Kate Faithfull Williams - Author and Well Being Expert
Kate Faithfull-Williams, 36, lives in London with her husband and their two year old daughter. She studied film and literature at Warwick University and her first job was as an Editorial Assistant at Cosmopolitan Magazine where she had to persuade celebrities to strip for the centrefolds issue. Her first book, co-written with her friend and personal trainer to the stars, Dalton Wong, 'The Feelgood Plan' is out now. It's packed with nutrition tips and 15 minute workouts that make being healthy easy and the foreword is written by Jennifer Lawrence (who we love).
WHAT COLOUR SALT-WATERS DO YOU OWN?
Original Shiny Yellow – they’re a bright burst of sunshine even on a grey British day. Because most of my wardrobe is fairly neutral, my sandals go with everything.
WHERE IS THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACE YOU HAVE WORN THEM?
Where haven’t I worn them? In board meetings, barbecuing on the beach in Wales, on my stand up paddleboard, walking the Alhambra palace gardens in Granada, Spain. Sandals are great for the plane, as your feet can expand and still be comfy.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY FOR YOU?
A typical working day involves waking up about 6:30 when my daughter Indy shouts ‘Mummy! It’s morning time!’ She’s in such a weirdly good mood at the crack of dawn that I’ve become a morning person, even when it’s still dark.
Indy’s obsessed with trains so we play with her wooden railway before her grandparents arrive, during which time I do a warm-up stretch routine – it sets me up for the day. Then we make pancakes using my favourite recipe: thefeelgoodplan.com then I brew a coffee and head upstairs to my office aka the spare room.
I bash out admin for the first hour, then write until lunchtime. A 15-minute workout (check out www.thefeelgoodplan.com/fitness for all the videos) gets my appetite going for lunch. I usually eat a jazzed up version of last night’s dinner. Wrapping it in a corn tortilla, serving it on a bed of salad, switching the sauce or adding stock and blending into soup breathes new life into leftovers.
I try to keep meetings to a minimum and persuade clients into a walk-and-talk rather than sitting around a table – movement helps ideas flow and speeds up the whole process. My goal is to be sitting at the kitchen table for dinner with Indy around 5:30pm, so I’m always in a rush to check off my to-do list.
Bathtime involves a lot of ducks and splashing, then stories with our two cats Minnie and Mo cuddled up on Indy’s bed. After that wind-down routine I’m pretty much ready for bed myself, though I’m easily persuaded to watch an hour of TV with my husband John-Rhys in the evening. Our Sky+ is full of really highbrow shows like Made In Chelsea, Modern Family and Scandal. Don’t judge!
Sleep is my biggest luxury, so I’m happily in bed by 9:30pm. My 20-something self would be horrified, but I love early nights now.
AS A FITNESS GURU ARE YOU ALLOWED ANY GUILTY PLEASURES?
So many! But I don’t feel guilty about them – food is one of life’s great pleasures. The key is to appreciate every treat – that’s my trick - not scoffing to the point I feel sick. So, to list a few pleasures: eating straight from the peanut butter jar, chocolate and raisin pannetone, freshly-baked bread, Hendriks gin with cucumber and tonic.
WHAT ARE THE LATEST TRENDS IN EXERCISING?
Instead of going to the gym because you have to or you want to get a certain look, there’s a big shift in exercising to ease stress and anxiety. We’re aware that being fit makes us feel good, gives us headspace and develops inner strength – it’s no surprise GPs are prescribing exercise over pills.
WHERE'S THE BEST WORK OUT IN LONDON AT THE MOMENT?
I love guerrilla gyms. The best thing about London is that you’re never far from a green space. I design a circuit around a park bench, including step-ups, push-ups and planks. I like Barre and Pilates classes at Heartcore. I also love to hang out at Twenty-Two Training, my co-author Dalton Wong’s boutique gym, in a Kensington mews house.
WHERE WAS YOUR LAST HOLIDAY?
To Finca Las Nogueras, in a tiny Andalucian village called Alcaucin. It’s perched on the side of La Maroma mountain in the Sierra Tejeda national park, and it’s covered with mosaic tiles like the Alhambra. There’s a pool, outdoor kitchen, vines, avocado trees and plenty of hammocks, so it’s really relaxing.
WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE IN YOUR FRIDGE?
Ginger, peanut butter, lemon, blueberries, cucumber and spinach to throw into my Nutribullet. Plus cooked chicken, salmon and hard-boiled eggs which make it easy to put together a simple healthy meal in two minutes flat. I recently worked out I’d saved nearly £20,000 over my working life by preparing lunchboxes.
BUSY WORKING MUMS ARE FOREVER ON THE LOOKOUT FOR FRESH & HEALTHY MEALS THAT CAN BE THROWN TOGETHER IN MINUTES - WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE?
Omelette roll-ups with cheese, avocado, tomato, watercress and rocket. Looks fancy, takes literally five minutes to make. Just beat eggs to cook a basic omelette, then roll up your ingredients and tuck in.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY
Cycle along the river to Barnes Farmers’ Market with the family in the morning, stop for coffee, then home for a big roast. Shoulder of lamb is my favourite, accompanied by roast sweet potatoes, red cabbage, spring greens, buttery peas, and lots of gravy. And we’ll definitely open a nice bottle of red if we’ve got friends over.
Kate’s book The Feelgood Plan is available on Amazon, via www.thefeelgoodplan.com