An advocate for a healthy, balanced diet, we spoke with RISE by Studio PP Founder and Director Steph Prem about her food philosophy, her favourite meals and what a typical day on a plate looks like for the elite trainer.
I believe in the 80/20 rule, which encourages a moderated, balanced diet 80% of the time, leaving room for indulgence in the remaining 20%. Most of the time, I focus on foods that nourish me and provide me with the vitamins and minerals my body needs to perform at its best. However, I always leave a little room for guilt-free treats!
I personally follow a predominantly organic, plant-based diet with the addition of healthy oils/fats and seafood. As a result of the physical trauma caused by my accident, I developed celiac disease, so I now also keep a strict gluten free diet.
I do believe everyone needs to take an individualised approach to food. What works best for me may not be the optimal diet for you. I’m also a big believer in balance and would never deny myself a good glass a red and my favourite Mexican dishes!
Steph’s Day on a Plate
5.15am – My days start early, and my non-negotiable morning routine consists of a glass of a warm lemon water and my daily vitamins, followed by a hot shower and a stretch. A quick five-minute meditation helps put me in a positive mindset for the day. This is often done when I first wake up – in the shower or in the car on the way to work.
8am-12pm – My mornings typically consist of personal training. In between clients, I inhale a smoothie for breakfast (peanut butter or a green smoothie are my favourites)!
1pm – On days when I’m at the studio, my lunch consists of a veggie-packed salad with some salmon or boiled eggs which I try to prepare the night before.
3-5pm – I’m usually finished seeing clients by this time, so I try to squeeze in a walk for a hit of Vitamin D or some acupuncture before catching up on my emails and admin for the day. I usually get quite hungry at around 4-5pm, so I have plenty of smoothies and bliss balls at arms-length to get me through the afternoon.
6pm – I’m a creature of habit and often stick to my favourite dishes (how many ways can you cook salmon?!)
After dinner – I often do my best work late at night (much to my adrenals’ dismay)!, finishing up emails and checking off my list for the day. The addition of a chamomile tea and a handful of popcorn or some raw chocolate usually gets me through!
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