Movember is a time to raise awareness for men’s health. It’s not just about one month though – promoting a healthy body and mind should happen day in and day out. As a husband, father of 4, man with a million jobs, and someone who travels a lot, it's important that my body and mind can carry out what it needs to when it needs to. A healthy lifestyle is a critical part of my day-to-day routine, although some days are better than others. Professionally, I find myself filming TV shows that have me eating all kinds of food over and over for the camera, testing and tasting recipes till they are right, and sometimes ending my days eating more calories than I would normally do… see what I go through for you?! So to keep my envious model worthy figure (ahem), and, most recently, to lose inches and pounds while gaining lean muscle mass, I do the following things:
"What am I gonna do with all this free time?” said no one, ever.
Time is not on my side; I travel often, have about 10 different jobs, a very busy multigenerational household that consumes enough food to feed a farm, and just manage to squeeze in enough time in the gym to keep my doctor off my back. Still, planning a healthy well balanced meal is an important part of my daily ritual.
The beauty of living in a country with four distinct seasons is that we get to enjoy many different lifestyles throughout the year. The challenge is when winter hits, everyone seems to take the chill a little too literally. So, I’ve plotted a strategy for dealing with this year’s ice age:
I grew up in a household and in an extended family where seeing men in the kitchen was as common as Shark and Bake by the beach (I'm Trinidadian - it's a thing). As legend has it, after they got married, my father taught my mother how to cook after her initial attempt at cooking was less than worthy of a Chopped championship. Every weekend he would show her how to cook a new dish until her repertoire and practice built up her confidence. Now my mother is a beast in the kitchen.