AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FOOD MEDIC, DR HAZEL WALLACE | JULY 2017
We’ve been following you on instagram for some time now. Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?
My name is Hazel Wallace. I’m a doctor, personal trainer, and founder of my blog, and author of the book, The Food Medic. I’m originally from Ireland but I now work and live in London.
What inspired you to set up The Food Medic?
I set up The Food Medic Blog is 2013 as a platform to show people that eating healthy and staying fit can be enjoyable, uncomplicated, and easy to incorporate into an everyday busy life – like mine! I like to think of myself as one of the first of a new generation of doctors who appreciates the power of food in medicine. It is my mission to combine my knowledge as a doctor and a personal trainer, with my passion for nutrition, to debunk the myths that are out there, simply our approach to healthy eating, and help people live healthier, happier, and longer lives. The big diseases of today are lifestyle diseases – type 2 diabetes, obesity, stroke and heart disease. They are all linked to the food that we eat, how often we move, and even the stress we experience.
How do you juggle the demands of being a junior doctor with your commitments to The Food Medic?
I’m not going to lie and say that it’s easy, because I essentially work two full time jobs, but I’ve found my flow over the past year and it all comes down to time management. I am the queen of organising, and schedule my week down to a tee – from the time I get up, to my workouts, to my events and book signings. I have to make sure to take a few days off every couple of weeks to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of London or else I feel myself burning out and my productivity reducing.
Can you give us a taster of your training regime and how you make time for it?
I aim to train 3 times a week in the gym, and on my busier weeks I will do a home workout from my book The Food Medic. When I’m in the gym I do a mixture of Olympic lifting, calisthenics, and HIIT.
How do you stay focused on your training goals?
I keep a training log and monitor my progress. I try not to focus on the aesthetic side of training, I favourite phrase is “Count the weights, not your weight”
Congratulations on the launch of your new book. What’s your favourite recipe?
Thank you! It has done phenomenal, I’m so overwhelmed by the support. I absolutely love my Chicken Rice Paper rolls with Peanut butter dipping sauce. It’s not only totally delicious but it is really easy to make and requires no cooking!
What three key pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to improve their nutrition?
(a) Cook from scratch – This way you have the power over what you put onto your plate and you automatically cut out the unnecessary additives, sugars and trans fats.
(b) Add more fibre to your diet – We should be aiming for 30g per day, but in the UK we only get about half of this. Boost your intake with wholegrains, flaxseed, fruits and vegetables.
(c) Swap your morning cereal for standard oatmeal – even the ‘healthy’ breakfast cereals, brans and granolas are chock-a-block with sugar. Instead make some porridge and jazz it up with some fruit, nuts and a drizzle of honey.
What does the future hold for The Food Medic?
I’ve got big plans! I plan to write book 2 after the success of my first book, The Food Medic. A huge dream would be to open my own café and wellness centre where I can host educational workshops and supper clubs. I also hope to continue my practice as a doctor and progress to a GP.
Quick fire round….
Favourite type of training?
I like variety in my training, so crossfit style workouts really suit me with Olympic lifts, kettlebells and cardio based exercises.
Favourite healthy hangout?
Good Life Eatery for brunch!
Go to post workout meal?
Chicken, a mixture of salads, and chunky sweet potato fries!
Favourite healthy snack?
Apple and almond butter
Energising workout tune?
Hustlers Ambition – 50 cent
Your perfect weekend consists of…..
A workout class with my friends followed by a lazy brunch, and a walk around one of the parks in London.
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