The cookbook author, 31, took small steps with food and fitness that resulted in a big change after dishing that her impressive weight loss started because she “wanted to be strong and healthy for myself and the people who depend on me” via Instagram.
“[I] try to stick to nourishing, delicious food in moderation,” she told Yahoo Canada Lifestyle on Sunday, August 9. “I keep track of the food I’m putting into my body through the Fitbit app on my phone and the calories toward my daily goal are at a glance on my watch.”
Like many busy moms, Ayesha’s day “typically starts” with a cup of coffee, but the Food Network host adds blended “ghee and coconut oil” for a boost of healthy fats. She’s always sure to “drink 32 ounces of water before noon,” which she sometimes flavors with “cucumbers and lemon.”
“We’re a ‘green veggies’ family. We love Brussels [sprouts], asparagus and broccoli,” Ayesha explained. “I like to roast them on high heat to give everything a nice char and enhance the flavor of the veg. There’s nothing I love more than a one-pot/one sheet pan dinner, so most nights I’ll season up a protein and roast it alongside the vegetables.”
That’s not to say their family meals are boring, or they never indulge. Ayesha has found ways of lightening up her family’s favorites, like chicken parmigiana. “I do a lighter breading using panko instead of regular bread crumbs, and whip up a super-fast and fresh tomato sauce for the topping,” the Family Food Fight host explained. Her social media followers also see her go all out for Sunday cheat days, which always includes an indulgent cocktail.
Ayesha also stays active and regularly exercises. “My quick workouts that will be in the Fitbit app will include arm circuit, core body strength, legs and glutes and invigorating stretching,” she continued. “This variation helps you hit both weights and cardio depending on your goals.”
The starlet has been very open about her personal weight loss journey and encouraged followers to get moving via Instagram in June.
“I don’t think there’s any formula that works for everyone, but I do believe that creating time for yourself to exercise is never time wasted,” she wrote. “So I went to work finding ways to incorporate healthy habits into my busy schedule, and picked up a few tricks along the way (easy 10-minute workouts, fast healthy recipes, etc.).”
Keep slaying, mama!