Ex-Silver Fern Anna Stanley on healthy eating and the World Masters Games

by Jennifer Bowden / 17 April, 2017

Anna Stanley.

The ex-Silver Ferns captain will be one of about 25,000 people taking part in the World Masters Games in Auckland. “The competitive streak never goes away,” Stanley says. “However, I think we’ll be getting by with Voltaren more than anything during the Games.”

Are you returning to your athletic roots by competing in the 4 x 400m relay, as well as netball, at the Games?

Yes, I started running when I was five, when I made my first Canterbury representative team at the Colgate Games. I ran competitively until I became a Silver Fern at 18. I held Canterbury under-16 and under-18 400m and 800m records.

What’s a favourite childhood food memory?

Fish and chips on Tuesdays on our way home from athletics club night. I still remember our family order – doughnuts and pineapple rings were a hit in our household.

Is healthy eating a priority for you?

Absolutely. This country’s obesity statistics are appalling. Now that I’m a mother, I’d like to think I’m passing on good nutrition advice and am a role model for my children when it comes to healthy eating.

Describe your lifestyle.

I keep relatively fit by exercising three to four times a week, when I can fit it with being a working mother of three. We enjoy the outdoors, have a boat and love taking the kids fishing, water-skiing or sea-biscuiting.

What did you eat for breakfast and lunch today?

Two soft-boiled eggs and coffee for breakfast and salmon sushi and an apple for lunch.

What’s your typical evening meal?

We use Nadia Lim’s My Food Bag service for three days every second week. I love Nadia days as I don’t have to think about what to cook when I come home from work. It’s usually a tasty meat and vegetable dish the whole family enjoys.

What happens when you dine with other people?

If we go somewhere quite fancy and my husband [ex-All Black Jeremy Stanley] is worried that he might look like he overeats somewhat, which is a regular occurrence, he has a meal at home before we go out. He often hears people say, “Oh, I thought you would be a bigger eater.” Little do they know he was on his second meal of the evening.

World Masters Games 2017, Auckland, April 21-30.

This column was first published in the April 22, 2017 issue of the New Zealand Listener. Follow the Listener on Twitter, Facebook and sign up to the weekly newsletter.

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