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Dara Torres on diet, fitness and healthy living

Sarah Kelsey is a lifestyle writer, editor and spokesperson based in Toronto. She was the editor of AOL/The Huffington Post Canada’s StyleList, Style and Living sites. Today, she's a freelancer writing for some of North America’s top pub...

How to achieve healthy living

Dara Torres is one busy lady. She’s the fastest female swimmer in American history and has won a total of 12 Olympic medals (not to mention dozens of other awards over her career). She’s also a mom, television commentator, print model and writer. Which got SheKnows.com to wondering: How does she do it all, plus maintain a healthy, balanced diet and active lifestyle? Here’s what we found out.

Dana TorresSheKnows.com: How do you stay healthy?

Dara Torres: I believe that staying healthy is a two-part effort: I make sure to make the most of my workouts and give my body time to recover, and also make sure what I put in my body is healthy, all-natural and guaranteed to help me stay strong during my training. That's why I started using SUSTA: I wanted to sweeten my foods and drinks naturally, without the chemicals of artificial sweeteners or the dangers of excess sugars. SUSTA is a great way to cut out the extra sugar in my diet and also provides me with vitamins, minerals and probiotics -- important things that helps keep me healthy.

SheKnows.com: What are the five things you do every day to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Dara Torres: I spend part of each day working out in the pool, which is a great way to stay healthy. I also make sure to eat plenty of protein and vegetables, stretch after I swim, give my body plenty of time to recover -- and spend plenty of time with my daughter, which always makes me smile and relaxes me!

SheKnows.com: If you fall off the healthy living wagon, how do you get back on?

Dara Torres: I definitely have my ups and downs -- that's just human nature, but I always try to persevere and stay focused on what's best for me and my daughter. I think setting goals is an important part of staying on track -- whether it's a big race or the goal of being a healthy role model.

SheKnows: What are the biggest healthcare concerns facing Americans today?

Dara Torres: With the epidemic of childhood obesity and the increasing body-fat percentage of all Americans, obesity is definitely one of the biggest healthcare concerns facing Americans today. I hope that in partnering with SUSTA, I'm doing my part to let Americans know about new ways to remove excess sugars from their diets.

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