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The Sowelu Sisterhood is about introducing you to some inspiring ladies in the health, fitness and wellness industry. 
This week we are thrilled to introduce you to Mel Budreika, personal trainer, life lover and owner of Vitality Room Walkerville. 

What started your health and wellness journey / passion?

I was always a sporty kid and so naturally my keen interest in health and fitness took me down the path of helping out others with their fitness.
I have been in the fitness Industry since 2006 and since that time have worked here there and everywhere either for myself or at various gyms, studios and health spas both here in Adelaide and overseas. By working in a variety of places it really opened my eyes up to how disconnected a lot of the industry was when it came to movement for all types of people, not just the fit types. This more or less propelled the idea of ‘Vitality Room’ to come to life. I used what I liked about the industry, what I didn’t and then tied it all together to create a place where not only I would be content, but a place where people from all walks of life could feel comfortable and accepted in and around exercise.

What one health, diet or fitness rule do you live by?

Everything in moderation! We are only human and I believe we were meant to enjoy ourselves. Life is simply too short to be worrying about a crazy new fad diet or living by the scales. Healthy to me is so much more than diet and exercise. To me, the mind is also a huge part and should be looked after in the same way.

What tips do you have for staying healthy on a budget?

Plan your week ahead. This doesn’t have to mean cooking up all of your meals on a Sunday and freezing them for the week, rather just plan ahead, buying only what you need for the week. In doing this I find there is no room to mess up, you are able to save money if you shop once instead of every night and there is little food wastage.

What is the biggest health and wellness industry misconception that you are constantly myth busting?

That fit looks a certain way or shape. It doesn’t! I have many clients with all different shapes and sizes and they are all strong and fit in their own way. A lot of this has to with the media and although there is improvement, I feel that there is still a long way to go with this.

What are your go to meals / snacks when you’re super busy?

I love fresh salads. I whip mine up in less than 10 minutes if I am at home in a break. Or it might be some scrambled eggs, tomato and avocado. You can’t go wrong with a smoothie packed full of veg and protein or a handful of nuts to curb the hunger if you are too busy to stop. (Although I am never too busy to eat☺)

How do you contribute to the health and wellness of those around you?

I try to be a good example. My friends and family know that if I am cooking, it will be something quite healthy! I also like to ask my clients what they are eating for the day which works well in classes too as it sparks positive food discussion amongst the group.

Do you routinely supplement? Why and what?

I take an adult multivitamin as well as a shot of liquid minerals mixed with water daily. I try to take a probiotic a couple of times a week too.

What would a day in your diet diary look like?

I try to drink a couple of glasses of water as soon as I wake up and continually hydrate throughout the day. My meals are generally full of colour and texture. I eat a lot of fresh salads and vegetables, nuts and legumes. Breakfast would be usually eggs with some vegies or maybe toast. Salad for lunch with legumes, cheese or falafel and something similar for dinner perhaps fish, quiche or a stir-fry.

What is your favourite wellness tip?

Water! Drinks lots of it!

Who are your wellness hero’s?

I love anyone who will tell is like it is and not pretend to be perfect all the time because we can’t possibly be. Social media and the fitness scene in particular is huge for allowing people to appear perfect which is concerning as it can be very easy to become caught up and compare yourself to another if you aren’t careful.

Busting to know more about Mel and Vitality Room? Visit Vitality Room online here