Last week, my Facebook newsfeed was plastered with posts and comments about this Business Insider article, featuring a day in the diet of a registered dietitian nutritionist. Curious what all the fuss and sarcasm was about, I read in shock that her “healthy” diet included a big glass of juice, 3-4 mocha lattes, popcorn, and M&Ms.
I had to double check to make sure I wasn’t on the Onion website by accident. Surely this was a joke, right??
No wonder 35% of American adults are obese, and many people have type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health problems considered diseases of lifestyle. Even our supposed experts don’t eat well!
I’m not about to say that my diet is perfect (I love going out for sushi or bbq or dim sum) and there are legitimate concerns that clean eating can become problematic. Nonetheless, there are significant benefits to a healthy diet.
Here’s a snapshot of one day in the diet of a naturopathic doctor:
I woke up early to squeeze in a quick workout. Lately, I’ve been loving the HIIT (high intensity interval training) cardio workouts from Blogilates. Before I dropped the kids off at school, I ate leftovers from dinner the night before. I prefer a savory breakfast, so this bone broth soup with buckwheat noodles, miso pork and beans, topped with cilantro and watercress was perfect.
When I got back home, I had a banana and an espresso (coffee is my weakness).
For lunch, I made a chickpea, kale and tomato stir-fry (one of the benefits of working from home is access to a full kitchen and a garden with the last kale harvest of the season). Yes, those are whole garlic cloves in the picture, evidence of both my laziness and dedication to a healthy immune system. I ate one bowl of it and put the rest in the fridge to eat over the next couple of days.
After school, the kids and I always have a snack. Sometimes, we have raw energy ball “monsters”. That day, we each had a handful of walnuts and a bunch of red grapes.
For dinner, I made a lamb and millet pie with roasted cauliflower and a parsley salad (tabouleh minus the grains). We went for a family walk after dinner. When we got home, I ate an apple while the kids had melon (possibly the only fruit I don’t like).
No, I don’t only drink coffee. I have my stainless steel water bottle on me at all times (that’s why I need a big purse). I drink about 1.5-2 liters of water every day. Plus, I have one or two cups of herbal tea when I’m in the office consulting with patients.
Not every day looks like this but we try to cook at home as much as possible. I’m a huge fan of eating lots of fruits and vegetables, making big batches, and freezing leftovers to eat on those days when there just isn’t time to cook. Also, I love food.