A Day On My Plate

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After so many lovely questions, today I’m giving you a sneak peak into what a day on my plate looks like. First, I’ll give you a little background on my food philosophy… I don’t prescribe to a particular diet. I don’t identify myself as being vegetarian, vegan, paleo, etc. For me, these labels are too restrictive and encourage obsessive behaviour. Being healthy isn’t about restrictions; it’s about creating new habits.

I focus on eating real wholefoods (foods in their natural state or as close as possible to their natural state) and nourishing my body. Foods I avoid (but not restrict completely) include gluten, dairy, refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, and anything highly processed such as cereals, cakes, margarine, table salt, vegetable oil, processed meats, bread and frozen meals. You can read more about these foods best avoided here.

Foods I love include vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, meats, eggs, legumes, pulses, beans, nuts and seeds. I also strongly believe in treats. Restrictions result in cravings which turn into binges. It’s perfectly okay to indulge in your favourite treats in moderation. Remember, one bad meal doesn’t result in weight gain or a breakout. The guilt surrounding indulgences is far more damaging to your body than enjoying a treat.

I won’t lie, I went down the path of veganism. For me, it was a disaster. I’m an overachiever/perfectionist/typical type A personality. Eating became obsessive, restrictive and I suffered anxiety surrounding my food choices and dreaded dining out or going to a friends place. Now I’m in a much better place and eating is enjoyable and fun.

So, a day on my plate looks like this:

Breakfast – my breakfast always includes carbs, protein and fats. It’s so essential that you start your day with all the macro-nutrients to ensure energy and concentration. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You should aim to eat 30 minutes after rising. Lately, I’ve been enjoying my Gluten Free Cereal topped with yoghurt (coconut or greek), milk (coconut or almond) and berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries). I also have a green juice with breakfast.

Morning Tea – my snacks always include protein and fats to fill me up and stabilise blood sugar. At the moment I’m loving my Homemade Trail Mix.

Lunch – usually leftovers from the night before. My Chickpea Patties make great leftovers. They are easy to transport and store and I make a big salad to eat with them.

Afternoon Tea – I love my afternoon tea snack. Once again, I make sure I include fats and protein. My Real Hummus recipe with carrot sticks or celery has been a favourite the last few months.

Dinner – I love cooking dinner. I always make sure I make enough for leftovers the next day for lunch. My favourite dinner recipe is Nachos! I love these no nasties nachos, they are delicious.

Dessert – I always enjoy dessert. My favourite dessert is chamomile herbal tea and one of my Peppermint Protein Balls.

Of course I have treats! I usually indulge twice a week. My favourite treats are pizza, coconut rough chocolate and caramel slice.

What are your favourite indulgences?

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