Bronwen Foster-Butler is one seriously inspirational lady, who as Brand & Digital Manager at lululemon, is sharing her passion for living a balanced life based on real relationships, personal development and moving every day. And her love for keeping active is still going strong even during her pregnancy and the birth of her baby! Bronwen fills us in on her favourite workouts, how to make her beloved breakfast shake and what she does to relax…
What’s Your Favourite Neat Nutrition Product?
Naked Slow release!
How did you get started in health and fitness?
I’ve been active my entire life, but I have worked for lululemon for 2.5 years now which has brought my love of wellness into my work life.
If you weren't in this job, what would you be doing?
Wishing I was! I’ve worked in marketing for a while so I’d be doing that somewhere but wishing I was in leggings…. If I had the balls (and the talent), then I’d quit everything and become a writer.
What’s your ‘Day on a Plate’ look like?
Breakfast: a shake made of banana, avo, kale, cucumber, frozen berries, ice cubes, ground flax seeds, chia seeds and Neat slow release protein.
Lunch: Whilst pregnant anything carby and cheesy. My pre-pregnancy lunch was usually sushi or a big bowl of delicious veggies, grains and protein.
Dinner: usually a meat and two veg type thing…. Although my husband and I are eating vegetarian 2-3 nights a week. We love the Vegeree recipe by Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall.
What’s your favourite workout?
My workouts whilst being pregnant have definitely evolved. When I first found out I was pregnant, I reached out to a PT friend of mine and he gave me a list of moves and activities to avoid –turns out it’s a very small list which was a big relief. I’ve always been a huge fan of British Military Fitness, so I continued this until I was 25 weeks. Deep into my third trimester, I went down to gentle, short walks, modified barre classes, yoga (with modifications as well), and some weight-based circuit sessions.
What exercise do you dislike?
Anything where egos are out of control.
What's your favourite food treat?
If there’s an indulgence that I can’t say no to it would be cheese and crackers with a big glass of red wine!
What have you wanted to quit but didn't?
Probably my own personal development work. There have been times where it has gotten tough and I’ve found it way easier to play the victim and say that everyone else is wrong. I had a real breakthrough when I realised that the only thing getting in the way of my happiness was myself.
Being so busy, what do you do to relax and why is it important to take time for yourself?
Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I know that a walk in the woods will sort me out. I’m lucky enough to live in South London where we are surrounded by green spaces. There is a little wood in Tooting common that I can always count on to get me sorted. It’s important to do this so that I can make sure the only impact I’m having on others is a positive one.
Lastly, why is being a Neat Ambassador important to you?
I believe that a well-balanced life is one where you feed your body well, keep it moving and treat it with love, respect and compassion. Neat allows me to do this, and reflects the values that I believe in.