Compliments to the chef on her six sons (ages 8 to 14), 18 restaurants across the U.S., and one seriously fit bod. Cat Cora, the first female Iron Chef winner, explains how all those numbers add up to a recipe for healthy success.
“We snapped this selfie after an intense session with trainer Natasha Fett [right]. Nicole [Ehrlich, Cat’s fiancee] and I work out together to support each other not only emotionally, but physically too. You have to prioritize your partner just as much as your children to stay connected.”
Try It: Pencil in at least one sweaty date a week. “Hard workouts build empathy. But we also jog or hike so we can talk through our day.”
Try this challenging fat-burning workout you can do with a partner:
“Cooking with the boys is a regular thing in our home. Here we’re making matzo ball soup. It’s important to introduce kids to new tastes and teach them skills they can use forever. Plus, the best memories happen in the kitchen, and meals can be infinitely healthier when you’re in control.”
Try It: Start with simple recipes, like omelets. “Your life gets easier when they make their own food, especially in the morning!”
“Here, I’m taking a breather while filming My Kitchen Rules [her cooking game show on Fox]. Spending time alone to reflect is the best thing you can do for your family—it restores your balance.”
Try It: If you need a sec to regroup, take it. “I always let my boys know when I am having a tough day and just need to relax with a calming bath. If I’m vocal about my emotions and how I handle them, they will be too.” (Make your bath more relaxing with color therapy bath botanicals from the Women’s Health Boutique.)
“I love cycling, but I’m not one to spend days on a bike. I trained for the 300-mile ride Chefs Cycle, a fund-raiser to end childhood hunger. Knowing that my sweat had meaning bigger than myself helped me push through.”
Try It: Not looking for a major race right now? Think about how your activity benefits others. “It’s hard to skip a workout when you visualize how much better of a person you are after.”
Before six boys: “I earned a degree in exercise physiology before becoming a chef, so fitness has been a part of my life since age 18. I used to spend a few days a week working out inside a gym, focusing on strength training and cardio.”
After six boys: “I do something every day, but now I really mix things up—boot camp, SoulCycle—and take advantage of nature. I exercise after dropping the boys at school; it clears my mind for the day ahead. If I get tired, I don’t nap—I exercise. It rejuvenates me.”
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of Women’s Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!
Source: Women’s Health Mag