The Love Island Australia host and former Bachelorette, 39, opens up about her battle with endometriosis and her key to staying in shape.
Freezing my eggs is proactive
My motto is: if you can put out a fire before it starts, then do it. That’s why I recently had my eggs frozen. I’d like to start a family one day but you never know what’s around the corner, so I did it to prevent trouble down the track. I’m fortunate enough that I could afford to have it done.
Endometriosis is easy to overlook
I’d experienced severe period pain for about 20 years and had been in and out of hospital for it, but nobody could ever find the cause. When I saw my doctor about freezing my eggs, he suggested it might be endometriosis – I was actually relieved. Every woman I know has period pain and you always live with what you’re used to, so I thought it was just me. I didn’t know what was wrong, so I’d started to think that everyone was judging me. I’m lucky that I had a mild case and that my doctor was able to take it all out, but now I know it’s so important to get checked out. It’s not normal to get severe pain, to feel unwell or experience back pain during that time of the month, but I think a lot of women could be living with endometriosis without knowing it.
Being happy ups my energy levels
I’m a bit spiritual. I’m not into crystals or anything, but I think the energy around me is important.
When I lived in the US, I was so lonely, it didn’t feel right. In my industry, it’s easy to have people come into your life who don’t have the right intentions, but now that I’m home, I have a handful of friends and family who are so loving and that’s changed my life. The energy around me is so positive now and I’m so happy. I laugh every day and that happiness has made such a difference to my energy levels.
Doing less exercise makes me love it more
I used to run for an hour a day, five days a week, but that took up so much of my time and it started to cause pain in my shins, so I don’t go overboard anymore. Now, I like to walk or if I’m watching a movie I’ll do toning exercises. I don’t think I need to be so extreme – if I’m eating well, toning and a bit of cardio is fine. Now that I don’t run as much, I find exercise so much more enjoyable. I don’t go to the gym, I just fit exercise into my day or do things like planks and leg raises in my hotel room. I used to put a lot of pressure on myself, but now I allow myself to have time off and I don’t feel guilty about it.
Fad diets don’t work
I followed a lot of fad diets when I was younger and they’d make me obsess over food, so now I’m all about moderation. Instead of eating all the chocolates in the minibar, I go for healthier alternatives like the Choc Love Bites I created with Slim Secrets.
I love chocolate but I’ve always wanted a healthier version for late at night when I crave the bad stuff, so now I just eat one of those and I’m satisfied. I also try to avoid a lot of refined carbs – I often swap taco shells and burger buns for lettuce cups. That way I can put all the fillings I want in it and it’s still a healthy option.