what lisa ate

February 18, 2015

lisa

 

who?

lisa, 38, publicist + communication specialist

 

how do you eat? 

it seems i eat everything! i mostly eat fruit & green salads. i try hard to eat organic & do my own baking for the kids’ lunch boxes. i like being prepared so i can avoid junk food cravings when hungry.

 

what do you eat? 

i like to eat foods from the ground. i remember returning from travelling, over 10 years ago now, feeling depleted of energy & quite overweight. i went on a no sugar, no carbs & no dairy diet & felt great almost immediately. that feeling has always stayed with me so i try to maintain a healthy ratio of whole foods to sugar, dairy & carbs.

 

favourite foods? 

the underrated side salad has always stolen the show for me. i love green salads! especially when they’re pooled with vegetables (red cabbage, broccoli & capsicum), oils & light cheeses. i have a sweet tooth too – & with that in mind i try to satisfy my cravings with healthy sweets such as fruit & some that are maybe not as healthy like good dark chocolate or an almond milk chai latte.

 

what do you cook? 

my children’s favourite meal, which has become my favourite meal to dish up for them, is ‘bangers & mash’. i mash sweet potato with lots of organic butter & cream, green beans & broccoli, & use very tasty bbq sausages with a creamy onion gravy.

 

favourite drinks?

chai lattes on almond milk or if i’m wearing stilettoes verve champagne!

 

vices?

dark chocolate or dark chocolate protein balls.

 

health goal?

to encourage my children to try different foods & eat healthy.

 

friday february 13, 2015

fridays are always exciting, being the last day of the week, for everyone in our family. we can it friday funday! we’re nearly always exhausted & love staying home friday nights to recharge for the weekend.
i was woken by our rooster at 5am, so i got going early, got the kidlets ready for school & did the school drop off. even though i woke early, i only had a cup of tea so after the school drop off i caught up with a friend at a nearby cafe for an almond milk chai latte & protein ball before heading to work.
i grabbed lunch while doing the banking & did the after school pick up before cooking dinner for the family.

 

day on a plate

white tea
chai latte with almond milk
protein ball with dark chocolate
banana
vegetable frittata
dark chocolate
pink lady apple
chicken & mushroom filo with vegetable salad
cookies & cream ice cream with chocolate sauce

what carly ate

February 18, 2015

carly

who?

carly, 29, interior stylist

 

how do you eat?

i’d say i’m a plain & healthy eater. i try to buy ethically sourced produce. i also don’t limit myself too much … i’m human after all.

 

what do you eat?

i love local organic markets & try to buy all of my produce there. i eat heaps of seasonal fruit/veg & i eat meat/fish a few times a week. i have an intolerance to wheat – probably because as a kid i ate it like chocolate – so i now avoid gluten & my gut feel waaaay better.

 

favourite foods?

i love japanese food, the carob kitchen almond bar, watermelon & walnuts.

 

what do you cook?

i’m not an amazing chef but i do like my snapper with pan fried greens & smoked paprika. my favourite sugar free dessert is avocado, banana, carob & date mouse!

 

favourite drinks?

tea, tea, tea!! soda water with lemon, red wine & vodka tonics.

 

vices?

pizza, chocolate & chocolate mousse.

 

health goal?

balance. i feel energised & happy if i do yoga & move the body daily. i wouldn’t mind getting into a team sport this year.

 

friday february 6, 2015

i was up at 6.30am, went for a jog & stretched. i had a work meeting at 9am & worked in the office until 1pm. i went home for lunch & worked there for a while – mostly making calls – before an afternoon meeting. i picked up some flooring samples & popped into a few shops to source materials. i then went home to load up some belongings & drop them at my new house, where i stayed for dinner & had a dance!

 

day on a plate

warm water with lemon
smoothie – banana, walnuts, pepitas, coconut, cinnamon, chia seeds & coconut kefir yogurt
flat white
2 avocados, parsley & lemon on sprouted bread
peppermint tea
1/4 of a mint carob bar
walnut, almonds & apple
hummus, cucumber & tomatoes with gf crackers
2 glasses of red
homemade pho
lots of water

what kara ate

February 18, 2015

kara

 

who?

kara, 28, occupational therapist

 

how do you eat?

i try to eat in a balanced way but over the christmas holidays i fell off the bandwagon a little bit by having a daily 3pm cheese platter with wine etc.

 

what do you eat?

i don’t like the idea of cutting out whole food groups so i generally try to eat what i feel like on a day-to-day basis. i try to eat meat free a couple of days a week. my tummy can be funny from time to time – mostly when i am making poor processed choices – so fibre is my best friend.

