what bianca ate

August 21, 2014

bianca

 

who

bianca, 31, news director

 

how do you eat? 

i work long & unpredictable hours so i need to be organised to ensure my health doesn’t take a back seat.

i plan my meals at the start of the week with one big shop.

i have learnt i won’t cook if i am tired & there is nothing in the fridge. peanut butter on toast & instant soup become “suitable” options when the wheels fall off.

 

what do you eat?

overall my diet is pretty good, but it is based around being convenient. for example, i start every day with a freshly blended fruit juice.

after my big weekly shop, i chop up apples, oranges, carrots, ginger, beetroot, celery & baby spinach. i put a mixture of each into snap lock bags & pop them into the freezer. then each morning before work i grab a bag from the freezer, empty it into the blender with a cup of water for 45secs, and it’s done!

we keep emergency meals in the freezer too – frozen veggies & noodles – so if we come home super hungry there is not temptation to cop out.

i don’t diet but i don’t eat lollies, avoid frizzy drinks & deep fried food.

i also have a weird quirk where my body doesn’t properly digest sharp foods (like rice crackers, chips & popcorn) so i stay away from those.

 

favourite foods? 

i love good quality fresh fruit – especially mangoes in summer & peaches in winter. i also adore good quality fresh seafood – particularly salmon & prawns.

 

favourite drinks?

i drink a lot of tea. i have a handmade tea tin at work that contains my favourites of chai, peppermint, strawberry, ginger, & lemon & chamomile.

 

favourite treats?

i have a massive weak spot for freshly baked treats. i usually head to the markets on the weekend & pick up some goodies. my all-time favourites are lemon meringue tarts, chocolate brownies & banana bread. they make the perfect afternoon tea while enjoying a good cuppa on the back deck.

 

health goals?

i would love to have more time to experiment & be creative with different foods. i also need to drink more water.

 

friday august 15

i was up 5.30am and at work by 7am so i had breakfast on the run. it was all hands on deck until about 5pm so i didn’t get a chance to leave the newsroom and ate lunch at my desk. i spent the evening unwinding at home, on the couch with my husband, planning weekend adventures.

 

day on a plate

fresh fruit juice

chai tea

toasted ham & tomato sandwich

six dried apricots

chamomile tea

roast lamb on mashed sweet potato

a tim tam & cup of tea on zymil milk

what jenny ate

August 13, 2014

jenny

 

who

jenny, 28, training scheduler

 

how do you eat?

i like to think i’m a healthy eater. i try & plan out my food for the week on a sunday. being organised is my key. i’ve recently gone sugar ‘free’ & i’m trying to avoid processed foods.

 

what do you eat?

i think food is meant to be fun & enjoyed, so i think it’s important to love the food you eat. i always indulge if i’m out for dinner – i never skip dessert or wine.

i won’t eat health foods just because they’re good for you (i really dislike kale!). i eat very regularly – especially if i’m onsite for work, so i have lots of small meals.

 

favourite foods? 

mashed potato, ice cream, risottos, avocado, bananas, berries, goats cheese, tapas & chorizo.

 

favourite drinks?

hot chocolate, wine (red or white), green & fruit teas.

 

favourite treats?

any type of mint chocolate, hot chips & deserts.

 

health goals?

i really want to be the healthiest i can be & focus on getting ‘my’ perfect body. i want to be positive about my body & acknowledge my hard work in the gym!

i also want to focus on keeping my exercise regime no matter what mine, or my partner’s, schedule is.

 

friday august 8, 2014

i worked from about 8am til 4.30pm & just had a night at home to myself.

i was away for work earlier in the week & caught up with friends later in the week, so i was keen for a night at home just to myself. my partner’s away so i love making the most of a quiet house.

