Recently I have had a lot of my clients, friends and colleagues ask me what I generally eat throughout a day. Am I perfect? No! Do I enjoy the odd sweet or cup of coffee? Sure do!! Do I eat more than 1200 calories? 100% yes! Do I eat fat? Yes! Do I eat meat? Yes. Do I eat chocolate? Yes.
Read on to find out what a normal day looks like for me when it comes to food.
Before I get started, I just want to highlight that everyone is different when it comes to nutrition. The foods I consume are based on dietary principles but also my own health journey. As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the beginning of last year. This condition has caused me to change my eating habits fairly significantly and I am currently going through some more changes as I speak. Up until the last couple weeks I was consuming gluten free grains including both buckwheat and rice, however my body has told me that grains are a no go for me currently, so I have cut those out for now. This does not mean forever, but right now while my body is trying to heal, it’s really important that listen to the signs it is giving me.
Alongside this, I am now completely dairy free and avoid most night shade foods (eg. tomatoes, capsicum, chilli). I also like to cook all my vegetables to take some of the pressure of my digestive tract which means salads and vegetable sticks are currently not a part of my dietary practices.
Again I just want to emphasise that my dietary habits are definitely not for everyone! This blog is not being written to convince you all that grains are bad or that dairy should be avoided. Individual needs vary so much from person to person and for me, my health condition has contributed significantly to the types of foods I eat. With that being said, lets check out a day in the life of a nutritionist.
My breakfast can vary a lot depending on the season, whether I’m in a flare up or not and also whether I did meal prep on a Sunday or not. Some common breakfast items include smoothies/smoothie bowls, porridge (rice flakes), bircher muesli (rice flakes), toast with avocado, scrambled eggs with veggies, and the list goes on! In my current state of health I have been leaning towards eggs, vegetables and avocado in some form. This week I decided to meal prep a grain free, dairy free zucchini slice. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t compare to my mum’s zucchini slice recipe that I grew up on, but it is an easy recipe to play around with to suit dietary needs.
Again morning tea can vary a lot from day to day, week to week. Often it will involve something that I have made over the weekend or fruit with a handful of nuts or maybe even a smoothie. Also one of my favourite things to have is home made hummus with veggie sticks!! This week however, I had some home made bliss balls with a cup of peppermint tea. Actually two cups of peppermint tea and 4 bliss balls to be exact 🙂 I find that bliss balls can be a great little snack to get you through until lunch time.
I would say that 90% of time my lunch is leftovers from the night before. I love cooking extra at dinner to make life so much easier the next day. The same goes with my meal prep. I always increase the number of portions to ensure I will have enough for both dinner and lunch. This is not only a great way to save some money (by not eating out) but also an amazing way to reduce the stress around organising lunches for the family. Today was leftover Chickpea Buddha Bowls from last nights dinner. For my serving, I replaced the brown rice with left over roast vegetables from Sunday nights Roast Dinner.
Often afternoon tea can be broken up a little throughout the afternoon depending on what I have on that night. For example tonight I had Yoga from 6-7:30. Generally I would eat dinner around 6:30pm so today I essentially had two small snacks throughout the afternoon to stop my belly rumbling while at yoga 🙂 The first snack was a delicious caramel cupcake from Quirky Cooking (check out the recipe here) and a mango. This was followed by a snack sized banana smoothie an hour before yoga. My smoothie creations vary sooooo much but this one in particular had 1/2 banana, almond milk, peanut butter, and cinnamon. Most of my smoothies will also have a handful of baby spinach however I have already run out of spinach this week so I went without.
Given that I had yoga tonight, I prepared dinner in advance during my cook up on Sunday. Tonight was Beef Stir-fry, which was filled with lots of vegetables. I whipped up a quick stir-fry sauce from lemongrass, garlic and tamari, which I had never made before but it was quite delicious! Making this meal in advanced meant that as soon as I got home from yoga, I could heat it up and enjoy a really quick meal. Although I didn’t have any grains, generally speaking I would normally serve this with a little brown rice.
If you asked me a couple years ago, I would have to say that I was a true lover of dessert and loved a good chocolate or ice cream or if I was out for dinner a cream brûlée! However now with my health and trying to completely eliminate any refined sugar along with dairy and gluten (or all grains currently), it makes it a little difficult to find a dessert option. To be honest, I found an ice-cream tub in my freezer over the weekend that would have been there from a barbecue from 12 month ago and it hadn’t been touched since. Needless to say I threw it out. If I do have something after dinner it might be a square of dark chocolate, a choc mint bliss ball or some sort of treat that I have baked up on the weekend. But often it will just be a cup of herbal tea. Tonight I didn’t have anything after dinner. Eating later than normal meant I was completely satisfied and wasn’t looking for anything else to snack on.
So there you have it. This is an example of a regular day for me. It can vary quite a bit as I really enjoy variety in my meals and absolutely love trying new recipes. Days can also vary based on what I have on that day or if I’ve had a hard workout at the gym or not. But hopefully this helps to answer some of those questions you may have.