Talking Straight with Sally O'Neil

Next up on our 'Talking Straight' series is the beautiful Sally O'Neil, Clinical Nutritionist and the face behind The Fit Foodie.


Since entering isolation during COVID-19, integrating healthy habits into our days has changed & we've been wondering how those in the health & wellness industry have been coping with the changes. Here's Sally.


SUPR: Has your morning routine changed since self-isolation? What does it look like now?

SO: Yes! Mostly because my housemate now sets her alarm at 4:30am. I’ve had to adapt to her new routine because I’m a light sleeper. I wake up, check my emails, instagram, and then look at how well I slept on my tracking app. I pull up Headspace and meditate for ten minutes in the dark. About 5am I jump out of bed, brew a coffee, and get straight into the gym gear I left out the night before. I start working out about 5:30 at home - I use a 6 week training program for women and follow along with that for about 80 minutes. I eat overnight oats and then go for a walk to the opera house with uplifting music or a new audiobook, get home, snack and then begin work an/or uni lectures about 9:30am.

SUPR: What’s one healthy habit or skill you’ve embraced during isolation?

SO: Meditation. Ive dabbled in it many times before, but for the last 35 days I’ve consistently meditated for 10-15 minutes each morning and night. I’ve also spent more time stretching to look after my body. In terms of skills, I’ve spend way more time focusing on my Clinical Nutrition degree rather than falling behind and then scrambling to catch up. It feels weird (and lovely) to be organised with assignments!

SUPR: What are 5 ‘must-haves’ in your kitchen or pantry?

SO: Oats, avocado, barramundi, greek yoghurt and eggs.

SUPR: What’s one form of activity or movement you couldn’t live without?

SO: Lifting weights. I love it more than anything. Spin comes a close second!

SUPR: What do you miss most from the pre-COVID-19 world?

SO: Hanging out with my favourite people in cafes or the gym. Theres a beautiful ‘village’ community vibe where I live.

SUPR: What are you most grateful for?

SO: A healthy body and mind. Without that, everything becomes difficult.

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?

SO: I’ve always been nervous about being in front of the camera for fear of embarrassing myself or not living up to peoples expectations. Over time I’ve learnt not to care, and block out the fact that 93K people are watching me roll out of bed in the morning in my daggy PJs. It’s my real life, yo! 

SUPR: What’s one thing about the health industry you hope changes after self-isolation?

SO: That there’s more focus on self-care, and less on constantly achieving the next win or goal.

You can follow Sally at @thefitfoodieblog

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