I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person. When Cowspiracy hit the screens, I was hooked. I went all in, devouring the research. It struck me that between the emerging evidence on the health benefits of going plant-based, the rising concerns around sustainability, and animal welfare, veganism wasn’t just going to be a trend, but rather a structural change with big macro drivers. Back then, veganism wasn’t the thing it is now. I tried all the vegan protein powders out there, but they were all pretty average. The protein market in general was all over the place: at one extreme, the branding was masculine (think those big, scary-looking plastic tubs); at the other, it was a bit hippy-ish. There was nothing that was more of a performance-driven brand – nothing doing any more than just selling protein shakes and supplements.
Fasting is an easy way to improve your health. Intermittent fasting involves increasing the time between eating to allow for better metabolic management. I tend to skip breakfast and fast until lunchtime, although I admit some mornings I have a pain au chocolat from Orée. I wake early but always without an alarm and always try to get some sunlight first thing, which is great for both your mental health and circadian rhythm. Every morning, I’ll either go for a walk or run in Hyde Park, or if I have more time, I’ll head to Richmond Park with my bike. At the weekend, I’ll often play tennis with my daughter.
Exercise doesn’t have to be intense. I used to prioritise getting stronger and faster but ran myself into a knee operation. Now, I prioritise not getting injured and do things that are good for my headspace.
Supplements are a great way to support your body. On a daily basis, I take our multivitamin, Multi, which uses the highest bioavailable forms of various vitamins, minerals and micronutrients to boost your health; and use our Performance Protein, which contains 30g of plant-based protein and curcumin to help you build muscle, recover and meet training goals quicker. In winter, I take a sublingual vitamin D3 supplement and occasionally I take our ZZZs, a natural sleep supplement, when I feel my sleep needs a helping hand. I also use our Performance Protein when I want a healthy snack – I mix one scoop in a blender with half a banana, ice and almond milk – although I’m also partial to tortilla chips and guacamole and am obsessed with Clif Bars.