Hi guys. Because of my interest in health and nutrition people often ask me what I eat in a day. Also I think there is often a notion that models hardly eat anything. Whilst this may be the case for some I can assure you that even during the hight of my career this was never the case for me. Luckily I think that young women in particular are becoming more aware that to look and feel our best we must fuel our bodies correctly. Also thankfully I think that healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle is really having its moment thanks to the rise of Instagram and other social media platforms. If you look at Instagram on any given Sunday in January all you will see are pictures of Avocado toast and Chia pots! I truly believe that nutrition is the key to good health and avoiding disease and illness. I also believe, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that what you eat plays a much bigger role in weight-loss than any amount of exercise! (Although I’m certainly not suggesting you give up exercise as it has plenty of health benefits.)
There are certain food rules I always try to stick to as I believe they are most beneficial to my health. For instance I am totally gluten-free. Whilst I do this because I believe I have an intolerance I also feel that everyone would benefit from avoiding gluten. Intolerance is on the increase and even if you don’t find gluten to be a problem for you now, symptoms can be vast and well hidden and you may well develop a problem in the future. I also try to avoid too much sugar as again, I believe this to be the cause of most disease and weight-gain. I also find this the hardest thing as sugar is so incredibly addictive. Chocolate is definitely my downfall and sadly I don’t mean the dark, high cocoa variety!
I’m not saying my diet is perfect in any way but below is my food diary over two days. I tried to be good! (ish)
Banana protein milkshake – (Had lots of bananas going bad!) 2 over-ripe bananas, 1 scoop Whey protein powder, coconut milk, 1 teaspoon Manuka honey, 2 large tablespoons raw coconut oil. All mixed together in my Nutri-bullet. 1 large glass of water
Thai yellow prawn curry – Defrosted frozen king prawns, Good 4U Lentil sprout mix (Waitrose), 5 chopped asparagus stalks. All lightly fried in coconut oil then add 1 tbsp Thai Taste Green curry paste (from Waitrose. Obsessed!), coconut milk, garlic, tamari (gluten-free) soy sauce, turmeric, pepper and chilli seeds. This is so yummy. You can use whatever veggies you have in the fridge and it’s super quick. The curry paste is a godsend as you can make quick, delicious and nutritious meals in minutes with whatever you have left in the fridge. When cooking with turmeric always add pepper and/or chilli to release the anti-inflammatory compounds.
1 250ml bottle of Go! Kombucha Golden Yunnan (Fermented food and drink is great for your gut and this tastes like cider but better!)
Large handful of macadamia nuts. 5 dried figs. 4 large handfuls of Good 4U lentil sprout mix, raw (left over from lunch). 1 cup Pukka Herbs Serene Jasmine Green tea.
As hubby is currently away working every weekend I thought I would treat him to a mid-week roast as he always misses out. We had half a roast shoulder of Lamb with sweet potato, carrots, sprouts and green beans. I made a gluten-free gravy using meat juices, The Paleo Broth Company beef bone broth as stock, white wine, mustard, turmeric and salt and pepper, thickened with gram flour (due to food allergies but GF flour will do).
Raspberries. Cup of green tea
Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and avocado
Organic coffee with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and a splash of coconut milk
I do a lot of intuitive cooking (making it up as I go along) and this was one of my weird dishes using whatever I had in the house! Diced sweet potato and butternut squash, mixed fish pieces (salmon, cod, smoked cod), Good 4U Lentil sprout mix and spinach, all sautéed in garlic butter with a splash of coconut milk to moisten. Garnished with dill. This took about 5 mins to make.
Cup of green tea and an OMBAR chocolate bar
Packet of Awfully Posh Anglesey sea salt pork crackling (Waitrose), Cup of Green tea
Organic chicken livers sautéed with onions, garlic and spinach and seasoned with salt, pepper and turmeric. Broccoli. Large glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Many of you will balk at the idea of eating liver but I personally love it and on a nutritional level it is a bit of a superfood! It’s also fairly cheap.
Raspberries and 2 satsumas. Cup of green tea
So there it is! In an ideal world I would have eaten a lot more vegetables but I do find it hard to find the time. I’ve been trying really hard recently to have a more balanced, nutritious diet which has led to me cooking a bit more as opposed to eating, say, a cold lunch. Also I find that in winter I benefit more from cooked foods rather than raw or cold which is something that may have it’s roots in Ayurveda (warm food to boost). It’s worth pointing out that my daughter was at nursery for these two days. On days when she is at home I try to ensure we still eat healthily but probably wouldn’t tend to cook a big, hot lunch as I often just don’t have the time. For these days I’m lucky enough to have a freezer full of small, nutritious meals that my mum has made for Aurélia and frozen so she gets to eat well and I have whatever I can find in the fridge and eat quickly!
Don’t forget to leave a comment below and let me know what you think of my diet and the kind of things you love to eat from day-to-day.