Quick Fire Questions for Nikki
You asked, I answered. I get loads of questions from all you amazing people and wanted to do a post (well two) on answering these. My explanations are not long as I wanted to answer as many as possible. <3
What is your number 1 tips for jump starting weight loss: do my detox. Seriously, it kick starts weight loss like nothing else and helps to get you on track.
What are the easiest healthy snacks you frequently make: kale chips, I always have quinoa in my fridge + steamed veg, fruit, nuts.
Do you eat peanut/nut butters: Yes but I try not to as they are too easy to overeat!
Are you gluten free: no although I try to eat little amounts because of research I’ve done. (Don’t assume you need to be gluten free just because it’s a fad, test it out for your own body.)
Why are you living in London right now: not anymore. I moved to LA a few months ago.
How did you start your business: I created my website first and just began posting daily blogs, recipes and workouts. It grew from there after writing my detox.
What is your daily routine: I try to do a 20-30 minute run before breakfast, after eating (and taking photos for new recipes), sorting emails, blogging, filming a video. Or I will workout later in the day. I don’t really have too much of a routine (which I love and hate at the same time!).
What hair products do you use: I really like Moroccan oil shampoo and conditioner and I swear by coconut oil as a mask overnight once a week.
How do I lose midriff pounds while maintaining strength and conditioning: high intensity interval training (HIIT) and circuit training. I have a 5 day workout plan that is pretty darn awesome and really gets you seeing results in only 5 days!
How do you not let into temptations of eating yummy food? I live by the 80/20 rule of clean eating 80% of the time, indulging 20%. I also find that if I eat well I enjoy clean treats more, which don’t ruin my progress.
How many % of carbs do you eat in a day: no idea. I eat what my body likes, which is a mix of natural carbohydrates such as sweet potato, quinoa, lentils, beans, fruit, veggies, natural fats. I don’t count calories or macros, I have learned over time listening to my body.
What are your daily macros? See answer above.
What brands do you recommend for skin care: Sadly I don’t really have any brands I’m loving at the moment, my skin is so temperamental and it’s really hard to find something that works with it. I’m testing new products now and will keep you all updated!
What are your favorite designers: zara, YSL, Hudson jeans, Prada (for purses), Casadei shoes and I love small boutiques. I’m all for saving money and splurging on items you will keep forever rather than lots of cheaply made things.
How often do you workout in a week: no less than 3, sometimes 5/6. Just depends on the week really, but I do try to get out and walk everytday even if just a few minutes or do a few sun salutations to stretch my body.
How many times a week do you do yoga, strength training, and HIIT: no set routine. I like doing yoga 1 day (full class) otherwise a few minutes each morning, strength around 3 days and cardio 2 days.
How do you make working out fun when you’re doing it by yourself: good music and good headphones! I like Dr. Dre beats that fully cover your ears.
At 51 is it too late for me to start down the road of lifting and what improvement can I expect? Absolutely not too late! I’m so happy to hear you want to get into fitness and lifting. Remember to go slow, but lifting will help to increase muscle, burn fat and tone you up- it’s especially important as you age to keep you bones and muscles strong. Expect to feel amazing! That’s all :0
What are you thinking about during running? Do you listen to music, concentrate on your steps or try to think about other stuff: I’m a big fan of music and love my beats by Dre headphones. I listen to pumped up music like katy perry, lady gaga, kayne west and more. I have my whole playlist on my 5 day workout plan.
What is your relationship and approach to food: I try to enjoy my food, cooking and treat it as something that helps me live a vibrant life, rather than living to eat. When I eat bad I feel bad so I try to stick to healthy foods as much as possible. I enjoy cooking for friends, going out for meals and think food should be treated as something enjoyable to share experiences with loved ones rather than sitting in private and binging.
stay tuned for part II…