What do I eat? My 2 day food diary

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)

DAY 1

BREAKFAST

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

LUNCH

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.

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1 250ml bottle of Go! Kombucha Golden Yunnan (Fermented food and drink is great for your gut and this tastes like cider but better!)

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SNACK

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.

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DINNER

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).

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PUDDING

Raspberries. Cup of green tea

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DAY 2

BREAKFAST

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and avocado

Organic coffee with 1 teaspoon coconut oil and a splash of coconut milk

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LUNCH

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.

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PUDDING

Cup of green tea and an OMBAR chocolate bar

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SNACK

Packet of Awfully Posh Anglesey sea salt pork crackling (Waitrose), Cup of Green tea

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DINNER

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.

Don't have a pic of chicken livers but here's a pic of prettier dinner! ;)
Don’t have a pic of chicken livers but here’s a pic of prettier dinner! 😉

PUDDING

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!image

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.

Love

Zoë

XXX


27 thoughts on “What do I eat? My 2 day food diary

  1. Absolutely love this post Zoe!
    I’ve recently switched from regular semi-skimmed milk to coconut milk because I found it made me feel sluggish and bloated afterwards as well as the fact I don’t really like the taste of it. I’ve also switched to brown rice/pasta although I try not to eat too much of it as, again, I get that same feeling. Cutting down on sugar has definitely been beneficial to me however when I’m home from uni and not really in charge of what foods are in the house, I find it difficult. (Chocolate is also a huge downfall of mine😜) I try to be as healthy as possible and always make sure that I have plenty of greens and spices in my diet as I have had a lack of iron in my body from being an incredibly fussy eater over the years (not fun).

    This post is definitely going to help me in the future and I’d love to read more about your recipes etc. Hopefully, now that I have my nutribullet, it’ll be easier for me to get the nutrients I need quickly and easily and in a way that I won’t really be fussy about!

    Sorry for the long post and thank you once again!

    Georgia x

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  2. Wow! Definitely going to try some of these ideas, they sound really yummy! I’m trying to eat healthier foods on a more regular basis and stop skipping meals. Sometimes I don’t eat until evening! May also try going gluten free as have had tummy trouble for years now and wondering if maybe gluten is the culprit. Love your blogs Zoe, keep them coming😊x

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    1. Claire! Eat breakfast you crazy woman! 😉 insulin levels are really important to weight/health/mentality so important to keep them balanced. I would recommend an elimination diet if you think you may have problems with gluten. You’ll have to be careful/ thorough though as its hidden in lots of things you would never even consider! X

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  3. Hi Zoe,
    Thank you for sharing this. I am currently very interested in food and nutrition as I believe it could be another way for me to help manage my depression.
    I have 2 young children so am constantly trying to monitor sugar in our diets too ( although this can be tricky as it can be well hidden!)

    Thank you for the ideas you have shared, I can feel a trip to Waitrose coming on!!

    Mel

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    1. Thanks Mel. I’m sure there is a connection between nutrition and depression especially as hormones can cause/affect depression. Also there may be a link to your gut. I’m sure a good nutritionist/functional medicine practitioner could help. X

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  4. Oh I’ve been so looking forward (and hoping!) to seeing a “foodie” post from you Zoë, and it of course didn’t disappoint!
    Can really relate with the gluten related health issues, and struggling with healthy eating when raising tiny humans (although for me it’s professionally, not personally!)
    Thank you for sharing, and keep it up! Just love reading your blog xx

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  5. Wow!!! You are SO healthy Zoe. I always have good intentions and never make it to the end of the week!!! I’ve been trying to go gluten free for ages (after reading the book Grain Brain which frightened the life out of me), but still haven’t achieved it. Can you come and live with us? xx

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    1. Haha. Stick with it! It’s just a battle with your mind. Worth it in the long run though as once you’ve re-trained yourself you may just feel like a new woman and won’t miss it at all! X

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  6. Zoe, excellent post again. Have you ever thought of writing a cook book of your healthy food ideas? I am not a lover of prawns but there are fish dishes I love. I find my body is less sluggish after fish than anything else. My main store is Waitrose and I particularly love how they prepare and pack their fish with the customers name on, just the way you want it prepared.ie home delivery. My favourite fish is Tilapia. Quick and easy to prepare and cook. I love it as part of hot or cold meals. Ideal shredded in salads for packed lunches. Will def try all your recipes but would substitute coconut products . Love coconut for conditioning hair and skin but unfortunately not in meals. Thank you for an inspirational post.

