Neat ambassador, Nicole Harrison, is not only an incredibly successful international model, but is also a huge advocate of living a healthy lifestyle. We delved a little deeper into Nicole's life to find out what the day on a plate of a model looks like, what workouts she does to stay in such great shape and why being part of Team Neat is important to her...
What's your Favourite Neat Nutrition Product?
Chocolate Lean whey powder.
How did you get started in health and fitness?
For my job, it's really important to be in shape and have a balanced diet - for a while I struggled with different ways of going about this. When I met my boyfriend who played sport at a professional level back home in Australia, he started teaching me a lot about fitness. I started to really grow a passion for it. I have always been into sport but it took me a while to realise that playing sport and training to stay in a particular shape are two very different things. I started researching different aspects and learning what works best for my body and what doesn’t.
If you weren't in this job, what would you be doing?
I would most likely be at home in Perth still studying. I am constantly tossing up between psychology or journalism - I know, two very different things!
What’s your ‘Day on a Plate’?
Breakfast: If I start my day with a workout, my post workout go-to would usually be a protein shake with Neat Nutrition lean whey powder. I also love scrambled egg whites with avocado and salmon or two boiled eggs with some spinach.
Snacks: Whenever I’m working, I make sure I have a bag of nuts with me, anything from raw cashews to almonds or macadamias; I really love roasting almonds and adding different spices to them. I also love making different kind of energy bars/balls - they are great to have on set and are nice to have after lunch sometimes as something sweet.
Lunch: My typical lunch is a salad; I love making all different kinds. My usual ingredients range from: avocados, spinach, rocket, beetroot, pine nuts, walnuts, roasted butternut squash, quinoa, peas. For protein sometimes I will have chicken or salmon (smoked or baked). When I am on set lunch is always provided and we are usually quite spoiled for choice! Always lots of healthy salads and different options for meat.
I love cooking so I am constantly mixing things around. If it's just going to be a quick and easy meal, I find fish the best. I like to make my own spice paste or a homemade pesto - rub that into the salmon add some lemon and then wrap it in aluminum and leave it to cook. I will have this with a homemade salad or some slow-roasted veggies. I like to mix this up with other proteins and then some nights I will happily just eat a nice big salad, as I don’t think my body needs meat every night of the week.
What’s your favourite workout?
I love doing HIIT workouts, my trainer Russel who runs SBC is great for this. I love spin, although now I have relocated to NYC I miss my favourite class at Ride Republic. I’m really looking forward to exploring New York’s fitness trends. On top of this, I will usually incorporate Yoga and Pilates into my weekly routine.
What exercise do you dislike?
Running, I used to do a lot of cross country and long distance running when I was younger - as a result I really do not enjoy long runs!
Favourite shake recipe and why?
I like to keep things simple and I really do not like banana so all of my shakes exclude it. I love adding berries with yogurt and raw honey, and my favourite recipe is just ice, Neat protein powder, almond milk and raw honey.
What have you wanted to quit but didn't?
My job. I left home when I was 16 and at times I would always question if I made the right decision. I missed my family and I missed my friends and I missed stability. At one point I was 17, I was living in New York and it was lonely and hard. I remember speaking to my mum about coming home and she told me, “Its better to regret things you have done in life, than the things you haven’t.” It made me realise that not many people are given this opportunity to live all around the world at such a young age and that if I did give up, I would always question what would have been. I look back now and realise that all those difficult moments test you, making you stronger.
How do you recover from illness or feeling rundown?
Sleep is the biggest factor for me. Usually I get really run down from all the travel I do. Then when I’m exhausted, I can’t keep up with my workout routine and I get lazy. This obviously has an effect on me mentally. I also think it's important to ease into things when this happens, as if you try to come back at full speed ahead then it usually catches up with you and you end up back at square one. Also, keeping hydrated and getting vitamins into your system is important.
Lastly, why is being a Neat Ambassador important to you?
It is important to me, for what the brand itself represents. Being healthy and looking after your body are such important factors in my life and Neat offers such great products that help you to reach your goals. Plus, it tastes amazing!