About Priscilla Lopes-Schliep
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep is a Canadian 100m hurdler who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. To learn more about Priscilla, be sure to check out her website.
Healthynomics would like to thank Priscilla for her time.
Healthynomics: Optimal health, what does that mean to you?
Priscilla Lopes-Schliep: Optimal health means being aware of all aspects of your health – mind, body, and soul. From a nutrition standpoint, it involves tailoring one’s daily intake based on how your body is to perform. But nutrition is only one the start. Physical activity in any form is a must for one’s muscles, bones, and joints. Exercising your mind and soul completes one’s health.
HN: What are some of your healthy eating habits? Do you eat nutritional bars and take supplements?
PLS: Moderation is key. I attempt to eat healthy 95% of the time and reserve the other 5% for certain times of the year and other occasions. It is not healthy to cut out all sweets, cakes, and candies. Nor is it healthy to eat such a strict diet that one’s taste buds lose memory of a good piece of taffy. I do eat nutritional bars and drink protein shakes but I don’t go overboard on them. For the last two months before a major competition I’ll key in on protein shakes more often.
HN: We keep hearing more good information about Super Foods such as spirulina (blue-green algae), raw hemp protein, goji berries, and others. Do you eat any of these foods in shakes or smoothies?
PLS: No. I’m a big believer in eating healthy, balanced meals and not relying on any one “Super Food” to blanket my diet. However, there are some trends I adhere to: 1) dark green > light green, 2) colorful plate > bland plate.
HN: What advice would you give someone looking for ways to motivate themselves to start and maintain a good fitness program?
PLS: Diversify your fitness program to keep each workout and day fresh and exciting – running stairs, lifting, cycling, yoga, basketball, tennis, etc. Involve an accountability partner to keep both of you motivated to continue after the newness of a fitness program has worn off and excuses become easier to invent.
HN: How do you stay fit in your off-season?
PLS: Since my off-season is only 6 weeks long, I intend on becoming as un-fit as possible!
HN: Do you have any favorite training tools or pieces of equipment you use?
PLS: One of my favorite training tools for optimum core strength is the Swiss ball. It allows a variety of abdominal workouts.
HN: Many full-time athletes have at least one habit that drives their coach a bit crazy? Any you might like to share with us?
PLS: My coach says I’m perfect. You’ll have to ask him!
HN: Do you listen to music while you train or getting ready to compete? What does it do for you and who are some of your favorite music artists?
PLS: Since my pre-race warm up involves a 60-minute routine of strides, stretching, and drills, music is a must for me. I have certain play-lists for race days that help get me in the right mind frame. I particularly like to listen to R&B, soca, and reggae.