Fitness Guru Jill Bunny’s Personal Tips for Healthy Living

You could easily say that Jill Bunny is a master of fitness. As a competitive bodybuilder and elite trainer, Jill spends most of her time in the gym strength training and heavy weightlifting. As for time out of the gym? Jill is also a nutritionist--specializing in thyroid health--and life coach, hoping to aid women around the world in their journey towards healthy living. Aside from offering up step by step guides to her personal workout routines, Jill is constantly spreading words of empowerment and encouragement, acknowledging that mental health is just as important as physical. Check out some of Jill's top tips for leading a healthy lifestyle below!

What’s a common misconception when it comes to nutrition that you’d like to clear up?
The myth I see far too often is the thought that you have to do cardio to get lean. Doing cardio doesn’t magically “burn fat,” it simply burns calories, which if you’re eating correctly will come partially from fat. If you eat too much, your body will have no reason to burn fat for energy as its getting enough from the food you are consuming. Weightlifting burns about the same amount of calories per hour as low-intensity cardio, but weightlifting burns more calories after the workout and also builds muscle. The extra muscle burns extra calories every day. Although I do recommend cardio for its many health benefits, if you are willing to eat for your body and weight train, you can get pretty lean without countless hours on the cardio machines.

Do you have any go-to supplements?
My go-to supplements are omega-3 fish oils, Vitamin D (especially in the winter months), Vitamin C, Magnesium, and Adrenal-Pro (an adrenal supplement).

Favorite midday snack?
I am not much of a snack person, as I tend to lean towards consuming 5-6 meals a day. My favorite afternoon meal is chicken or turkey with asparagus and brazil nuts (a great source of selenium for thyroid sufferers such as myself).

How about best smoothies/meals for energy to start out the day?
I am a person that loves to chew food, so my breakfast will usually consist of eggs/egg whites with almond butter and a banana or cup of berries.

Tips for getting into clean eating for junk food addicts?
The biggest advice I can give for anyone wanting to clean up their eating habits is to make sure that it is their own goal rather than an idea that was made by a doctor, partner, or coach. Take time and prepare for the behavior change by writing down goals, objectives, and obstacles that might pop up. When ready to take action, let family and friends know what you are planning on doing so that they can hold you accountable!

"At the end of the day, you can read countless research articles, blogs, and books, and ask friends or experts. But there is no one that knows your body better than you."

Do you have a post-workout routine?
After I train, I either go home and consume my post workout meal and relax with my puppy or go for a coffee with my training partner. I like to bring my body and mind back down to a relaxing state after training--before I go back to my workload.

Any workout tips for beginners?
You have already taken the biggest step, taking action towards your goals! The cool thing about starting something new is that you don’t have to be an expert. You aren’t expected to be the best. You are new! Soak in that concept and enjoy yourself!

What’s your favorite type of workout?
My favorite workout is a HEAVY bodybuilding style leg day. There is just something about lifting heavy that makes me feel like a warrior!

What are the must-haves in your gym bag?
My must-haves are headphones, booty bands, and a water bottle!

Your golden rule for healthy living?
Do what feels right for you. At the end of the day, you can read countless research articles, blogs, and books, and ask friends or experts. But there is no one that knows your body better than you!

Photos by: Patrick Leung

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