This week, in our Friends of The Happy Pear series, we chat with foodie and fitness fanatic, Roz Purcell. Following on from the success of her first cookbook, Natural Born Feeder, Roz has recently published her second title, Half Hour Heroes, which is packed with delicious and healthy recipes, as well as fitness inspiration. Roz is set to appear at Fresh Resolutions, taking place in Dublin’s RDS on 6th January 2018, and Dave and Steve will be there too, to share their healthy living philosophy. This one-day event will bring together some of Ireland’s leaders in health and well being, with the aim of helping people to make 2018, their best year yet! We chatted with Roz, about all things food, fitness, and how she finds time for life away from social media. Enjoy!

What is your morning routine?

I get up at 6am and go to the gym at 7am. I need to get up an hour before training, to get my body and mind awake, and also to allow me to get in loads of water. As soon as I finish training, I devour a delicious breakfast!

What is your favourite meal of the day?

Breakfast. I’m usually pretty hungry after training and I’m always thinking about breakfast before I fall asleep!

What exercise do you do to keep fit?

I like to mix it up. I love boxing, weight sessions, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts, mountain running, pilates, and yoga. I think it’s good for your body and mind to switch it up, especially since I train regularly. I need to keep it varied; I like to be constantly challenged and it keeps it fun!

Are there ever days when you slip up when it comes to getting to the gym or eating healthily?

I love training; it’s a staple in my routine and because I really enjoy it, I don’t feel like it’s an effort to do it on a daily basis. However, I do take rest days and I understand why my body needs them. If I don’t show up at the gym, it’s because I know I need to rest. I follow an ’80/20′ approach to food; I have my guilty pleasures now and then, but I don’t let myself spiral out of control or feel guilty about it. That balance has taken time to perfect. I spent years being too strict on myself and feeling guilty about food – you have to live life too!

What is your favourite meal to cook?

That’s a tough one! I have so many favourite meals, and it depends on what I’m feeling. I love making pancakes, pizza, and baking healthy treats! Okay, probably treats and desserts, because I always can’t wait to dig in!

Why is eating healthily important to you?

Eating healthily is definitely important to me! Your body needs to be fuelled right, not just to get you through the day, but for your entire life! Of course, what you put into your body is going to have a direct effect on your mood, energy, and overall health.

How do you look after your mental health?

I do lots of things! I try to take a balanced approach, from including yoga into my routine, to working with my hands. I find that activities where I am creating with my hands really help me to be present, so baking is a form of natural therapy for me. I also work at eating good food to give me energy, taking time out for myself to check in, and switching off from my iPhone. Boxing helps me to be present and release any tension, and my favourite thing of all is spending time with friends, hiking in nature. Anything that you love doing, do it as much as you can!

Do you think that social media puts pressure on people to have the ‘perfect’ life and the ‘perfect’ body?

I think the majority of people understand that people show the best side of themselves online. Happiness isn’t what you look like, your style, or how perfect your lifestyle may seem – it’s a mind set. You can choose to look at social media whatever way you like. I think it’s great for connecting, creating, and informing.

How important is sleep to you?

Hugely! I am in bed no later than 10pm every night. I’m up at 6am every morning, with a busy day, usually constantly running around. I look at sleep as my recharge. I’m also a fan of the odd power nap, if needed.

What are your top beauty tips?

My two top tips would be to drink lots of water and use SPF (even in Ireland) to protect your skin. Also, if you wear makeup, take it all off before you go to bed!

Now for our quick fire round of questions! Where we grill our guests on a variety of topics to get to know them a little more!..

Our Happy Pear Happy Hummus or Sweet Beet Hummus?

Oh, that’s a tough one! Sweet Beet Hummus.

What is your coffee order?

I’m more of a green tea lover.

If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be?

I think I’d have to be a carrot – I’m a bit like Bugs Bunny, as I love snacking on raw carrots!

Our Happy Pear Country Veg soup or Tomato Red Pepper and Basil Soup?

Tomato, Red Pepper and Basil.

Do you have a nickname?

‘Mungus’ – long story!

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Sister Madonna Buder aka the Iron Nun – look her up!

What is your greatest fear?

Not enjoying the process.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

My dog, Wilko!

Our Happy Pear Tiffin Bar, Raw Energy Bar or Chia Mulberry Bar?

Tiffin bar.

Where is your favourite place on earth?

My home, in Tipperary.

What are your words of wisdom?

Don’t waste time comparing yourself to others – use that time wisely on yourself instead.

What are you working on right now to better yourself?

Yoga, for my mind. I love it, it’s so calming. I’m also studying to become a personal trainer, for my own personal use. I love fitness, so I am eager to learn as much as I can about it.

To celebrate the release of Half Hour Hero, we are giving away signed copies of the book, on our Facebook, and Twitter pages this weekend, so stay tuned for a chance to win! If you would like to keep up with what Roz is up to, then be sure to check out her website www.naturalbornfeeder.com, and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Half Hour Hero is available to buy in all good book stores and on Amazon.

For more information and to book your ticket for Fresh Resolutions on January 6th, visit www.freshresolutions.com
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