Carol, what inspired you to involve Team Greenwood in the City2Surf?
City2Surf is a wonderful opportunity for our continued support of the ACRF. Cancer has touched all our lives in some way and to raise funds for life saving research is nothing short of incredible. Ultimately, it allows our Greenwood children to see their educators getting active, and participate in a give back initiative which develops empathy and an understanding that positive actions have positive consequences.
We know long distance running is a great passion of yours. How do you maintain such an active lifestyle with such much on your plate?
It’s not easy to find that balance, but it’s certainly possible. For me, physical activity is a non-negotiable. The same way you would get up for work, or attend a meeting, physical movement is just naturally, part of my morning routine.
Only by taking care of myself, am I able to care and be a role model for my children. Although it’s easy to let other things get in the way, it’s integral to my daily routine and helps with my mood, energy and reducing stress.
I suggest, to start slowly, find a form of exercise you actually enjoy, do something that gets you moving everyday and be kind to yourself. You’re long term health should be a priority, and it’s necessary to allow time to be your best possible self.
With a healthy lifestyle, comes a balanced approach to food. What does a meal look like on your plate?
My approach is food is whole foods focused. This means lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, lean meat, fish, eggs, seeds and nuts. It’s also super easy for people on the run. You can throw a wholesome, nutritious salad together in minutes – a bed a fresh baby spinach with a sprinkle of seeds and nuts, avocado, any vegetables on hand, a source of protein, and you have a nutrient packed meal to go.
Hydration is key. I always have a bottle of water in hand and it’s not unusual to find me munching on fresh cucumbers at my desk.
Failing to plan, is planning to fail. Meal preparation hugely impacts my productivity of a week. I spend most Sunday afternoons prepping food for the week ahead. I prep all my vegetables, steam sweet potato and pumpkin, poach chicken breasts, boil free range eggs and ensure the fridge is stocked with bags of spinach, fresh vegetables and fruit.
Here is a nutritious recipe that’s simple to whip up for those mornings where you may be pushed for time. Packed with protein and vegetables, they’re sure to tick all your nutritional requirements.
Breakfast Egg Muffins
This recipe makes about 12 muffins.
- 12 eggs (organic, free range)
- A little coconut oil, olive oil or grass-fed butter to line the muffin tins with
- Sea salt + pepper to taste
- Vegetables of your choice (I love spinach, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini and capsicum)
- Pre-heat oven to 350. Lightly grease muffin tins with coconut oil, olive oil or grass-fed butter.
- Chop veggies.
- Whisk eggs well in a large bowl, add sea salt + pepper.
- Bake for 20-25 mins, or until eggs are fully cooked through.
Recipe adapted from showmetheyummy.com
Food is a central part of my culture and upbringing. By being in the kitchen with my own children, I hope to instill in them also a love for seasonal, wholesome food and cooking.
Do you have a go-to playlist when you hit the pavement ?
I definitely have a go to playlist for exercise and it is really eclectic. Everything from Tom Odell, U2, James Bay, Pat Benatar, Elton John, to Men at Work. Really, anything that gets me in the right mind frame and keeps me going, is on my list!
You’ve set the standard high this year, with a goal to raise $30,000. How much have you and Team Greenwood raised in the past for the ACRF?
Of course, that’s just the Greenwood way. Our 2015 Greenwood team raised $15,00 and when running in the London Marathon in April 2015, I raised $11,030, which was a brilliant achievement and a result of a dedicated and supportive network of friends and family.
Yes, the target is ambitious, but it’s only when we push ourselves, are we able to achieve those things that seem out of reach.
You can support Team Greenwood’s fundraising efforts by donating to our Everdayhero page!