Recently we sat down with former Miss Universe, Monika Radulovic to get her insights for staying well in a busy world. Here’s what she had to share!
What is your wellbeing routine?
“I believe in giving your body optimal nutrition and moving it regularly. I focus on natural, unprocessed whole foods – vegetables, healthy fats, wild-caught fish, grass-fed protein, nuts and seeds – and I avoid sugar and processed foods. So, breakfast might be scrambled eggs with coconut oil, sautéed spinach, and avocado; lunch is usually roasted veggies with baked salmon, tahini and pine nuts; and dinner could be soup made with bone broth, chicken thighs and vegetables. Of course, this routine doesn’t always go to plan, especially when I go out! However, I believe a truly balanced diet also sometimes includes indulgent foods.
I also drink warm water with sea salt and lemon juice every morning to rehydrate my body, boost metabolism and improve digestion. I always add a teaspoonful of HIVITA Liquivita to it, because I know that no matter what else I eat that day, I will have taken care of getting enough vitamins – it’s a great way to kickstart your day.”
What is your fitness philosophy?
“I believe it’s important to listen to your body and create a workout routine that suits you. For me, that means working out five times a week at my local F45 studio. I love HIIT (high intensity interval training) first thing in the morning, because it’s a super-effective and energising cardiovascular workout which leaves me feeling ready to start my day. I also use weight training and Pilates to tone and strengthen my body. However, it’s also important to rest – so, if I’m tired, I’ll just go for a nice walk.”
Do you ever feel overwhelmed?
“I practise Vedic meditation and I have found this to be a game-changer. I also walk along the beach – nothing beats the grounding effects of nature and fresh air. And I love to read and learn about wellness; two books I’m currently devouring are The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton and Game Changers by Dave Asprey.”
You recently partnered with HIVITA – tell us about that
HIVITA has been my go-to brand for years – their products use the best high-potency active ingredients, and they actually work! Like me, HIVITA believe in a holistic approach to nutrition, self-care and beauty, so to represent this Australian company that I believe in wholeheartedly is an honour.
Before we wrap up, what are your top tips for staying well?
- Take small, actionable steps towards your ultimate health goals. For example, start with drinking two litres of water daily to fully hydrate your body.
- Eat whole foods, and avoid sugar and processed foods. I follow the words of Michael Pollan: “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food!”
- Take a vitamin supplement daily to ensure you are getting your nutritional requirements.
- Stick to a regular fitness routine: even just a 20-minute daily walk will boost emotional wellbeing, support bone and muscle health and assist weight loss.