If your home is girt by sea here in Australia, you might recognise our Sporty Sister this week, Liz Cantor from gracing our Channel 7 television screen. There sure is more to this MNB gal and self-confessed water baby than what meets the eye though. Her incredible CV looks a little like this: she currently hosts the Australian Live Gold Lotto, she beat 12 contestants and won the reality TV show ‘The Mole’ in 2005 and with a Bachelor of Communication, Journalism and Meteorology she’s vivaciously presented the weather to us and also dabbled in some on-screen acting. This sporty sister sure can do it all!
Coming from a sporty family, Liz has always been a mover! Sponsored by Billabong through her teenage years and travelling the world as a pro surfer, there isn’t much Liz hasn’t tried. Now, as a TV personality and the editor of Sassy Australia, Liz Cantor’s health and wellness journey is continuing to grow.
We took 5 with this action girl to chat all things health and wellness. Here is your opportunity to get to know your weather woman a little better!
MNB: Hi there, welcome to our humble MNB! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m your true blue Australian beach girl! I love nothing more than getting outside and moving, be it on land or in the ocean. I’m a TV Presenter for Channel 7, hosting the Lotto Draws and often presenting the weather for Seven News. I’m also a presenter on lifestyle shows The Great South East and Creek to Coast. This year I also became the Editor of Sassy Australia. I am super passionate about this website dedicated to sharing the inside scoop on ‘everything’ a girl wants and needs to know.
MNB: So, word in the blogosphere is you …
Used to be a professional surfer. I was sponsored by Billabong through my teenage years and lucky enough to travel the world with the sport. I have great memories of surfing in locations such as Hawaii, Europe, the Maldives and Tahiti.
MNB: Have you always been passionate about healthy living? What was the ‘uh ha’ moment for you…
I come from a very adventurous family. School holidays were spent snow skiing in New Zealand or surfing remote breaks in Indonesia. We were also big on hiking and exploring new areas.
My ‘uh ha’ moment was more so to do with food. I am a massive animal lover and was vegetarian for years. During this time I really struggled with my energy levels and digestion. I’d eat tonnes of fruit trying to be healthy, but was unaware of the sugars I was consuming. I avoided all fats believing this was the way to stay slim. I’d eat diet everything and low fat yoghurt, milk etc. I’m an o+ blood type, which according to eating right for your blood type, is a meat-eater. When I finally started eating meat again on the suggestion of a nutritionist, I was amazed at how much easier it was for me to go to the toilet and how much more energy I had! These days I try to eat to my blood type and ‘listen’ to how my body feels and what I am craving. I try to eat food as close to its natural state as possible; avoiding anything processed. These days I also include healthy fats such as coconut oil and avocados. Since giving diet and low fat products the flick, it’s amazing how much easier I’m finding it to keep weight off! An organic tub of full cream yoghurt will leave you feeling so fulfilled, you won’t be needing more food in half an hour, like you would if you ate a tub of diet yogurt! I also discovered through a blood-prick-test I am intolerant to almonds and flax seeds. This has eliminated a huge amount of bloating I used to suffer.
MNB: What does a typical day of MNB’ing [Move, Nourish, Believing] look like in your world?
I see a personal trainer (Natasha McInnes) once a week. With her I do interval training consisting of sprints, lightweights with high reps. The next day I’ll usually try and head to the pool to do some gentle laps as recovery. I surf and get in the ocean as much as I can! I do yoga on Monday and Wednesdays and try to fit in a Bikram class every now and then. Most of all I love to go on long walks outdoors or runs with my bestie Kara.
MNB: Okay, so if you had to choose…what would be your top 3 ‘can’t live without’ foods of all time!
Corn-chips and guacamole (that’s one food right?), whole green drinking coconuts and papaya (red paw paw).
MNB: What does happiness look like to you?
Myself and a few friends out surfing in tropical, clear blue water with perfect shaped waves just over a metre in size.
MNB: What are your fave LJ pieces to move in?
Lorna Jane Sports Bras are the ONLY bras I’ve found that really prevent uncomfortable bounce – and they look fashionable! I’ve also got these ankle length leggings that are my all time favourite to run in. They have a bright coral Lorna Jane logo down the side and support me in all the right places! They keep me warm in winter and cool in summer.
MNB: What are some healthy snacks we could find stashed in your handbag?
Cashews, prunes, dates, dried figs… and Jazz apples in winter.
MNB: Best advice you have ever been given?
Can I pick two?? “If you want more luck, take more chances; and don’t make assumptions!” and “Be a woman of your word and always respect who you are”.
MNB: Any tips or advice you could give to our readers just starting on their healthy, active journey?
What feels the worst, will feel the best afterward! Not just because of the physical results, but the natural high you receive from pushing past your limits. It’s an actual chemical brain reaction. Going hard will make you a happier person!
MNB: What are some of your best-kept beauty secrets?
Once a week after a shower I will put coconut oil all over my body and through my hair and sleep in it. You wake up so soft and hydrated. I am also a fan of Bio Oil.
MNB: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would be the 3 things you would take?
Terax Original Conditioner, UltraCeuticals 30+ Body and Face moisturiser and my boyfriend Ryan, or maybe Kara, or maybe my dog Bear Grylls. Can I take 3 people/dog instead??
MNB: Any Move, Nourish or Believe tips before we part?
For me nothing knocks weight off quicker than really getting my heart rate pumping and a visual sweat up. I sprint 30 seconds on a treadmill speed of 19, then walk 60 seconds at 4.5. I repeat this 8 times. Your heart rate will be going through the roof by the end of it and you should be done in 25 mins! In terms of nourish, my favourite healthy dinner is spaghetti bolognese, but instead of pasta use a spiral grater to make a base for your mince out of zucchini; ‘Zucchini Noodlnese’ if you will!