What Do Healthy People Eat: Esther Ma | Liv

Esther Ma, competitive runner and swimmer, PR agency owner and mum of two.

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Sum up your food philosophy in a sentence.

You are what you eat so eat well, feel good, and live long.

What three items do you always have in your fridge?

Soda water, milk for my coffee and a packet of pumpkin seeds.

What do you usually have for breakfast?

I don’t have much for breakfast. Coffee with milk, plus yogurt or a banana.

What are your favourite restaurants when eating out?

Hotshot at The Pulse for kale salad, tacos, mint iced tea and their bloody mary; Rozan Japanese for sushi, oysters and uni; and Grassroots Pantry for their signature salad and their couscous.

What do you eat on cheat day?

Dorito chips with salsa and two sips of my daughter’s milkshake.

Where do you go for a healthy lunch?

Anywhere with salad and a bloody mary. Hotshot has a great one, as does Amalfitana pizzeria at The Pulse.

When were you at your least healthy?

At  Vinexpo, which took place last month. I went to wine dinners five consecutive evenings and drank at least four different wines each night.

What’s one thing you wished people knew about diet and nutrition?

Don’t just blindly diet by starving yourself. Eat smart, eat frequently in small portions, drink lots of water, and eat good fats such as avocado and olive oil for good nutrition.

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

Saltines, grapes and a slice of cheese.

When was the last time you ate McDonalds?

Five months ago with my daughters. I had a fish burger.

Last meal on earth: what would it be?

A seven-course gourmet meal that is my signature. I also love to show my love for my family through cooking.