Following a very impressive stint on the 2013 series of My Kitchen Rules Luke Hines jumped straight from the proverbial frypan into the fire – parlaying his success from Channel 7’s popular cooking show, into a post-TV career that continues to showcast his passion for educating Australians on clean nutrition and optimal training for a positive lifestyle. (http://trainerluke.com/abouttrainerluke/)
I was given the opportunity to ask Luke Hines, co-writer of "Clean Living" cookbook and 2013 My Kitchen Rules contestant, six questions regarding his lifestyle.
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What is your all time favourite recipe to cook from your book “Clean Living”?
It would definitely be the fish and chips. You can’t go past a favourite such as this, and now it is even better with a paleo version of the recipe. Now anyone can enjoy the great crispy taste of fried fish without the guilt!
Have you always been into raw and organic cooking?
Healthy cooking has always been a huge passion of mine. I have been a personal trainer for over 10 years, and in this time I have really understood the effect healthy cooking can have on your lifestyle. So understanding the importance of our nutrition choices, my passion has just been ignited more and more, culminating in my time on MKR.
Question 3: What gives you motivation to be healthy and active?
I truly believe that our health is one of the few things we actually have control of in this busy, frantic wild world we live in. I believe if we invest our time and effort into looking after our health, then we will live long, happy and healthy lives. I want to be kicking around for many years to come, and in order to do that, I need to be the best version of myself. This means staying active for the rest of my life.
Question 4: What is an example of your daily exercise and eating routine?
I love workouts that involve the outdoors in some way. There is nothing better than feeling the sand at your feet and the sun on your skin as you develop a bit of a sweat! So my recommendation is for people to get outside the gym and take in the surrounds. It could be a jog on the beach or a gentle swim. You will be feeling a million bucks having just got amongst it.
When it comes to food, I am a massive fan of breakfast, so i often indulge in two of these each day. Brekky always consists of eggies cooked in coconut oil, with sides of fermented veg and bacon. The rest of the day is equally as delicious in my opinion. Heaps of fresh vegetables sautéed in coconut oil, with various sides of protein for each meal ranging from spicy chicken thigh fillets, to grasped home made beef burger patties. If I am feeling like I need a good solid hit of iron I cook up a beautiful piece of steak and serve it with salad.
Question 5: How do you know when you’ve perfected a recipe?
When I can’t stop eating it myself! One of my favourite recipes is a raw chocolate slice packed full of walnuts, shredded coconut and chia seeds. It is full of great fats and keeps me going for ages. You can find the recipe at www.trainerluke.com/recipes
Obviously it’s important to indulge every now and then. What is your go to cheat meal?
I have a massive sweet tooth, so for me, my indulgence is creating a beautiful and decadent raw or paleo dessert. I try to keep the fructose to a minimum, and always sweeten with natural choices like honey or maple syrup.