Lesley-Ann Brandt, best known for her role as Mazikeen on the hit series, Lucifer is loved for her impeccable portrayal of the demon on the show but in the social world, her followers admire her health and fitness journey. On top of being an actress, she is a mother and wife and we wanted to know just exactly what she does in order to stay in shape and healthy! Tune in as Brandt offers her best advice to those who aspire to live a healthy lifestyle and shares how she is able to juggle all her roles in life!
Why is fitness and health so important to you?
I’ve always been very active. I played a lot of sports throughout school, I like to feel strong. It serves as a dual purpose because it keeps you looking good but more importantly, it makes me feel good. After having my son and working very hard to get back to what I felt like pre-baby, I got a new appreciation for women, our bodies, and what we’re capable of doing. I want to be the healthiest I can be so that I can have as much time with my kid and husband as I can! It’s very humbling when I have other mothers reach out on social media. We so often as mothers forget to take care of ourselves. It makes me feel good!
How are you able to work the long hours as an actress and still make time to workout while remembering to stay healthy?
Wow! It’s a struggle. I have been very open on social media about the fact that I’m terrible on diets! When you tell me I can’t have something, that’s when I want it the most! It’s like that for a lot of people. 80% of the time I’m eating clean and healthy and 20% of the time I allow myself to have what I want. With that being said, I’m not a huge foodie, so its easier for me. I’m the kind of person who eats because if I didn’t I would die, I don’t really think about certain meals I’ve had. My husband, on the other hand, is the complete opposite, he is a huge foodie. In saying that, meal prepping is very helpful. I’ll often make a big meal on a Sunday, I eat mostly vegan, I am vegetarian. As a household, we try to do that at least three to four times a week. We’re lucky in California because there is such a great abundance of great, healthy, clean food available for us. I’ve struggled going on location where that isn’t the case. Food is one thing, being prepared such as meal prepping is another! Not being yourself up if you do sneak something for yourself is okay as long as you hit the gym! The gym or some kind of workout is important because mentally it is important, you feel more fresh and clear when you do. I walk out of working out levitating sometimes (laughs). Try to carve out time even if it’s half an hour. It’s about creating a lifestyle rather than putting yourself on a diet, I think its all about a shift in consciousness.
What advice would you have for someone who would like to become more fit in his or her life?
I would say take it slow and be kind to yourself. Many goals is great and it makes it easier if everyone in the household does it with you. Hopefully, your partner is on board because its no fun to cook clean for one person. Don’t beat yourself up but hold yourself accountable. Keep track of your workout and what you eat. When I was pregnant, I would see such beautiful clothes that I couldn’t wear at the moment but I bought it anyway because my goal was to fit into it! I would have it there as motivation. Take it easy though, there is no race.
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