Me and my health: Estelle Wallace on her lifestyle
The 45-year-old is SuperValu's Let's Move ambassador and her mission is to get Northern Ireland active and thinking about healthier ways of eating. Married to Russell and mum to Charley Mae (14), she lives near Ballymoney and is Shrink coach and gym manager at Pure Wellness, Galgorm.
Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?
A: I am an eating psychology therapist, life coach and a nutritional practitioner and also a personal trainer and gym manager. I have worked in the health and wellbeing industry for 22 years. As a fitness professional I teach three classes of Power Pilates a week and one cardio class. I put myself through two strength sessions a week and I also personal train many clients. I also partake in the classes as I think it's important to lead from the front and help inspire your clients.
Q: What's the worst illness you have had?
A: Three years ago, I was struck down by the most horrendous flu. It knocked me off my feet for two weeks. My entire body ached, including my teeth. I couldn't lift my head off the pillow without screaming in pain. Flu took its toll on me and thankfully I haven't got it again since.
Q: How healthy is your diet?
A: My diet consists of wholesome natural foods. I detest diet products. I enjoy all macros and I love my carbs but I love the right ones which are all unrefined (wholewheat pasta, wholegrain rice, sweet potato and porridge are a few examples). My protein comes from mostly chicken, eggs, nuts and chia seeds, and I love good fats such as oily fish. I drink two litres of mineral water daily for hydration and clarity.
Q: Any bad habits?
A: My bad habits would probably be lack of self care. I look after everyone else, making them healthier and fitter, and often put myself last. I always make promises to myself to have more 'me time' to relax but with such a busy life I find it challenging.
Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - if so, how much?
A: No, I don't drink or smoke.
Q: Do you take any health supplements?
A: I take a few supplements every morning to help me remain fit and healthy. I take a high dose probiotic for gut health and I also take a teaspoon of maca powder to help keep my female hormones balanced, mixed with wheatgrass and turmeric for immunity and a good dose of antioxidants. After training with weights, I take a protein shake with a scoop of glutamine to help aid recovery.
Q: How do you take time out?
A: I take time out by shopping and relaxing with friends. I love meeting with friends for a natter while enjoying the coffee culture even though I'm a tea girl. I have promised I will treat myself to a massage once a month to help release any knots that come from my training regime.
Q: How well do you sleep?
A: I sleep like a baby every night. I don't tend to hold onto stress or have traffic going around in my head. I can empty my thoughts at bedtime to allow for a peaceful night's sleep.
Q: Do you worry about getting old?
A: I am 45 and I feel fitter, healthier and stronger than I did in my 20s. I don't think too much about getting old, after all what age is old these days? As long as you feel well, you will be well and age has nothing to do with it. They say age is only a number and I completely agree with that statement. I would fret more about failing health rather than ageing, as health is indeed your wealth. Ageing is a natural process so instead of fighting it I simply embrace it and today I am excited to be in my mid-40s.
Q: What is your go-to product/habit that keeps you feeling healthy?
A: My go-to habit in life is prayer and tea (I love my tea). When things get on top of me I don't let them stay there, I use prayer which always helps. I relax by simply having a cup of tea and often sitting in silence to evaluate life. I enjoy writing in my journal, it allows me to express feelings and emotions in a safe place and often anything troubling me looks less dominating when I see it on paper. Such habits create an inner wellness and a peace that surpasses all understanding. A peaceful spirit, soul and body leads to a peaceful life and health in abundance.
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