A:I was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Q:Why did you choose to compete in figure?
A:I grew up watching Fitness America Pageants and have always been athletic. As a child, I was a gymnast and ran track and cross country, and it just seemed natural for me to be able to build muscle. I fell in love with the ideas of challenging myself with a goal like figure competition, which when I first started, didn't exist. I was training for fitness back at the time and the creation of the figure division was very exciting to me.
Q:What's your pre-contest diet and workout like?
A:I eat a modified Paleo diet, meaning I don't eat inflammatory foods (no grain or dairy) with the exception of occasional open or cheat meals 1-3 times a week. I am not strict Paleo and do consume whey powder on occasion since it is convenient, but I prefer real, whole foods to supplements.
My workouts are currently quite varied. I love super-setting, HIIT and old school bodybuilding alike. I don't do much cardio because I move quickly through my training or I will incorporate plyos in between sets to make my lifting session jointly beneficial from a strength and conditioning standpoint.
Q:How did you transition to fitness modeling?
A:I have been in the modeling, film and television industry on and off since I was a teen, so it just sort of happened. It all started when I was 18 and was cast in 3 episodes of Aaron Spelling's "Love Boat the Next Wave". From there I was featured in Holy Man, Wild Things, Analyze This and a few pilots that never panned out. I did print modeling and fitness back then as well and returned to it after having my first two children and with my return to the figure stage.
Q:Where have you been featured?
A:I've been fortunate to have both my images and writing published in many major International and National fitness magazines such as Flex, Muscle and Fitness Hers, Oxygen, Max Sports and Fitness, MET-Rx, STRONG Fitness, Inside Fitness and Fitness South Africa.
Q:Tell us about your fitness writing style…
A:I write on all topics from health & wellness, workouts and nutrition. I love to inject my personality and hope it comes through to people when they read my writing.
Q:Toughest thing about being a mom of three is?
A:Where do I begin? Haha, just kidding! In all honesty, the toughest part would have to be making each child feel as important as the next. There are only so many hours in a day and with sports and all the other after-school activities, it can be a real challenge to find balance. I strive each day to give my best to each one and my amazing husband. They are all individuals with very different interests and I Iove watching them grow. Being a fit and healthy role model is also a top priority of mine, so educating them daily about the proper fuel for their bodies is an ongoing thing in our home.
Q:What's next for your career?
A:My major interest at this point is to continue to help motivate others to becoming their own best self. I find a real connection with other moms that seek a way to incorporate fitness and healthy eating into their busy lives, but I know if I can do it, anyone can! I love to write and to create healthy recipes, so I hope to continue doing more of the same. I do not currently have any plans to hit the figure stage this year and am focusing my efforts differently in order to find a bit more balance. Competing in back to back shows all of last year took its toll on me and those most important in my life. I am truly happy in this moment and feel fortunate to be in the position I am in. Never say never, but my goals have changed for the time being.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
FB- Tiffany Lee Gaston
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com