Beauty and Balance with Gabby Reece
You probably know Gabby Reece as a professional volleyball player. But she’s also raising three daughters with pro surfer husband Laird Hamilton, busy writing her wellness column for the new Walgreens publication Discover Beauty Within and teaching fitness classes when she’s home in Malibu (get jealous she spends half of the year in Kauai, Hawaii).
She chatted with Weight Watchers about her diet, her workout regimen and how to stay in an active mindset.
Gabby Reece: I start my day with a smoothie or maybe a few eggs and avocado. I’ve got to get enough healthy fat before I train; otherwise, that’s when I get hungry. In general I eat a diet with some grass fed or free range animal protein. I tend to feel a little bit better when I eat a little animal protein, but my overall diet is definitely plant based.
For snacks I’ll have nuts here and there. It’s quick and easy and I can go on with my day. I eat lots of quinoa with sweet potatoes, green beans and feta. That’s one of my go to meals.
WW: How do you teach your kids how to make healthy choices when it comes to food?
GR: I struggle with it! I try to get them to understand the difference between "food" and "fun." One serves your body and gives you enzymes and minerals, the other is fun food. I try to set an example by always having the food in the house that I want them to eat. But you can’t be so restrictive that it becomes a huge issue because it’s human nature to become fixated on what you can’t have.
WW: How do you find the balance between "food" and "fun"?
GR: My middle daughter is a naturally bigger girl. She never met a carb she didn’t like. The youngest is a beanpole and a little bit healthier, so finding that balance can be a challenge. I’m always juggling. First you set a good example by having healthy foods in the house, but also some treats. Sometimes you have to put your foot down. I’m ready to take them on if they’re giving me a hard time about wanting to eat something really unhealthy. I’ve taught them, for example, that for the amount of sugar in a can of soda, they could have a couple chocolate chip cookies. I tell them to eat their fun, don’t drink it. They drink a lot of water.
GR: My hubby and I are active people. We do it for a living. It’s who we are. And I teach a circuit training class a few times a week. It’s important to remember that kids watch you more than listen to you. And I think especially for kids, it’s all about having a good time. I don’t like to call it exercise. The goal is to have them associate movement with fun. Don’t get me wrong. Who doesn’t want to sit on their butt and play with electronics? "Exercise" takes effort. So the goal is to make moving enjoyable.
WW: Do you work out with Laird?
GR: We do some pool training together. And we joke that it’s effective because we’re mostly under water so no one’s bossing the other around. But mostly we just do our own thing.
WW: How often do you exercise?
GR: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I teach classes. It’s rigorous circuit training and cardio. On other days I’ll do holistic pool training and Sundays I observe a day off.
facebook besthairbuy It’s definitely possible to over train. But even on that day, I’ll go outside and walk around in my running tights while I’m working and checking my email just to keep that active mindset.
WW: Why did you start your beauty and wellness column?
GR: I’m always trying to make my skin and hair better. My philosophy is focused around the idea that it’s not enough to put a Band Aid on things, but instead you need to make your body work well. When your body functions well, you look better. Last year I wrote a book