Updated: Jun 30, 2021
The health, wellbeing and lifestyle industry is full of some pretty amazing people and we're excited to have had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Kellie Pardoe - lifestyle Influencer and mama of two from Auckland for our 'Talking Straight' series.
SUPR: What does your morning routine look like?
KP: It’s usually pretty chaotic trying to get the kids ready and out the door for school. I value my sleep, so often I get up at the last possible moment, get the kids sorted, make lunches then drop them to school. Then I go home, clean up, make the beds, have a coffee, a quick read of the NZ herald online and get myself ready for the day which often starts with a gym workout.
SUPR: What does ‘health’ mean to you?
KP: It means nourishing my mind and body. I try to eat well (although eating lollies usually play a part in my day!), drink water, exercise and look after my mind with some mindfulness or meditation in the evenings before bed.
SUPR: What are five things you’ll always have in your fridge / pantry?
KP: Herbal tea
SUPR: What’s your favourite form of movement?
KP: A 45 minute HIT class is my favourite form of exercise but a summer evening brisk walk is also right up there for me. I also love scootering/biking with the kids to the park as a way to incorporate them into my exercise time.
SUPR: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I love living in Auckland, I love our accessibility to beautiful beaches as I’m a summer/beach lover at heart. If I was to move overseas though, I could see myself in Melbourne. I haven’t travelled a lot of the world but that is definitely on my list of things to do in the near future!
SUPR: What is one fun fact most people wouldn’t know about you?
KP: I didn’t have my first coffee until this year!
SUPR: Why is it important to you to be Straight Up and authentic? Have you ever struggled in the past with being your true self?
KP: I found this something I struggled with in my teenage years especially as it was all about fitting in. I suffered a lot of anxiety and it wasn’t until I was a lot older and more comfortable within myself that I didn’t feel pressured to follow the crowd and hide my imperfections.
SUPR: The health industry isn’t perfect. If you had the power to change one thing about it, what would it be and why?
KP: I would have more emphasis put on the mental health side of things rather than the physical side of things. There is a lot of focus on how we look rather than how we feel. I would love to see kids taught mindfulness/meditation/coping strategies in school as these are tools that can help anyone of any age. I didn’t learn these skills until I had kids and suffered from severe postnatal anxiety. Now they are skills I use on a daily basis and I'm now teaching them to my kids.
You can follow Kellie on Instagram at @kellie.pardoe