Although the Southern Charm cast member tries "to stay pretty healthy," she admits, "it’s definitely been a struggle."
For Madison LeCroy, spending extra time at home with her son in recent months has been very, very sweet. While taking up baking together, Madison and 8-year-old Hudson have whipped up everything from brownies to cookies. But when the treats come out of the oven, the Southern Charm cast member is happy to let Hudson enjoy the majority of the mouthwatering goods. "I’m just kind of helping cook and taking a bit," Madison told Bravo Insider exclusively last month. When it comes to maintaining balance and moderation in her daily diet, she explained, "I try to stay pretty healthy."
Recently, Madison (who is currently the midst of a 30-day eating and drinking plan that eliminates alcohol as well as "artificial" carbs and sugar) has taken a strict approach to her diet after she "started off [self] quarantine not healthy" amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. "I just started to feel really bad," she recalled. "I just said, 'This has got to stop, so I’m gonna make these foods and I’m gonna eat this kale salad and eat grilled chicken and broccoli four days a week, or whatever it was, and no alcohol for 14 days.' That kind of thing was very tough."
While Madison said she initially "felt a lot better," she admitted, "It’s definitely been a struggle. I go back and forth. I’m good for a week and bad for a week."
However, some consistency is key for Madison. "I always try to do some kind of juice in the morning. I do celery juice for skin purposes. I don’t have the best skin so I try doing that," she explained. While she's recently been cooking buffalo cauliflower at home, a typical lunch for the hairstylist "is really just whatever I can get my hands on." Still, she noted: "I’m pretty mindful about whatever I eat."
Part of being mindful, Madison said, is working with a professional on different aspects of her diet and fitness routine. "I work out with a guy named Gunnar, who has been a friend of mine for so long. Him and his girlfriend are great. They help me with meal plans and stuff like that just to keep me on track because they know that I’ve worked hard," she explained. "I would say he’s more of an accountability coach, which I appreciate 'cause sometimes I can get into the work mode and mom mode and put the health on the back burner."
As Madison's Instagram followers are well aware, she considers exercise to be a major component in maintaining an all-around healthy lifestyle. "I try to work out at least four days a week, sometimes it’s three days. It’s all generally mental health for me, I crave it. I definitely feel that it makes me a little bit less on edge," she said.
In addition to working out at HYLO, "a really cool gym here in Charleston," Madison enjoys group classes because she's "very competitive."
"I love working out with other people, all ages, all sizes, because when the girl beside me is giving me a run for my money, you know I’m running fast," she said. "I’m like, 'OK, girl. Let’s go.'"
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