The 41 year-old is a single mum to twins, an author and television presenter and has the kind of timetable that means she has to multitask – she spoke to Mamamia while buying supplies from Bunnings.
However, this can also mean that sometimes she puts her health last – something that for her, and most people, was never a problem until she got older.
And now she has to fight for it.
In the past few years, the comedian, author and television and radio presenter has focused on her spiritual health incorporating elements of Buddhism, mindfulness and meditation, but now she’s tackling her physical wellbeing.
Currently a partner for Priceline’s Biggest Women’s Health Check, she says that her journey started with a simple health check up, which revealed that she had high cholesterol and blood pressure – something which shocked her at the time.
“That was really disappointing,” she recalls.
“They had never been a part of my life and I felt like I had actually been healthier than maybe ever before. I’ve certainly been a lot unhealthier,” she says.
Previously identifying as a workaholic, Meshel says that the discovery was made more disappointing considering she had taken steps to make more time for relaxation and her two eight-year-old twins, Louie and Dali.
“I found it frustrating, because I’ve sacrificed money for time, and while I’m not going to say that I’ve left it too late, I am going to say that I obviously still have a lot of things to do,” she said.
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However the Buddhism for the Unbelievably Busy and Buddhism for Breakups author has another more personal reason to reclaim her health, and its got to do with her father.
“My dad has type two diabetes and is 90 percent blind and all those things have added up over time because he never changed his habits.”
“He says he’d rather be dead than not drink beer and eat Chinese, and that’s his life – he can do whatever he wants, but that’s not what I want.
“I don’t want to go blind at 67,” she says.
Instead, Meshel is making active steps to tackle her health issues before they “chip away” at her.
And she’s starting with the tried and true basics, from lowering her salt intake, cutting out dairy (she says “it just doesn’t agree with me, and it’s got to be done”), to upping her exercise.
Speaking about her dietary changes, Meshel says her blood pressure and cholesterol have come down as a result.