Staying in shape can be challenge. Staying in shape while traveling can be especially grueling ... just ask first-year SI Swimsuit model Danielle Herrington. We caught up with the Compton native to discuss dieting, cheat meals and staying in shape while traveling on the road.
Sports Illustrated: Would you say, overall, you're a healthy eater?
Danielle Herrington: I am naturally very muscular, so a big part of me staying in shape is food and eating well. I run a lot, which makes me really hungry so I have to make sure I eat well to stay in shape and keep my energy up.
SI: You travel a lot for your job. Do you find it harder to eat healthy when you’re on the road?
DH: It's definitely harder. The food you're used to isn't always there and it's easy to be lazy and just eat whatever you can. The one thing I do now [while traveling] is pack some of my own foods so it’s healthier and I know it'll be there when I want it.
SI: I'm know it's hard to eat healthy 100 percent of the time, especially when traveling. Do you have a favorite cheat meal while on the road?
DH: I love pizza and tacos. Bacon barbeque burgers are great, too.
SI: Do you ever feel gross or guilty afterward? if you eat a pizza or something?
DH: Honestly, I work hard enough that if I do have a cheat day or moment, I don’t get too upset about it.
SI: You love to run, which you've said is a great form of exercise while traveling. Do you eat differently if you know you're going for a long run?
DH: It depends on how I’m feeling in the morning. Sometimes I'll eat a bigger meal or I'll eat an egg white omelet. Most of the runs I do are 15-minute interval runs so I want to make sure I have enough energy to complete them.
SI: What's your favorite healthy meal to eat on the road?
DH: Cauliflower mash. It's perfect for lunch or dinner, on the road or at home. It's just boiled cauliflower mashed up with garlic, salt and pepper. You can add butter also. I love it because it reminds me of mashed potatoes.
SI: Do you eat desert?
DH: I’m not really a big desert person. If I’m really craving something sweet, honestly I'll just eat some candy, but I don’t like cake or ice cream or anything like that.
SI: You mentioned how much you love candy, which I know can be tempting on the road. What’s your candy of choice?
DH: I really, really like red licorice. It's my weakness.
SI: Did you always eat well growing up?
DH: I used to eat anything and everything. Candy and chips—literally anything.
SI: Did you have a moment when you said you should stop?
DH: When I got to New York, I cleaned up my diet. It’s hard to start but after you do it for a while, you like the healthy snacks.
SI: We've talked a lot about what you eat while traveling. Do you have a favorite restaurant when you're home in NYC?
DH: Chalk Point Kitchen. It's really good and they have organic mixed drinks. It's definitely my favorite.