The man with many faces, Miro Kloosterman. When Googling the 35- year old bad guy from Dutch soap series ”Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden”, you’ll find the most stunning model pictures. On each and every picture he seems to look different. However one thing is for sure, this man is fit. Very fit. When scrolling through his Instagram account, foodie hearts will beat faster since he eats healthy and mostly plants. Yes!
How does an average day look like?
My morning routine consists of breathing exercises and warm lemon water. Also, fresh vegetable juices are part of my routine followed by a shower alternating cold and warm water. And, certain yoga exercises are a part as well, such as the five Tibetans and kundalini yoga or I will jump on my trampoline. As an actor it’s also important to warm up my voice in the morning. My body and my voice are my instrument, so that needs to function optimally.
I then will have breakfast. However, each day is always different. Sometimes I will have to be on set very early. Because I follow a gluten free diet I’m used to preparing my own food, I usually take care of that in the morning for the rest of the day so that I can leave the house without any worries about it.
In a health retreat in Portugal, I learned all about intermittent fasting. So I often have breakfast and then I will have my next meal (lunch) only five hours later and in the evening I have a vegetable juice. And that’s it. I do make exceptions though. Now that I’m healthy again I don’t have to be that strict anymore. However, I was much stricter when I was struggling with Lyme disease, but it was also necessary. If I would have dinner in those days, I would suffer the next morning with sort of a ”hangover” feeling. So intermittent fasting works very well for me.
How would you describe your diet?
Healthy. For many people it might be tricky, but I’ve grown to it over the years. Step by step. When I was 23 I discovered that I could not handle gluten very well, and also to dairy I did not respond that good. Since then I‘ve always been conscious about eating meat, but over the past 2,5 years I actually only eat a plantbased diet, so without meat.
You eat ‘‘ high carb ” (many fruits). How do you respond to people who say that fruit is fattening?
Hahaha, it’s hard not to go in there. People have become quite scared of all sugars, but refined sugars are something quite different from the sugars in fruit. Fruit comes in a complete package, with all fiber and vitamins and minerals etc. Refined sugars miss all of these ingredients, so it will withdraw these ingredients from the body in order to digest. Hence you’re actually depriving yourself of nutrients, which obviously is bad. It is also all about the right combinations. If you eat ‘‘ high carb ” it is best to keep your fat intake low. In such way, it will be bad for you and your blood sugar will be affected. When you eat a lot of fat, the sugars in your bloodstream will be affected. As a response to that, your body will produce insulin.
Do you count calories?
No, but I did keep track once of what I ate in an app (cronometer.com and then choose ”30 Bananas a Day Diet”). Just to have a better look at the correct proportions of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Then you get an idea of how much you eat more or less, but it varies greatly with me. I just feel what I need to eat. I think we need less food than most people think we do. This becomes clear as more and more people are overweight. Also, calorie restriction makes us live longer.
Did you always had a passion for health?
Not always. When I was younger I ate everything. Lot’s of fast food and lot’s of candies. I was a cookie monster and could easily eat two bags of chocolate in one sitting. When I was 21 years old I was in Australia and it was there that my interest for food started. I read a lot and I started detox courses and began to eat more consciously.
Can you tell us something about your sport routine?
I‘m convinced that it is something about 70% diet and 30% exercise. There were periods in my life that I could hardly exercise (due to my health) and yet I was in a good shape. I think it’s a good idea to find a sport that you enjoy doing so it will never became a task.
My own sports routine is quite different. I try to go to the gym two or three times per week. The rest depends on how busy I am and if there is enough wind for example to go windsurfing.
What do you eat every day?
The days I work out I often make smoothies that I can easily carry around in my thermos bottle.
An example could be:
- rice coconut milk
- Ceylon cinnamon
- raw cacao
- a scoop of hemp seed or brown rice protein powder
- a teaspoon of olive oil or other oils
- I will also add for example about half a kilo of spinach or other leafy green vegetables
Also, I add lots of bananas! Or mango and possibly some dates to make it sweeter. You can not just always mix everything together though. Acidic fruits for example don’t go well with sweet fruits. And the same goes for vegetables. Not every kind of fruit goes well with all vegetables. However, you learn by doing and reading about it. Things we need to learn at school in my opinion 😉
Occasionally I can enjoy a delicious pizza. I’ll make this myself in a gluten free vegan version. Bring it on!
What or who is your inspiration?
Myself I think. I’m trying to get as much out of life as possible, to get the best out of myself and to feel as good as possible.
And also because I‘ve been sick. Lyme disease has pushed me more towards pure food. Because of Lyme disease I started eating a plantbased diet. I met a friend who told me about her diet (the 80-10-10 diet of Douglas Graham) and I just gave it a try! And it made me feel extremely well.
What is your favorite quote?
”Be water my friend”, Bruce Lee.
We are largely water and a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables will make sure you get plenty of water. Water is vital and contains energy. Water is much more than what many people think.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement is beating Lyme disease. This has been a difficult task. It was an inner journey to strength and perseverance that gave me many insights. I was forced to listen to my body and to switch to foods that are good for me.
To push when you can’t seem to continue anymore. So how cliché it may sound, Lyme disease has taught (and brought) me a lot. Even though it took more than four years of my life to beat it. Unfortunately, it also took 3,5 years before I even knew I had Lyme disease.
What would you advise your younger self?
I always thought I was indestructible. I would say to myself: Yes, enjoy going out, do crazy sports and all, but listen to your body. Set your limits. I always went on with little sleep.
When the body is weakened Lyme disease can run its course. I missed a lot more in those four years than if I had skipped a party in my younger years. Or when I did go to bed early on weekends. Or if only I had skipped a workout after a night going out….
What are your tips for those who want to eat healthier?
It’s important to have a fit body and clear mind. Many people don’t even know what it is like to feel truly healthy and fit. If I had not once tried something different I would have never known. If you do what you always did, you’ll get what you’ve always had.
Dare to try something else. Search. See what feels good. And give it time. Changes sometimes take time. The body has to adapt to it. Sometimes you go first through a detoxification proces.
My tip would be to take it easy. For example, if you already eat meat then limit it to once per week and take it slow. Sometimes people tell me I’m too hard for myself. Too hard? I‘m actually very gently and good for myself. I give my body what it needs.
Many of us don’t know what it truly means to take care of yourself. If you’re eating and drinking bad food every day, that’s being too hard on yourself. I know very well what I do. Especially when I was sick, I was punished adamantly if I would eat badly. You learn quickly then. It‘s not worth to be hard on yourself.
Do you have inspirational book recommendations for us?
- The 80/10/10 diet – Dr. Doug Graham;
- Fasting and Eating for Health – Dr. Joel Fuhrman;
- The books and videos from Mike Anderson.
Also, I follow many Facebook pages for inspiration, such as:
- Fully Raw;
- John McDougall;
- Raw food For life;
- The Science of Eating;
- Wake Up World;
- I want to be 100% organic;
- Finding vegan;
- And ofcourse…..The Green Creator 😉