So a few weeks ago, I got this email from a PR asking if I would like to participate in my Day on a Plate with nutritionist Joanna McMillan. (Who I know from the Today show, which I love and watch like a groupie.)
I was nervous at first. I am not the world’s best eater.
In fact, just the opposite, I am an extremely fussy, terrible eater. I actually have no idea how I grew up at all, considering my diet as a child consisted mostly of hot chips and Vegemite sandwiches. Thankfully as I have grown, I have gradually increased the limits of my palate, but I’m still not the greatest eater in the world, and I doubt I ever will be.
Having said that, I do want to be healthy, and I would like to maximise the nutrient value of my food, whilst also enjoying it. And that is not achieved by adding cucumber and tomato to my hot chips sandwich.
So I sucked it up, wrote down a day’s worth of food, and emailed it off to Ms McMillan, waiting terrified to hear her response.
I had a few thoughts as to what she would say. Basically I suspected it would be along the lines of I don’t eat anywhere near enough fruit and vegetables, and that I have far too many carbs.
Thankfully I was only two thirds right 🙂
First things first, Joanna, really is a lovely lady, and despite her no nonsense approach to nutrition, I really appreciated the fact that she found at least some positive aspects of my ridiculously narrow diet. (Vita Britz for the win!!!)
Joanna’s main concern with my diet was that not only was I not getting enough fruit and Veg (told ya), but I also don’t consume a huge amount of protein. I’m not a big meat eater at all, and it’s easy for me to go an entire day without any protein rich food, which is not cool. Because meat (and lentils/beans) are not my thing, she suggested that I look at adding protein during snack breaks. So things like yoghurt and nuts are beneficial, and also much healthier than the Chicken Crimpy’s I was snacking on today :/
Another concern she brought up was fibre. Whilst I do have a fair amount of carbs (and I got the all clear on those!! I’m active enough to justify them :)) I’m not eating the right type of bread. Whole grain (as opposed to multi-grain) and sour dough are the best, but I’m yet to discover a bakery close by where I can get either at a reasonable price.
One other thing I found interesting, was that she didn’t consider that I was eating enough, particularly at lunch time. I used to eat a lot more, but then cut back, thinking lunch should be a light meal, but I should be having more. My light lunch of a salad sanger (with no protein on the wrong bread) is not giving me enough to sustain me through the afternoon, and thus has me reaching for the snacks later on.
Got to love being told you’re allowed to eat more. 🙂
Now this whole process was put together by the lovely people at Australian Pineapples*, and just to make sure that I was following through on my protein and fruit intake, they sent me this recipe for Pineapple, Sweet Chicken and Chilli Curry.
Unfortunately, curry is not one of the things I eat (remember totes fussy?), but I do have every intention of making this for Boatman at some stage. And I thought I’d share it here for you guys too.
Just so you know, I haven’t tried this at all! I was sent the recipe and the images (which, let’s face it, is much better than any pic I could have taken), and have added it just as I was sent it. I’m assuming it works ok. 🙂
And as if that wasn’t enough, they are also giving away a $150 Woolies Voucher, so you can make this curry. Or perhaps buy some nuts, whole grain bread, or possibly Vita Britz for breakfast.
Just leave me a comment below, saying what food you wish you could eat, that you can’t, and fill in the Rafflecopter form! Good Luck!
*Australian Pineapples is a not-for-profit organisation run by Horticulture Australia that aims to support Aussie growers and educate households on how to enjoy this delicious fruit.