What do you get when you bring together a chef who is as serious about fitness as she is about food?
Pure dynamism and a burst of flavours that are as appealing to your palate as to your waist.
A former Zimbabwe Cricket team fitness trainer; we got in conversation with our power-packed assistant chef instructor Lorraine to know more about her and her take on everything that spells food and fitness.
Q. We all have a story of how it all started. How and where did it begin for you?
I come from a family of fitness enthusiasts. My father was a Zim Squash competitor and a military man. Very naturally then, my 6 siblings and I grew up in a high discipline home atmosphere where a lot of importance was given to health and fitness.
You see, fitness runs in the family where I have brothers who are fitness trainers and body builders, sisters that run marathons, love hiking and boxing.
Q. Tell us about your stint with the Zimbabwe cricket team.
Worldwide, I was the first female fitness trainer in International Cricket, training and managing the national men’s and women’s and franchise teams with over a 100 cricketers for their diets and training schedules.
Dealing with people of different cultures and behaviours was as challenging as it was rewarding. As their fitness instructor, I had to monitor each of their diets and fitness plans. I was part of Zimbabwe Cricket for a little over 8 years before I decided to move on.
Q. How did you decide to be a chef?
Whilst working with the Zimbabwe Cricket team as their official fitness trainer, I had to know everything on the theory side of nutrition.I needed that knowledge to plan menus for each individual player in accordance with their dietary &fitness requirements. During international tours, I also met Chefs from different countries while on the move, to formulate the team’s daily meals.
That got me interested in the practical side of cookery and I decided to learn to make food that I always read about in theory, therefore, taking my nutrition knowledge to a higher level.
Q. What do you do being a Compliance Officer at ICCA Dubai?
As an assistant chef and compliance officer, I closely invigilate student policies and procedures to be followed by the trainers and students. As also, keep a check on the syllabus, examinations and one-on-one discipline of the students.
Q. Delicious Food and Great Fitness are usually seen as two extreme ends of a spectrum. How does one achieve a balance?
Let me correct you here. Delicious Food and Great Fitness are not extreme ends, rather they go hand in hand. One can’t achieve fitness without food. Food IS an integral part of fitness and the only way one can have a long-term commitment to this, the food has to be delicious too.
The key is eating healthy. And healthy food can be made delicious too.
Q. If there was just one thing that you wish all would follow to keep fit; what would it be?
There is just one word that it all boils down to – CONSISTENCY
Q. A healthy food tip that you would like to share.
You should never cut out any food that you love. At the same time, it’s all about moderation and timings. At the end of the day, one has to achieve a good balance in order to live a happy and fulfilling life.
Q. What do you do in your personal time?
I read books. Not only on nutrition, but also on politics, self-development and I spend a lot of time studying aswell to upgrade my knowledge and to keep up with the ever-growing fitness and food industries.
I also write and am journaling my thoughts on life, self-belief, positivity etc, whichI someday will get in print.
Q. What are your plans going forward?
I plan to get a degree in Exercise Science and a degree in Nutrition while working towards bringing my two passions together in the future.
Q. If you can sum it all up in a line, what would it be?
The best project you will ever work on is You.
*I choose to eat healthily, do my squats and have a positive attitude towards life and challenges.*