Actress Jessalyn Gilsig, best known for her roles on "Glee" and the History Channel's "Vikings," says that her journey to a healthy lifestyle started early.
"I grew up with very healthy parents — my mother made everything, from yogurt to bread — and I think it rubbed off on me as kind of the only way I know food," she tells the LA Times.
The 42-year-old actress, who plays the role of Siggy in "Vikings," says that she tried to incorporate exercise into every facet of her crazy schedule, adding that staying physical gives a "little vacation from my brain."
"I like high-intensity workouts — spinning, boxing, cardio barre. I also run, and I have a Spin bike at my house," she says. "I find these exercises more meditative too. I think it's important to get healthy, but I like the high-intensity workouts where you can't allow yourself to think about what needs to be done and conversations that you coulda, shoulda, woulda had."
Gilsig as Siggy in "Vikings." (Photo: History Channel)
Gilsig added that she stays away from prepared and processed foods, opting instead to make most things from scratch herself. "We eat a lot of salads and beans. I cook a protein once a week," she says.
Having a child has also motivated Gilsig to watch her health carefully, referencing a metaphor her mother shared with her.
“My mom told me, ‘Remember on the plane, they say if the oxygen masks come down, put yours on first before your child, I said it would be impossible, and she said, ‘I know, but they say it for a reason. I realized she was saying the best way to serve your child is to make sure you’re healthy, because they’re so dependent on you."
Check out Gilsig in a scene from "Vikings" below: