‘I used to eat a bowl of broccoli for breakfast’ - how Roz Purcell got to grips with her nutrition
Former Miss Universe Ireland Roz Purcell is becoming as well known for her food blog and cooking pursuits, but she has revealed she wasn’t always as savvy about a healthy diet.
Former Miss Universe Ireland Roz Purcell is becoming as well known for her food blog and cooking pursuits, but she has revealed she wasn’t always as savvy about what constitutes a healthy diet.
The 24-year-old joined presenter Brendan O’Connor on The Saturday Night Show to discuss how she regained control of her eating habits in order to improve her health.
“When I was modelling in New York, it was quite tough. Obviously I’m from a country background, so there was a very wholesome upbringing of ‘always finish your food’ and all that,” she told the host.
The Tipperary native was signed by pageant boss Donald Trump after her stint representing Ireland on the Miss Universe stage in 2010. At the tender age of 18, she spent months living in the Big Apple in a house with other models where she admits there was a constant pressure to fit into the sample sizes provided by fashion labels.
“I had no idea about nutrition,” Roz admitted. “I would get up and go for a run in the morning and come back, and my idea of eating healthy was having a bowl of broccoli for breakfast,” she recalled.
The brunette beauty admitted that her and fellow models would restrict themselves all week and then eat “disgracefully” on the weekends. As a result of her inconsistent diet, Roz developed an underactive thyroid.
“I got quite sick, my metabolism just shut down from having no sustainable or regular eating patterns,” she stated.
After being prescribed medication, Roz decided to take a different approach and swotted up on the healing benefits of good nutrition.
“Within six months I had cured myself, I ate no processed foods, had regular meal patterns, and began training for shorter intervals but maybe twice a day,”
“I literally grew up outside so I don’t mind running around,” the fitness fanatic laughed.
Thanks to her mouthwatering Instagram posts and popular blog ‘Natural Born Feeder’, new food related opportunities have began to present themselves to the statuesque stunner.
Most recently, Roz has collaborated with Mooch Fro-Yo on Dawson Street to come up with a more wholesome approach to their popular treats.
“We’re all getting on to that health and fitness buzz in Ireland. They wanted to do a healthier menu so I came in with the suggestions.
“We starting with a breakfast menu,” Roz revealed. “I’m a divil for healthy pancakes! We’re offering vegan waffles, overnight oats, and lots of different types of protein balls.”
Roz added that she has taken her consultancy role to the next level, as she keeps popping into their kitchen to cook up her recipes on her days off.
“I’m not meant to be in there cooking, but I get really into it. Once I do something I want there to be a standard,” she confirmed.
When asked about how practical and economical her food choices are for the average person, Roz does admit she spends a lot of her disposable income on ingredients.
“Everyone says to me what do I spend my money on, it used to be clothes but now it’s food,” she confessed.
“I’m turning into my auntie and granny spending all my money on the best kitchen appliances and food products!”