what anna ate

October 9, 2014

Anna

 

who?

anna, 30, journalist

 

how do you eat?

i’m very much subscribed to the ‘everything in moderation’ school. this helps justify my penchant for sweets!

 

what do you eat?

i eat everything! i try to stick to healthy meals with lots of vegies, but almost always indulge in a little dessert if it’s an option.

 

favourite foods?

pineapple, watermelon, moreton bay bug, lobster, prawns & icecream.

 

favourite drinks?

gin martinis! but only on weekends.

i’m obsessed with drinking three litres of water a day & lots of peppermint tea.

call me clichéd but i also can’t get enough of the green juice my local juice bar does (#toolazytomakemyown).

 

vices?

anything that satiates my crazy sweet tooth & too much coke zero at my work desk.

 

health goals?

to exercise more & become the fittest & strongest version of myself. exercise makes me so happy & keeps me sane. i get to the gym twice a week but would like to double that. my crazy work hours are my only hurdle.

 

friday october 3, 2014. 

i woke up at 6.30am & went to the gym.

i had the day off work & so took myself to the movies to see gone girl.

of course i also found time for some shopping & bought a new dress.

i met a friend for dinner before joining workmates at the pub for drinks.

 

day on a plate

green juice

natural unsweetened yoghurt sprinkled with fresh blueberries

strawberry choc-top (the best movie food!)

vietnamese salad with pork

green tea

fresh pineapple

miso soup

3 vegetarian dumplings

one small pork bun

green tea

gin & tonic

what sam ate

October 1, 2014

sam
who?

sam, 28, musician

 

how do you eat?

i went to vietnam & cambodia in 2009 & came back with a stomach bug which took a good year to get rid of. this has left me with a very sensitive stomach so i try to avoid rich dairy products, sugar & white carbohydrates as they just don’t sit well with me anymore. these foods, mixed with stress at times, & my body just doesn’t function so a balanced diet combined with running & pilates keeps me happy & healthy.

 

what do you eat? 

i would say i’m paleo 80/20. i’m not a hard-core paleo though as i love quinoa, legumes & chocolate! however, with travelling due to my job, it’s often a case of eating whatever you can find which i have to not beat myself up about too much.

i’m also getting married in a couple of months so i’m more conscious of what food i’m eating, while on the road, than usual.

 

favourite foods?

sashimi, dried mango & i make these yummy date & coconut treats which i consume way too many of.

 

favourite drinks?

water & coffee. my other faves are champagne or gin & tonic.

 

vices?

if milk chocolate was good for me i’d eat it for breakfast, lunch & dinner. i also like a coke zero on gig days.

 

health goal?

to be more consistent. my routine is constantly broken due to the nature of my job so i’m always trying to navigate my fitness & healthy eating around it. one week i’ll run most days, but then the next i’ll be working nights so getting up at 6am to exercise goes out the window.

 

friday september 26, 2014

it was a typical day on the road. i had a six-hour ride in the car to get to a gig. with this in mind, i got up at 6am & went for a nice 40-minute run before making a delicious berry smoothie – my last home-made meal for the next four days. i was on the road from 9am til about 2pm, had a sound check at 4.30pm, the gig at 8pm & i was in bed around midnight.

 

day on a plate

smoothie: strawberries, frozen mixed berries, 1/2 banana, almond milk, superfood mix of goji berries, chia seeds, bee pollen & sunflower seeds

soy latte

chicken salad from ‘oliver’s’ – my favourite place to stop when travelling north of sydney. i can get a great coffee while stocking up on all the basics for the weekend ahead

brazil & cashew nuts

decaf soy latte

we are often supplied dinner at our shows so tonight i went for a sirloin steak with vegetables

coke zero

mixed fruit

what jorja ate

September 25, 2014

Jorja

 

who?

jorja, 26, journalist + mum-of-one & pregnant with number two

 

how do you eat? 

i eat all day. i tend to graze rather than have big meals. i eat everything – i think a balanced diet that includes all foods in moderation is the best way to go.

 

what do you eat?

i try to eat healthy most of the time, but i’m a squeamish pregnant woman so crackers & salty chips often win out at the moment.

 

favourite foods? 

prawns, mango, passion fruit, pumpkin soup with tiger bread.

 

favourite drinks?

most teas including peppermint, t2 sencha sensation & t2 french earl grey; fresh apple, orange & ginger juice; & ordinarily red wine.

 

vices?

milo, hard-boiled lollies, frozen coke & roast chicken on bread roll, & one of my absolute favourite treats is mersey valley cheese & crackers.

 

health goal?

i strongly believe exercise makes you feel better, both physically & mentally. my goal is to find the time to exercise more regularly. i exercise about twice a week at the moment but it’s not enough. my aim, as my pregnancy gets further along & i stop playing netball & doing pump classes, is to begin doing pilates more often.