 

day on a plate

1 glass of green water (water & chlorophyll)

homemade sugar-free pumpkin beans & a piece of wholemeal toast

1 glass of green water

skin-firming smoothie (almond milk, banana, blueberries, raspberries, glucosamine, soy lethicin, chia seeds & a tablespoon of natural yoghurt)

beef vermicelli salad

1/2 avocado & 2 brown rice cakes

small glass of organic red wine

pumpkin & sweet potato soup with a piece of toast & cheese

2 squares of organic chocolate

2 litres of water throughout the day

what mel ate

August 7, 2014

Mel

 

who?

melanie, 33, beauty therapist

 

how do you eat?

mostly healthy & balanced but i’m happy to live a little & splurge occasionally! for example having ice cream with my son eli.

i believe you are what you eat & that your appearance (hair, skin & body type) reflects your diet. you get one body in this life & i like to look after it. balance is definitely the key.

 

favourite foods?

thai dishes & fruit.

 

favourite drink?

banana smoothies.

 

favourite treat?

choc-mint slice.

 

health goals?

i’m seven months preggers so i’m trying not to put on too much baby weight while making sure that i’m consuming enough energy for both of us!

 

friday august 1 

i worked at home from 9am till 3pm, then travelled to grafton in nsw.

 

day on a plate

2 pieces of rye bread with organic peanut butter

instant coffee with milk

greek yoghurt with strawberries

2 pieces of liquorice

leftover spaghetti bolognese

cheese & crackers

banana

snack-size packet of m&ms

a cheeseburger & small fries (yuk)

a cup of tea & a biscuit

what amy ate

July 28, 2014

amy

 

who

amy, 28, lighting designer

 

how do you eat?

i try to be health-conscious during my working week & allow myself to indulge on the weekend. i do a big grocery shop at the beginning of the week & buy all of the ingredients for my lunches & snacks at work. i then do little shops during the week for dinners & top-ups. this helps me stay on plan & not stray too much with all the lovely food places near my office!

 

what do you eat?

for six days of my week i try to avoid pasta, bread, rice & potato. the seventh day is my ‘cheat day’ where i can eat & drink whatever i like.

 

favourite foods?

i think japanese food is my favourite. i know that is very broad but it is clean, fresh & extremely yummy. i must say i love most food though! there aren’t too many foods i would not try.

 

favourite drinks?

peppermint tea, tomato juice & a cheeky chardonnay (or two!).

 

favourite treats?

i love savoury snacks like cheese, dips & chips. oh & i also love a bacon & egg roll!

 

health goals?

i would like to have clearer skin & to begin pilates classes again to improve my strength & fitness.

 

friday july 25, 2014

i woke up at 5.30am & was in the office by 6.45am. i left work at 7pm & had dinner with friends at a restaurant in surry hills. i was in bed by 10pm.

 

day on a plate

a litre of water

apple carrot & ginger juice

cup of decaf green tea

cereal (barley flakes with sultana & apple) with rice milk

carrot sticks & hummus

peppermint & lemongrass tea

salad of lettuce, tomato, fetta, olives, avocado & tuna

muesli bar & peppermint tea

prawn salad with caper salsa

2 coronas

messina ice cream…yum!

2 glasses of water

what jane ate

July 24, 2014

jane

 

who

jane, 35, executive assistant

 

how do you eat?

i try to keep my diet as clean as possible, enjoy healthy fresh foods & buy in-season produce. my days are long so i try to plan & prepare my week’s meals in advance. when i’m organised i’m great, but if i don’t have time to prepare properly the wheels can fall off quite easily.

 

what do you eat?

i function at my best when i stick to more of a paleo-style diet, but i adapt it to work for me. i try to eliminate processed carbs, sugars & most dairy but eat everything else. normally alcohol is off-limits during the week but i relax on the weekend & enjoy dining out with my hubby-to-be & friends. japanese, greek & indian are my faves.

 

favourite foods?

seasonal fruits & vegetables (esp. cherries, grapes, blueberries, kumera & mushrooms), slow-roasted lamb shoulder, pork belly, fresh fish & shellfish.

 

favourite drinks?

sparkling mineral water, red wine, french champagne, coffee & green tea.

 

favourite treats?

dark chocolate, red wine & vanilla ice cream.

 

health goals?

always to exercise more! & drink more water.

