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My day on a plate - Do Nutritionists really eat healthy all the time

This is a question that I get asked a lot. Do I eat healthy all the time and don’t I get sick of it/ do I ever eat chocolate. In answering, yes 98% of the time I eat healthy nutritious food. 5 years ago this would not have been the case… my diet has literally done a 180 degree shift from what I ate back then. Back then my idea of vegetables was basically carrot, corn and potato, lunch was generally a cheese and ham sandwich and you wouldn’t have ever seen me touch anything green. Geez no! Ok anyway going on before I get too side tracked. When I tell people that yes I generally do eat pretty well, their response is, I don’t think I could ever go without chocolate to which I always reply ... who says I don’t eat chocolate. Let me just say my birthday is in about 6 weeks away and I’ve already planned the cake my mum is cooking for our family dinner and it’s a cheesecake. Besides the fact that my mum is literally the best cook I know and she could make anything taste delicious, anyone that knows me knows that cheesecake is my thing, but, I’m not eating it everyday (as much as, yeah I’d probably like too) and know that I can have a treat and not feel guilty. My motto is it’s all about balance and things in moderation ... which means you need one piece of chocolate for each hand haha.

Anyway serious stuff now. This is what I’d generally eat day to day.

So for breakfast, generally anywhere between 5 and 6am after the gym I’ll have a protein smoothie which is usually 1 scoop (30gm) chocolate pea and rice protein powder, 200ml water, 1 banana, handful of blueberries, 1 teaspoon of cacao and almond butter (if you don’t have this literally just put a handful of almonds and teaspoon of cacao powder or cacao nibs) and mix it together in the nutribullet (my favourite appliance ever). The banana makes it creamy so I don’t add milk or yoghurt. If you put frozen banana in it makes it even creamier when it blends up - so delicious in summer.

Then at around 8-8.30am I I’ll have another snack which is goats milk yoghurt, 200ml coconut water, 30gm oats, 100gm raspberries or strawberries sometimes both, goji berries, chia seeds, LSA meal and cinnamon.

Then lunch, usually a salad, is generally between 11.30-midday. My favourite at the moment is either tuna or falafels, 2 eggs, spinach, rocket, tomato, avocado, mushrooms, cottage cheese and either sweet potato, pumpkin or soy beans with olive oil and balsamic vinegar or lemon juice dressing. Below is obviously not a picture of that but another one of my favourites.

Afternoon tea at around 3-4pm is almost always a Juice. My favourite vegetable juice at the moment is carrot, cucumber and beetroot. The beetroot gives it the sweetness that you’d get from adding fruit to your juice. Or I love getting a green juice if i'm out.

As I go to bed early I usually have dinner by 6-6.30pm most nights. I don’t like to have anything too heavy for dinner so stir fry’s or lots of steamed or roasted green veggies with a nice sauce and some sort of protein (usually either beef, chicken, lamb or occasionally fish) will usually be enough and keep me going till the morning.

and yes … I eat a lot haha.

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