Sunday 15 September 2019

What I Eat In A Day: Top Pilates instructor Emma Forsyth

Emma Forsyth
Emma Forsyth
Amy Mulvaney training alongside Rosanna Davison. Picture: Pilates Plus Dublin.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Pilates instructor and wellness coach Emma Forsyth shares her day on a plate.

How do you start your day?

Lately I have been taking Quinton Hypertonic first thing, which is a supplement made from mineral rich sea-water. It contains minerals, trace elements and micronutrients. Then I usually make a green smoothie or try and have something egg based if I have more time. My smoothie is jam packed with spinach, kale, spirulina, maca powder, oats, blueberries, raspberries, banana, coconut oil, almond milk and coconut water. I have also started back having apple cider vinegar and local honey in warm water. The honey helps with allergies which can start getting bad now.

Do you prep your meals fresh or freeze them on a Sunday?

I don’t prep on a Sunday as it's our family day - it's the one day my partner Warren, our daughter Maya and I get to spend a good bit of time together. I do sometimes meal prep on a Monday evening. I try and make most meals fresh but as Warren and I both work for ourselves and have a four-year-old we are sometimes chasing our tails and something will have to come out of the freezer.

How many meals do you eat per day?

Usually three meals and two snacks, but it varies. I will often grab a handful of nuts or some fruit as well.

What is your staple breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Breakfast is a smoothie or a fruity protein pancake which I make using egg, oats, banana, blueberries and raspberries. As a family we often have French toast on Sundays, Maya loves making them with me we make a smiley face on the plate with the eggs.

Lunch varies: if I haven’t had eggs for breakfast I may have them for lunch. I am vegetarian and I find eggs such a quick and easy way to get protein. I do like the Quorn range even though they are processed so I may have something from that. Also it could be soup in the winter and salad in the summer with some form of protein. I am a bit of a bread addict so often have some at lunch time.

Dinner once again totally varies but I always try and have something fresh and tasty. Curry or chilli which are mostly vegetables based would be two I often have. Asparagus features quite a lot for dinner too.

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

I usually work out five days a week. My diet doesn’t really differ whether I workout or not to be honest, though I do try and have some protein pretty soon after I work out for muscle repair.

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

My two go-to restaurants would be Ragazzi in Dalkey, which is a really authentic Italian restaurant run by the fabulous Fabio and he actually often comes up with dishes for me because he doesn’t want me eating the same thing all the time! I'm a vegetarian who hates cooked tomato, so talk about giving an Italian chef a challenge! I often have rocket salad with a delicious lemon dressing or Caprese salad, sometimes a pasta dish or something with asparagus.

I also love The Cedar Tree Lebanese restaurant on St Andrew's St, Lebanese food is super for vegetarians and they use lots of chickpeas. The vegetarian mezze is amazing and I get it if there is someone else there who will eat veggie with me as it is for 2 people.

How does your diet reflect training days vs off days?

Being honest it doesn’t. I just try and eat fresh most days, make sure I get protein and drink as much water as possible.

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

I don’t really do a cheat day though I am more relaxed at the weekend. I adore cheese, I have yet to meet a cheese I don’t like!

I used to be very hard on myself about eating anything 'bold' and I would beat myself up about it. I had an eating disorder when I was younger. After I had my daughter I thought about how she may come to think this behaviour was normal or acceptable which I absolutely do not want and I now work every day not to put negative connotations on food.

I focus on my health and fitness from a holistic perspective now and realise how interconnected physical health and how you sustain your body is connected with mental wellbeing this is something Rosanna Davison and I are focusing on in our event The Ultimate Wellness Workshop on 8th April. We are delighted to have Jigsaw - Youth Mental Health Charity as our charity partner.

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

I actually drink lots of water, I always have a water bottle with me. I find the Brita Fill and Go bottle brilliant as it has a filter in it and you can fill it from any tap. I recently found out that my iron levels are low so I am currently taking Active Iron. I also take the previously mentioned Quinton Hypertonic, probiotics, a multivitamin and when I am good an Omega supplement and Vitamin C.

Emma Forsyth, Founder and Owner Pilates Plus Dublin & Wellness Coach

Emma is co-hosting The Ultimate Wellness Workshop with Rosanna Davison on 8th April in Radisson Blu, Royal Hotel Dublin. Tickets available here

Rosanna Davison is the brand ambassador for Pilates Plus Dublin.

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