All in a day's work: Jess the Writer
Jess the writer
Jess is a 27-year-old writer and content manager on our website. She loves to cook and is thinking about what’s for dinner before she’s even had breakfast. On organised days she’ll have leftovers for lunch, although her arm is easily twisted when it comes to exploring new cafes and eateries around the city. She eats a fairly balanced diet but believes in the mantra that fat is flavour — inmoderation, of course. Thinking and writing about food all day makes it easy to fall into the habit of eating whenever she’s feeling hungry, which in her job is most of the time. As well as walking to and from work, she exercises 2-3 times a week.
9am Breakfast at my desk. Today I’m in a bit of a rush so grabbed a banana (too squishy for my liking) and a Fast Start breakfast drink on my way out the door. I walk 30 mins to work, so I’m normally pretty hungry by the time I get into the office.
10am Caffeine break — trim flat white from a local cafe, which came with a cute gingerbread cookie.
12pm Given that I look at, write and think about food for the entirety of my working day, it’s often hard to ignore my rumbling tummy come lunchtime. I try to wait until after midday to eat lunch, although sometimes I cave. We’ve been chatting about the perfect laksa today, so I head out to my local food court with a colleague for a seafood laksa, nom nom.
3.30pm I have a nibble on some rice crackers with hummus (homemade).
6.30pm After my walk home, I pour a glass of redwine and decide to cook dinner early to try and avoid night-time snacking. Grilled haloumi and chicken salad is on the menu, with fresh herbs from my garden and a zesty lemon dressing.
9.30pm The boyfriend is enjoying a bowl of icecream, so I sneak a spoon or two when he’s not looking.
Nadia Lim’s quick nutrition quick fix
Your morning milk drink is giving you a good hit of calcium, 400mg, about half your daily requirement. However it’s no surprise your tummy’s rumbling as that’s not enough to keep you going until lunch — add in a homemade bran muffin or piece of toast with avocado to avoid the danger of binge eating come morning tea or lunchtime. Asian food is often seen as healthy, which can be true, however, a lot of dishes pack as many calories as a Big Mac and fries — like the laksa! All that coconut cream equals a lot of calories and saturated fat, so don’t feel the need to drink all the soup. As far as Asian food goes, clear broth noodle soups, tom yum and lean meat and vege stir-fries are healthier choices.