lot for my work which makes it difficult to eat healthy sometimes. I try to as much as possible, preparing my meals as much as I can. I always bring some healthy things to photoshoots, like homemade raw bars, raw nuts, dark chocolate, bananas, a smoothie or sometimes a wrap with salmon when I have a long car ride. I do the same when I have to fly. When I have a long flight, I always ask my flight provider for a vegetarian meal on the plane. On set, there's generally enough to eat, especially with the French and German clients, but just to be sure I always bring my own 'smart bag' along too.
My food an exercise schedule
Finally, I would like to share some of my favorite recipes so take a look at my blog www.elze-mieke.com for more recipes, fashion, travel and beauty!
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