How I Stay Fit: Jackie Burns

Samantha Grice

Jackie Burns is a Toronto-based freelance writer who covers the healthy body beat for Love and Blueberries.

Q: You’ve taken on the “healthy body” beat for Love and Blueberries, do you think of yourself as having a healthy body?

A: I feel like I’m in pretty good shape and my BMI is within the healthy range but that’s a hard question to answer with 100% certainty. How do we really know how healthy our body is unless we test ourselves? During one of my interviews for the healthy body blog, I spoke with Bryce Wylde, a homeopathic doctor who recommends doing some specific assessments of your health, whether it’s checking your PH and Vitamin C levels or even getting an adrenal stress test. It’s definitely peaked my curiosity, so I’ll have to get back to you after my tests!

Q: What does your exercise routine look like?

A: For years I had a love/hate relationship with my lunch-time spin class as an office worker, but my routine changed after having my son and deciding to become a stay-at-home mom/freelancer. I purchased an elliptical for my home so that I could workout while my son napped. I try to do three 30-minute routines a week and since I live downtown I walk everywhere. My weight training consists mainly of carrying around my 30-pound son but I should definitely try to incorporate more strength training for a better balance.

Q: Do you make an effort to maintain a healthy diet? If so, what kinds of foods do you include in your weekly shop?

A: I definitely make an effort to maintain a healthy diet, but I find it takes a fair amount of planning to avoid having grilled cheese sandwiches every day! Every morning, I get up and take a shot of Matol, a mineral formula with herbal extracts that gives me tremendous amounts of energy. I live right near the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto so I shop there every couple of days for fresh fruits, veggies and meat. I try to eat a lot of soy which I get from Yves veggie burgers, soy almonds and chocolate soy milk. I just discovered Mary’s Organic Crackers (wheat-free and gluten-free) which are super tasty with peanut butter!

Q: Do you face any challenges in your efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

A: I often run out of time in the day to make three balanced meals and find myself ordering take-out way too often, although I try to stick to healthier options like sushi or bean burritos. When I’m in a time crunch but desperate for something healthy, I blend Matol’s Fibresonic powder with skim milk, blueberries and flax seeds.
Q: Lastly, do you have any health goals for 2009?

A: I’m definitely trying to be more aware of what foods/drinks I put in my body and remember that I really do feel much better, physically and mentally, when my body gets the proper nutrients. Basically, I’m trying not to over-indulge in red wine and nachos!