 

friday july 18, 2014

i woke at 5.30am & did a quick tidy-up around the house as my mum is visiting for the weekend. i was in the office by 8am & worked til 4pm – an early finish – so i could collect mum from the airport. we headed home via the butcher & green grocer then prepared dinner while catching up. my partner arrived home with exciting news so we celebrated by popping some french bubbles. exhausted from a very big week (& a few drinks), i went to bed around 10pm.

 

day on a plate

banana

latte

handful of cashews & macadamia nuts

peri-peri chicken breast with hard-boiled egg & green salad

lamb rack with spinach, broccolini & roast vegetables (pumpkin, carrots)

2 glasses of champagne

2 glasses of red wine

a row (& a sneaky half) of 70% organic dark chocolate

water throughout the day

what charlotte ate

July 13, 2014

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who

charlotte, 26, journalist

 

how do you eat?

my eating habits are usually pretty good & i tend to be quite hard on myself. during the week i’m a model student but i indulge a little on weekends, particularly if i’ve had a few drinks the night before.

 

what do you eat?

i eat fairly sensibly – always plenty of fruit & veggies. i’ve never really loved heavy carbs so they don’t sneak into my diet too often. if i’m really craving something, i’ll let myself have it. i’m sweet over savoury always, so i try to be mindful of that.

 

favourite foods?

mangoes, grapes, dried fruit & nuts, absolutely all seafood, cheese & dips definitely count as dinner, avocado & vegemite is a winning combination.

 

favourite drinks?

strong coffee (double shot skim latte, yes please!) red wine (& white!), vodka soda if i’m out & a peppermint tea after dinner.

 

favourite treats?

dark chocolate, coconut ice cream, chai lattes, brie cheese & medjool dates.

 

health goals?

my goal is always to try to be a slightly fitter, healthier version of myself. i work hard on my fitness but there is always room for improvement. my philosophy is do something active every day & try not to stress if an extra row of choccie finds its way into your belly (cocoa is good for you, right?).

 

friday july 11, 2014

i worked from 8am until 5pm then ducked to the pub with colleagues for a few drinks.

 

day on a plate

strong skim latte

1 banana with warmed oats, a splash of almond milk & a dollop of honey

1 green pear

handful of raw almonds

leftover risotto with chicken & baby spinach

chai latte

3 glasses of red wine

chicken & haloumi salad

2 gin & tonics

what kate ate

July 1, 2014

Kate

 

who

kate, 27, journalist

 

how do you eat?

i try to eat healthily but i do believe that treats are what get you through life! fortunately for me my husband is really healthy & organised with food, so he keeps me accountable.

 

what do you eat?

i eat as well as i can 80 per cent of the time so that there’s room leftover for treats! i am careful to control my portion sizes so i’m never over-eating. also, don’t waste stomach space on bread.

 

favourite foods?

pasta, potato, avocado, cheese, chilli, garlic, slow-cooked curries, bacon, tomato balsamic & basil together, & prawns. i am definitely more savoury than sweet.

 

favourite drinks?

sparkling water, soy lattes, juice inventions on my juicer, liquorice & mint tea.

 

favourite treats?

red wine, diet coke, popcorn chicken, salt & vinegar chips.

 

health goals?

probably balance & eating well enough to live a long life.

 

friday june 27, 2014

i worked from 9am until about 6pm when i went & met my hub for date night!

 

day on a plate

1 egg with asparagus, tomato & baby spinach omelette

black tea with a little bit of soy milk

banana

boiled chicken with carrot, sweet potato & green beans

soy latte

row of black forest chocolate

haloumi salad

small bowl of fettuccini pesto pasta

glass of red wine

450ml bottle of sparkling water from my soda stream, then three refills of tap water throughout the day at work

a few pieces of extra gum – does that count?

what cassie ate

June 27, 2014

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who

cassie, 27, naturopath + kinesiologist + nutritionist + herbalist

 

how do you eat?

i eat really well & my diet is mostly really clean, but i’m not harsh on myself (i used to be!) so now i eat to feed my body & my soul.

