Miranda Kerr Interview

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I’m a fan of Aussie model Miranda Kerr. I think she’s a positive role model – who goes out of her way advocating health, fitness and organic living.  Best of all, she doesn’t look like Skeletor’s sister – and it helps that she’s always smiling.

She seems to possess it all – a super successful modelling career (first Australian model to join Victoria’s Secret), founder of her own skincare range Kora Organics, married to the gorgeous British actor Orlando Bloom, and mother to an adorable 18-month old baby boy named Flynn.  Oh, and of course a body to die for!

It’s no wonder she’s the new face of Reebok’s EasyTone footwear range. They certainly chose the best model to front their trainers. She’s an avid fitness freak and practices what she preaches. (I think she’s a lot better than British model Kelly Brook for this campaign)

“I like working out because it makes me feel good. I think that health is wealth.”

Women’s Fitness interviewed Mrs Bloom in this coming month’s August issue, and I had to share it with you guys. So, what are Miranda’s secrets to a great body? Read away…

Yoga & Pilates

It’d be tempting to put Miranda’s scorching hot figure down to good genes, but she works hard at keeping her curves in runway-ready shape.

“I try to do at least half an hour of yoga every day and then I add in pilates and some strength training with weights and resistance bands. I’m into strength and toning and get my cardio from walking.”

And she’s no newcomer to the fitness scene, either – Miranda’s had a long relationship with exercise.

“I was a gymnast when I was younger and I’ve always liked being active and conditioning my body.”

There’s no doubt workouts have played a huge role in sculpting Miranda’s trademark lithe limbs and toned abs, but the Victoria’s Secret model doesn’t workout solely for the body-beautiful benefits – it helps her deal with her busy workload, too.

“It can be a challenge, especially after travelling or if my schedule is hectic, but I think about how good I’m going to feel afterwards.

Working out keeps me mentally fit and positive, so I know I just have to get on and do it. It’s important to take care of yourself, because then you can perform at your optimum.”

Healthy Habits

Unlike many stars in the spotlight, Miranda isn’t a fan of fad diets and takes a realistic approach to nutrition, eating everything in moderation.

“I think that life is about a balance and it’s really important to not deprive yourself of something because if you do, you crave it even more.”

Her super healthy attitude is based on her practical knowledge of food:

“I studied nutrition so I’m a certified health coach. I’m licensed to teach people about healthy eating habits and what not to eat.

I love food that’s full of life; raw and organic.”

A world away from the cliché of a starving model, it’s clear that food is one of the joys of Miranda’s life.

“I love to have people over to the house and cook for them and have dinner parties. I cook anything – fish, a roast- it really depends on who’s coming and what they feel like and what my husband feels like eating.”

A devotee of exotic foods, she also piles her plate with antioxidant rich fruit.

“There are so many superfoods which are amazing – coconut, blueberries, noni. We have a vegetable patch in Los Angeles, so I pick veggies from there. I also love kale, spinach, fennel, avocado – I like to eat clean.”

I’m exercising, so why am I gaining weight?

She’s clearly angry, and it’ll take a lot to keep her from giving up her exercise program

You finally get the motivation to start exercising and even manage to change your diet – so why does your scale say you’ve gained 3-4 pounds?A reader sent me a message complaining about this very issue.

Henrietta wrote, “Vivien, I just started this new exercise DVD, and I’m really thinking twice about going through with it. I weighed myself this morning and gained 4 pounds! I’m following a perfect diet, and I just don’t get it. My jeans are so tight now. I can’t even zip them up! Help!”

Henrietta, you’re not the only one experiencing this unexplained weight gain. I also gain weight whenever I start a new exercise program, especially if there’s crazy strength training involved.

This weight “gain” is very common, but only temporary! So, Henrietta, don’t toss your new exercise DVD in the trash or give it to your enemy.

What you’re experiencing is called delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). DOMS appear when your body tries to guard and defend the effected or targeted tissue. That’s why exercisers develop really sore muscles within 24-48 hours of working out.  Intense exercise programs cause microscopic tears in the muscle tissue. Your body then goes into fighting mode by swelling up your muscles with water.

That’s why your scale said you gained 4 pounds. That usually happens within a few weeks of starting a new program. The weight increase never lasts more than two weeks, so keep going and don’t give up like a lot of women do.

Women can be the most impatient when it comes to weight loss – always looking for a quick fix. I’ve been there! Just keep exercising and stick to the nutrition plan.

Please remember that this may happen each time you start a heavy workout phase, but it’ll go away again.  God didn’t give you a junk body – He gave you a perfect body – a body that knows how to protect itself, i.e. muscle soreness and temporary weight gain (water retention).

