• Alex Bovell

What I Eat in a Day: 2

Updated: Feb 10, 2019



I recently put a little poll on my Instagram story asking what you wanted to see and the majority of people requested more ‘what I eat in a day’ posts. These also interest me as I watch a lot of nutritionist videos on YouTube describing the same things. I just always want to mention, the way I eat isn’t going to necessarily work for you. In the past 1-2 years, my eating habits have changed A LOT. I was vegan for nearly 3 years, then vegetarian and now I’m trying to eat without restriction listening to my body. I’ll do another post on this because I’ve definitely got heaps to say about this topic, listening to your body and not placing yourself in a box.

Anyway, back to what you’ve come here for, FOOD. My current eating habits are definitely focusing towards getting those bowel movements flowing. I’m sorry if that’s a little TMI but I always promised to keep things real on here!


WAKE UP: 

When I have the opportunity, I’m really enjoying starting my morning off with a walk around the park. If I don’t have to rush to work or uni I just find this helps set my mind frame up positively for the day. I’ll chuck my earphones in and listen to podcasts, which at the moment is ‘The work of Byron Katie’ which I was recommended to by an amazing person and it’s helped me so much. As soon as I get home I’ll drink my lemon water, about 500mL, and a peppermint tea. Some days if I’m feeling like something super fresh I’ll make my green smoothie recipe and have a glass of that!


Breakfast 

My favourite breakfast these past few weeks has been chia seed pudding which to me just tastes like a chocolate pudding and it’s bloody delicious!! I’ll put the recipe below for you 🙂 This is such a great breakfast balanced with protein, complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and dietary fibre. Chia seeds are little gems that increase bowel regularity and their fibre rich content helps keep you fuller for longer. When you let them soak overnight they absorb nearly as much water as possible which means they won’t absorb additional water in your digestive tract and leave you dehydrated. Additionally, they work as a prebiotic which means they support the growth and feed beneficial/good bacteria in your gut.


Chia Seed Pudding

2 Tbsp. chia seeds2 tsp. cacao1 tsp. maca1 mashed banana2 Tbsp. Tropeaka lean vanilla protein1/2 cup mixed berries1/2 Tbsp. coconut shreddedcinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla


(Photo credit: www.ournutritionkitchen.com)

I combine the chia seeds, cacao, maca powder, banana, protein and spices into a jar and shake till they’re well combined. Then I’ll add 1 cup of liquid (almond milk/water) and berries on top. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, overnight is best! In the morning I’ll add a few almonds or walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and goji berries.

Lunch

Honestly, life is a little crazy at the moment and as much as I wish I could say I’m having these beautiful Instagram worthy lunches, they’re not. Yet, after speaking with many people a lot of us struggle finding healthy quick meal options to take for lunch while we’re working. If I have leftovers from dinner  I’ll take them. However, my dinner lately has been vegemite and avocado on toast or if I’m feeling fancy avocado and eggs on toast so it’s not exactly leaving me with leftovers haha.


Eating simple doesn’t bother me… but I always add herbs and spices to (mind the pun) spice up my meals. An easy, throw together lunch for me at the moment is baked chicken in a mixed salad with avocado. The key to healthy eating is definitely preparation and setting yourself up for success. I’ll bake chicken and roast a bunch of vegetables on Sunday or Monday night and use these throughout the rest of the week. Another sneaky bowel regularity tip is leave the skin on vegetables as this ensures you’re getting both soluble and insoluble fibre in your meal.

My salad is made of:

palm size shredded chickenspinach & rocketgrated carrot and raw beetrootdiced capsicum, tomato and cucumberroast mushrooms, sweet potato, onion and pumpkin – with garlic, tamari & curry powder1/4 avocado mashed with salt & pepper


I throw it all in a takeaway container and bobs your uncle I’m good to go! The chicken provides protein, salad/vegetables provide complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre, the avocado provides essential fatty acids and all together there’s a mix of micronutrients and antioxidants. Eating healthy fats is important because this helps slow the release of glucose into your bloodstream, meaning your energy won’t fluctuate up and down like a rollercoaster. A protein serve with meals is important because this stimulates a hormone called leptin which also increases fullness. So if you feel your energy levels are slumping in the afternoon make sure you pack protein in your lunch!


Dinner

There were a few nights where it was cold this week and I was all about that life! I jumped into my trackies and made a bowel of pumpkin soup and it was everything I ever dreamed of and more. Like porridge soup just makes me feel all warm inside, surprisingly? The recipe was super simple and makes a decent amount of soup for you to take to work the next day.

Pumpkin Soup:

1 Tbsp. curry powder1/2 tsp turmeric1/2 tsp ginger1/2 tsp cumin1/4 tsp cinnamon2 garlic cloves finely chopped1 kg pre-roasted pumpkin, peeled and cubed 3-4 large pre-roasted carrots, peeled and cubed2-3 cups hot water (depends how thick you like your soup, less water will give you a thicker soup)1 cup Coconut milk1 cup vegetable stock1 tablespoon olive oil brown onion, finely chopped

I brought one of those stick blenders from K-mart and it was $15.


So all I had to do was combine everything in a pan and then saute the spices with the liquids and vegetables. Last step was whizzing it up with the hand blender to the consistency i wanted. BOOM SOUP! I served mine with a spoon of greek yoghurt and a slice of paleo bread because I can’t have soup without toast!


Snacks

I’m definitely an afternoon snacker, that annoying time between lunch and dinner! If i’m at uni i try and keep things like carrot and hummus in my lunchbox, or a piece of fruit with raw walnuts, almonds and cashews. I wish I was prepared enough to make some delicious protein balls but I’m not. My biggest tip is eating your main meals so you’re not completely starving around the afternoon.

After dinner, I’ve been loving satisfying my sweet tooth with some coconut yoghurt or greek yoghurt and warmed berries. I’m definitely trying to increase my consumption of greek yoghurt because it’s such a great source of calcium, protein and zinc! It also contains probiotic cultures which is the good bacteria we want to live in our guts.


I hope this was helpful in some way for you! Like I said earlier, please don’t think because I’m eating these foods it’s 100% right for you. Everyone thrives on different eating styles and I’m still trying to find what works for me and what my body likes.