S h a
p i n g u p
up and glow - fun, food, fitness: how our tv presenters rate -
By Bronwen Gora
Body and Soul Section, The
Sunday Telegraph, February 3,2002.
© Sunday Telegraph. Reproduced by Permission
They look good, but how fit
and healthy are our TV presenters? Bronwen Gora asked our experts to put Tony,
Karina, Paul and Erika to the test.
- Dr Clare Collins, lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at the University of
- Donna Jones, body+soulpersonal trainer
wholistic practitioner, who runs Zen Living Natural Health Clinic in Sydney
- What he eats: "For breakfast, I have half a grapefruit, two cups of coffee and
two pieces of toast - either sourdough or schinkenbrot - with jam. I put butter
on my toast, never margarine - we all know it's black grease with colouring
through it. For lunch, I make a fantastic soup of spring onions, tomato, celery,
capsicum, chicken stock and beans. But some days I'll have a pie, instead. I
don't snack, but if I do, it's an apple or yoghurt or dried apricots and
almonds. At about 6pm, I'll have a beer,
a nice Margaret River goat's cheese or King Island blue cheese on water
crackers. Dinner is grilled lean meat with salad or a roast or pasta or risotto.
We don't eat dessert."
- Clare says: "All the vegetables and lean meats in Paul's diet are great. He
should increase his intake of low-fat dairy to guard against bone loss as he
ages. If there is a family history of heart disease, his saturated-fat intake
could be a problem. Margarine is better for you than butter, but you can use
fresh avocado, instead."
- How he stays fit: "I don't have a terrific regime, because I'm so busy. I walk
every now and then, and I try to have a pedal on my stationary bike. If I'm
really good it's six days a week, but when things are crazy it's a couple of
times a week. When I'm really focused, I'll do weights six days a week - but
it's been a while since I did that."
- Donna says: "His exercise routine is too sporadic. He needs a plan so he can
still exercise when his life gets busy. Paul should do at least two
weight-training sessions and three 30-minute cardio sessions every week. Use the
indoor bike for convenience and when things are busy do weights or
body-resistance exercises at home, such as push-ups, chin-ups, lunges and
sit-ups. He should also include stretching.
- How he relaxes: "I play with the kids [Elise, 12, Emily, 10, and Erin, five].
I read books, play games. And my wife and I sit
in the spa and talk while the kids are eating their dinner. That's just
- Stephen says: "Most of Paul's chill-out time takes place in the company of his
family. This is great, but we all need quiet time on our own to fully round off
a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating yoga, massage and meditation into his regime
will keep him in touch with his spiritual side and keep him in harmony, despite
his hectic lifestyle."
- What she eats: "Anything and everything - unbelievable amounts. If I've been
eating a lot of bad food, then I won't eat it for a while. I love healthy, fresh
food. As I'm getting older, I've realised you can't have chocolate cake every
night of the week. When
I wake up, I have lemon squeezed into a glass of water and a bowl of muesli with
yoghurt, or fruit and yoghurt. For lunch, I'll have something like a tuna or
salmon and salad wrap. And for dinner, I'll have pasta, Thai or grilled
swordfish and salad. Sometimes I finish with chocolate cake. I snack constantly,
mainly on nuts, sultanas, rice cakes and Vita-Weets with Promite."
- Clare says: "Karina is a grazer and needs to be aware that lots of snacks
increase the chances of teeth decay. It's great that she's able to eat in
response to her appetite - many people have lost that ability. She need not feel
guilty about the occasional piece of cake. Denying yourself the foods you really
enjoy only makes you binge on them later. Her meal selections are great and her
snacks are fine. But she could include more fruit. She should also aim for three
serves per day of fat-reduced dairy foods."
- How she stays fit: "I love yoga, which I do once a week. I swim a kilometre or
do a three-kilometre beach walk at least twice a week. When I was younger, I
played heaps of tennis and used to coach kids, so I try to play tennis as much
as time permits."
- Donna says: "Karina has a balanced, healthy lifestyle and exercise routine.