 

what do you cook?

i love cooking most things but i really enjoy winter-time slow cooker meals because they are so easy, yet so tasty!

 

favourite foods?

i have a sweet & savoury tooth – so while i love a good cheese platter i also love a sweet dessert. i wish i had one or the other; it would instantly help with calorie control ha-ha.

 

favourite drinks?

in winter i consume copious amounts of green & other herbal teas. i try to drink lots of water but this doesn’t come naturally to me. when it comes to alcohol, in summer i can’t go past a rose & in winter a delicious pinot noir.

 

vices?

i have so many! i get cravings all the time for random things. at the moment i love frosty fruits & snickers ice creams – they are life changing.

 

health goals?

to consistently be more balanced – i have weeks where i’m great but i fall off the wagon if i haven’t done groceries or prepared our weeknight dinners ahead of time. when i’m unprepared i seem to make poor choices.

 

friday january 30, 2015

i had the day off so i climbed mt coolum in the morning, ran some errands, went for a swim at the beach in the afternoon and then relaxed. we went out for dinner as an engagement present from friends so i went all out – it was delish! overall it was a heavenly day really.

 

day on a plate

green smoothie
almond milk soaked overnight oats with raspberries
left over thai – chicken red curry & jasmine rice
calamari & broad bean salad with preserved lemon
fish of the day which was a snapper with a white bean puree & micro greens salad
limoncello bombe alaska
rose

what bron ate

February 7, 2015

Bron

 

who?

bronwyn, 30, regional sales manager

 

how do you eat?

i would say that, overall, i eat a healthy well-balanced diet.

i eat most foods & will try anything.

my philosophy is to eat a well-balanced diet & enjoy everything in moderation.

i believe in small portions & variety.

i don’t punish myself if i’ve had a big meal or over-indulged, but i’ll try to compensate by being healthier the following day.

i frequently travel for work & always try to eat healthily but i don’t allow my diet preferences to rule my social or business activities.

i’ve learnt throughout the years that you don’t enjoy your social or work company if you become too restrictive or controlled in what you eat. sometimes you have to join in & not be so picky in life – otherwise you miss out on the fun!

 

what do you eat?

for breakfast i’ll usually have eggs or something light.

lunch is usually protein & fresh vegetables or salad.

dinner during the week is always protein – fish, chicken, pork, lamb or beef – with salad or vegetables & the occasional vegetarian meal.

on weekends i aim for well-balanced meals but i’m not as strict.

 

favourite foods? 

fruit & salads but i hate preparing them! prawns, scallops, lobster, cheese & ham with crackers.

 

favourite drinks?

verve

barossa valley father in law reserve shiraz

 

vices?

chocolate, cheese, nuts, apricot delight

 

health goals?

increase strength, maintain flexibility, improve cardio vascular fitness & look good in a bikini over summer.

 

friday november 28, 2014

i had a busy & stressful workday as end of month always is. i was in work meetings in melbourne all day before an evening flight to sydney for a wedding.

 

day on a plate

rye toast with cream cheese

long black

latte

cashews

protein bar

ham salad with vinaigrette dressing

carrot & celery sticks with small hummus

water

shared meals at china diner in bondi of prawn dumpling, lamb dumpling, chicken san choy bow, pork belly, spicy prawns, seared beef, lamb curry – only little bits of all!

at least 3 glasses of riesling, maybe 4 – sorry that’s so bad!

what sarah ate

December 26, 2014

sarah

 

who?

sarah, 25, veterinarian

 

how do you eat? 

quite simply, i eat to avoid a pain in the tummy! for most of my life i’ve suffered from poor digestion & the unpleasantries that go with it.

18 months ago a doctor finally diagnosed a number of food allergies, which now dictate how i eat. my diet is now simple, unprocessed & mostly home-made.

 

what do you eat? 

i’ve recently embraced sarah wilson’s ‘i quit sugar’ philosophy & made a huge effort to eliminate fructose from my diet, which has improved my digestion even more. prior to this, i hadn’t ‘dieted’ or counted calories, and actually thought i was quite healthy. but now i realise that i had a full-on sugar addiction, which i’m slowly combating by baking my own unprocessed, sugar-free snacks & always taking my lunch to work.

i also eat a lot of home-grown beef & lamb as we have access to our own livestock. i like to prepare plenty & take leftovers.

i believe that your diet can be convenient without having to rely on all the heavily-promoted supermarket ‘convenience’ snacks & so called ‘meal replacements’.

 

favourite foods?

i love a good roast – lamb, beef or chicken (especially when my mum makes it!). i’m also very partial to afternoon snacks – soft cheeses (the kind that aren’t lactose free & that my tummy hates!). i love dips & chips, especially when shared with friends.

i also love homemade pizzas, which my boyfriend theo & i make together some friday nights.

