Apparently lots of people are interested in what their personal trainer eats. I get this question a lot. It kind of baffles me as I am not an expert on nutrition and I think what I eat is pretty standard and non-eventful. But to satisfy everyone's curiosity, here is an insight into what keeps our family fed.
In our house, I am the only one that cooks. Hubby has interests, but cooking isn't one of them. The kids are starting to take an interest but it is still going to be a while off before they can cook dinner on their own (I can't wait for that to happen). It is for this reason that this busy mum makes sure that meals are quick, nutritious and delicious and to ensure that everyone (where possible) eats the same thing. Preparing separate meals would drive me batty.
The way we eat in our house pretty much follows the national Healthy Eating Guidelines with the following exceptions:
- We try to avoid canola oil and margarine and just stick mostly with olive, coconut, macadamia and butter
- We only buy full fat dairy
- We don't eat soy products (mostly due to the fact that none of us can stand the taste/texture)
- We would generally eat a higher ratio of vegies and less carbs than what the guidelines state.
My own personal eating philosophy (and by default the way I feed my family) goes something like this:
- We eat real food 90% of the time
- Variety is the spice of life (we eat a variety of different coloured fruit and veg, grains, healthy fats and protein sources)
- I make as much as possible from scratch rather than buying packet mixes (like Make Your Own Taco Seasoning)
- We enjoy the other 10% and don't feel guilty about it (for me it is chocolate, wine and takeaway fish and chips)
- When making changes to my diet or the diet of our family, I take it one step at a time. I get the family used to one change and make it a habit before progressing to the next change.
So then, what does a day on my plate look like?
- A big glass of water (often with the juice of half a lemon)
- Eggs, avocado on sourdough, mushrooms on sourdough, overnight oats, or yoghurt with granola and fresh fruit, homemade peanut butter on sourdough or a smoothie. Not all on the same day of course but we rotate through these.
Lunch (I don't often eat morning tea as I am still full from breakfast)
- A salad or wrap with protein (egg, chicken, tinned tuna, cheese or bacon), or leftovers from the night before
- A piece of fruit. Simple!
Afternoon tea or pre-dinner snack
- Brie or Camembert on rice crackers (or just on their own), or a handful of nuts (macadamia, almond or cashew). I also love hard boiled eggs.
- For school lunches I also make things in bulk that freeze well and can straight into a lunch box such as pumpkin and cheese puffs from Skinnymixers and homemade nut free museli bars.
- Three requirements here - vegies, protein and taste
- We eat vegetarian 2-3 nights per week
- I have a database of meals I know the kids will eat so that when I am doing the meal plan for the week, I can run my finger down the list and have healthy recipes I know they will like, at my fingertips.
- This is where the kids and the adults usually differ. The kids will have homemade fruit ice ceam (which is just frozen fruit and pure cream (banana is divine!), low sugar yoghurt with fruit or fruit with pure cream.
- The adults will usually have dark chocolate once the kids go to bed, or a homemade chocolate version make on nuts, dates, coconut oil and cacao (the kids like this too).
- Water, water, water. I carry a thermos water bottle with me so I always have cold refreshing water on hand.
- I don't drink tea or coffee (not for any particular reason, I just never started)
- We don't drink soft drink unless there is a special occasion (my mum makes a great fruit punch)
- I don't buy juice (again it is more for special occasions)
- I also love a scotch or a red wine but keep it for weekends
So why do I think this way of eating works for us? Well, we don't often get sick, we all poop like clock work (TMI?) and it doesn't break the budget. Winning!
So do I think this is the only way to eat? Of course not. It is about working out what works for your family and makes you feel great. If that is Paleo, Vegan or high fat low carb, then that is great. The one thing that I know is absolutely true, is that the less processed the better. Just eat real food.
If you require additional advice on what nutrition is right for you and your family please seek the advice of a qualified nutritionist like Gina from Nutrition by Gina Rose.
Christine is a mother of two with an interest in making healthy living simple for busy mums. She thinks eating well has been over-complicated by the weight loss and health food industries and the marketing of processed foods has everyone confused about what is healthy and what is not. Her favourite nutritional motto "Just eat real food".