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    1. Haha there are many foods that I disliked as a child that I now love, but unfortunately coconut never made that transition – or prawns for that matter. Most sea food did. I also really love sea bass and sword fish but without doubt, tilapia is top of the fish list. My girls love it too. It is a very versatile fish and quick and easy to prepare. Oh I like to cook with extra virgin advocado oil or grapeseed oil. Sparingly. Exceedingly good.
      Start the books coming. Your customers await.

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  7. Another great blog Zoe, really interesting to read. Very interested in the gluten free meals. My friend is a coeliac and has to have gluten free. Lots of variety in the supermarkets now and always choices in restaurants. Thank you, looking forward to reading your next blog.Xx

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    1. Thanks Sue. You’re right. There is definitely a lot more awareness of coeliac disease which is great and more restaurants do seem to be catering for it. The problem with a lot of “gluten-free” and “free-from” food in supermarkets is that a lot of it seems to be full of all sorts of other crap that you don’t necessarily want to be eating or could have a similar effect on your gut to gluten particularly if you also have leaky gut which many coeliac a do! Thanks for your kind comments. X

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  8. Hi Zoe! Fab post as always

    I’ve been gluten free since it being suggested to me I may have an intolerance 4 years ago when I had my daughter and felt sluggish and lacking in energy all the time. I’m trying to cut down on sugar and dairy too. Love nut milks as an alternative. Since getting my nutri bullet (thank you Zoe for the inspiration!) I’ve eaten much more veg than I used to and love the concoctions I produce out of my head! I too, cook as I go along and am trying to add more super foods as an extra to dishes, eg blueberries sprinkled on salad, and eating oily fish. Since reading your blog and nutritional posts on Twitter I’ve been much more mindful about my weekly diet and this in turn means my husband and daughter eat a good balanced diet. Would love to know where I can get those choc bars in your blog post Zoe as despite everything, chocolate will always be part of my life!!!! Lol xxxxxx

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    1. That’s fantastic new Hannah! So pleased. Thanks too for taking the time to comment. It’s so great to spread the “wellness” word! The OMBARs in the post were bought online as I’ve not yet found anywhere locally that stock them. Sadly they do charge postage which I believe is about £2.28 or something. They aren’t cheap but hey, who can put a price on healthy and delicious chocolate right?! Just have to eat sparingly 😉

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      1. Fabulous I will order some!! You know you said in an earlier response to another comment about things that might be in gluten free foods that may be equally bad for you – would you be able to tell me a bit more about what these are?? Was not aware x

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  9. Thanks Zoe. It’s always good to get some new ideas on maintaining a nutritious diet. I find we slip into bad habits in our house just through lack of time. But it doesn’t take much to get back on track – a tweak here and there. Reading this reminded me that we used to have a lot more veggie meals and a lot less ‘food out of boxes’ as my dad called processed food. And he was right, they are never a good idea. So having spent the last two months recycling bugs around the family I am back on the clean food train. My tip is to grow some of your own veg if you can – perfect time of year to sow a few things! I find multi coloured beetroot and chard are easy to grow and beautiful on the plate! Also I love that you acknowledge we can’t all be perfect eaters every day. Sending healthy wishes to you and yours.

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    1. Thanks Louise. I absolutely agree about growing your own if possible! You can’t get much more organic and also the gardening/growing process means you have contact with all those wonderful organisms in the soil as well as the benefits of fresh air and sunlight! It’s a win win situation! X

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  10. Great article Zoe! Biggest things noticed are the absence of caffeine, sugar and dairy – all three are big weaknesses of mine! Fantastic inspiration from you for me to kick these and switch to a healthier pattern of eating. I always thought coconut milk was high in fat – have I got that wrong?

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    1. Thanks Corinne. I do have a little of all of the above but do try to limit them. One or two black coffees a day are actually thought to have health benefits. Sugar and dairy generally not so good! With regard to fat, sadly there had long been a myth that fat is bad for you. While this is the case for trans-fats the majority of fats are actually very important for health especially those in fish, avocado and coconut. Eating fat will not make you fat! However eating lots of sugar and carbohydrates will! Fat is your friend so don’t fear it. 😉

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    2. Btw I wasn’t suggesting dairy is bad. Just depends what type and if you have an allergy. Again if drinking milk I would always suggest going for an organic, full fat milk rather than semi skimmed however in coffee I like to replace milk with coconut oil and coconut milk. X

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  11. Bonjour Zoe. Really interesting and helpful blog. I’m changing my habits…slowly and carefully and I am surprised as to how much more energy I have, and I mean a lot more.
    The thing I miss is preserves. I normally make jam the French way, with only 20% of sugar to fruit, but I want to try something else to replace the sugar completely. Do you know anything about Stevia?
    Merci

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