Fairfax’s Sunday Life magazine decided to kick off with a special music issue this year and wanted input from lots of different people who work in the music industry. So, voila, as a music PR, I was super excited to be asked to submit my eating diary for ‘My Day on a Plate’. I’m a big fan of this section and always read it (especially because Michelle Bridges’ awesome training tips are right next to it).
Having recovered from an eating disorder, I was especially proud to not only see that I’d eaten well, but that it was written in print for millions of readers to see. And to top it off, Nutritionist and Naturopath Julie Maree Wood gave me the thumbs up (phew!)
It was certainly different from other times of my life. My ‘Day on a Plate’ at various stages between the age of 14 – 25 would have either consisted of:
* 12pm – a can tuna (no oil) and large glass diet cordial
* 2pm – apple
* 6pm – three grapefruits and a large cup of tea with skim milk
* 12pm – carrot
* 6pm – four vodka, lime and sodas, three glasses of champagne, two mango daiquiris and half a bottle of white wine
* 10pm – Large pizza or kebab, hot chips, a packet of lollies, a block of chocolate
Funnily enough, my weight constantly fluctuated by a 10kgs and I was frequently sick and I felt tired all the time. Not particularly great for productivity, relationships or a happy, healthy life.
It was only through getting some valuable education on nutrition, a lot of counselling on why I was eating that way and a few big lessons on the value of mindfullness that I started to eat in a way that both nourished, fuelled and protected me AND was also a delicious joy.
Needless to say, being human, I slip up sometimes.
The day after this article came out, my first day of a two week holiday, my man was shaking his head and laughing at me. “Just as well today wasn’t the day you submitted”, he chortled.
I was ever so slightly hungover after indulging in a few too many “yay-I’m-on-holidays” wines the evening before and subsequently ate a bacon and egg croissant for breakfast, three apricots and half a packet of mint m&m’s for lunch and dinner was several slices of pizza and two pints of cider.
So I tried not to beat myself up over it and moved on and the next day I was back to eating my more regular, clean diet.
I was tired and headachy… and I was supposed to be enjoying my holidays.
I really do think that there’s some merit in writing down what you eat sometimes. Not in a crazy, obsessed, ‘I-must-document-everything-that-goes-in-my-mouth’ kind of way, but just to serve as a gentle reminder on what you’re feeding your body. Then you can assess whether that style of eating is going to serve you and your beautiful body (temple?!) well.
So I’m still on holidays (and getting plenty of beach action if anyone was wondering) and the timing of the Sunday Life magazine article certainly couldn’t have been better. It reminded me that when I eat well, I feel awesome. Hardly rocket science but a fact that I seem to have to be reminded of repeatedly.
And when the time comes for me to hit the office, I’m going to be feeling fit and healthy and ready to take on the world. Or at least be ready for a huge month of exciting promo and concert tours from Cecilia Bartoli, Andreas Scholl and Mojca Erdmann, just to name a few. But more of that in a few weeks time.
For now, it’s 6pm, boiling hot and I’m off to pour myself one perfect, refreshing glass of cold, sweet red that I picked up from the Margaret River last week. I bought a bottle from the Evans & Tate cellar door. Evans & Tate are now owned by McMilliams and also in the McWilliams stable of wineries is the ‘Catching Thieves’ label. Called ‘Dolce’, it’s a fresh, blackberry tasting drop that leaves a soft, lingering taste in your mouth, like you’ve just been eating a teeny piece of cherry-infused blackforest cake. It’s also lower alcohol than your standard rose wine so it won’t go straight to your head.
Here’s to good, gratified eating and drinking all, cheers.