All in a day's work: Kylie the graphic designer
Kylie is 30 and her typical work day is rather sedentary, so she tries to get to the gym as much as possible to move around and unwind. Most of her meals, including lunch, are home-cooked. However once a week she will go to Revive (a healthy lunch/salad bar) for lunch.
Would she describe her diet as typical of others in her profession? “I wouldn't describe my diet as typical compared to the other designers I work with. Once upon a time I would have been craving my morning coffee fix and indulging in shared team lollies but those days are over since I'm following a more alkaline diet, free of refined sugars. I have a condition called scoliosis (curved spine) and for the past 2 years I was suffering from chronic back pain that was becoming increasingly unbearable. After quitting refined sugar and including more alkaline foods in my diet I have never felt better. More energy, clear skin and no more back pain. Yay!”
My day begins with a warm ginger tea with fresh lemon, followed by a glass of green juice (apple, celery, cucumber, kale, carrot, parsley, lemon, ginger).
Microwaved oat bran with almond milk, kiwifruit, 1 spoon goji berries, LSA and a tsp of maca.
My office drawer is filled with various teas — today I have jasmine green tea.
I live 10mins walk from work so I pop home and heat up some leftovers — Dr Libby’s mushroom soup with 2 slices Vogel's gluten-free toast with Vegemite.
I have a snack bag consisting of pumpkin seeds, couple of brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, 1 date, 1 sulphur-free apricot.
Snack on a bliss ball (almond butter, raw cacao, dates and tahini, rolled in coconut).
Roast lamb shanks with roasted kumara and homemade minty quinoa tabbouleh. Prepared by my lovely fiance, who is a wonderful cook.
Nadia Lim’s nutrition quick fix
What can I say — if you are enjoying the way you eat now then keep doing what you’re doing! Your diet is full of fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates (kumara, quinoa, oats), healthy fats (nuts, seeds and avocado), and lean protein. The best thing about your diet is that you have next to no processed foods, which is how you have managed to avoid refined sugar which is hidden in so many processed foods including many those marketed as being low-fat or diet foods.
Green smoothies are a very easy and palatable way to boost your leafy green vegetable intake — these leafy greens are an excellent source of folate, a vitamin many people don’t get enough of.