I find Lite n' Easy particularly suits my lifestyle as an athlete – easy, good nutrition which fuels my training and supports performance.
Because of my disability, I have trouble with coordination and cannot safely handle knives. I live independently from my family and used to have my support worker do food prep for me. Often times there wasn’t enough food because I train so much I am forever hungry. Now I can be independent and prepare my own meals to eat what I feel like, whenever I want.
For about $20-$30 per week, I have dinner sorted! I choose my own dinners and my dad helps me put my order in. I particularly love the Fresh Chilled Dinner range and all the wraps from Lite n’ Easy.
The salads and wraps are great to take to training and eat on the go. I also order frozen meals so I can have them at any time, particularly the high-protein dinners. I can quickly grab them out of the freezer and heat them up in the microwave when I get back from training.
As background, I am 39 years old and once was a professional chef. Then 14 years ago, a virus attacked my cerebellum and left me physically disabled, basically needing to learn to walk and talk again from scratch. I walk with the assistance of a walker and the first few years were difficult as I adjusted to my new life.
Then I discovered swimming, and everything changed. I swam for nearly eight years and was Queensland State champion in my category.
These days I have swapped over to All Abilities-Cross Fit and still actively pursue sports to maintain mobility and better mental health.
My neurologist supports all my physical pursuits because the fitter I am, the better overall health outcomes I have.
I enjoy being an inspiration to many young disabled athletes whether at the pool or at the gym and would love to be a coach myself one day.