Mother & Baby talk to New Tricks and ex-Eastenders actress Tamzin Outhwaite about parenting.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
I’m about to begin filming a new series of New Tricks as well as rehearsing for a new play called Di and Viv and Rose, which opens in the West End in January. It will be the busiest I have ever been, so I’m about to start a fitness regime to ensure I’m on top form!
Q: It must be difficult when filming to juggle work and family life. What advice do you have for busy working mums?
My advice would be to not feel guilty; we all know we’re working hard for our kids as well as for ourselves. It’s important to enjoy the time you have with them as it’s very precious. For instance, when I have time off I will hang out with the kids and make sure we do lots of different things. I also really treasure our time together in the mornings before they head off to school.
Q: How has your diet and exercise regime changed since becoming a mum?
I don’t worry about what everybody says as much. I just do what’s right for my body, so I don’t run as much as I did as I find it can affect my knees. I do much more yoga now (particularly hot yoga) and it feels like it works better for my body. My body has changed a lot over the years and I have been all different shapes and sizes. I was probably in the best shape ever on my 40th birthday!
Q: How do you try and promote a healthy lifestyle to your children?
I try extremely hard to make sure we have good, healthy food in the house and marry up what they both like without having too much sugar. My fridge is quite healthy so I do allow a Friday treat because if it’s once a week it doesn’t feel so bad. When I grew up we didn’t have sweets, crisps or chocolate as they simply weren’t in the house - my lunch box was the one with the peeled carrots and cucumbers!
“I try extremely hard to make sure we have good, healthy food in the house”
Q: What three tips would you give to a new mum who wants to make healthier choices?
Don’t give yourself a hard time; we can all get very stressed as a new mum and I think when we stress ourselves out, our kids can pick up on it. Try and let it happen naturally, but if you have good food in the fridge and not too much rubbish around the house then it helps a lot.
Q: How do you start your day?
My kids wake at 6am and that’s always a really lovely time with them. Often, I will put on some music and the three of us will dance around the kitchen as they really love music and dancing. Then we will have some porridge and a juice called Cherry Good, which is a blend of cherries, for breakfast.
Q: What advice did your mum give you that you will pass on to your own children?
My mum is very good at eating non-processed, fresh food. She also juices her vegetables, which I think is a lovely thing to do and she eats a lot of pulses. My mum also avoids eating white bread, white pasta or white rice. She’s extremely healthy and almost completely organic so I try and follow her example and adapt it to fit in with my lifestyle.