What if I’m not losing weight?

If the weight gain isn’t going away after two weeks – it’s most likely your diet. Write down everything you eat, and analyze what you’re eating. You should be gaining muscle NOT fat. That’s why scales are unreliable because muscle weighs more than fat. Always judge weight loss by trying on your clothes. Your jeans should feel loose – not the same or super tight.

Don’t ever quit exercising because of this temporary weight gain. Remember: Patience is a virtue.  Soon you’ll have the body and health you’ve always wanted.

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
George Savile
All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it.
Thomas Kempis

 

Model Spotlight: Miranda Kerr

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“It’s sad to see anyone neglecting their body – no matter who they are and what they do. You simply cannot be healthy or look great on the outside if you’re not healthy on the inside.” 

Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr is always in the media – whether giving interviews, modelling or getting snapped by intrusive paparazzi. The Aussie model who’s married to actor Orlando Bloom thoroughly enjoys speaking about nutrition and superfoods. It’s no wonder she’s developed an obsession with health. The mother of one studied health and nutrition for 18 months at the Academy of Natural Living in Cairns.

 “I studied nutrition, so I’m a certified health coach. I’m licensed to teach people about healthy eating habits and what not to eat. I love food that’s full of life; raw and organic.” 

Miranda opens up with Rihiannon Sawyer about the staples on her grocery list.

Cacao Powder

Miranda says: “This is one of the best sources of muscle-relaxing, stress-relieving magnesium. I often use cacao powder in shakes.” Cacao is also rich in amino acids, beta-carotene, zinc and iron.

Raw dark chocolate

Miranda says: “This is my weakness. It’s rich in antioxidants though, and I’m happy to remind myself of that!”
Aside from its antioxidant benefits, raw dark chocolate is lower in fat than milk chocolate.

Sweet potatoes

Miranda says: “My son Flynn loves these as much as I do! They can be grilled, mashed and roasted.”
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A and low-GI, and also provide fibre and a third of your daily required amount of vitamin C.

Maca root powder

Miranda says: “Rich in amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements, it’s great to mix into smoothies, yoghurt, cereal, oatmeal or muesli.”

Certified organic coconut palm sugar

Miranda says: “This is a great substitute for regular white sugar, as it’s low-GI.”  An unbleached sugar alternative harvested from the coconut tree blossom.  It is low GI so reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Liquid chlorophyll

Miranda says: “I add this to my water most days. It is naturally alkaline and contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids.”
Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that is formed from sunlight and early research suggests it may help protect the body from the damaging effects of too much red meat.

Coconut Water

Packed with electrolytes, coconut water is being billed as a powerful natural hydrator. While more research is needed into its health benefits, it is an undeniable source of vitamins C and B, protein, calcium, iron and zinc. It has very little sugar and zero fat.

Chia oil

Miranda says: “I use this or chia seeds in shakes. They’re also great for thickening a healthy muffin mix.”
Chia is rich in antioxidants and omega-3. As it has little taste, the oil  can be added to food or used in baking while the seeds are sprinkled on cereals.

Goji berries

Miranda says: “A great snack between meals, goji berries are rich in antioxidants and are said to have more
vitamin C than oranges.” These berries have been part of traditional Asian medicine for centuries.

Raw honey

Miranda says: “It’s 100 per cent natural and deliciously sweet.”
Research shows honey may have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a healthier alternative to cane sugar.

Tamari almonds

Miranda says: “I rarely leave the house without a small bag of these. They’re the perfect snack while I am on the road and I can never get enough.” Almonds are high in fibre, low-GI and a source of vitamin E, magnesium and riboflavin.

Organic wine

If you’re attempting a completely organic diet and can’t part with the odd drop, Miranda recommends investigating the new crop of organic wines, many of which are also biodynamic and vegan-friendly.

Acai berry powder

Miranda says: “I sprinkle it on my porridge, gluten-free cereal or smoothie.” Acai berries are a rich source of antioxidants and the powder is easily added to foods.

Dulse leaf and wakame seaweeds

Miranda says: “I snack on these throughout the day and also put wakame in soups as it is nutritious and tasty.”
Seaweed is rich in omega-3, iron and calcium and the red dulse variety is also very high in protein.

Noni juice

Miranda says: “This is my worst-kept beauty secret. I drink it daily and noni extract is part of my Kora Organics range. It aids the immune system because of the number of vitamins and minerals it contains.” Noni juice is high in vitamin C and potassium and may have antibacterial properties.

Miranda and her son Flynn

 

Husband Orlando Bloom is a real hands-on dad – always carrying their baby Flynn around.