Is your ‘day on a plate’ healthy enough?

Every time I read about someone’s ‘day on a plate’, guilt washes over me.

First there was chef Pete Evans’ daily regime, which started with organic spirulina, alkalised water and coconut kefir – all things I’d never even heard of until reading about them in his Sunday Age profile.

Then Jodhi Meares shared her day with Harper’s Bazaar, where it was all about pressed juices and intravenously administered Vitamin C.


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And over the weekend, I read about glamazon model Pia Muehlenbeck, whose maintains her admittedly incredible figure by adopting a regime of intermittent fasting, high protein/low carb meals, supplement powders and no eating at all after 7pm.

Do you know what I’d love to read?

An average person’s average daily diet.

One that boasts its fair share of sugar and carbs, and doesn’t make me feel like a huge failure of a human being for eating strawberries with nutella for morning tea.

We hear so much about the evils of sugar (limit it to 12 teaspoons per day maximum!) and the evils of bread (wheat can apparently trigger autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes), that no one ever shares the “shame” of their daily diet, unless it’s full of green, clean, raw paleo goodness.

In the interest of balancing the scales, here’s my day on a plate. I’m sure it will have nutritionists gasping in horror, but here goes:

6am: started the day with two pieces of white toast with raw honey. Relented one piece to my toddler.

Washed it down with a cup of white tea with one sugar.

Followed it up with a bowl of crunchy nut cornflakes then snacked on a Wagon Wheel once the kids were at kindy and I got to work.

Lunch was a chicken and salad sandwich slathered in mayo, with an afternoon tea snack of rosemary crackers and Laughing Cow cheese.

Grabbed Thai takeaway for dinner, and ended my night with a Tim Tam in front of the TV.

It was definitely much later than 7pm.

It may not have been the healthiest or most nutritious day I’ve ever had, but my God it was delicious.

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