SPROUT Spotlight | Jayce Love-Attard from Train Holistic
Welcome back to SPROUT Spotlight (gosh it’s been a while- apologies!). A chance for me to introduce to you some special people who have truly inspired me and motivated me to keep encouraging and inspiring others. In a world where we often see so much hate and violence, it’s always refreshing to remember that there are some truly awesome humans still sprinkling the good stuff around!
Today I want to introduce to you a yoga practising, whole food eating, deep sea diving and F45 training champion- Jayce Love-Attard. I first “met” this seriously fit dude the old fashioned way- through Instagram ;).
I’m not exactly sure how I stumbled upon him, but I instantly became obsessed with his shots of super yummy, yet simple whole foods, his awesome strength & flexibility poses and his emphasis on life balance and mindful living. Jayce is a refreshing twist to the usual “gym junkie” dudes we all know too well, who places just as much emphasis on his nutrition and mental state as he does on his physical training.
1. How many years young are you and what do you do?
I am 24 years of age and I am currently a serving member of the Royal Australian Navy as a Trainee Clearance Diver. In my spare time, I am a personal trainer and a passionate lifestyle, health and wellness coach.
2. I LOVE that you represent the dudes in what is often a female saturated “health blogging” world! A lot of guys I know think they have to smash the carbs and protein shakes to get fit. You stick to your whole foods and natural sources (which I LOVE!). Why do you eat the way you do?
Over-time and with self-exploration I found that eating the standard Western diet was only holding back my health and wellness progression. Eating primal, wholefoods provides the optimum opportunity for us to heal, repair, energize and be happy!
3. What does wellness mean to you?
True wellness to me means connecting yourself with every element of health and fitness including nutrition, exercise and mindfulness in order to achieve a state of contentment with how you exist in the present moment.
4. Can you tell us a bit more about Train Holistic?
Train Holistic began as a passion of mine in exploring different facets nutrition and exercise that worked for me in terms of improving performance and aiding recovery. It seemed like a natural progression and a positive, worthwhile use of my own time to begin to share the knowledge from research and trial and error that I had picked up on my own journey. In this way, the goal or vision for Train Holistic is to provide a solid platform and accessible resource for like-minded people to begin or continue to tweak, improve on and progress with their own health and wellness journeys. The website and other social media related to Train Holistic is intended to provide a useful base for people of all lifestyle backgrounds, physical ability and nutritional standpoints.
5. You combine a lot of HIT (F45) training with Yoga as well, do you find that the discipline and combination of strength and flexibly in yoga helps the other areas of your training?
For sure! When I began to incorporate yoga into my lifestyle about 3 years ago, the progression began to occur 10 fold in all other areas of life. I actually realised that I didn’t really know how to breathe properly until I began practicing yoga. The ability to connect the movement of the body with the breath, as well as the improvements in mobility, flexibility and body awareness that yoga provides is a defining factor in my training.
6. Mental health is just as important as physical health and I know you practise a lot of mindfulness and self appreciation. What sorts of things do you do to keep your mental health in check?
Meditation, mindful eating, yoga and mindful breathing (I think appreciating ‘alone time’ or at least a few moments of solitude a week in general allows me to keep my mental health in check).
7. What’s a non-negotiable in your daily routine?
Movement, movement, movement. (and I do love a coffee.)
8. Favourite meal to cook?
I couldn’t decide between slow cooked lamb shanks or coconut green chicken curry.
9. Food or health/wellness idol?
I think Pete Evans is doing great things bringing large scale awareness to the negative impacts of societies current way of life with poor, uninformed food choices and lack of movement. At the same time he also provides people with ways to make the change (Paleo or not Paleo) to a more active and nutrition educated pathway.
10. Favourite quote?
“Man can’t discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”.
Get in touch with Jayce
Website: Train Holistic