FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).
LL: My name is Lauren Lake. I’m a wife, mom, attorney, life coach, author and judge of Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court. When I’m not helping families on Paternity Court, I love to spend time with family.
FFFC: What’s Paternity Court about?
LL: Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court is a talk show/court show hybrid that uses DNA evidence to help families resolve issues related to paternity.
FFFC: What prompted you to make this your career choice?
LL: When I was contacted by the show creator, David Armour, he said he wanted to do a court show that helps families resolve paternity related issues.
He wanted the show to be entertaining and empowering and felt that I would be the perfect judge. Not only because of my nearly two decades of experience as a family law attorney and television legal analyst, but because I’m so passionate about inspiring, motivating and empowering people to overcome obstacles and live their best life.
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FFFC: How do you manage your busy schedule and healthy living?
LL: I try to incorporate lots of fruits of vegetables into my diet. I eat lots of snacks like hummus and veggies since I’m always on the go. It’s a struggle. I’m a self-professed foodie and Atlanta is a foodie town. I’ve learned how to graze throughout the day, eating smaller amounts of food with my biggest meal being lunch.
FFFC: I hear you like to try vegan recipes – what is one of your favorites?
LL: I love vegan pancakes. I make those for my son. My vegan collard greens are amazing!
FFFC: What is your favorite fitness activity?
LL: I like hiking, Zumba and any dance oriented fitness class. I love jumping rope, too.
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FFFC: Do you typically work out alone or with family or friends?
LL: I’m so busy that I have to squeeze in time to workout so it’s usually on my own but I love having a workout partner.
FFFC: What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner? How did your eating habits change?
LL: For breakfast I usually have a green drink or a smoothie of some sort. Lunch is usually my biggest meal. I have a salad with some kind or protein. I also like soup for lunch. Carrot sticks are my favorite snack. I usually eat very light for dinner. A small salad, veggies and hummus. My snacks are usually hummus and cucumber, yogurt and banana with peanut butter.
FFFC: What do you do now to maintain your physique?
LL: During shooting I can’t make it to a lot of my fitness classes so I focus on getting a great run/walk in. While I’m walking, I use hand weights and mix in some lunges, push-ups and dips on a park bench. I like to train outside.
FFFC: How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?
LL: The truth is, I really don’t avoid anything. If it’s something I want, I eat it then commit myself to working out extra hard. I also like to share my food with other people. That’s one of my little tricks, especially since I eat out so much. I give myself three, guaranteed cheat meals a week. Friday night, Sunday brunch and one day of my choice, I allow myself to eat whatever I want.
FFFC: What general tips do you have for the average woman balancing family, career with health and fitness?
LL: Figure out what works for you and it may be something different everyday. Some days you can make it to the gym. Some days you may just be able to go outside and walk. Other days, you may just be able to do, what I call, “The Fit 500″. It’s 100 push ups, 100 sit ups, 100 dips, 100 squats and 100 jumping jacks.
FFFC: What do you think is the biggest misconception about healthy living?
LL: That it’s always something you hate. A lot of people don’t reach their fitness goals because they’re trying to do activities that they don’t like doing. It’s not always like working has to be a chore. The times when I’m most physically fit is when I make it a point to engage in forms of exercise that I really enjoy. You don’t have to be in the gym for two hours. You just have to hit it hard. You can’t play around. You have to be serious and get your work out in.
FFFC: Do you have any fitness inspirations? Who are they?
LL: I am inspired by working moms and busy women that still make time to train for things like marathons. That’s something I’ve always said I wanted to do but I haven’t had the chance to do it myself. When I see them doing that, I know I can make the time for a quick workout.
FFFC: What new projects do you have coming up? Tell us all about it.
LL: Lauren Lake’s 100 Laws of Living, inspirational and empowering CD and of course season 2 of Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court.
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FFFC: How can readers learn more about you and your show?
LL: Visit www.paternitycourt.tv to learn more about season one shows (which are currently airing) and the launch of season two. Visit
www.laurenlake.com to learn more about what’s going on with my book, cd and other Limitless Living projects.