"Top Chef" star Gail Simmons is six months pregnant with her first child, but stays fit by following a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
"I’ve been trying to walk a lot and do yoga," Simmons told People Sept. 21. "I feel great and I have lots of energy."
Like many busy women, Gail has not let pregnancy slow her down. Simmons, 37, has scaled back on her intense running and spinning workouts, but maintains an active lifestyle and has not experienced too many over-the-top cravings.
“I had some little cravings in the first trimester, but they were good,” said Simmons who's married to entrepreneur Jeremy Williams. "I wanted peanut butter all the time. But now my appetite’s really been great. I want to eat healthy and feel good.”
Gail's pregnancy didn't disrupt her taste-testing and judging for "Top Chef," although she made a point to avoid raw protein such as raw meat and eggs, and continues to avoid cured foods such as prosciutto.
"When I'm cooking for myself, I eat almost completely vegetarian, although I'm not vegetarian," she said. "So I make a lot of vegetable soups and stews, and a lot of whole grains like barley, quinoa and brown rice. I also make a lot of salads."
Simmons, a longtime food writer for "Food & Wine" magazine and graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, said she has never been obsessed with being skinny despite working in the weight-conscious entertainment industry.
"I'm a healthy weight for my height, and I like how I look on most days," she said. "There are few women in America that don't want to lose five pounds, but I refuse to let that thought dominate my life."
Season 11 of "Top Chef" kicks off Oct. 2