INTERVIEW WITH STEFANIE REID...
‘Stef is a British Paralympic long jumper and sprinter. Stef is a five time world record holder and triple Paralympic medallist in the long jump (Rio 2016 and London 2012), and 200m sprint (Beijing 2008). Off the track, Stef has an honours degree in biochemistry and works as a inspirational speaker. She has a policy of always saying yes to everything at least once, which has resulted in her auditioning to be a BBC weather girl, volunteering as a math teacher in a maximum security prison, and recently making her debut as an actress!’
What does the word ‘Healthy’ mean to you?
‘Healthy means that it is good for your body, or good for your soul. Sometimes that means a kale salad, sometimes that means carrot cake.’
Whats your favourite breakfast?
‘It is a tie between Mexican scrambled eggs or yoghurt loaded with berries, nuts, chia seeds, cocoa powder, and honey.’
Whats the best way to keep your energy levels up for long periods of time?
‘I think it is about being smart about how you schedule your day, and how you eat. I try and mix up tasks that involve sitting at a computer with tasks that are more active. I plan my meals ahead and I always travel with a lunch box!’
What is the most important factor of nutrition to you?
‘Nutrition is about making healthy choices over a sustained period of time. A juice cleanse isn't going to undo a year of poor eating. Before I consider a new idea, a new food product, a new piece of kitchen kit, I ask myself if it is something I see myself sticking with for the next year. If not, there is no point.’
If you could describe GetBuzzing in 3 words what would it be?
‘Simple, tasty, satisfying’
Why do you like GetBuzzing bars?
‘I like them because they fill me without "filling me up". They are perfect if you need something to sustain you through a tough workout, but you don't want the heaviness of a meal.’
What would be your advice to people who are confused by conflicting views and fad diets they see online?
‘It is great to get different ideas and perspectives from nutrition scientists (emphasis on the word scientist). But be confident in your ability to discern what you need. Our bodies are incredibly smart, and if we pay attention, they are pretty good at telling us what is good for us. As a general rule of thumb, if your grandma thinks it is weird, or the fad diet requires you to buy something, then I would probably think twice.’