If you’ve ever heard of the Beachbody brand, you’ll know their trainers have a cult-like following. It’s easy to see they’ve made their mark on pop culture fitness, with famous trainers like P90x’s Tony Horton, or Shaun T.
Beautiful, petite powerhouse Autumn Calebrese is one of these Beachbody celebrity trainers on the rise. With her mantra of portion control and consistent exercise, she has not only helped thousands of people lose weight, but also change their lives.
Autumn is all about forming good habits. With her 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme programs, Autumn bases these regimen on the premise that it takes 21 Days to form a habit. With her new cookbook, Fixate, she also reinforces the idea that portion control doesn’t have to come with the sacrifice of enjoyment.
We wanted to learn a little more, so this month we got the chance to sit down with Autumn and ask her about her new cookbook, her new regimen and how she balances it all.
What’s especially important is enforcing mindful eating with children, and taking steps to combat childhood obesity.
BWB: You mentioned you’re from a big family that’s heavily involved in the food industry. Having seen a little bit behind the scenes, do you feel like the growing popularity of the foodie culture encourages mindful eating?
I do. It’s getting there slowly. What’s especially important is enforcing mindful eating with children, and taking steps to combat childhood obesity. I think we still have a long way to go and a lot to learn on this front.
BWB: As you launch your cookbook, prepare for the release of The Master’s Hammer & Chisel later this fall, and continue on your tour, you are constantly on the go! How do you fit your workouts in?
I have to, just for mental sanity! I’m a single mom, so to take care of my little guy, I need to make sure I take care of myself.
Look at ballerinas! You won’t get bulky if you build muscle.
BWB: In The Master’s Hammer & Chisel workout, your routine is “the chisel” to Beachbody trainer Sagi Kalev’s “hammer.” Sagi is also the creator of the Body Beast workout. Can we use this workout to get leaner and not as big?
It’s a myth that building muscle necessarily makes you bulky. Look at ballerinas! You won’t get bulky if you build muscle; it’s a functional lifting program that builds lean muscle and burns fat.
BWB: Let’s talk about your new cookbook, Fixate. How did you come up with the recipes to include?
The recipes come from all over. My family is in the Italian restaurant business, my older brother is a chef, so I only include homemade recipes. My older brother helped me transform the family recipes, like the Shadone pie — which is an Italian Easter pie, usually with ham and cheese — or Grandma’s meatballs. And obviously, with a big Italian family, I have to have pasta! But I make the recipes fit with nutritional choices. For example, I love pasta, and I wouldn’t want to eliminate it from my diet, so I just have quinoa pasta.
I knew I had to include a recipe for brownies. My son helped me taste test a lot of brownie recipes – he’s my gage of approval.
BWB: Did you have any other favorite foods you sought out healthy alternatives for?
I’m a big dessert girl, so I knew I had to include a recipe for brownies. My son helped me taste test a lot of brownie recipes – he’s my gage of approval. The final recipe had to taste good to him. I ended up making the brownies in Fixate with chickpeas and cocoa. I was also dead set on including chicken and waffles in Fixate, so I included a recipe of oven-fried chicken with protein waffles.
BWB: Yum! We can’t wait to try out both those recipes. You mentioned your son had a say in the brownie recipes. Was he involved in the process for anything else?
Yes, And there are great pictures of us cooking together in the book. We love to experiment in the kitchen together. With the portion control system of Fixate and 21 Day Fix, kids love getting involved in the containers. They’re fun, they’re cool looking and it’s a great way to start a dialogue with your children about what you’re doing and why. Hopefully they’ll start to mimic these new, healthy habits.
Also, I find it most convenient for myself and for all women on the go to cook breakfast and dinner, eating what’s left for lunch.
BWB: One of the great things about Fixate is that it’s realistic about its ingredients, working with what most people have, and suggesting portions that wouldn’t create leftovers.
Yes! I’m a big fan of figuring out ways to use all the ingredients you have and not letting anything go to waste. Salads are great for tossing in those additional veggies or garnishes. Also, I find it most convenient for myself and for all women on the go to cook breakfast and dinner, eating what’s left for lunch.
BWB: Do you have any last tips for those trying to slowly make a change towards a healthy lifestyle?
Clean eating is a must. And there’s no need to go crazy; I don’t believe in removing anything from your diet unless there is a very specific reason for it, and I don’t support diet trends. My mantra is, “Let’s do it in moderation.” I call it the 90/10 philosophy. If you’re eating healthy 90% of the time, it’s ok to indulge in that 10%. Don’t overdo it but also don’t cut that yummy taste of chocolate cake out completely. Be true to yourself and your goals.