Sunday 11 December 2016

What I Eat In A Day: Pippa O'Connor

Published 24/10/2016 | 07:58

Pippa O’Connor, pictured at the launch of the Sona ‘Future Proof Your Health’ campaign
Pippa O’Connor, pictured at the launch of the Sona ‘Future Proof Your Health’ campaign
Pippa O'Connor
Pippa O'Connor with sons Ollie and Louis
Pippa O'Connor with sons Ollie and Louis
Pippa O'Connor's youngest son Louis
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Pippa O'Connor as a model in 2009
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Pippa O'Connor/Instagram
Pippa O'Connor with son Ollie
Pippa and Ollie
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As a busy mother-of-two with a growing lifestyle empire, Pippa O'Connor shares her day on a plate.

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How do you start your day?

I start my day getting breakfast for Ollie, I would tend to have porridge in the morning because it is quick and easy to make and fills me up. Ollie will have the same or cereal. 

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How do you stay healthy on the go? 

Pre-planning! If I know I’m going to be leaving the house early in the morning, I’ll pack some healthy snacks like banana and nuts. 

As a mother of two young children and a thriving business, do you find it hard to eat healthily?

Yes, some days it is hard to be healthy when you’re so busy but if I have a bad day, I’ll make sure to start the next day on the right foot.

How did your diet differ during pregnancy?

I’m at my healthiest when I’m pregnant. I had gestational diabetes on my first pregnancy which meant I really had to keep my sugar levels down which made my eating choices very healthy.

How many meals do you eat per day?

Generally speaking, three. I try to make a conscious effort to have breakfast, lunch and dinner but sometimes I prefer to eat small meals, often.

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Do you calorie count?

Never! I’m more concerned about nutrition and getting a healthy balance for now and long term health.

Has your diet changed much since your modelling days? 

Yes, my diet is much better now than when I was modelling. I wouldn’t have been as health conscious then as I am now. 

What would be your staple breakfast, lunch and dinner? 

Fruit and porridge for breakfast, a tuna salad wrap for lunch and a chicken stir-fry for dinner.

How often do you work out? On days you exercise, how does your diet differ than normal?

I don’t work out but I do spend a lot of time outdoors with the boys, going on lots of walks with Louis and that’s my exercise! 

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When you’re out for dinner, where do you frequent and what would be your usual order?

I love going somewhere fun – House on Leeson Street is my favourite, great food and great atmosphere. I prefer tapas style food than big heavy meals.

Are you completely opposed to sweet treats or do you allow yourself a cheat day?

Everyday is a treat day – life is too short to deny yourself the things you enjoy!

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How much water do you drink and do you take any supplements

When I was pregnant, I drank two litres of water a day every day and have managed to keep it up ever since. I’m in a good routine now of taking my Sona Multiplus which is very important for my immune system and energy levels as I have a very busy schedule.

Pippa is an ambassador of Sona's Future Proof Your Health campaign

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