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Here she runs Dr Simone Laubscher PhD. through her daily diet.
On waking: The first thing I have when I wake up is a big glass of ice water with two teaspoons of SUPER ELIXIR. It feels good to start my day off right nutritionally and it gives me a lot of energy.
DL: Simone Laubscher PhD. (DL) says: Wonderful! This gives all of your 100 trillion cells a wonderful burst of nutrition since you have been fasting all night.
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Breakfast: I usually have a soft-boiled egg and a slice of low-sodium bacon along with a cup of coffee (with a little sugar and half and half) OR a bowl of Special K with almond milk.
DL: Having your eggs poached or boiled is best as the yolk is not broken during the cooking process and the enzymes are left intact. Bacon is however very acid-forming, and since we are what we eat and pigs tend to eat any old thing, the quality of pig protein is not great. I would suggest bacon as a weekend treat rather than a daily staple. Maybe swap out for smoked salmon and/or avocado?
Special K is not great either as it is quite processed and high in gluten. Your digestive system would much prefer spelt flakes or an un-toasted whole food muesli. Almond milk is perfect!
Regarding the coffee, it is always best to try to keep this an hour away from food, as caffeine blocks the absorption of key nutrients into the body.
Mid-morning snack: Sunbelt Bakery Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar or Made Good Chocolate Banana Granola Minis, or half of a banana.
DL: All of the above sound like Sunday treats if your body fat and digestion are in order. But if either of these need a little work, then best to choose a handful of almonds or walnuts with an apple or dates.
Lunch: Avocado toast on whole wheat bread, chopped salad with grilled chicken or a veggie burger (no bread). I also love smoked salmon and sometimes will have that with cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel.
DL: As above with your snack, if body fat and digestion are tip top this is fine, but if not, I would swap out the whole wheat for a gluten-free bread or even just have protein and salad. Be mindful of the source of the protein, as the chicken may contain hormones which can affect our mood, hormones and weight. If unsure, opt for the fish or veggie options.
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Afternoon snack:I usually get a sugar craving and often succumb to it and end up eating a cookie or small brownie and an espresso. Sorry!
DL: Ha! No need to be sorry. If you crave sweets in the afternoon it simply means your lunch was too low in protein or good fats for you. A fist size of protein and a good fat like half an avocado should fix that. Then all you may need is a handful of nuts and a few dates with a piece of fresh fruit and you feel satisfied.
Dinner: I am loving Gobble (a meal kit delivery service) because it provides a protein, vegetable and starch in each meal and can be made in under 30 minutes (my picky kids have even been up to trying some of the dishes). Here is my upcoming delivery: honey-hoisin glazed pork tenderloin with carrot ginger puree; Swiss chard and caramelized onion ravioli with roasted bell pepper pesto and sautéed vegetables; pan-roasted chicken with green bean casserole and mashed potatoes. If we go out, my favourite is sushi. And I am obsessed with cheese and charcuterie.
DL: I'm also a busy mum with young kids so I'm all for the fast track! If you wake up feeling refreshed and your body fat is good, I would keep the starch. If not I would swap them out for sweet potato, pumpkin or a lighter carb like quinoa.
Please check the source of the animals regarding hormones as with lunch. Sushi is great but make sure you go to a super busy restaurant so that it is fresh and parasite-free. I always take digestive enzymes before sushi to be on the safe side.
Before bed: Something light, usually an apple or a handful of walnuts or almonds.
DL: Perfect! You can add in our SLEEP WELLE Calming Tea if you have difficulty falling into a deep sleep.
Water intake: I don't think I drink enough water. I usually have 3 - 4 cups in a day.
DL: Yes you should be aiming for 8 glasses a day :)
Sleep: I need my sleep and almost always get 7 hours unless I am traveling. I have an awesome trainer that exercises with me for an hour once a week. I try to get walks in when I can. I love doing short meditations. My favourite app is Meditation Studio.
DL: Amazing! We all need to move our body and practise being still. This is something my dear friend Elle Macpherson taught me.