Happy Monday everyone! I am back again with another blog post and this time around I am welcoming Jenna Hope a registered nutritionist to my blog, she has kindly written a post all about her daily food habits; in hope to inspire your food choices, help you make healthier decisions and show you a balanced approach to nutrition. She has created a food diary for us all to see, I feel instantly inspired already!
At the beginning of 2017 everyone makes the decision to ‘eat better’ and have a ‘healthier’ attitude towards fitness and wellbeing. However, this shouldn’t always be something we apply for one month. Health, fitness, and wellbeing can be a choice we make for life. This choice won’t take anything away from you, it can enhance your currently ‘lifestyle’. Although, if you do want to make this choice just for one month, go you! However, you may enjoy, it that much and find it that easy that prolonging it will be a lot better. Whether you choose to eat more vegetables and fruit or to take the stairs instead of the lift, the outcome will always be the same if you have a positive mindset.
Have some faith, try something new and step out of your comfort zone. Eating well and becoming more active doesn’t require much, it requires some passion, some positivity and a ‘can do’ attitude and you’re half way there!
Let’s meet Jenna!
I am a registered nutritionist, I have a Masters (MSc) degree in Nutrition and a first class Honours degree (BSc) in Nutrition and Exercise. At 13 years old, I removed refined sugar from my diet for a year. I became fascinated by the way in which food affects the body, the mind, and the soul. Since then I have had a passion for nutrition and exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. I then spent five years studying nutrition at university in order to qualify as a registered nutritionist.
My experiences to date include – working on a weight loss camp, nutrition advisory role, working at Harley Street’s The Food Doctor clinic, recipe development at Livia’s Kitchen and working as a nutrition consultant for a high street brand developing a new concept.
I am passionate about educating people to utilize food in their lifestyle in order to improve their quality of life. I am very much dedicated to the idea that there is no one size fits all and everyone’s approach to nutrition is different. With this in mind, I work closely with my clients to implement nutritional strategies which fit into their lifestyle and their goals.
What a Nutritionist Eats In a Day
As a nutritionist, I would say I eat well. However, I am by no means perfect. If you follow me on Instagram (@jennahopenutrition) you’ll often see one or two of my daily meals. What you don’t see are the other meals and my snacks. Which is why in this collaboration, Jessica and I thought it was important to bare and share. Just like anyone else some days are better than others and there are certainly days where I go to bed having eaten a little too much, but that is totally normal.
Being a nutritionist comes with its downfalls; people expect your diet to be perfect, your portion sizes to be spot on and you to be totally tee-total (and maybe in an ideal world it would be, but we don’t live in an ideal world and we all have to enjoy life). Let me share with you a secret. My diet is pretty good, my portion sizes are by no means perfect and just like most people I love an alcoholic drink.
I’m going to take you through a standard day of eating and the reasons behind some of my choices.
- Morning- once I have woken up, I usually drink a glass of water to rehydrate myself after a 10 hour fast. This is also important to prevent you from mistaking thirst for hunger and therefore eating too much breakfast. I’ll then make a green tea or a matcha latte. I love having a warm drink to start the day and often I find the caffeine helpful too! On a work day, I always have breakfast (on the weekend I’ll often have brunch a little bit later). Most of the time I will have a savoury breakfast which consists of eggs, spinach and avocado or vegetable soup topped with nuts and seeds for some extra protein. However, more recently I have been enjoying a buckwheat or quinoa based porridge as I love a winter warmer. I don’t add sweetener to my porridge as I find this spikes my blood sugar levels and leaves me with sweet cravings throughout the rest of the day.
- Lunch – this is usually something really simple or leftovers from the night before. If I haven’t had soup for breakfast then sometimes I’ll have it for lunch. Alternatively, I will have a salad with tuna, salmon or chicken, I always add a dollop of hummus to my salads to add in some extra carbs and because it is delicious! I also like to pack in some fats so I’ll often add some seeds or avocado too. I steer clear of sugar-laden dressings, I usually stick to apple cider vinegar, olive oil or avocado oil.
- Afternoon pick-me-ups – during the afternoon I get peckish and I always have something on hand to snack on. Often this will be something a little sweeter, for example, a dairy-free turmeric or matcha latte, a packet of coconut curls, handful of nuts or an almond butter sachet (I LOVE the Pip and Nut ones as they’re so delicious, a great texture and so easy to carry around).
- Dinner- depending on how much time I have depends on what dinner is. I like to mix things up throughout the week though so some nights I will have a vegetable stew packed with sweet potatoes, butternut squash and other starchy vegetables. Because I don’t eat grains I really try to ensure I have enough starchy veg. Alternatively, I’ll have a piece of fish with roasted vegetables or chicken and occasionally a portion of red meat. There are so many arguments for and against red meat, I’m not a massive lover; however, sometimes it’s needed to increase my iron intake.
- Post dinner – this is the time I hear that most people struggle, they often want something sweet after their meal. Occasionally I will have a slice of paleo cake or some frozen berries with almond milk and lucuma to satisfy these sweet desires, however, sometimes I’m satisfied with a herbal tea!
The key thing is to listen to your body, do not deprive yourself when you desperately want something sweet, but also to be able to understand when you’ll be satisfied with a simple herbal tea instead. Please remember though each individual is different and what works for me may not work for you.
If you are considering a big diet change I can’t express the importance of doing this under the supervision of a qualified registered nutritionist. For any inquiries please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website for more details www.jennahopenutrition.com.
I want to thank Jenna for stopping by and sharing this information. It was great to collaborate with her and share her ideas with you all. I hope she has inspired your food choices and I hope she returns to my blog soon!
Start each day as you mean to go on; eat a delicious, well-balanced breakfast and you’re half way there.
I hope everyone has a week full of positivity, productivity and happiness. Stay grateful.