Now that we're poised to peel ourselves out of our cosy winter wardrobes and away from the warming comfort foods that cheered us up through the darker months, it's time to get energised and supercharged for summer.
We've been hearing for the past few months that ‘strong is now the new skinny', which is a concept that has been wholly embraced by our top models. Far from the size zero, ‘heroin chic’ and waif looks that were popular a few years ago, the girls rocking the catwalk these days tend to be lean, toned, strong and healthy. As their bodies are essentially the tools of their trade, they understand how to work them most efficiently in ways that many of us average women haven't learned.
So, how do we mere mortals kick-start our sluggish metabolisms, and overhaul our diets to boost our energy levels? We spoke to top models with the Andrea Roche Model Agency — Rosanna Davison, Rozanna Purcell and Karena Graham — about their diet and exercise regimes. These women, whose sparkling energy levels and glowing skin are a testament to the positive effects of eating well and training properly and effectively, know that the better you understand your body, the harder you can make it work to rev up your metabolism.
As you will see, they have learned how to regulate their appetites through carefully planned meals and snacks. They tend to favour whole, unprocessed foods, and both Roz and Rosanna eschew meat in their diets.
And disappointingly for the rest of us, while they eat well and in large amounts, and understand that everyone needs a treat the odd time, even their splurges tend to be pretty healthy.
Karena Graham (27)
"My advice for revving up your metabolism is never to skip breakfast. When I'm on a shoot, I would usually have a protein bar with me in case I get hungry, or else a juice from The Punnet Health Store in Dublin. My top tips for staying in shape are to eat 'clean', exercise regularly and avoid alcohol as much as possible.
"My typical week of exercise would be strength and conditioning classes every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Origin Fitness. On Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays, I do Pilates in Pilates Plus in Dun Laoghaire.
Karena's Favourite Meals
1. Eggs with spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers and avocado.
2. Eggs and salmon.
1. Protein shake and a bowl of porridge with cinnamon, flaxseed and berries.
2. Prawn and bacon salad with spinach leaves, pine nuts, tomatoes, feta cheese, lime juice and olive oil.
3. Chicken and peppers, or tuna and peppers.