As you can gather by the title I am a 23-year-old, who so happens to be a certified nutrition and wellness consultant, trying to make an impact on other people’s lives and to make their health — mental and physical — a priority. I know how tough it is to make smart food choices and to stick with them, but practice makes perfect — cliché I know, but it’s true. Food rules everything around me, literally and figuratively, and when I’m eating a balanced diet, I know I’m nourishing my body and mind the way I’m supposed to. Here is what a typical day of eating looks for me, starting from 8 a.m and ending at about 7 p.m.
Before anything, coffee with a little splash of organic non-dairy milk. I take this time in the morning to clear my mind of all the negative thoughts that may be running through my head and set a positive mindset, and to make sure I say I’m grateful for everything I have and don’t have. My dogs, Bella (Pekingese) and Copper (Siberian Husky) are also a big part of my morning, as in I cuddle and play with them. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, so make sure you take the time to work on your inner self.
8 a.m: Breakfast
Most mornings, I make myself a yogurt bowl for breakfast. It’s quick, nourishing, and most importantly, delicious! The yogurt I use is Forager Project Unsweetened Plain Cashewgurt (non-dairy and organic). I always top it off with kiwis, strawberries, and whatever granola I brought that week. For some extra protein and crunch, I add raw pumpkin seeds.
11 a.m: Late morning snack.
Around this time in the morning, I find myself becoming peckish, so I always gravitate to raw walnuts or cashews. As someone who eats a primarily plant-based diet, and doesn’t like avocados (I’m so sorry), I have to make sure I’m getting my healthy fats in for the day — to keep my blood sugar managed and my mind fed.
1:30 p.m: Lunch
Lunch is always a confusing time for me. I usually am too busy to fiddle around in the kitchen, so smoothies are my go-to, and if I’m out, I settle on a Falafel Sandwich from my local greek restaurant (it’s fried, good for the soul, and just flat out good). As for my smoothie, this is my go-to — a handful of spinach, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries, 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup of rolled oats, a pinch of turmeric, vegan vanilla protein powder, and water. I will also grab another handful of walnuts to eat alongside my smoothie.
4 p.m: Another Snack
Ah, yes, more food. I live a pretty active lifestyle in-between work, so I have to make sure my energy is at its peak, even when I’m amidst that afternoon crash. An organic honey crisp apple and peanut butter are another one of my favorite snacks, and if I’m being careful about my sugar intake for the day, I’ll swap the apple out for some celery.
7 p.m: Dinner
This is the time that I try to load up on all the vegetables I was lacking, and the easiest way to do that? Soup! It’s easy, and I can meal prep it at the beginning of the week, so I don’t have to worry about dinner (or lunch) for the rest of the week. You can find my go-to soup recipe here.
8 p.m: Last Snack
I have a MAJOR sweet tooth and I always like to end my night with a piece of delicious, vegan dark chocolate. My favorite brand is by Hu.
Disclaimer: My diet varies from day to day, depending on what I’m doing or how I’m feeling. I do NOT eat like this everyday. I listen to my body and its cravings. Some days I eat more, others I eat less. Some days I eat healthy, other days I don’t. I’m only human! I’m not perfect and my main goal is to have a healthy and balanced relationship with food without restricting myself.