JO RODGERS, WRITER AND VOGUE CONTRIBUTOR, LONDON.
JO RODGERS IS WILD ABOUT TRAVEL AND GEORGIAN HOUSES. HERE SHE SPILLS ON HER DAILY FOOD INTAKE (AND SERIOUS TEA HABIT).
On waking: If I’m lucky, my husband will bring me a cup of tea and a piece of toast in bed.
Dr. Simone Laubscher PhD. (DL) says: Such a blessing for your husband to bring you this treat each day. Maybe just tweak a little with reduced gluten options like spelt, rye or gluten-free. After fasting overnight, it is best to hydrate first thing with water or herbal tea, and then you can dehydrate with real tea.
Breakfast: Often an over-easy egg with avocado and toasted walnuts. Sometimes halved cherry tomatoes too. Then lemon juice, sea salt, and whatever herbs we have over the top. I like chives best.
DL: This is great!
Mid-morning: More tea (black tea, that is, with milk).
DL: Plant-based milk is best if possible to reduce acidity and mucus. It is a wise choice to have this tea away from your breakfast so the absorption of minerals is not impaired.
Lunch: Variable depending on what we have. Yesterday it was butter beans sautéed with garlic, chilli, spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes. I deglazed the pan with a little cream and lemon juice at the end. It was heaven.
DL: Sounds delicious! Maybe swap out the cream for a plant-based cream like coconut cream.
Afternoon snack: Oh god, more tea.
DL: Ha! The key with tea is to make sure you get enough water. If you drink 2 cups of tea, be sure to drink 2 litres of water per day. If you want this third cup, then make sure you have another 500ml water or herbal tea that day.
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Dinner: Last night we had pasta with chard and hazelnuts, and two glasses of red wine. The night before it was chicken and turmeric soup with sweet potato. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I love dark chocolate with nuts, particularly if we have wine (always red) with supper and there is a little left in my glass.
DL: Take care of the pasta ingredients. Many have extra high gluten due to GM in the wheat industry. Try opting for spelt with a natural low gluten ration or rice pasta which is gluten-free (avoid corn). Lots of varied salads and vegetables are great for you, and contain a different antioxidant load from each one. Red wine is the best option for alcohol too, due to its level of antioxidants and bioflavonoids. I recommend having at least more days off alcohol per week than on as a good balance. It keeps your toxic cup in check.
Before bed: Big glass of water.
DL: Great lifestyle habit! It means you hydrate before you move into your overnight fast as you sleep.