model Laura Giurcanu enjoys the last days of August enjoying the sun in Spetses, Greece. Giurcanu shared a photo of herself lounging on a boat in a red bikini, prompting a chorus of approval from her Instagram followers. “Hot🔥,” said one of her fans. How does she keep herself so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Giurcanu stays in shape and the photos to prove they work – and to get yourself ready for the beach, don’t miss these essentials 30 Best Celebrity Swimsuit Photos Ever!
Giurcanu is a follower of Reformer Pilates and regularly attends classes (especially in the mornings). “Reformer Pilates strengthens the body globally, using the subtlety of springs to not only target the large muscle movers, but also activate the body’s small stabilizers.” says Bodylove Pilates Founder and Instructor, Ali Handley. “This creates change, harmony and balance throughout the body.”
Giurcanu is a big foodie and considers mushroom risotto “food for the soul”. “Mushrooms are one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin D,” says Registered Dietitian Nicola Shubrook. “As they grow and are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, either from sunlight or a UV lamp, mushrooms increase their levels of vitamin D. In fact, you can even do this at home by leaving the mushrooms on the counter in direct sunlight for 15-120 minutes; Studies suggest that this simple action can result in vitamin D2 levels of up to 10 mcg per 100g fresh weight.
Staying true to her roots with her love of Greek cuisine, Giurcanu keeps hummus, eggplant and crusty bread in heavy rotation. “The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be anti-inflammatory due to its focus on whole foods and omega-3 fatty acids,” says Julia Zumpano, RD, LD. “It also eliminates processed oils like cottonseed and soybean oil that are found in many ultra-processed foods.”
Giurcanu likes big, hearty bowls of veggie ramen. Try cooking ramen in bone broth for extra nutrients. “Bone broth is associated with collagen, a structural protein found in skin, cartilage, and bones,” says registered nutritionist Rachel Philpotts. “When it is cooked, collagen in connective tissue is broken down into gelatin and various other health-promoting amino acids such as glycine and glutamine. Consuming 300mL of bone broth has been shown to increase plasma levels of the precursor amino acids glycine and proline needed to form collagen.”
Giurcanu lox fruit, especially figs and raspberries. “Raspberries are rich in protective antioxidants that may protect against cancer,” says Registered Dietitian Nicola Shubrook. “Animal studies suggest this may be helpful in colon, breast and liver cancer. However, human studies are needed to confirm these results. Rich in protective botanicals called polyphenols, raspberries may help reduce the signs of aging and improve balance and strength. The berries are also high in vitamin C, which is important for collagen production and can protect skin from UV damage. Many of these findings are the result of animal models, so further human testing is needed.”