Sophie Gollifer likes to keep herself busy – as presenter, podcast host, fitness junkie and mother of 2 adorable girls her schedule is full. This doesn’t mean she takes shortcuts when it comes to her health. Being healthy is important to Sophie for as long as she can remember and it’s a daily priority. This means being active and eating balanced meals. Another priority is gut health, which she supports with Synbiotic15, “my gut has improved so much; my immune system is stronger, I don’t get sick very often, my skin looks better, and my digestion is great. Don’t expect results the next day though – take it for at least a month and feel the difference.“
Singapore has always been home
Sophie was born in Singapore, lived here most of her life and has a mixed background with a South American-British father and Singaporean-Chinese mother. She works in media for years now, both on tv and radio, and currently hosts a podcast called Hey Mama! With Sophie Gollifer (Listen here on Spotify or Apple), where she discusses all things parenting and motherhood. Being a mother of 2 small girls, Sophie shares her own experiences, and interviews experts for further tips and insights. As she says, ‘Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint!’
Ugh, I need to exercise
For as long as Sophie can remember she’s been active and interested in feeling stronger, looking better, and having lots of energy. Especially now as a mum, she wants to have energy to be active with them. Sophie believes that being healthy goes hand in hand with being active and looking after yourself. ‘My parents had a pretty moderate lifestyle and were always active themselves, which was a great inspiration growing up. They never said ‘ugh, I need to exercise’ and that love for sports is something my parents really taught me. It’s something I want to give my children as well. When they see I put time aside to go to the gym or for a run, it makes them want to work out as well. This puts a huge smile on my face,’ Sophie says.
“There’s no quick fix for anything. It’s about the small changes we make to feel our optimal, our best. Make these changes every single day so they become a habit. Then you’ll move towards a better version of yourself. It’s not like you’re unhealthy and the next day you take a magic pill and you’re a different person. It doesn’t work like that.”
A quick fix for your health?
As busy parents, it’s a balancing act to be active, live healthy, have me-time and be there for your children. Especially mums often feel guilty about putting time aside for themselves to work out for example. For Sophie it’s essential though, as it sets an example for her children.
‘You can’t pour from an empty cup: only if you take care of yourself, you can take care of others. It comes back full circle that way.’
When talking about health, Sophie compares it to a puzzle. ‘There are all these different pieces that make up your health,’ she says, ‘if you want to improve your health you need to look at each piece and where you can improve. There’s no quick fix for anything. It’s about the small changes we make to feel our optimal, our best. Make these changes every single day so they become a habit. Then you’ll move towards a better version of yourself. It’s not like you’re unhealthy and the next day you take a magic pill and you’re a different person. It doesn’t work like that.’ Find habits and a balance that work for you, and that’s when it really takes off to be healthy. For Sophie, creating habits is about doing the right thing more times than not, rather than striving for perfect all the time. Perfect doesn’t exist.
Focus on what’s possible
When it comes to eating healthy – Sophie focuses on what’s attainable. Zero sugar for the rest of your life is not attainable but minimizing it as much as possible is. Now with kids Sophie has less time to think about what she should or shouldn’t eat. She just grabs something healthy rather than thinking about what she might crave. This doesn’t mean she doesn’t have (unhealthy) treats. She does, and when she indulges, she enjoys it without any guilt. A friend of Sophie once said Have anything, not everything. This works for her: ‘If I want something I take it, but that doesn’t mean I have to take or eat everything.’
During the week, Sophie eats mostly at home and it’s a combination of carbs, protein, and veggies. ‘I’m lucky that I don’t mind eating same-ish food every day so that makes it easy. I’m not a great cook myself, so our helper cooks most evenings. The biggest challenge I face now is to convince my children to try veggies that are out of their comfort zone. I learned the best way to do this is eat the veggies myself, show I like them and they’ll eventually try them. It’s about educating my children about healthy foods without pressure.’
“The biggest challenge I face now is to convince my children to try veggies that are out of their comfort zone. I learned the best way to do this is eat the veggies myself, show I like them and they’ll eventually try them. It’s about educating my children about healthy foods without pressure.”
