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joannie rochette: balancing life

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Equally balancing whatever life throws at you may seem close to impossible, but figure skater, Joannie Rochette, seems to have everything in check. At the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, she proudly received Canada’s first medal in the single-woman’s event since 1988, after winning bronze. Two days before her win Rochette’s mother, Therese Rochette, passed away from a heart attack. The love for her mother inspired Rochette to launch the “I Heart Mom” campaign to raise awareness about heart disease within women, raise funds and highlight preventions. Today, she continues to try to live a very happy and healthy lifestyle as a professional skater for Canada’s Stars on Ice tour. Glow sat down with Rochette to talk about health, food and beauty.

Balancing every day life:
“I understand it can get quite challenging to find time in the week to be active. I’m so lucky because my job is to train and to stay active. Being a skater you’re not always in the gym, but you’re on the ice practicing the jumps, tricks and you need to do many, many different repetitions. My mother passed away at age 55 from a heart attack. Obviously, she didn’t take time to be healthy enough, she was busy with life, with her job, with me, and with the family. She just forgot that she existed — she forgot to take care of herself. I would recommend women like my mom, who are not so active, to start realistic goals. It’s important to surround yourself with people who have similar goals.”

I Heart Mom
“With the I Heart Mom campaign, the goal is to share her story and to inspire women to take care of themselves and have more of a healthy lifestyle and to act now — that’s what I did. Everyone goes through hard times and it just happened to be when I was in the spotlight. When it happened, it was mostly during my skating career. I was mostly Joannie the skater and not really Joannie the person. That was kind of tough to separate both. I was really close to my mom and I was an only child too. It was tough, but luckily I had my boyfriend there who supported me and we’re still together and my father is doing better too!”

Future goals
“Most Olympic athletes go through a tough time because a big part of our lives has been dedicated to our sport. In skating, luckily, we have some skating shows. I’ve had a professional career since 2010. We actually just finished with Stars on Ice and there are more shows this summer in Japan and Kazakhstan, so it’s a smoother transition. I’m going back to school in the fall. I’m enrolled in med school!”

Favourite workout
“I like to change it up every two to three months. I love yoga, Pilates and Zumba. I love doing dance classes because it’s kind of similar to skating. But recently, I just go on Youtube and there are so many different workouts that you can find. I can’t do the same workout all the time.”

Favourite foods:
“I love Japanese food and I love Italian food. The foods that I love are probably not the healthiest, but it’s important to have some sort of a balance between healthy and pleasure. That’s why I’ve never been a fan of the really strict diets. I’ve always been about fun. It has to be healthy, but it also has to pleasure you.

I’ve always been a big fan and lover of Almond Breeze. You can substitute the milk for Almond Breeze in pretty much every recipe. There’s a chilled vanilla version and original in both the sweetened and the unsweetened. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, that’s why I prefer the one that’s sweeter.”

Beauty Routine:
“I love bright lipsticks, I feel like a different person with a bright lip. For every day, I usually just do an eyeliner or mascara. I never go out of the house without mascara. Also, I always take off my make-up before going to bed.”

Joannie’s favourite snack:

Almond Berry Bars
Get your best girlfriends or the kids to help you make these delicious almond berry bars. They’re perfect for picnics, movie nights, backyard BBQ’s and for anytime you need to pack a healthy snack.

Ingredients:
3 cups (750 ml) of old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup (125 ml) almond flour
1/4 cup (50 ml) sorghum flour or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (125 ml) oat bran
1/2 cup (125 ml) ground flaxseed
1/2 cup (125 ml) roasted, chopped almonds
1/2 cup (125 ml) dried blueberries
1/2 cup (125 ml) chopped, dried cranberries
1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
1 cup (250 ml) agave nectar
1/3 cup (75 ml) natural almond butter
1/4 cup (50 ml) Almond Breeze® Original
2 tsp (10 ml) pure vanilla extract

Instructions:
• Preheat the oven to 325°F (160°C) and lightly coat a large baking pan with olive oil cooking spray
• Meanwhile, combine oats, flours, bran, flaxseed, almonds, blueberries, cranberries, and salt into a mixing bowl and stir well. Set aside.
• In a small saucepan, warm the agave nectar, almond butter, and Almond Breeze over low heat to blend. Do not boil.
• Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
• Add warm butter blend to the dry ingredients and quickly stir the mixture until it is well combined.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until light golden brown. Set it aside to cool for 10 minutes and then cut into 32 bars.

The Nitty Gritty: 32 Servings
Nutrients per serving: 125 calories, 5 g fat (0.5g saturated fat), 17 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 3 g fibre, 40 mg sodium

-Alyssa Tria

 

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