Here it is! My food log – for your eyes only🙂
Over the next 3 days, I will be showing you exactly what I eat (and what I do for exercise) in a typical week. I hope this answers some of your questions and maybe even inspires you to make a few healthy choices. But remember that this is what I eat, and I’m NOT necessarily recommending it for you. Each body is different and you have to do what feels right for you!
But if you’re curious as to what I eat, here’s a peak into my day..
Day 1 – Monday 6th April
First thing in the morning, I had my usual large glass of water. Today I mixed in the water a little bit of pure vitamin C powder and a spoon of a ‘super green’ powder which includes various kinds of super foods and probiotics. It doesn’t taste great, but I got used to the taste. And it really adds a zzzzzing to my day!
About 15 minutes after the drink, I had breakfast. Today I had a bowl of rice-based organic muesli with home-made almond milk. If you’ve never made or heard of making milk from almonds, leave me a comment below and I’ll give you the recipe. It’s DELICIOUS! My breakfast is a bit larger these days compared to what I normally eat; that’s mainly because I’m exclusively breastfeeding and I get really hungry!
Did you know that breastfeeding burns about 700 calories a day? wow! Great incentive huh?
It’s now 11:23am and I just had 2 large glasses of water. Still not feeling too hungry after the big breakfast so I’ll wait before I have a snack…
12:15pm – I got carried away working on my laptop and just realised I want to eat something. So I’m having an apple now. A nice juicy red apple. Yum! Don’t you just love apples? They taste so good and yet they are not too sweet or messy. Apples make a better snack than bananas or mangoes for example because they have a lower fruit sugar content and more water. We’re having a late-ish lunch today. Maybe around 2pm… and I’ll let you know all about it!
I had lunch at around 2:15pm today… that’s usually when I have lunch because that’s when my kids come home from school (although they’re on break now). What did I have for lunch? First I had a bowl of pumpkin and leek soup. Then I had some delicious mung beans with a cucumber dressing, sprinkled with sprouted quinoa. Oh, and I also had one or two spoons of wholegrain pasta with a raw vegetables sauce (I didn’t have too much of this because I was full by then, but I had to try it). My kids usually love the brown pasta. Then, I had half a glass of water with my daily multivitamin (which I prefer to take at lunch).
Watch this space for my dinner and snack and I’ll also tell you what I’ll be doing for exercise today (as I spent the day so far sitting at my laptop and/or breastfeeding). Yes, I love to exercise!
4:45pm – I just had the munchies. I thought I was hungry so I went to the kitchen to look for something to eat. I stared into the fridge but didn’t see anything that I felt like eating. I decided to have a large glass of room-temperature water and see. It was just great. Just what I wanted. And guess what? I don’t feel like eating anything anymore. I guess I was thirsty not hungry :) We’ll see what happens at dinner.
6:30pm – My kids are eating their dinner and I ate a bit with them. I basically had some carrot and cucumber sticks and a bit of the wholegrain pasta with raw vegetable sauce left over from lunch. I didn’t want to eat too much because I’m putting the kids to bed and I’m going to a Pilates class. Pilates is one of the things I do these days for exercise. It has had an amazing effect on me – not just in terms of burning calories, but in terms of muscle toning and posture too! I’ll tell you more about pilates in another blog post.
Speaking of exercise, you have to remember that it’s not just the hours you spend at the gym that count toward your exercise. Depending on what I’m doing, some days are full of subtle workouts anyway. These days, just carrying the baby, changing him, and bathing him are serious workouts for me – assuming of course I do it using my Pilates instructions of ‘tucking the tummy in’. Those daily chores can be a great bonus to my day (although sometimes exhausting!).
I might have a light salad or something when I come back from Pilates later… I’ll let you know if I do.
I just got back from Pilates and guess what? I’m starving! I’m afraid a salad won’t be enough (especially not since I will be feeding the baby soon). I opened the fridge and found some homemade hummus so I had a bit of that with some rice cakes. Delicious and very satisfying!
Day 2 – Tues 7th April
My usual large glass of water in the morning. Today I took 2 capsules of probiotics supplements on an empty stomach.
Rice cakes with what we call ‘pinky sauce’. This is a home-made spread that I made from a raw food recipe. It’s lovely. It’s like a cross-over between hummus and cheese and it’s made with almonds, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and a few other things. If you would like the recipe for this too, let me know by leaving a comment below. It’s a great alternative to dairy products, especially if you can’t live without cheese!
10:30am – I just had an apple. I wanted to have an orange as well but it was too sour, so I just had the apple. And I drank a tall glass of water.
I had a lovely lunch today. First I had a large green salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. Then I had some yellow lentils cooked with tomatoes and onions. And some eggplant ‘chips’ on the side (thin ringlets of eggplants cooked over slow heat). Then I had this brilliant idea to mix all of the above and make a gourmet-looking dish. My kids loved the experiment and said it looked like a volcano. The combination was delicious. I took a photo of it so you can imagine the mix. A bed of salad leaves, topped with some eggplant chips and yellow lentils, and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. Try it out, it’s really easy to make and it’s delicisous!
What about dessert? If you’re wondering whether or not I ever have dessert, then leave me a comment below and I’ll tell you😉
Dinner today was raw. I had an interesting dish which is basically a combination of raw vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, etc.) mixed with mint leaves and drizzled with a sauce made of crushed almonds, garlic, lemon, and a couple of other things. These vegetables which were cut into long strips were then wrapped in a large cabbage leaf. They looked like wraps, except they weren’t cooked or anything. Very easy to make and tasted great. It was also very light as a meal before bed.
Oh, and two glasses of water before bed too. I know, it makes you more likely to get up to go to the toilet at night, but I get up anyway to feed the baby so it’s no problem.
Day 3 – Wednesday 8th April
Tall glass of water with vitamin C and green powder.
1 hour of yoga
Breakfast: lentil dosa with mint sauce (Indian style)
Lunch: one bowl of brown rice with vegetable curry. Large green salad
Lots of water
6:30pm – I had something to eat with the kids. A bowl of green salad with chickpeas and olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing. And a large glass of water.
I might have something else later on, still not sure…
8:45pm – got hungry again so I had a bit more of the same salad from before. Dark green leaves with chickpeas (cooked at home, not from the can). We soak and cook a big quantity of chickpeas every week and then store it in the freezer in single portions. It makes a great quick meal or snack. When you need it, you just take it out and pour hot water over it and it’s ready. We do that with various different beans.
I had my 2 glasses of water before bed and I’m off. Good night!
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