Svetlana’s 5 Fitness Questions with Vancouver Star Food Reporter Erin Ireland

1. Tell us about yourself (i.e.. profession, accomplishments etc.)

After graduating from Winthrop University in South Carolina, where I played NCAA Division 1 volleyball for four years, I moved home to Vancouver and began my career in broadcasting. The two years I spent working at CTV were crucial to my development as a broadcaster. I met so many wonderful people there who became friends, but who also helped propel my career.

I realized that news wasn’t my passion, so moved on to entertainment news. An opportunity hosting ‘FMA Entertainment Weekly’ (FMA stands for fashion, music, art), arose. I ended up hosting the show for three seasons.

During this time, I realized that my favorite interviews involved chefs and restaurants. Food had always been a passion, but it was at this time that I realized I needed to give it my complete focus.

Soon after, I began writing a bi-monthly column for Vancouver View Magazine called, ‘To Die For Face’ (a term I’ve coined that signifies ‘that face we all make at the taste of to die for food’), and subsequently, a weekly column called, ‘Lunch Rush’ for Metro Newspaper. Recently, I’ve begun reporting about these food adventures on Vancouver’s Entertainment Talk Show, Urban Rush.

Another main goal is to develop a line of products under my brand: ‘It’s To Die For’ http://itstodie4.com. My signature item is banana bread. Currently, I’m interviewing bakers who will produce the bread, hopefully for distribution to Vancouver’s two Whole Foods locations.



2. What role does fitness play in your life? What are your future goals?

Fitness plays a huge role in my life. Without it, I’d probably be double the size I am now. Food is one of my main passions in life and I love to indulge. Working out allows me to do this, while remaining a healthy size 4. I run most days of the week, which is also a great stress-reliever. During these times, I brainstorm my next food column.

As for future goals, I’ve considered training for marathons. For now, I simply plan to maintain my current physical condition.

3. Who/what inspires you to be the best you can be?

My boyfriend Darren. He is the healthiest person I know, leading an extremely balanced lifestyle of work, play, indulgence, and moderation. As for female role models, you inspire me, Svetlana. You’ve been the perfect running partner and given me amazing motivation. I remember watching your first WBFF show and feeling as though a switch inside me had been turned on. Motivation to work out and eat very healthfully poured into me after seeing your incredibly toned, fit, beautiful body on stage. Knowing you and seeing your determination makes it easier for me to believe that I can do it, too.

4. What is your favorite healthy meal? What is your favorite exercise/activity?

Favorite healthy meals:
Breakfast: my special cereal concoction made of all-bran or oatmeal, baked bananas, frozen blueberries, lots of cinnamon, soy yogurt, soy milk, and chocolate protein powder — it’s like dessert.

Lunch: a big salad with lots of protein: chicken, shrimp, tofu; also, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, goat cheese, and avocado. Dressing: lemon juice, balsamic and a bit of olive oil.

Dinner: barbecued chicken and lots of vegetables, smothered in chopped garlic and fresh rosemary, misted with olive oil: asparagus, onion, peppers, and kobacha squash are my usuals.

Dessert: baked banana, dark chocolate, and almonds.

5. What is something most people don’t know about you?;)

While playing volleyball in university, I weighed 155 lbs and was often confused as a bodybuilder. As a freshman, I was given the nickname ‘Jeter’ and it stuck. No one knew my real name until my senior year when I insisted on being referred to as Erin. To this day, if I pick up the phone and hear, ‘Hi, is this Jeter?’, I know it’s one of my former teammates.

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