Kevin Curry started FitMenCook to build a community and enthusiasm for healthy eating. He ‘cracked the code’ on his own body and wanted to share his meals so that others would do the same, sharing stories and philosophies to grow and improve together. We caught up with Kevin to find out more about how he spends his time, his health philosophies, and some golden tips and advice.
C&J: We love your message “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.” How much time do you spend in the kitchen vs in the gym?
KC: When I'm not "incubating" recipes and just preparing my meals in advance for my diet and training, I spend about 3-4 hours in the kitchen every 3 days and 1.5 hours in the gym daily so it is nearly a 50-50 split. Since I've been incubating a lot more recently, I spend about 5 hours daily in the kitchen, roughly 1 hour in the gym and 45 minutes performing cardio by taking my dog on long walks.
C&J: Your recipe and video library must be a revolution for a lot of gym lovers, what do you think it is about your approach that gets followers hooked?
KC: I think it is a combination of things. For one, I try to make my meals interesting yet simple. People do not have to be trained chefs to make my meals, nor do they have to be mature foodies. I use common food items and prepare them in different ways so they are inviting and not intimidating. Secondly, my meals are relatively inexpensive and can be easily customized to meet budgets and dietary restrictions. There's no sense in posting food to try if the majority of people cannot afford to try it. I have been financially strapped before so I learned how to use creativity to stretch every penny. Thirdly, I think people also appreciate my open content approach. The reality is there are tons of free healthy recipes out there on the Internet. But, people can visit FitMenCook.com or my social media properties to find quick inspiration for their weekly meals so it streamlines the search process. Lastly, I try to make healthy eating fun by "bringing a workout atmosphere" to the kitchen.
C&J: What’s your favourite kitchen gadget?
KC: It's a close race between my blender and veggie spiralizer, but I'm going to give the edge to the spiralizer. Especially since I misplaced it and drove around the city for 2 hours looking for a replacement. Suffice to say, I'm mildly obsessed with it. This little gadget has gotten this "steak & potatoes" guy into eating an abundance of raw veggies and actually enjoying them! By allowing me to make my own veggie pasta and noodles, my creativity to make different dishes has increased, along with my raw veggie consumption.
C&J: Tell us, which are your top three post-workout foods?
KC: Top post-workout foods have to be the following:
- Tuna, egg whites, brown rice or quinoa, spinach and mozzarella cheese. Add in your own spices and your muscles will be screaming for more.
- Flank steak, grilled asparagus, loaded sweet potato topped with granola and berries.
- Turkey Chilli-stuffed sweet potato.
C&J: What is your experience of using superfoods? Do they make a difference to your fitness results?
KC: Absolutely. Admittedly, I was a little skeptical in the beginning but now I am a firm believer. I've had the most success and feel a difference using superfoods: (1) before my morning "fasted" cardio session, (2) in the afternoon when I need an energy boost, and (3) after exercise to help my body/muscles begin to recover. My favourite stack: Organic Burst Maca, Organic Burst Spirulina, Organic Burst Baobab.
C&J: Thanks Kevin! I don’t know about you, but we're going to rush home and spiralize some veggies.