Jason Dundas’ story started with a humble upbringing in Sydney’s Western Suburbs. After landing a gig with MTV at 21-years-old, he went on to film in over 100 countries for Getaway, hosted the X-factor and some of the worlds biggest shows. He currently runs Dundas Media from LA and is passionate about health and fitness. We caught up with Jason to chat about all things health, success and you guessed it – EGGS!
I think it all starts with growing up the western suburbs in Sydney and having a chip on my shoulder. Having an ‘I can do what I want’ mentality has really given me drive. I am stubborn and hate being told what to do, so I want to defy the odds all the time. I have chronic ADD so I constantly need to solve problems and be making things happen. Which is why I love tennis, you know, it isn’t verse one on the course it’s one in between your ears, it really is a mental game. And a never give up persistence is the key to success.
I got shredded when I worked with David Jones as an ambassador and it taught me that being fit and healthy can help you get razor sharp focus. After that, I went and studied at the world’s largest nutrition school for a year to be a holistic health coach, then I did a course to be a certified PT. After all of that, I learnt the biggest thing is moderation, I live a nice little balance. I also really need sleep every night, 8 hours.
These are two super simple steps to get started. The first thing is to start with liquid. Whatever you do, for 8 weeks the only liquid you can put in your body is water. That is the easiest barrier to entry into health. No juice, no smoothies, just water and it might be a pain, but it will give you just enough discipline to make other changes. The next step, if you can do it is to drop the bread.
Eating healthy and clean is super important, arm yourself with knowledge on why a certain food is good for you. The most important thing is to do our own research and read. At the Institute of Integrated Nutrition, I studied over 30 different dietary theories to learn what works for me is a balance. We need to look through the noise and find what works for ourselves. The overarching tip is to arm yourself with knowledge and do what works for you… don’t listen to everything and everyone out there.
I like eggs, they make me feel good, they are a great source of protein, I love omelettes and frittatas. I love experimenting with them and making different things. I make these frittata muffins, and I really experiment with them – with spinach and onion all different stuff and it is a really great protein snack. Also, If I am ever in a foreign country to be healthy and not be bulked down the safe bet is a clean omelette.
I did, this thing called Muse. I went through a heavy breakup before I moved to Sydney for X-factor and I meditated twice a day, morning and night and it was really great. Then I realised I didn’t need it. And now I have realised that my meditation is when I am lifting weights or in the shower or cooking, walking my dog and using Photoshop. I don’t have to think too much, but I allow one part of my brain to chill. Also, flying is a good one for me.