What Do Healthy People Eat: Cris O' Brien, Crossfit Asphodel | Liv


Sum up your food philosophy in a sentence.

My mother taught me to “eat like your grandparents” and you’ll never have an issue – meaning simple food with few, but powerful, ingredients.


What three items do you always have in your fridge?

My fiance and I cook at home a lot, so we usually have a stuffed fridge. If I had to narrow it down I would say choy sum, steamed sweet potatoes and almond butter.


What do you usually have for breakfast?

Two to three whole eggs, a big handful of choy sum, okra and QUOlixer coconut kefir.


What’s your main protein source?

Chicken and fish, and then Nuzest Pea protein for my workout shake.  I don’t eat red meat.


What are your favorite restaurants when eating out?

Grassroots Pantry – and I’m not vegetarian!


What do you eat on cheat day?

Chinese mothers love it when you love their food. I will eat ANYTHING my mother-in-law makes.


Where do you go for a healthy lunch?

Every lunch is a healthy lunch!  Usually I eat at Cedele.  I work in Kwun Tong and there are very few options for healthy food.


What do you eat before and after exercising?

If I don’t have time to eat breakfast, I’ll have at least a yogurt to get a bit of fat and protein. Sometimes I’ll have half of my shake for some added carbs – I add carbs to my shake.


Have you ever done a cleanse? How was it?

My everyday diet is my cleanse! I haven’t ever felt the need to do one honestly, but I don’t think I would handle it very well.


When were you at your least healthy?

I had a low point right after I graduated university and was working long hours in my consulting job. I was close to 90 kilos (I’m currently 75 kilos).  I guess you could also say that I’m the perfect example of how someone can lose weight and get in the best shape of their lives.


What do you snack on when you’re on the move with no time to prepare anything?

Usually I pack an RX bar – they’re great little bars with very few ingredients. Or some nuts.


When was the last time you ate McDonalds?

Does anyone actually eat at McDonalds anymore? I couldn’t tell you.


Last meal on earth: what would it be?

Woah, big question. Indian food is my favorite (second only to mom-in-law’s cooking) and I always overeat it. I would eat an entire buffet myself and make the pallbearer’s life slightly more difficult.