Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs
With this spaghetti squash and meatballs recipe, you can reduce the carbohydrates and increase the vegetable servings by skipping pasta and serving the Italian-seasoned turkey meatballs and quick, homemade marinara sauce over thin strands of cooked spaghetti squash instead. Cooking the squash first in the microwave and then in a skillet to cook off the extra moisture, gives the squash a more spaghetti-like texture.
We chat to Australian personal trainer and wellness coach Brittney Cutts about her mission and goals.
Hailing from small-town New Zealand, this young up-and-comer has not only managed to find Aussie-based love in Australian Football Leauge (AFL) star Matthew Suckling, but she has also worked hard to build a body, brand and career to match. A personal trainer and women’s wellness coach who lives by her own advice, Brittney Cutts told WH&F about her mission to help the world B.Active.
About the brand
My brand B.Active is all about helping women achieve their health and fitness goals through my own experiences and education. I post on Instagram about my life and things I’ve learnt. I want to encourage people to make healthier choices every day and to lead a lifestyle they can maintain; to ‘B.Active’, ‘B.Nourished’ and ‘B.Happy’.
When I was growing up I used to get teased for having ‘chicken legs’ and for being too skinny. I used to eat a McDonald’s cheeseburger a day to try and beef myself up, which shows how oblivious I was to health and nutrition. I want to help other young women avoid those kinds of mistakes.
What she eats
My average diet is full of food! I absolutely love it. I try to be as healthy as possible most of the time, but I’m not afraid of a glass of wine either. I am a much happier person when I have balance. If I want to lose a little body fat, I will base my meals around meats, vegetables and good fats like avocado, walnuts and salmon. I supplement with iron, a probiotic and Trilogy greens.
Her workout plan
My favourite form of exercise is boxing. It is a good form of cardio and makes me feel like a bit of a badass. It’s a great stress reliever too.
Exercise and nutrition are important to me because they’re natural antidepressants. I think it’s intriguing how we can sculpt how our body looks on the outside while also achieving a sense of wellness on the inside. My body looks and feels horrible when I eat junk or under-train.
I overcome my cravings by removing foods that lack nutritional value from my shopping list. I find it hard to stay away from the Nutella jar sometimes, but if I don’t buy it then I can’t eat it!
Thoughts on staying motivated
I keep motivated by changing my phone’s background picture to reflect my next goal, so it’s always in my mind’s eye! There is a real sense of accomplishment when I work hard to achieve that goal and can change the photo.
I take time out to relax by going on spontaneous adventures. I leave my phone behind and get out of the city. Or I book a last-minute holiday to somewhere warm and with a beach, like Bali. I love random getaways and activities to break up my routine.
I have built my social media following @brittactive by being real. I am not a model and I don’t over-promote or worry too much about how many followers I have. I just post about my life and continuously think about how each post might help other women in some small way.
Wise words of advice
The best advice I’ve ever received was to build a career that you love. There is no point spending 80 per cent of your day unhappy.
I admire people who live their life the way they really want to. They are the happiest ones, I think. It shouldn’t matter how much money, friends or followers someone has, everyone is different. If they are happy, so be it!
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