 

favourite drinks?

i drink a lot of water & enjoy a good black tea. i don’t drink milk, juices, soft drink or cordial so i do love a rum & soda with freshly squeezed lime juice after work when i’m not on call.

 

vices?

despite quitting sugar & no longer feeling like i ‘need’ it, i still can’t resist chocolate. i struggle with this when i’m at work because our clients often give us yummy thankyou gifts.

i also really enjoy eating things at restaurants that i wouldn’t make at home.

 

health goals?

i’d like to expand my sugar free repertoire (i’m fussy) & try new vegetables. i want this change to be sustainable & something i stick to when i have kids so that we avoid the trap of ‘convenience’ foods.

due to my family genetics & history, i’m a high-risk candidate for developing cancer early in life, so i want to rid my body of the very thing that cancer cells feed on before i reach the higher-risk age bracket.

i’d also love to eat more organic food, however this is difficult & expensive where we live so i aim to one day grow all of my own vegetables & eat seasonally as nature intended for us to.

 

friday december 9, 2014

i had a rostered day off after being on call for the week. i spent the day at home getting organised for christmas & baking my usual goodies for the following week.

 

day on a plate

english breakfast tea (black)
gluten free toast with vegemite
2 peanut butter, chickpea & cacao biscuits
chai tea (black)
1 corn & roast beef gluten free fitter (left over from dinner the night before) with pumpkin, spinach & macadamia wild rice salad
black tea
1 packet plain popcorn
1 rum & soda with freshly squeezed lime
roast chicken & vegetables

what megs ate

December 11, 2014

Megs

 

who?

megan, 37, photographer + mother

 

how do you eat?

i would say my diet is flexible.  i’m not strict but i like to be healthy.

my general rule is keep the fridge & cupboards at home full of healthy foods & when i eat out i can indulge a bit.

i need to think about being efficient too now that i have an 11-month-old boy & i try to prepare meals we can both eat during the day.

 

what do you eat?

before i had eddie i surfed most mornings before work & had a huge appetite. i could eat almost anything, & large quantities, while staying the same size. i’ve had to consciously rein in my food consumption now that i’m doing a lot less cardio.

i eat lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs & fish. i try not to eat too much pasta or bread & if i want something sweet i try to bake it.

 

favourite foods? 

eggs for breakfast, fresh fruit & vegetable juices, sushi & homemade gourmet burgers.

i love discovering new salads & i could eat avocado with almost anything.

i also love the homemade pizza my partner makes me. i also love his special salmon with sweet potato mash & asparagus … so yummy.

 

favourite drinks?

soda water & lemon juice, ginger beer for a treat, lady grey tea or a cold corona & lemon at sunset after a big surf session.

 

vices?

i love cadbury flakes or any dark chocolate with fruit & nuts. i also love nutella on toast.

 

health goals?

to regain the physical strength i had before pregnancy. also to maintain fitness & a healthy diet within my new busy lifestyle as a working mum, which is more difficult than i anticipated.

 

friday november 21, 2014

i met up with some other mammas at the beach at 5am for a quick surf.  the dads dropped the babies off on their way to work at about 6.20am & we played with the kids at the beach for another hour before heading home for breakfast.

i did chores while eddie slept. when he woke up we went to our neighbour’s house for a play date & cups of tea in the backyard. then it was home for eddie’s second sleep & more domestic duties for me.

in the afternoon we had water play in our garden with eddie on the slip & slide.

a friend visited on her way home from work. then i had dinner at home with my man after eddie went to sleep.

 

day on a plate

big glass of water

lady grey tea with ginger & soy milk

scrambled eggs with garlic zucchini, cherry tomatoes, avocado

tuna salad

soda water with lemon juice

blueberries, watermelon, cheese & rice crackers

lady grey tea

nutella on toast

water

almonds, sultanas & walnuts

ginger beer

water

chicken pesto with carrot salad (grated carrots, cori&er, chickpeas, lemon, cumin, honey, currents & pistachios)

what kat ate

December 11, 2014

kat

 

who?

kat, 36, reporter + mum + wife

 

how do you eat?

i prefer unprocessed (or less processed) food such as fruit & vegetables, whole grains like brown rice, dense breads & herbal teas. if i can still recognise its original form, i’ll eat it.

 

what do you eat?

my food philosophy is cruelty free. i’m against factory farming for ethical & environmental reasons & avoid meat & dairy (although i’m not militant). i believe in the proven health benefits of avoiding meat & am very much anti-paleo & pro-vegetarian (which i believe should be the way of the future).