 

what do you eat?

i would say my diet is a total mish-mash of foods which make me feel good. some days are kind of paleo & some days are more vegetarian-based meals.

i definitely do well with a small amount of gluten free grains such as a little sourdough bread, animal protein, plus – of course – lots of veggies, some fruit, good fats & all that goes with a healthy diet.

i eat the foods that make me feel good & listen to my body everyday.

 

favourite foods?

roasted cauliflower & caramelised sweet potato or pumpkin. slow-cooked lamb with quinoa & roasted veggies. baked eggs with sautéed brussels sprouts, garlic & leek. oats with coconut yoghurt. sourdough toast with poached eggs, sautéed kale, haloumi & avocado.

 

favourite drinks?

all kinds of herbal tea (especially chai, peppermint & licorice tea), coffee, red wine, sparkling water & green juices in summer.

 

favourite treats?

i’m not harsh on myself & totally let myself indulge in faves like red wine, dark chocolate, carob bears & coffee!

 

health goals?

my health goals are to continue on my path of practicing yoga almost-daily as it brings me so much joy & calm. also, listening to my body, always.

 

friday june 20, 2014

i typically don’t see clients on fridays so today i let myself wake up without my alarm (which isn’t late, hello 7:16am), made breaky & sat down at my computer with tea.

i went to yoga & then grabbed a latte on my way home. i did a little more work, made lunch & then went to get my hair done for a treat.

after this i started making a dish for dinner tonight. friday nights in my jewish family’s tradition we have shabbat. for this week i made a roasted veggie & quinoa salad. shabbat dinners are typically big, with lots of food & family, & at my house they’re always so delicious.

 

day on a plate

1 piece of gluten free toast with organic butter & a poached egg

a mug of mint green tea

a cup of chinese herbal medicine from my acupuncturist (see, naturopaths take their herbs too!)

a soy latte (i usually have almond milk, but if i can’t get it, i sometimes go for soy)

a mountain bread wrap with salmon, lots of leaves, a little feta & a piece of chickpea tempeh

a sugar-free hot chocolate made with natvia hot chocolate, water & almond milk

a little coconut yoghurt, a little muesli & almond milk

a pot of rooibos chai tea

a tiny bit of challah at my family’s shabbat dinner, a bit of caprese salad & asparagus salad for entrée, then steak, quinoa & roast veggie salad, roast pumpkin & a bit of green salad

a few berries, two bites of of hubby’s berry cheesecake, made by my dad (how could i resist!?)

plus lots of water!

 

check out cassie’s website here

what kristin ate

June 13, 2014

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who

kristin, 30, wife + journalist + health-conscious foodie.


how do you eat?

imperfectly!

i eat well most of the time but i occasionally binge on junk food.

i’m obsessed with food so i plan most of my meals in advance.

i love cooking & baking so i almost always pack lunch & snacks.

hang out with me and you’ll never go hungry.

 

what do you eat?

everything & a lot! mostly nutrient-dense whole foods. preferably warm. plus treats.

 

favourite foods?

all fruit, sweet potato, coconut, bbq chicken, salmon, anchovies, eggs, avocado, nuts, sourdough, vegemite & cacao.

 

favourite drinks?

tea (peppermint, dandelion root, english breakfast), doppios, coconut water & kombucha.

 

favourite treats?

red wine (always red) & tim tams.

 

health goal?

moderation & balance.

 

friday june 13, 2014 

i consider this a pretty healthy day. i was off work & caught up with a friend for lunch before having a quiet night in. i’d normally enjoy a couple of glasses of red wine too if my hubby was home but don’t tend to drink alone.

 

day on a plate

frittata made with 2 organic eggs, vegetables & cheese

long black

hot almond milk cacao w natvia

protein ball

chai tea w milk & honey

eggplant salad, asparagus salad & bbq ribs (shared with cassie)

doppio

2 x rye sourdough w butter & vegemite

baked salmon & vegetables with tatziki

coconut water

peppermint tea

½ tsp coconut oil

banana

½ punnet of strawberries

dandelion root tea