Hey, everyone! I am so happy you could join for this morning’s coffee chat, where I share my day’s thoughts, mostly related to health and fitness of course. Huge apologies for the delay in this morning’s post: unfortunately I left sending photos to my laptop until this morning and then ran into some trouble.
In today’s post I wanted to share a little about what I eat, or rather what I ate yesterday. I have started an Instagram account with one of its main purposes being healthy meal inspiration.
I think when we are in the midst of bad habits, whether unhealthful eating or otherwise, we can forget what better choices look like! That’s why I started my account and why today I wanted to share some photos of exactly what I personally consumed yesterday.
I know that what I am exposed to really influences the choices that I make. So even if you are not personally surrounded by healthy eaters, it may benefit you to inform yourself through other means what healthy food and eating looks like.
I do not follow any diet whatsoever, and I don’t believe in diets. I am not here to sensationalize eating or my food or exercise routine, either. I eat simply, when I am hungry. I don’t subscribe to any philosophy, rather I trust that my brain and digestive system that have developed over millennia, eons, can take care of me well enough if I just trust. I do try to be mindful of the quality of food I consume.
I try to fill my diet with lots of plant foods, especially fresh. This is because I feel best eating this way, but science supports eating lots of fruits and vegetables for health, as well. One reason I love plants is that in addition to nourishing me, they contain polyphenols, which have “antioxidant and free radical scavenging abilities.” According to the same paper, food phenolics may also have an effect as “antimutagens,” preventing the mutation of DNA.
Meal one: Tim Horton’s oatmeal with a soy latte (they make good ones). Unfortunately, in their business, the Tim’s people served up oats that were too watery and not as fully cooked as they usually are. They weren’t good and I didn’t finish them.
Meal two: A smoothie. I mixed one full scoop of Vega One with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a large banana. I blended with ice and water.
Meal three: This salad was filling and tasty. I put all of my favourite veggies on a bed of spinach and arugula. There are red onions, red bell pepper, radishes, shredded carrot, avocado, and grape tomatoes. In the centre is a veggie burger with 9 grams of protein and I also added 3/4 cup of chickpeas. I used a balsamic vinaigrette for dressing. Read my recent post about one of salad’s beauty benefits here.
Meal four: I had a late lunch so it was evening by the time I grabbed a handful of walnuts and two medjool dates.
How do you like to include plants in your diet? I’d love to know! And would you like more posts like these? Let me know! And don’t forget, my site’s page on Instagram is at Instagram.com/anastasiakaur
About the author: thank you for reading my post. I am a lifestyle blogger, writer, and editor passionate about wellness and nutrition, and most recently a student at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where I am learning more about holistic nutrition.