I’m thirsty when I wake up but instead of reaching for a glass of sugary juice, I have hot water with lemon. This helps me wake up naturally.
I try to get my workout done in the morning and after I enjoy my protein-rich breakfast (scrambled egg in aroma-free coconut oil, avocado & lamb lettuce) and if i’m not feeling stressed then I’ll have a black coffee (no sugar, sweetener or fake cocoa powder).
I listen to my body and eat when i’m hungry. Generally i’m not a snack person so I go through till lunch on air and water. Some people do well on 3 meals per day, some need snacks in between.
I have lunch about 1pm and it generally is something easy: protein & vegetables. Here is white fish with samphire and I had a pear after as well.
I keep the carbs to a minimum as I don’t need many but don’t exclude them. I like to get my carbs from vegetables rather than starch.
Other times, I’ll have a sweet potato with fish or meat or a healthy salad if i’m out from an eatery.
As my lunch was balanced, I do not get hungry 1 hour later so no need to make microwave popcorn or a handful of carrots – more pure carbohydrate.
At about 4pm, i’m feeling a little peckish so I make a Bodhimaya Gingerbread Smoothie…. I’m addicted to them (Pumpkin Puree, 1/2 Banana, Ginger, Cinnamon, Maca, Hemp Protein, Almond Milk)
I was dealing with a bit of work pressure so the protein powder in this helped, much better than empty chewing gum with artificial sweeteners!
This kept me going till dinner and I didn’t even think about peanut M&M’s.
Dinner was homemade turkey burgers with beetroot, spinach, sprouts and avocado.
I drink water throughout the day and don’t even think about it which is why it’s not documented here. As a rule of thumb, I advise my client’s to consume 35ml per kg of body weight. You can also try herbal teas of bone broth like this:
Bone broth is rich in collagen so good for connective tissue, skin and gut healing.
As I said before, we are not perfect and now and then I like to enjoy a glass of champagne or wine but keep it limited.
I avoid gluten because it doesn’t agree with me and sensitive to it. I don’t tell my clients to avoid foods unless there is a reason to. What I eat may not suit everyone so work with a Nutritional Therapist to find out what’s right for you.
If you’re just starting out learning about healthy eating then perhaps consider the BANT Wellbeing Guidelines as a starting point.
Daniel O’Shaughnessy Dip ION FdSc mBANT CNHC is a Registered Nutritional Therapist. For more information, please visit: thenakednutritionist.co.uk.