Reader Question: What Do You Eat on a Daily Basis?

March 29, 2011

I am not a qualified nutritionist or qualified anything (editor’s note: a few years later I did become a qualified holistic health coach), this is just how I currently do it and have come to these decisions by taking the time to learn what works for me and what good nutrition means.ย  You might also find my How To Be Skinny post worth reading. (I am so excited for this opportunity to share the pics of my home cooked meals that I always take haha!)

My Typical Grocery Shop

This is just how I go about it, and I change it up as I learn more about nutrition from lovely people like Joy and Linda.ย  Lately Ive changed my diet and I currently eat:

Breakfast: Green smoothie containing; banana, big handful of spinach or kale or chard, frozen berries, ground flaxseed, hemp protein, water

Snacks: Organic apples, plums, pears (whatever I have that week), celery and almond butter.

Lunch and Dinner: Either a vegetable stir-fry with noodles or a salad with noodles.

Tonightโ€™s stir fry had organic broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes and garlic on top of the noodles, sprinkled with ground flaxseed, salad cress, soy sauce and organic extra virgin cold pressed olive oil.

My saladโ€™s always have a combination of: rocket (arugula), pine nuts, avocado, grated zuccini and carrot, tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt (Himalayan or crystal salt is much healthier – and yes your body does need salt!), celery, tomatoes.

Next week I could be eating differently but this is what my body wants now, I and I do as she says!

I drink water and red bush tea with a teaspoon of agave syrup or raw honey throughout the day.

When I eat out, its usually a vegetarian option of a bean chilli or veggie burger.

Sometimes I just scramble 2-3 eggs (no milk or butter added, just add to a pan with smoking hot oil and scramble in 30secs!), chop up half an avocado and a tomato, sprinkle with soy sauce and olive oil.

You have to have good fats in your diet, avocados and olive oil are so so so good for you!

I know I should probably eat more. I also go to bed hungry, and take 1000mg of Vit. C a day as well as Milk Thistle to help my liver digest because I like a pint (or three) of cider a couple nights a week.

I also eat chocolate about once a week, I try not to, but at least I only eat one or two bars per week as opposed to per day when I was younger!

Ive also taken up doing workouts in my bedroom at my own pace as well as yoga and a couple hours dance rehearsal every Sunday for my burlesque group.

I sometimes eat chicken but I find I dont feel good after I eat meat any more. Recently Ive been trying to eat as much raw food as I can to experience the boundless energy raw foodies talk about!

I turned this…

…into this!

Oh and I keep a bowl of soaked almonds in the fridge to grab a handful of when Im pekish or running out the door (usually with an apple in my pocket). I like to eat little and often.

Most importantly, I dont sweat it. Im 32, Ive accepted my body, I just try to do my best by it by putting clean, chemical free food and products in and on it as well as keeping it moving. I rarely weigh myself and when I do, Im usually the same weight: around 65kgs. I guess I have a lot of muscle weight as Ive enjoyed being active my whole life in various forms from horse riding to dancing to swimming to walking and surfing as well as working out and pole dancing.

I dont buy bread any more because I love it too much and its full of chemicals and sugar (unless you buy organic, but that still has sugar in it).

I try to cook all of my own meals from scratch (unless I eat out) and dont cook anything out of a packet (i.e. processed) unless its tinned beans or chopped tomatoes or something.

But hey, Im not strict! I eat choc chip cookies and drink too much and add tomato sauce to fries (if there is no salad option on the menu) because I LOVE FOOD and I feel good eating it and Ive wasted too much of my life hating my body and obsessing over food.

Now, I am all about putting good, clean food into my body and keeping it happy and mobile. If I love my body and treat it right, it will do the same for me.

What is your relationship with food? Do you enjoy it? What do you love eating and how do you stay healthy?

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  • Nadya Booyse March 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    That’s a lovely spread. And healthy to. Mostly, I think people should lose the regiment and the guilt. Both just actually breed a desire for more food, mostly junk.
    But I would get you to cook for me any day. I never cook. At most, I might cut up some cucumber as a snack for my 2 year old ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Dame March 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Yeah, I dont think of it as a weight loss diet, but a diet of healthy eating, making sure Im giving my body the best food, I want to be strong and fit well into my old age! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Serena March 30, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I love food posts. ๐Ÿ™‚ I especially love your “How to be Thin” post. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the comment on my site. Let me know if you try the cake. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Leaf Probably March 30, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I’ve just started a 12 week challenge all about working out, eating healthy and getting myself into good nutrition and workout habits, and the HARDEST thing I’m finding is giving up sugar. I crave it ALL the time. Especially in the afternoons and mornings before breakfast. I’m assured that three weeks from now I’ll be in a much better place sugar-wise.

    Also? My skin is looking amazing right now – better than it’s ever looked before, so clearly all these veges and the break from daily sugar high’s is doing me good ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rooibos Tea February 22, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Red bush tea is great to drink through out the day. It’s great as an ice tea too, I like adding some fresh mint to mine