todd in hot air balloon

Meet Todd. He's a broadcast engineer I met in my radio days and he absolutely oozes with a contagious passion for nourishing food and fitness.

todd in hot air balloon

What do you do for a living?

I work as a broadcast engineer for a couple of Perth radio stations.

Most people haven’t always followed a healthy fitness and nutrition regime. How did you get into living a healthier lifestyle, or was it part of your upbringing?

My parents were always quite good with healthier options and making sure that fruit and veg was a big part of our everyday diet growing up. However, it wasn't until early to mid twenties that it really clicked for me. My personal trainer and good friend introduced me to superfoods which sparked me to do an insane amount of research and changed my life forever. I was already eating quite healthily but started to introduce things like chia seeds, goji berries, bee pollen, maca powder, mushroom extracts and quite a few more superfoods and supergreens to my everyday diet.

It took quite a while though to find a good balance of superfoods, clean eating and training to realise what worked best for me.

What are your guiding nutrition principles when it comes to day-to-day eating for you?

I generally eat plenty of raw food (80% is my goal each day). Things like cut up carrot, cucumber, celery etc are great snacks and are so much cheaper and better than a lot of the "healthy" snack bars out there. I have plenty of fruit each morning and get good fats from things like avocado and nuts and seeds.

There's also nothing better than a boss salad for lunch with a good variety of colour!!

I tend to graze most of the day though rather than just having breakfast, lunch and dinner.

ed's note: Todd is the resident green smoothie king over at the stations and from what I know, has converted plenty of colleagues!

What sort of exercise do you do and how often?

It took me a couple of years to really understand what worked for me and what my true goals were. Like most guys I just wanted to be 'big' and push weights. However, I soon realised that being 'fit' is more important and that meant incorporating a lot more core work, endurance training and strength training in all muscle groups.

At the moment I'm doing 1-2 heavier weight sessions a week as well as running, intense core sessions and plenty of bodyweight exercises to try and balance out the muscles that still need plenty of work.

Plus I've always been quite restricted in my hips/lower back so yoga and stretching is a big part of my routine.

What do you do to relax and unwind?

Usual stuff really. Funny movies, playing guitar and enjoy the sun when it's out.

A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone that has helped you re-focus your mind?

I occasionally meditate which is helpful in focusing your mind and letting go of any issues that you may be facing. However, I think the best thing is really to be so positive in my own day-to-day life that it rubs off on those around me.

I'd say everyone should have a positive approach to every day and love everyone in their life so they can get the most out of their own life :)

A great thing I did was made a pin-up board of motivation in my room. That way every day when I wake up I see these pics and phrases and immediately start thinking about the positive things I'll be doing that day to help get closer to these goals.

ed's note: Pinterest and Instagram are great places for inspiration & motivation if you need somewhere to start!

Name three things that make you happy.

Exercise - no better feeling than collapsing after a workout knowing you pushed yourself to failure.

Quality time with friends and family is a definite.

Thirdly I'd say everything else in my life, sorry I can't narrow it down to just 3 things haha

Name three health/food/fitness/wellness products you’ve been diggin’ lately.

I've been loving my elevation mask lately. It's essentially a mask that simulates higher elevations (from 3,000ft to 18,000ft) to increase the intensity of workouts and endurance sessions, and man it works well!!

The Luvju raw chocolate bars have been a favourite of mine for a while. They're completely raw and healthy (in moderation of course) and are perfect for when I haven't had time to make my own raw chocolate.

Thirdly I've been experimenting with different salad dressings. I'm loving cold pressed extra virgin walnut oil and have been blending up things like tomatoes, cucumber, the walnut oil and hemp seeds to create my own dressing that doesn't contain any additives etc like you'd see in store bought dressings.

What is your guilty food pleasure?

To be honest I've managed to get rid of most bad foods from my diet and haven't been craving them.

One thing I love to have now and again (which isn't too guilty) is toast. Usually with avocado, poached eggs, sea salt and olive oil. Or with banana and raw honey.

Are there any popular fitness, nutrition or health “trends” you’d like to see disappear?

I think that the whole '20 minute abs' adverts you often see on TV are a bit ridiculous. So many of the commercial brands lead people to believe that they can be 'model' fit by doing a few sit-ups. Which isn't really fair on people's self esteem and can lead to them quitting for good if quick results aren't achieved.

But at the end of the day I'd say each to their own. It's up to the individual to do some research and find out what's going to work best for them and how to go about it. Just surround yourself with likeminded health conscious people and you'll be on your way.

Todd Budden is a 28-year-old radio broadcast engineer who loves the work he does and the people in his life. He's always been passionate about challenging himself to get the most out of his life. He eats clean, trains hard and always loves to push himself in everything that he does.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of Todd's idols, purely because of his strong mental approach that's helped him succeed in nearly every aspect of his life.

"For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer."  - Arnold Schwarzenegger