All in a day's work: Matt the Physiotherapist
Matt the physiotherapist
Matt is a 31-year-old physiotherapist who works in a busy city practice. He’s on his feet most of the day and his job can be quite physical, demonstrating exercises to clients. Most of the time he brings dinner leftovers to work for lunch and considers himself to eat quite healthily, which he thinks is typical of his profession. There are plenty of closeby lunch options to buy if he hasn’t brought his lunch to work, and he will usually opt for a sandwich, roll or panini from the local bakery or cafe, or sushi.
7am No breakfast, coffee with milk and a glass of water. I treat patients from 7-10am.
10.30am Coffee from a local cafe, and a muesli bar. Fully booked treating patients from 11am through until 2.45pm.
2.45pm Late lunch as usual. Home-made spaghetti bolognaise from the night before and a glass of water.
7.30pm Home-made chicken breast burger, salad and wedges and one bottle of beer.
8.30pm Peppermint tea and a chocolate biscuit.
Nadia Lim’s quick nutritional analysis
You are yet another busy professional who isn’t making time for breakfast. Instead of resorting to muesli bars, which are usually high in sugar and sodium, try keeping a supply of nuts and dried fruits on hand, they will give you energy without the added sugar and sodium. Pottles of yoghurt are also a quick and easy option. Your lunch choices are good, although beware of having the butter spread, cheese sprinkled and oiled and toasted panini too often. Sushi is a great choice, especially if you can choose salmon and avocado to get a good dose of healthy fats, and keep to six to eight pieces.