Interviews & Faces

Q & A with Karla Gilbert (@karlagilbert)

MyDeal Team 8/11/2016

Karla Gilbert has just been listed as one of Australia’s up and coming health influencers for 2016. Karla is a lifestyle, food and wellness coach who brings her past as a professional Ironwoman athlete, and present as a mum together in order to inspire and help others live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.On top of running her unique ‘Ironmum’ blog, which offers a variety of recipe ideas, and advice on maintaining that healthy lifestyle that is commonly portrayed on social media, Karla still competes internationally in standup paddle as a team rider for Naish. As she continues to travel the world racing competitively on a world stage and being an inspiration to many, it really makes you question, is there anything Karla can’t do?

What is your name?

My name is Karla Gilbert, OAM

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I became interested in nutrition at a young age mainly due to the fact I was competing at the highest level in the endurance sport of Ironwoman racing winning numerous world and australian titles.

It was a revelation at the time to take responsibility for what I fuel my body with and how it reacted to good quality, nutritious meals after and in between training and racing.

It’s surprising to learn that many athletes think they can eat what they want because of the high energy output but in reality there is another level to achieve if you eat well. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just eating real food is the key.

I still compete internationally in standup paddle as a team rider for Naish and love working as Health Coach (www.karlagilbert.com.au) helping others in becoming mindful around their habits. We are, after all, a sum of our daily habits which is where healthy living begins. In July 2015, I launched my signature 7 week e-course, The Karla Gilbert Method, which has been many months in the making and allows everyone to have access to what I share to my one on one clients. I also inspire others towards healthy living on my blog www.ironmumkarla.com.au.

As a way of reaching out more I conduct healthy cooking workshops around the Gold Coast, as an ambassador for their Active and Healthy program and am a recipe curator for the Hollywell Road Markets on the Gold Coast.

What is the name of your blog?

Ironmum Karla www.ironmumkarla.com.au

How did you get into blogging and what inspired you to start up your blog/ instagram Iron Mum Karla?

Blogging was my way of sharing my knowledge through experience. I think if you have a gift for something it’s your duty to share what you know and pass on what may inspire others. This was in 2010 so here we are 6 years later and still going!

Tell us a bit more about what your social media/ blogs include...

Even though Karla admits to not spending too much time on social media, she realises it is important for businesses growth.

I love to share tips, interesting reads and my adventures through sport and life.

Karla currently has a facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Linkedin account as well as her own webpage and blog.

Do you have any future plans for your blog that our readers can look forward to?

Sharing more of my latest recipes plus I am planning another cookbook to share for athletes to have healthy snacks on hand that are nutritious and energy giving.

We have a lot of busy readers - when you are consistently busy it can be hard to stay on track with your health. What is your advice for not succumbing to junk food or binge eating?

Staying true to your values is a big issue. Humans are programmed to always relate to what is easiest and most energy efficient. That usually means falling back on old habits. Changes towards new habits creates a feeling of effort and unease, which is why being aware of your thoughts and underlying feelings is crucial for long term success. Understanding your why’s with strategies in place while considering your future self is the key to success.


What are your three favourite meals to make when you are short on time?

Oh, for sure my healthy spring rolls, vegetable frittata, and unfried pad thai.

What are 3 simple things that we can incorporate into our lifestyles to get our summer body ready?

Ok so first things first. To improve our body we need to improve our mind. There is no point just haphazardly following a diet plan if you are not addressing the issues around emotional, health, stress etc. Most of us can hold a plan down for a week or so, but once some outside stress enters the picture, kaboom... We fall back into old habits.

For this reason my 3 simple (non-diet) tips are

1. Know your triggers and have strategies in place
2. Consider your future self and don’t act out of instant gratification
3. Teach yourself to cook with healthy recipes you can easily make at home

For those who hate the gym – what can they do for exercise?

Anything that gets us off the couch is good. I love water sports and am not a huge fan of the gym either. Finding something you love doing is the key to following through with a movement based plan. This could be dancing, hiking, cycling, yoga. Just because it worked for someone else does not necessarily mean it will work for you.

Maintaining that healthy lifestyle can be a challenge. But Karla’s lifestyle and wellness webpage aims to inspire the everyday individual, and give advice to those on their journey adapting to positive habits.
With her expertise and first hand experience as an Ironwoman athlete, health and wellness coach and mum, it is no wonder Karla Gilbert has been listed as one of Australia’s up and coming health influencers for 2016. It just goes to show that health really doesn’t have to take a backseat in a busy lifestyle and with Karla’s continuing inspirational blog posts these healthy habits are achievable for anyone.

You can follow Karla at her website Karla Gilbert and on Facebook & Instagram.

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