Daily habits to make living healthy a bit easier
As Sophie says, there are no quick fixes when it comes to being healthy. Daily habits help to stay on track and be as healthy as possible. If you want to make healthy changes – give these 3 tips from Sophie a go.
“If you want to make changes and turn things around for yourself when it comes to your health, this is where you should start. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so if you’re tired you don’t want to make changes, you don’t want to work out. My best days are when I wake up rested and feeling great. So, if you want to make changes – go to bed early and get a good night sleep. In whatever way you can accomplish this. Perhaps you put your phone in a different room, don’t work till too late, or don’t meet a friend late at night – these are the calls you need to make. For me, around 9pm I’m winding down as I’m always up early with the kids. Aim for 8hrs of sleep, if possible, that’s amazing.”
“A lot of us adults don’t drink enough water. We might drink sodas and caffeinated drinks but in a country like Singapore we need to drink lots of water. I drink tons of water every day, and always bring a bottle with me. When somebody complains to me about headaches, I always ask if they drink enough water. Often the answer is probably not. Another advantage of drinking lots of water is that everything will work a lot better; your digestion, how you feel, your skin & hair, your energy levels. Lastly, if you’re hungry – take a moment to ask yourself if you’re hungry or thirsty. We regularly mistake the feeling of feeling thirsty for being hungry.”
“This is such a good one! When you start something new, whether it’s a new sport, a daily habit, or a new class, find ppl that hold you accountable. That have the same goals as you. It’s funny, in today’s society, if your friends don’t want to do the same thing you do, they often don’t want you to do it either. Isn’t that weird? Like if you want to get up early, not have another drink or eat healthy – so often friends try to convince you to ‘take a break’ or ‘skip a day’. I always think that’s so weird. Therefore, to reach a goal, I believe it’s important to surround yourself with people that will support you and encourage you to do so.”
“Taking Synbiotic15 is easy, practical and very convenient. More importantly, I feel great and my bloating throughout the month has decreased a lot. If you want to look after your gut, give Synbiotic15 a go. A real go, so it can work for you. Don’t expect results the next day – take it for at least a month and feel the difference.“
Gut health is SO important
Sophie believes gut health is hugely important but realizes it’s tough for people to understand as it’s not something you can see. People think if they just take their Vitamin C, their immune system is taken care of. ‘Yet most of our immune system is in our gut. And so many of us have gut issues which affects our immune system! Another thing that really frustrates me is how often we get antibiotics when we go to the doctor. This destroys our gut flora! And we don’t have the education we need on how to repopulate our gut flora.’
Sophie had lots of gut issues herself for years, bloating, cramps and food intolerances. Initially she assumed that was normal. When she realized it isn’t she got very excited and started looking for the root cause so she could do something about it. This is when she started to take better care of her gut by eating more fibres, taking less medication, and adding a daily pre- & probiotic supplement. ‘My gut health improved so much since making these changes. My immune system is stronger, I don’t get sick very often, my skin looks better, and my digestion is great. I believe gut health is super important for all of us.”
Taking a daily pre- & probiotic supplement
Sophie has taken pre- & probiotic supplements before – both in capsule and powdered form. When it’s a capsule, she admits she often didn’t take the recommended dose. And she hated the taste of the powdered versions. So when she started with Synbiotic15, she was relieved she liked the taste. While you can mix the powder in a smoothie or yogurt, Sophie doesn’t want to rely on this so taste is very important to her. Now she takes it as is and drinks water with it.
‘It tastes a bit like oats, which is a flavour I really like.’
In general, whether it’s taking a supplement, exercising, or eating healthy: you need to find a way that you enjoy, or else it won’t work. “For me, taking Synbiotic15 is easy and convenient. I enjoy taking it and it’s very practical that it comes in the right dose. I feel great and my bloating throughout the month, whether caused by food or hormones, has decreased a lot. I have a new normal and feel so much better in my skin. If you want to look after your gut, give Synbiotic15 a go. A real go, so it can work for you. When you take a supplement, your body needs time to adjust. So don’t expect results the next day – take it for at least a month and feel the difference.”
‘When you take a supplement, your body needs time to adjust. So don’t expect results the next day – take it for at least a month and feel the difference.’
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