Before becoming a Holistic Nutritionist, I was never asked “what do you eat” by so many people. Truthfully, I didn’t really pay much attention to what I ate in a day either, but now its something that I am asked about often, so I thought it would be a good idea to share. I have a few stipulations about this series because I never want to make anyone feel a certain way about what I am choosing to eat or not eat. So, although these are all foods and meals that I eat in a normal day, this is done to inspire you, not bring you down or make you feel “less than” about your meals. Keep in mind that I don’t always eat optimal all the time either, sometimes, I have nachos and guac for dinner. So here it is, this is what a nutritionist eats!
I know that it is usually What I Ate Wednesday, but for me Monday works a lot better, so I am going with that, plus I love to be different.
To start off, there is more to life than food and what you are eating (or not eating) and life doesn’t stop if you have a donut (and not the gluten/sugar free kind) or in my case a fresh bagel with cream cheese. Labeling foods as good or bad and giving dirty looks to those who may be choosing the not-so-healthy options has got to stop. But so does idolizing Instagrammers who post their perfect smoothie bowls, healthy avo toasts and crisp kale salads (I am guilty, I know!). Most of the time, that is not real life.
When I was in nutrition school, I was legitimately scared to drink water. If it wasn’t filtered, I thought I would die. While working my part time office job, I would bring in my own water from home and even if I was thirsty after I finished that, I wouldn’t drink the water because it was tap. Now, are there problems with tap water, sure…but there is a bigger problem with being so afraid of something and being dehydrated because of it.
As holistic nutritionists, sometimes I think we take ourselves a bit too seriously, at least I know I have. But the last thing I want to do is pass this unhealthy relationship with food to my clients or those around me. So I am done posting scary info on foods or talking about how much better kale is over other greens and instead I am going to focus solely on explaining why I use a certain ingredient, highlighting why it is so amazing and hopefully inspiring someone to try something new. This to me is a more realistic approach to food and our relationship with it. Throughout school, I always knew I wanted to help women develop a better relationship with food, but then somewhere along the way, I kind of lost that and instead focused on making my Instagram feed more appealing. Having a pretty Instagram is not what is important to me, or what makes me want to get out of the bed every morning. Helping women overcome their food demons, break the diet cycle and learn to love food and themselves is what gets my juices flowing.
So with all that being said, here is what I ate on Monday!
I woke up late on Monday (I blame some leftover jetlag from my Vancouver trip plus some chaos surrounding personal family issues and a lack of sleep). I had a big glass of water with lemon, I drink room temperature water with about a half a lemon squeezed in it and usually try to drink with a straw.
Around 10:30: I made myself a HUGE smoothie, using my favourite recipe as of late, here it is if you want to give it a try for yourself:
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
- large handful of frozen romaine lettuce, chopped (I freeze my own after I wash and dry it)
- chia seeds, about 1-2 tbsp.
- half an avocado
- half a frozen banana
- scoop of chocolate protein powder
- raw cacao powder, about 1 tbsp.
- 1 tsp. ground schisandra berries
- 1 sachet of withinUs TruMarine collagen
- 1 tbsp. cacao nibs added after blending (add in the last 10 seconds of blending)
I have been having this recipe a lot and cannot get enough, you wont even taste the frozen cauliflower at all, it adds a nice creaminess to the smoothie.
After I had this smoothie, the craziness of life took over and I had to run out the door and to the hospital for a personal family issue and ended up staying there until about 6pm. Luckily, I live in a fantastic city and was able to grab some lunch at IQ food Co, which is ridiculously amazing and tasty. It was a base of shredded veggies and roasted cauliflower with chicken, goat cheese and some pomegranate seeds in a lime dressing. It was GOOD! Sorry, no pic! If you are in the Toronto area, check this place out. The box I had was seasonal and called the green mile.
Now, my boyfriend (Sam) is Jewish so it was also the first night of Passover, so we went to his aunt’s house for dinner.
By the time I got home, I was exhausted and fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.
This was not a typical day of eating for me, but I wanted to share it with you because I think it illustrates the point I am trying to make. Life is not perfect and much of what you see on social media is constructed in such a way to only show the good. I posted my smoothie, but not my dinner because it doesn’t fit with my brand or my look, but this is also not real life.
Alright, that sums up my very first post in this new series and I hope you enjoy it as you will get to see what I really eat, regardless if it ends up on my Instagram or not.
If you have any questions, let me know!