She gives herself permission to eat anything and everything, so she has a
healthy approach to eating and body image. The variety of exercise she gets is
great. She should try to maintain at least three cardio sessions of swimming or
beach walking per week. Moving up to beach jogging would improve her fitness
levels. She needs to include resistance training into her workout. Maybe she
could do some tricep dips, push-ups, step-ups, squats and lunges on her walks."
- How she relaxes: "Yoga again. I find exercise relaxing. Playing with my dog is
also relaxing - I do that every day. But my favourite thing is to have a massage
- that's a necessity."
- Stephen says: "Karina's program is excellent, as it includes yoga and massage.
Her yoga sessions allow her to control any stress that may arise. I'd suggest
she plays tennis more regularly, as this will give her the positive benefits of
social interaction with friends."
- What she eats: "I eat a carbohydrate-loaded brekky of porridge and fruit.
Lunch is usually a tuna salad, and dinner is typically a stir-fry vegie dish
with chicken or tofu. This lasts until Friday, then it's all over - I have
trucker's breakfasts, spaghetti bolognaise, counter meals, pizza, licorice
- Clare says: "Great diet during the week, but the weekend's a blowout. Have a
big salad with the meals and grab some fruit, fresh or dried. Find time for a
skim milkshake or yoghurt. That way, Erika won't have that `back to square one'
feeling every Monday.
"All four presenters are short-changing themselves on calcium. If you really
can't stand fat-reduced dairy products, consider taking a calcium supplement.
Talk to your GP about getting your bone density checked."
- How she stays fit: "I go to the gym five times a week for an hour each time,
but I spend only 20 minutes exercising, either on the steppers or the stationary
bike. Most of the time, I'm talking. And I go on the occasional yoga binge,
going three or four times a week."
- Donna says: "Erika should include at least two resistance workouts in her gym
routine. She should also try to build her cardio levels by working out at a
higher intensity or increasing the duration of her cardio workouts. She might
want to try a boxing or circuit class. The yoga is great for strength,
flexibility and relaxation."
- How she relaxes: "Chill time is always with my partner or friends and involves
meals, music, movies, shopping and loads of lounging."
- Stephen says: "Erika also chills out in the company of others, which is great,
but it leaves a void in her spiritual growth. She should try meditation or
massages and allow time to connect with her soul and its direction in this life.
Other options are Tai Chi and creative therapies, such as art therapy and dance
- What he eats: "I have no routine with my eating. I love sushi and Thai food,
but nothing beats an ice-cream. I start the day with a skim caffe latt? For
lunch, it's usually a sandwich or foccacia. For dinner, it's Thai takeaway or
home stir-fries. For snacks, I love rice crackers - but if I see a piece of
caramel slice, I find it hard to go past."
- Clare says: "Toby needs to keep a closer check on his eating. He should start
the day with breakfast cereal and milk. Toast, fruit and yoghurt would also be
fine. People who eat breakfast concentrate better at work. Toby probably runs
short on complex carbohydrates and therefore will lack energy some days. He
should aim for at least two serves of fruit and five serves or salad or vegies
per day, and at least six serves of carbohydrates [bread, cereal, rice or
pasta]. Toby should also eat more fat-reduced dairy products."
- How he stays fit: "Running on the beach for a couple of kilometres and going
to the gym. I mix cardio with weights to keep toned. I do that a couple of times
a week and I always stretch before and after. I walk the dogs for 45 minutes a
couple of times a day."
- Donna says: "Toby has a great balance of cardio, resistance and flexibility.
He could challenge himself by increasing his weight load or repetitions and by
trying to run further or faster."
- How he relaxes: "I get massages occasionally, but I'm now getting into scuba
diving. I find it really relaxing."
- Stephen says: "Toby mixes time alone with group activities, which is fine.
However, he should also do some yoga, meditation or Tai Chi to connect with his
Body + Soul tv, Thursday, 8pm, Channel 9
© 2001-2013[Zenliving Natural Health].