Inspired by too many “what a nutritionist eats in a day’ articles that are completely unreasonable for the average person (I’m looking at you, Lola Berry), I decided to share my own ‘day on a plate’ to give you an insight into my average daily diet.
I am a qualified naturopath, and my biggest passion is helping women lose weight and get their food cravings under control. I help my clients improve their eating habits, reduce their cravings, understand their bodies and approach themselves and their bodies with just a little more kindness. I help my clients find exercise that they enjoy, and create a healthy lifestyle that is simple, sustainable and enjoyable.
But I also help my clients find balance, and encourage them to enjoy their life in amongst all the healthy eating and exercise. There is no point restricting your diet to the point that you’re miserable and can’t go out and have fun with friends. There is no point setting unrealistic goals and expecting to have a perfect, clean diet 100% of the time. I’m a realist, and I know from experience that expectations of perfection and unsustainable dietary restriction is only going to cause cravings and a negative mindset and possibly even binge eating.
So please, don’t compare your current daily diet to mine or anyone else’s. We’re all at different stages and what works for me might not work for you.
Here’s my average daily routine:
6.30am Breakfast: 1x espresso coffee with soy milk
8.30-9am Protein shake – either Medi-Restore or a combination of Vital Protein powder and Vital Greens powder, in 50-50 water and almond milk
1pm Mountain rice wrap with roasted chicken breast and salad (baby spinach, leafy green lettuce, rocket, carrot, beetroot, cucumber, tomato all tossed in a little olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice) with hummus
3pm Homemade banana bread, if I haven’t already had some for breakfast
OR 1 banana with Justin’s Almond Butter (soooo yum!)
7pm Dinner is almost always some kind of protein with a variety of veggies. Curries and stirfries are popular in our house, so is pasta, veggie bakes, homemade pies.. I try to mix it up to keep things interesting. Some weeks I’ll do a big cook-up on Sunday for the week, and other days I’ll cook simpler meals each night. Being just the two of us at home, meals will usually last us at least 2 nights, or we might have leftovers for the lunch the next day.
So that’s my average day on a plate!
But I’m human just like you.
Some days I’ll have a second coffee (my fiancé has turned me into a coffee lover!)
Some days I don’t take enough food to work and come home absolutely starving.
Some days I feel like chocolate, and although I always tune in to figure out why I’m actually craving it, there are days when I’ll eat something else instead and days when I’ll have the chocolate I’m craving.
Wherever you are right now in your health journey, it’s totally okay.
I used to eat hot chips almost daily, and craved chocolate like crazy. I had a phase when I was 18 years old when I ate nothing but BBQ Shapes and salami and drank energy drinks every day. Even just a couple of months ago I was having a rough patch emotionally, and my eating habits were completely reflective of that – I had no motivation to prepare food and was eating packaged convenience foods or nothing at all.
I’ve got a complex relationship with food, and even though my eating habits can fluctuate, I am connected to my body and always feel in control of the decisions that I make. And if I’m having a rough patch, I know that it’s not forever, and I just do the best I can to get myself through.
So sure, I can give you my average “day on a plate”, but it doesn’t always look like this. And that’s totally okay.
Cause I’m human. And I’m not perfect – but I am healthy and happy, and that’s the most important thing to me.