If you look at my youtube history I am guessing at least half my watched videos are ‘what I eat in a day’ ones. Maybe it’s because I like to fool myself into thinking that if I watch people making healthy food choices it’s as good as me making them too right? I’ve never done one of these myself as we’ve yet to buy instagram-worthy tables (we’re saving pricey furniture purchases until after we’ve bought the flat so we can invest in pieces that fit the space) to take beautiful photos on. But this morning I though ‘screw it!’, there’s a lot more value in sharing real life so here is what I ate yesterday, no filters, pretty prop crockery or good lighting (this would definitely have been easier in the summer when there will be natural lighting for all, not just one of my meals!). I’d like to think that this is a pretty good reflection of what my day to day diet looks like so far in 2018.
Around 7am – Kicking off the day with a lot of liquid. I am pretty terrible at drinking anything at work so I try to get in as much as I can before I leave. I don’t regularly drink orange juice in the morning unless I feel a cold coming on then it’s a tasty, indulgent way to boost my vitamin C.
8am – Throw my breakfast and lunch into my bag and run out to work. In an attempt to drink more I usually pack a 700ml BPA free bottle and today I’ve thrown a selection of teabags in too *spoiler alert* I didn’t use either of them today.
8.30-9am – I get to work, throw the moka on the stove (a ridiculously easy an environmentally friendly way to make coffee) and drink my favourite snickerdoodle smoothie. I’m going to be pretty disappointed when I run out of vanilla protein powder as I’m trying work towards only eating ‘real food’. It gives smoothies a delicious richness that tastes exactly like cake batter. In a couple of weeks I will have to try and find a whole food alternative. This smoothie tastes like a spiced biscuit and feels like more of a treat in the morning than a quick way to eat oats and a banana.
1pm – I’ve been trying to bring my own lunch to work since I started suffering from stomach aches last year. Every day I pack a simple salad (there’s a great selection of vinegars at work for dressings), a spoonful of miso for a probiotic boost and a piece of fruit. I’ve had a lot of sandwiches recently purely for ease but I am wondering if comercial, unfermented bread is adding to my stomach issues so I am going to try cooking extra carbs the night before and having that instead. This was rice cooked by the absorption method in homemade chicken stock which some leftover shredded chicken thigh on top.
7pm – As I mentioned in my New Years Goals post I am drinking a cup of homemade chicken broth everyday as it is meant to help soothe and repair your digestive track. I usually have it whilst I am cooking dinner. It’s delicious, and not a chore at all.
7.15pm – Brought home a couple of boxes of cauliflower cores leftover from making pickles at work last week. There was so many everyone took back so much. I’ve really enjoyed hearing what everyone made with them, there’s been a puree served with roasted sausages, cauliflower cheese with three different cheese and a cauliflower, leek and potato soup. I made the cauliflower and stilton soup adapted from the RIverford cookbook and after packing it all away for future meals there was a bowlful left so Dan and I had a small bowl each as a starter. We rarely ever do this, it was just easiest option to use it up. I omitted any of the cream and only used a small amount of stilton so it wasn’t too rich and fatty.
7.30pm – One of my favourite dinners, White Beans with Fennel and Ham from Georgina Hayden’s Stirring Slowly. I made a huge pot of this at the beginning of the year (about 14 peoples worth) portioned it out and froze it for midweek meals. It’s so nice to come home and just have to reheat something quickly for dinner. I grabbed a loaf of wholemeal sourdough from the bakery next to work and served it with some kale sauteed with garlic and dried chilli. I’ve been trying to eat dark leafy greens everyday as it helps with quantity and variety of good bacteria in your gut. This is the way I usually prepare it, it’s quick and really tasty, and most importantly it stops Dan from complaining about being served kale.
7.45pm – Swallow a handful of supplements. A multivitamin/probiotic for any extra nutrient help I can get, and turmeric tablets as an anti-inflammatory. As I’ve shared a few times on here, I suffer from eczema and ingesting turmeric can help with that. I really hate the taste of it so I take it in capsule form. Turmeric is better absorbed and more effective when taken with fats and black pepper which is why I take them after my evening meal as I make sure it contains both those elements. The last tablet is echinacea, I don’t take this every day, just when I feel like I might be coming down with a cold. It’s probably just a placebo effect but I feel like I have been ill less this year, and that’s saying a lot as I usually pick up every germ fellow TFL users like to cough on me.
8pm – Finally decaf tea and chocolate, I’ve been working my way through the mounds of amazing Christmas chocolate that’s been leftover and sadly it’s almost come to an end. When it does I will be back to my favourite dark chocolate bar, it’s so rich that I can usually only eat a square or two to appease my post dinner sweet cravings.
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