How She Does It - Kate Parer of Active Truth
Posted on August 29 2017
In our 'How She Does It' series we interview women about how they incorporate active and healthy habits into their lives. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness, so we aim to capture the variety of ways women choose to be active to give you ideas and inspiration on how to live your best active life.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Kate Parer and I’m 40 years old. I live in sunny Brisbane, with my husband and our three beautiful children. I have a background in primary education, but have recently joined the Active Truth team and have been loving every minute of it!
What does active living mean to you?
Active living means living your life to the fullest. Being actively present in every moment of your life. Be it the big, exciting moments that take your breath away, as well as the small, every day routines that are the glue holding everything together. They are all equally important and valuable.
What do you like to do to stay active?
I love yoga, walking and running down by the brook, playing with my children as well as tending to my vegetable garden. I’m also hoping to start some strength training in the near future.
What is your daily or weekly routine (if you have one)?
Every morning, my husband and I sit on our veranda and have a chat over breakfast and a cup of tea. I then get kids ready, do school drop off and head down to the Active Truth office, with my youngest children in tow. Active Truth promote a very flexible work environment that is especially family friendly. After a few hours in the office, we usually head to the park for the kids to burn off some energy. The afternoon is usually spent catching up on household chores, taking children to after school activities and preparing dinner. Every night our whole family sit down at the dining table to enjoy our dinner and share our stories from the day. After the kids are in bed, I love to curl up in bed and read. On weekends, we make an effort to spend one day adventuring. Sometimes we head to the beach, other times we go for a picnic, or visit a museum or art gallery.
What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?
I try to be active everyday. This is not always something structured like a yoga class. Sometimes it is simply going for a walk or playing with the kids at the park. I place great importance on eating healthy food and cooking from scratch. I use natural beauty products and makeup and only clean my home with natural products. A rule I live by is, if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your body. To help me sleep soundly, I don’t use my phone or computer after dinner. I have a warm shower, take a magnesium tablet and then read in bed. I make sure I go to sleep before 9:30pm.
What is your best active living hack?
Get up in the morning early, before the kids wake up, and spend 5-10 minutes deep breathing and meditating. If you have time, try to get out for a brisk walk to help wake yourself up.
What is your favourite healthy meal?
I make a mean Coconut Chicken Soup. It has chicken, coconut milk, fresh ginger, sweet potato, leafy greens (silverbeet, spinach, kale etc.) and lots of coriander in it. I always make sure there are little containers of it in the freezer for a quick healthy lunch.
What challenges do you need to overcome in order to achieve healthy and active living?
I’ve had a number of health challenges over the years, which I am still recovering from. I have had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis for the past 10 years and have recently been diagnosed with Pyrrole Disorder and Adrenal Fatigue. This combination of illnesses, have at times overwhelmed me with unrelenting fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, insomnia and anxiety. However, I have discovered that in order to heal and live vibrantly in the face of autoimmune disease, a whole body approach is necessary. One that combines the best of medical care, with dietary and lifestyle modifications.
What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active?
Reduced anxiety and improved mental health.
Who inspires and motivates you?
Dr Izabella Wentz, Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt have inspired me to be an informed and proactive advocate for my own health.
The Happiness Project book by Gretchen Rubin was a game changer for me. An inspiring read on mindfulness, that encouraged me to live in the moment.
I also really admire Sarah Wilson’s honest and intimate blogs on minimalism, sustainability, toxin-free living and anxiety.
How do you overcome negative thoughts?
Every day I try to write down three things that I am grateful for. I find this helps me to focus on the positives rather than the negatives.
How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?
I find getting out into the fresh air and sunshine makes the world of difference.
What do you do to treat yourself?
I love to sit down somewhere quiet, with a square of Lindt 85% dark chocolate, a cup of tea and my latest home magazine.
Top 3 songs on your workout playlist?
When I’m walking I love to listen to Adore by Amy Shark, My Own Way by Kita Alexander and anything by Busby Marou.