 

friday september 19, 2014

i was woken up at 4.15am by my 22-month-old daughter stella. i got up, changed her nappy & clothes & got her a bottle of milk. i then made myself a black tea, made stella’s breakfast & got myself ready for work. (my husband is currently away).

i drove stella to day-care at 6.45am & was at work by 7.30am. i bought a slice of banana bread & mocha & began my working day. i worked until about 3.30pm, picked stella up from day care & took her to the doctor (she has a bad cold).
i then went to my parent’s house for friday night football & pizza.

stella & i headed home before kick-off as stella began to get cranky. i bathed stella & put her to bed before watching the game. i then jumped into bed around 9.30pm & read a fabulous trash mag.

 

day on a plate

black tea

banana bread

half strength mocha with skim milk

handful of blueberries

water

seaweed rice crackers with bruschetta dip

guzman y gomez salad including corn, spinach leaves, tomato, red onion & chicken

peppermint tea

vegetarian pizza

four squares of dairy milk chocolate

water

what amy ate

September 17, 2014

Amy Dale

 

who?

amy, 26, journalist

 

how do you eat?

i think i eat pretty well but there’s always room to improve!

my work hours can be long & unpredictable so i do a big shop on the weekend to stay organised & make sure my diet doesn’t suffer when i get busy. i always try to have some fresh fruit or chopped veggies as a snack. i work on the road, so try to avoid the temptation to grab packaged, unhealthy snacks in between writing stories.

 

what do you eat?

i love basically all types of fruit & veggies, so i try to keep my diet as fresh & tasty as possible.

i like cooking, as does my boyfriend, so i don’t eat a lot of takeaway.

i really notice a difference when i eat well but i don’t like being too strict on myself – food is there to be enjoyed!

if i keep it nice & healthy during the week, & have a few nights without any alcohol, then i can really enjoy eating out & indulging on the weekend.

 

favourite foods?

mushrooms, slow roasted lamb, salmon, peanut butter, all types of berries, pasta (with lots of parmesan on top) & pretty much all japanese & middle eastern food.

 

favourite drinks?

most varieties of tea (orange & cinnamon, peppermint, jasmine & a strong cup of english breakfast or earl grey are my biggest loves), red wine, coffee, fresh apple, ginger, pear & mint juice, macro organic hot chocolate & during the day i do love lots of cold water :)

 

vices?

haighs coconut & macadamia chocolate block, most types of lindt dark chocolate, basically any type of ice cream, hot chips, burrito bowls from guzman y gomez with pulled beef, & grilled cheese on toast.

 

what is your health goal?

i’m just coming out of a whirlwind few months, during which i haven’t been exercising as much as i would like to so my current goal is to get back on track with a couple of really good workouts during the week.

 

friday september 12, 2014

i met my mum for breakfast, worked from 8.30am-5.30pm & then had dinner & saw a comedy show with my boyfriend & friends.

 

day on a plate

1 piece of sourdough toast with avocado, roast tomato & some sautéed mushrooms

strong flat white

1.2l water

an apple

peppermint tea

a salad with baby spinach leaves, corn, cherry tomato, haloumi, grilled chicken, cucumber, lemon & oregano vinaigrette with a small piece of soy & linseed bread

shared a plate of felafel, hummus & eggplant dip, followed by spicy shakshuka with eggplant

glass of pinot noir

two gin & tonics

what arvina ate

September 10, 2014

Arvina

 

who?

arvina, 39, mum of four-year-old daughter & nine-month-old son

 

how do you eat?

generally good.

during the week, i tend to have lean meats with vegetables or salads.if i’m not organised, then i will snack more. leftovers are great in that regard as i’m often feeding the kiddies or preparing meals & it’s a quick meal.

the weekends are a bit more relaxed.

i don’t eat a lot of bread these days (though i do like crusty bread) as it seemed like the bread kept getting binned so i stopped buying it.

 

what do you eat?

a lot of chicken to be honest. usually with roast vegetables, vegetables sautéed in butter & garlic, a stir fry or a salad.

i’ve grown up eating rice & roti’s which are also very kid-friendly especially paired with dhal, yogurt & spicy rice.

i usually make one pasta dish a week with a mince chicken bolognaise with grated up vegetables. yes, i’m one of those mothers – i hide vegetables where i can! my daughter will only eat a handful of fruit & vegetables so i’m usually going overboard with a big bowl of vegetables for myself!

 

favourite foods?

i love seafood, homemade pizzas, spinach & ricotta cannelloni, cherries & bbq chicken.

 

favourite drinks?

earl grey tea, red wine & hot chocolate.

 

vices?

anything chocolate & ice cream.

