Last week I showed you a sneak peak into what I ate in a day. As a nutritionist, people are always interested in what you’re eating. I thought I’d take a photo diary of what I ate this week to share with you. I almost didn’t share this as people can be quite judgemental about others eating styles, but I thought it would be a useful exercise to that I’m not perfect! In fact, I don’t believe in perfection 🙂
I can honestly say I’m not “hiding” anything or not eat anything because I didn’t want to show it on here, I thought I’d be totally honest and give you a snap shot of what I eat. I guess my philosophy is to eat a wholefoods diet high in plant foods the majority of the time yet still allow those foods I love sometimes. Some days are healthier than others, but I don’t stress out if I eat something that’s not “healthy” because I don’t think that’s a healthy mindset. I think if you aim to eat well 90% of the time then you’re doing great.
Soooo hear it is! I didn’t take pictures of everything – eg hot drinks/water – but in general I’ll have 1-2 coffees a day, a green tea, plus sometimes a tea in the evening.
Day 1 is published here:
Breakfast: Crunchy peanut butter on vogels toast. A lazy breakfast, but one of my favourite things! Mid morning: Green tea + a banana, plus some carrot sticks
Lunch: Left over fish cakes with a big salad – red onion, mixed greens, red capsicum + tomato. Also had 2 x dried figs.
Afternoon tea: A handful of “Brain power” mix from Alison’s Pantry – has lots of walnuts, dried kiwi fruit, almonds. Also had some natural yoghurt + 1 kiwifruit.
Dinner: I marinaded some chicken thighs in tandoori paste + natural yoghurt and had that with an Indian brown rice + broccoli and beans. The rice had garlic, onion, ginger, currants, cashews + spices.
Not pictured, I had two instant coffees and water throughout the day.
Breakfast: Oats, natural yoghurt, berries, chia seeds + milk. Love this breakfast!
Mid morning: Was on the road for work today in the morning, got a coffee for the road and ate a banana too.
Lunch: Left overs from last night + 2 boiled eggs
Snack: Fruit/nut mix – mindless munched on this – I bought 80g and ate it all. Whoops. O well – at least it’s nutrient rich. Also had some carrot sticks
Dinner: Tastier than it looks – Mexican corn tortillas with spiced chicken, avocado, salsa, salad and grated cheese. Had two of these, plus had a few extra pieces of chicken + slice of cheese
Not pictured: Water + a green tea + decaf tea after dinner
Breakfast: Avocado + marmite on vogels + peanut butter on Vogels (ps had some beautiful weather so been eating breakfast outside past couple of days)
Mid morning: 1 wholegrain cracker with hummus + blue cheese, 4 carrot sticks, a few grapes, and 1/2 a banana. Today was a training day – I actually took a platter for morning tea to the training and I’m glad I did as the other food options were muffins or lamingtons.
Lunch: Bought lunch at a cafe near our training. Sandwich was pretty average, was roast beet, salad and beetroot but it was quite dry.
At the training, there were bowls of lollies on the table + chocolate freddos being handed out left right and centre. I ate 2 fruit bursts and 2 milkshake lollies. Milkshakes are my fave! Never buy them. Don’t know why I ate the other lollies as I didn’t enjoy them – I think it was just because they were in front of me. I also ate a freddo frog.
Dinner: Had cravings for a steak sandwich, so it was Steak sandwich on ciabatta bread. Had lots of lettuce, onion, schnitzel, avocado, tomato and some cheese. Also had a beer. I rarely drink alcohol during the week but there were beers in the fridge and I felt like one.
Not pictured: Ate an orange after dinner.
So day 4 not the most healthiest day, but hey, it happens sometimes for me too.
Breakfast: oats, natural yoghurt, kiwi fruit, berries
Mid morning – latte. Had a busy morning, not really hungry.
Lunch – lettuce, kale, baby spinach, beetroot, grated carrot, avocado, chickpeas, a boiled egg and some feta cheese
Afternoon tea – we had a farewell at work for one of the nurses. I didn’t want to be weird at the afternoon tea and take photos of everything I ate, so I took a photo of 1/2 the table (there was more food) – I ate some grapes, a few crackers with hummus, some cheese and a couple of chocolate hearts.
Dinner: I went to farewell drinks after work too for the same girl – had 1 glass of cider. Left about 7.45pm and picked up Thai takeaways on the way home. Had chicken stir fry and beef fried rice.
Breakfast: Had two of these – banana on wholegrain toast with chocolate peanut spread underneath. This was my pre run breakfast
Mid morning: Got home, had a coconut water, then shower, then quick glass of milk + banana for protein + carbs to refuel. Didn’t have time to eat properly as had to go straight out to get stuff for a birthday lunch.
Not pictured – toast with peanut butter. Had this before my hockey game at 1pm sort of a pre lunch as knew I’d be eating lunch late after hockey.
Late lunch – Went to mother in laws for birthday – Ham off the bone, salads, rice salad + potato were on the menu. Also had a little bit of pavlova (bad photo of the pav but was a sneaky photo as didn’t want to draw attention to myself photographing food!).
Dinner: Had a late dinner, but was quite hungry. Had salmon fillet, baked kumara, veges. Also had a spoonful of some birthday cake that we got given to bring home. Was a chocolate coffee sponge.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with avocado on a piece of ciabatta bread
Lunch: Tomato soup, piece of wholegrain toast. Snacked on some homemade roasted chickpeas.
Snack: natural yoghurt, kiwifruit and banana with some pumpkin seeds. Hubby made popcorn so ate a few handfuls of that too.
Dinner: Made creamy chicken and mushrooms which had leeks and green beans in it. Was made with chicken stock and a little sour cream. New recipe – was average. Ate with roasted pumpkin, broccoli, carrots and some mashed potato.
After dinner: Had 5 pieces of Whittakers Almond Chocolate (husband bought – I ate hehe) plus a cup of tea.
Supplements – I take Blackmores Omega 3 supplements a few times a week, and also iron tablets as i’m iron deficient.
So that’s a week in my life of food! This week it could be totally different. Comparing this to my overall food pattern, I normally eat red meat 2-3 times a week whereas I only had it once this week and day 6 was a bit out of wack due to it being such a full on day and a birthday as well. I also had training and a farewell which changed usual food options for me. If you found this post interesting, I often post food photos on my instagram account – so you can check me out there – here’s the link.