MKR star Scott Gooding talks paleo and functional fitness

Bondi-based trainer Scott Gooding is one half of the fit foodie duo that charmed audiences on My Kitchen Rules in 2013.

Bondi-based trainer Scott Gooding is one half of the fit foodie duo that charmed audiences on My Kitchen Rules in 2013. Since cooking up kale and quinoa on TV, Scott and his best mate and MKR co-star Luke Hines have gone on to write two Clean Living books together. Here, Scott gives us an insight into his balanced approach to diet and exercise, which is based around paleo eating and passionate training.

How do you start your day?


During the week I wake at 5am and tuck into a nutrient-dense breakfast, mainly comprising of nuts and seeds, coconut oil and a few berries. On weekends, I wake up naturally, which is normally at 6am unfortunately!

What does being healthy mean to you?

It’s a tough one to answer but I guess it comes down to avoiding the foods that cause ill-health. Or even sub-optimal health. I strive for optimal health through eating a clean diet and training most days. It also encapsulates your mind. Your body and mind are symbiotic and it’s important to nourish the mind, as well as the body. Health is about having a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.

How do you nourish your body?

I follow the paleo diet and have long thought we should eat how our ancestors did. My diet is free of processed and synthetic foods and sugar. I also steer clear of grains, dairy and legumes and feel great for it. It’s important that we eat the foods we are naturally designed to it.

We know you’re a great cook. What are your signature dishes?

I love to cook. I find cooking very relaxing, it calms me down. Unless I’m cooking for 20, then it has the opposite effect! Some of my easy, go-to healthy meals would be poached chicken, pan-fried crispy-skinned ocean trout, slow cooked lamb shoulder and herb salads.

Any health secrets you swear by?

I only cook with coconut oil or ghee and take apple cider vinegar daily.

What’s your approach to exercise?

I move my body every day. I believe we are all capable of amazing feats if we put our minds to it.

How do you train?

I train six or seven days a week but I tend not to train for long. The longest I’ll train is 45mins. When I’m training it’s always functional-based. I’ve been getting into my Olympic lifting recently and loving it. It’s so good to mix up the routine and give yourself refreshed enthusiasm for your training.

What’s a common mistake many guys make when it comes to health and fitness?

Training hard but eating the wrong things. You know what they say, abs are made in the kitchen! It’s a cliché but very true.

What’s your fave healthy indulgence?

There’s a company based in Bondi called Wellness By Tess who make healthy nut bars and bliss balls. Let’s just say I’m keeping them in business!

How do you beat stress? Any tips for bringing more balance into your life?

Training is my meditation. That might seem strange but the exertion opens up pathways in your mind and allows you to think laterally. Or simply not think at all. Divine!

How do you describe your personal style?

I guess I’d describe my style as urban street wear. I love a Springcourt shoe, Stussy tops and shorts by Sushi Radio

What’s in your grooming kit?

Well, this is a little embarrassing! I have toothpaste a bar of soap and that’s about it to be honest. Is that bad?

What’s your personal mantra?

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind

Name three things you can’t live without.

Coconuts, music and laughter.

Visit Scott’s website http://www.scottgoodingfitness.com.au or connect with him on Instagram @scottyfit