I love learning about the lifestyles of women I admire, and Australian actress and producer Nicole Kidman is no exception. She’s starred in some amazing TV shows and movies, and I appreciate her positive approach to life.
Nicole has always looked stunning., so it’s no surprise that she loves being an active person. As a foodie, she takes delight in finding delicious and healthy foods to keep her energised.
Plus, Nicole is pretty busy. She works often, manages homes around the world, and is a mom of four! In the midst of her busy life, she chooses moderation and an optimistic attitude. Here’s how she manages it all:
For Nicole, everything’s about balance. She says she doesn’t have any tricks or secrets when it comes to what she eats. Instead, Nicole eats everything in moderation.
Typically, she says she follows an 80-20 diet. This means that she tries to make most of her diet — about 80 percent of it — full of healthy food, including fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein, and whole grains. The rest of her diet includes less healthy foods, like fried foods, processed foods, sugar, and so on. One of her favourite indulgent meals is pizza with truffles. :)
Nicole admits that sometimes she eats more treats than she should, and sometimes she ends up following a 70-30 routine instead of an 80-20 diet. When she’s traveling, it’s especially hard to find healthy food to eat. But she doesn’t let this make her feel guilty. She says she wants to enjoy life, and being overly strict can distract her from focusing on what matters.
To her, eating well gives her the energy to support her family, career, and interests. Her diet shouldn’t limit her.
When she is traveling, Nicole takes a daily multivitamin to help her make up any nutrients her diet might be lacking.
Nicole loves food, and she enjoys eating most of it (except ham, which is her least favourite food!). However, she’s not the best cook in the kitchen. In fact, she says that, whenever she cooks chicken, it turns out dry. She would rather eat food than prepare it.
Nicole grew up in Australia, and some of her favourite foods are from the country. She especially loves barbeque and seafood platters that include oysters, tiger prawns, lobster, and mud crab. In addition to this, Nicole loves a fresh piece of warm bread.
Here are some of Nicole’s go-to daily meals:
Nicole and her husband, Keith Urban, own a farm in Australia. When she’s staying there, she loves taking advantage of the fresh dairy, fruits, and eggs.
For breakfast, she might enjoy homemade jam from her orchard on a fresh slice with an egg.
If Nicole wants a beverage with her breakfast, she enjoys coffee. Her go to Starbucks order is a cappuccino with extra foam. When she wants to indulge her sweet tooth, she’ll add chocolate sprinkles.
Nicole loves Australia’s fresh fruits and vegetables. One of her go-to meals is a salad that takes advantage of the delicious produce Australia offers. This roasted-root vegetable salad with persimmons looks both delicious and healthy. It includes:
One of her favourite dinner meals with seafood is a variation of the Italian dish spaghetti alle vongole, or pasta with clams. She eats it with green beans to add some veggies. If you want, you can use whole wheat pasta to avoid eating processed grains.
Nicole doesn’t drink a lot of alcohol, and she isn’t particularly fond of cocktails. However, she will drink champagne with peaches for special occasions.
Nicole grew up in a family that was really into running half-marathons and participating in an athletic event called City to Surf. Because of this, she’s used to running and staying active in general. Growing up in an environment like this helped teach Nicole the importance of staying active and fit as a way to enjoy life.
Nicole continues to enjoy running. However, as she’s gotten older, she really tries to emphasise picking new athletic activities that she enjoys, and she isn’t afraid to switch them up. Just like with her balanced approach to eating, Nicole also takes a moderate view to exercise.
She’s an active person who does what makes her feel good and avoids what makes her feel miserable. I think this is a really healthy, sustainable approach to fitness. :)
As a mom, Nicole tends to merge fitness with the rest of her life. She wants to teach her kids to value athleticism too, and so she tries to find activities that she can enjoy with her kids. For example, they like going on bike rides and walks, and they’ll even get active by just playing outside together.
When she’s staying at her house in Nashville, Nicole likes taking advantage of the warm weather by either going for walks or runs in her neighbourhood. Both running and walking are excellent cardio workouts. They help burn calories, and power walking is especially great at helping you burn fat by keeping your body in the fat-burning zone.
When Nicole is living in Australia, she and her husband Keith like going on a morning swim in the ocean. Swimming also burns a ton of calories, and it can be a very challenging workout! She also loves going for runs on the beach.
In addition to this, she loves going to spin classes, and she tries to get her husband and kids to go too. Spinning can be a tough cardiovascular workout, and it also builds up muscles in your legs. Finally, Nicole loves playing tennis. Playing sports can be a super fun way to break a sweat. :)
Nicole doesn’t seem to do a lot of workouts that focus purely on building muscle. Instead, she opts for workouts like spin, swimming, and running that combine cardio workouts with some muscle-building. Swimming, for example, is quite the upper body workout!
Her main form of resistance training is through yoga. Although yoga is often used for stretching and as a way to relax, it can also be used to tone muscles. Nicole typically goes to vinyasa or ashtanga yoga classes, and these can be an excellent form of resistance training. Many women find that yoga helps create a lean, long body. It seems to work for Nicole too. :)
I really like how accessible Nicole’s routine is. Like her, I value staying active in ways that make sense for your lifestyle, and it is important to find routines that you will stick to. Focusing on cardio (I love long walks!) and bodyweight resistance training is the best way to get a lean body like Nicole, especially if you have a body type that is prone to bulking up.
Nicole’s diet is also realistic. She prioritises eating healthy food (I’d love to eat fresh fruit from an orchard!), but she also doesn’t restrict herself all the time. This is a sustainable approach to eating.
Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions about Nicole’s routine. :)
Love Rachael xx