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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I only cook with coconut oil or ghee and take apple cider vinegar daily.
I move my body every day. I believe we are all capable of amazing feats if we put our minds to it.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I guess I’d describe my style as urban street wear. I love a Springcourt shoe, Stussy tops and shorts by Sushi Radio
Well, this is a little embarrassing! I have toothpaste a bar of soap and that’s about it to be honest. Is that bad?
You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind
Coconuts, music and laughter.