 

favourite foods?

bananas, sushi rolls, vegetarian indian, vietnamese, fresh foods, lasagne, filipino cassava cake, filipino ube cake & garlic peanuts.

 

favourite drinks?

i mostly drink filtered water but don’t mind a nice chai latte with soy.

 

vices?

chocolate, asian sweets & sticky rices, hot chips, corn chips & choc-coated nuts.

 

health goals?

the dream is to run a 100km trail run through an amazing landscape.

 

friday november 14, 2014

i got up 5am, walked the dog at the beach & had brekkie. i then worked all day which included a drive to maleny. i got home & walked the dog at the beach, cooked dinner & went to bed early. this was a tricky food day as the fridge was empty.

 

day on a plate

spinach & banana smoothie

three pieces spelt sourdough bread with vege topping (tomatoes, capsicum & mint)

a vege wedge (like a vegan frittata) with wild weed & kale salad

spelt sourdough fruit bun

banana

toblerone

pinakbet (filipino style vegetable stir-fry) with tofu & brown rice

more toblerone

what brady ate

October 30, 2014

brady

 

who?

brady, 31, risk management

 

how do you eat?

my job involves me being away from home for long periods of time. the food available during these periods is ok, but not of excellent quality. it is produced in a dining facility/mess meaning what’s in the bain-marie is what you choose from. however, eating reasonably healthy can be achieved. the upside to this is there is no alcohol available in location that makes for compulsory abstinence.

at home i eat healthily most of the time. i eat lots of high-quality meat, fish & veggies.

i have recently acquired an amazing wife who has introduced me to a whole world of very large kitchen appliances. i had not heard of cold-pressed juicers & didn’t realise there were food processors with 20 speeds & 400 attachments. the results are amazing though – delicious, healthy meals & baked goods packed with nutrients (& made with love).

 

what do you eat?

my philosophy is constantly evolving but in a nutshell i try to eat a healthy, high-quality diet most of the time. hopefully, this goes some way to balance out my vices listed below.

 

favourite foods / drinks / vices?

i’ve listed these together because, for me, they all go hand in hand.

my favourite food/drink/vice is sitting down with beer & wine, putting down a spread in front of me & nibbling away. this could include cheese, cured meats, wasabi peas, salt & vinegar chips (smiths, not the ones from the health food section) & buhja.

other favourites include homemade pizza, tapas & sushi.

last of all, forget what the experts say – shiraz can be paired with anything. even frozen yogurt & sour worms.

 

health goals?

my work requires me to maintain a high level of physical fitness & i’m finding, as i get older, the body is becoming less willing to co-operate with the things i ask it to do. for this reason, in addition to my traditional strength & cardio, i’m starting to incorporate a lot more functional training – including yoga – in an attempt to keep injuries at bay.

diet-wise, in the coming years i’d really like to eliminate processed foods – eating only things i can pick up & recognise exactly what it is & what’s in it (sorry frozen yogurt & sour worms).

 

friday october, 2014

i was away for work.

a typical day involves plenty of down time that allows me to get into a good gym routine.

 

day on a plate

coffee

2 amino acid tablets

4 boiled eggs

fruit salad & plain yogurt

protein shake

pumpkin soup & naan bread

grilled chicken breast &veggies

green tea

peanut putter on naan bread

coffee

2 amino acid tablets

protein shake

roast lamb & veggies

bread & butter pudding

my late night snack cheese & ham.

3 litres of water minimum throughout the day

what loni jane ate

October 30, 2014

loni jane

 

who?

loni jane, 26, photographer + creative artist

 

how do you eat?

i eat a plant-based diet with no meat, dairy or processed foods. i don’t like to use the word ‘diet’ – i like to use the word ‘lifestyle’ – because diet sounds like a fad where as lifestyle is a daily ritual that’s for the long term.

 

what do you eat?

a lot of carbs! yep that’s right – a lot of carbohydrates, which usually makes up around 80 per cent of my total daily food intake. this involves eating a wide variety of fruits, veggies, potatoes & rice. i also eat a lower percentage of good essential fats & low sodium/salt. eating this way keeps my body healthy, lean & energetic.

 

favourite foods?

bananas, anything coconut, dates, leafy greens, avocado & potatoes.

 

favourite drinks?

spring water, sugar cane juice, coconut water & fresh juices.

 

vices?

coconut ice-cream magnums.

 

health goal?

my goal for life is to keep thy body thriving & never fall ill to diet-related diseases.

 

day on a plate

700ml lemon water

banana maqui smoothie bowl topped with berries & rawnola

coconut water

dried mango

1ltr carrot & apple juice

large raw salad

lentil dhal over rice & salad

water

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