 

health goals? 

i have increasingly become aware of the little eyes watching & learning from my eating habits. i would like to set a good example for my children – it’s not a stretch for me since i do enjoy most fruit & vegetables. i also prefer the leaner cuts of meat.

i do all the cooking at home so i know what’s going into our meals.

in our home, we focus on being healthy & strong.

we walk most places where we live, we enjoy the parks/beaches & being outdoors.

 

friday september 5, 2014

woke up at 5.30am to change & feed the baby. then at 7am, prepared breakfast for the kids & myself. cleaned up quickly & organised my daughter’s preschool morning tea & lunch. at 8.20am, we drove my daughter to preschool. we normally walk but she was too tired & grumpy this morning. after the drop off, i fed the baby & put him to bed. swept the floors, opened & filed mail. ordered my groceries online. started dinner prep. watered plants outside. talked to my mum on the phone. fed the baby after his nap, played & changed him. left home for daughter’s preschool pick up. facetime with my husb& while feeding the baby, then spent the evening bathing, meal time & cleaning up.

 

day on a plate

glass of water

coffee

porridge with milk & honey

leftover homemade cauliflower, potato & bacon soup

water

mandarins

water

rice cracker snacks

lamb cutlets with a baked zucchini & corn slice

water

what julie ate

August 31, 2014

Julie

 

who?

julie, 27, legal assistant

 

how do you eat?

i like to eat a balanced diet & i like to think it’s healthy in terms of eating in moderation.

 

what do you eat? 

we always include fruit/vegetables in our meals, whether it’s a salad or a roast dinner.

we grow our own fruit & vegetables so that we know we’re getting the full vitamin & minerals required for our bodies. this is really important to us – not just financially but also for our health. eventually we plan to never buy fruit & vegetables from the shops again unless we absolutely have to.

i eat in small portions & i chew my food slowly – not only because this benefits your body but i also get to enjoy the taste more.

i also hate seeing food go to waste so it’s really important that i get to finish everything on my plate.

 

favourite foods?

pizza, chocolate, strawberries, peaches, lamb, broccoli, mint flavoured peas & sushi.

 

favourite drinks?

berry smoothies, peach tea, peppermint tea, caramel lattes, hot chocolate & pump’s berry flavoured water.

 

vices?

chocolate donuts or even a chocolate sundae from mcdonalds.

 

health goal?

now that i get home from work during the daylight, i’m looking forward to getting back into running.

 

friday august 29, 2014 

i woke up 30 minutes earlier thank usual so i got to have some morning cuddles with my kitten, walter.

once i was ready for work, i enjoyed my morning coffee with my husband before i headed to work.

during my lunch break i went for a walk around town (as i do everyday as i have an office job) and today i bought a new work dress just to spoil myself a little!

i got home & went for a quick run. then i cleaned up & started cooking dinner.

while it’s cooking i like to play with walter & chat with the hubby.

we watched the football then an episode of orange is the new black.

 

day on a plate

cup of coffee & an apple

peppermint tea, 500g strawberries & water.

2 chicken sushi rolls & an all-berry-bang smoothie from boost juice.  also water.

peppermint tea, a strawberry yogurt & water.

homemade pea & ham soup with french bread.

2 glasses of white wine (moscato).

a few pieces of cadbury’s marvellous creations (jelly crunchie bits) & some peach tea.

water

what chloe ate

August 27, 2014

chloe

 

who?

chloe, 24, regional sales manager

 

how do you eat? 

i spend my days explaining to people how food is my one true love so, in short, i eat a lot.

overall my meals are pretty much always healthy but i do love a naughty snack in between. this happens a little too often for my liking but i justify it with a lot of exercise.

 

what do you eat?

my motto is everything is fine in moderation.

i love fruit & vegies so i include them in my daily meal plans. my favourite meat is lamb so i try to get that in as much as i can.

i’ve tried all the fad diets for fun, including the watermelon diet. i’m lucky to have made it through the first few hours on day one so i have given up on those.

now as long as i feel that most of what i eat is healthy i’m ok with it.

 

favourite foods? 

seafood, lamb chops & desert.

 

favourite drinks? 

tea, milk with milo & white wine.

 

vices?

i have a small addiction to tim tams. i also love anything lemon (meringue/tarts etc.).

 

health goals?

i’m all about maintenance now, staying the healthy weight i am & keeping up my regular gym schedule. i wouldn’t mind getting some abs also!

 

friday august 22, 2014

this was normal friday at work with a gym session in the morning & dinner with my boyfriend’s family that night. i definitely ate a bit more than a normal weekday as the family dinner was for a special occasion.

 

day on a plate

1 litre of water

3 black teas with a dash of milk

1 isagenix shake with 1 banana

2 chicken sushi hand rolls

2 rows of chocolate

wonton & dumpling soup

peanut butter parfait

1 glass of champagne

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.

 

vices?

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, 2014

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.

 

vices?

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.

 

vices?

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, 2014 

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