Routine is important and whilst our lives are ridiculously
busy, we aim to eat breakfast together as a family daily. It’ll
be oatbran porridge, my version of pancakes, toast and peanut
I make sure that their food is presented with speed but also a
great dollop of fun. To get my four-year-old to eat porridge, I
used sugar-free popping candy and sprinkles and then I weaned
her off – but you’ll see on my Instagram page @figuremagician
that every brekkie is fun and beautiful as kids eat with their
I’ve taught my children that nothing is off limits and that
everything in balance, is healthy. We always have popcorn, ice
cream and chocolate in the house – and not the organically
virtuous alternatives. We eat the real deal, when it’s worth
So just like mine, the diet they eat (and we never use the word
‘diet’ at home) is a balance of meals based on my method, with
extra healthy carbs for them.
Around 30 per cent of the time they’ll eat burgers and all the
things that their friends eat. I’m very passionate about this
but I deliver it in a relaxed way so they just naturally eat in
balance. Our birthdays mean we snuggle up in bed with tea and
Toblerone opening presents.
Louise Parker has her own weight loss programme: The Louise
More recently, as I think it’s important to educate, so I talk
about what’s in the food and why something’s good for
We’d almost become too precious about talking about it. So very
recently when I felt the time was appropriate or if they asked
me why someone was extremely overweight, I’d explain, gently
and without judgment, that some people maybe don’t understand
what foods are healthy or they aren’t able to exercise and
move. I tell them that if you make unhealthy choices all the
time, your body gets unfit and unhealthy and that’s not good
for your heart and health.
But I don’t judge. Weight issues are complex. So they know that
Kit Kats are fine but just not for every day.
Saying that, they probably have a little treat daily – but I
never call it a treat. I don’t want them to associate food with
I speak confidently about my body, even on days that I really
don’t feel my best. Being girls, we all love clothes, so
they’ll either comment ‘You look so pretty, Mummy’ or ‘Wow you
look just like Granny!’ (and then I do a quick change, sorry
My point is that you should always receive the compliment and
say thank you and sometimes I’ll slip in that I really like how
I look today. I don’t want to breed narcissists either – but
it’s a balance.
I tell them I like my body and when I’m exercising at home they
know I do it to stay strong and never ‘lean’. That word just
doesn’t come up – despite it being emblazed all over my
We never talk about weight loss or weight gain, despite the
company we run – it’s all in the wording. My husband and I are
careful about the words we use.
We don’t comment on someone’s size or appearance beyond Granny
having pretty shoes. The ‘D word’ just doesn’t come up and I
can only really hope that by setting a healthy example, they’ll
We don’t own scales at home and I’d strongly recommend not
weighing yourself in front of children and never speak
negatively about yourself. Lie if you have to and it may even
help you feel better too.