Pro beach volleyball player, model, mom, and entrepreneur Gabby Reece does it all -- and is one of the most recognizable fitness faces in the world, as she's graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Shape, and Sports Illustrated for Women.
She is the creator and host of The HoneyLine, a website and magazine-style broadcast that delivers realistic answers to women's questions concerning style, health and fitness, relationship challenges in the home, food, and the environment. Reece enlists the help of her celebrity friends through one-on-one interviews, getting detailed answers to modern-day dilemmas. The HoneyLine segments can be seen on The Rachael Ray Show.
Reece and her husband, pro surfer Laird Hamilton (pictured above), live in Hawaii and Malibu, California. We were fortunate enough to chat with her on the phone to talk about her thoughts on diet, mind/body wellness, and relationships.
MindBodyGreen: How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine?
Gabby Reece: I usually rise around 6:45 a.m., make breakfast for our children by 7:30 and then get ready to train. I like to train in the morning so I can get it over with, and will either do circuits at 8:30 or maybe go for a bike ride. I'll have a protein smoothie before I train, as that's easy to digest.
MBG: What's in the protein smoothie?
GR: I'll put in some maca (it's South American), as it acts like an energy booster -- sort of like caffeine, which I don't drink. Laird loves his espresso, but it's not for me. I'll also throw in muscle milk, some powdered greens, fruit, some peanut butter for fat content, and maybe some flax. The smoothie will get me through my workout up until my next meal, which I'll have around noon.
MBG: What is your philosophy on diet?
GR: There's not one right way to eat for all people, but basically I think the more "real food," the better. I try to stay away from foods in bags and cans, and I don't use a microwave.