by Bonnie Siegler
A passion for horses and nature inspires actress Katharine Isabelle to find balance.
She strides across the field from a nearby barn carrying a shovel and wearing well-
Isabelle’s lifestyle is quite down-
Although Isabelle grew up as a vegan, she gave up this way of eating at age 11 due to peer pressure. “But it was out of pure necessity that my mom regularly fed me wheat grass, rice cakes and all this health store food, cut out wheat and dairy and introduced me to many other Eastern philosophies,” she says. “I am very sensitive and just eating an un-
Today, Isabelle still shuns gluten, sugar, dairy and non-
While cooking is one of her pastimes for stress management, Isabelle also likes to sit back and read. “Reading is something I did when I was on location when younger. We didn’t have video games and the Internet. I always had a book or Archie comic so it’s a real comfort for me to hunker down in a corner and read. I never leave home without a book just in case I get stuck somewhere when I have to wait.
While her principal form of exercise is riding, she also hauls wheelbarrows full of manure and hay. “So on my days off, I’m shoveling, hauling water buckets and bales of hay, riding and walking a couple of kilometers. That’s my activity. I would much rather do something active outdoors where you’re not noticing you’re working out, instead of being inside a gym. I tried the gym routine for a week and it bored me to death.” And she credits Sunday and Caleb with maintaining her grounded attitude. “My horses don’t give a crap who I am – just feed me, exercise me, and clean out my stalls. But balance living to me is moderation all the way. Depriving yourself of luxuries, goodies, and treats is just cruel”.