INTERIOR DESIGNER SONIA SIMPFENDORFER CHATS CAFFEINATED ALONE-TIME AND CARROT SMOOTHIE BOWLS WITH DR SIMONE LAUBSCHER PHD.
On waking: 2 glasses of water and a cup of coffee to start the day. I catch up on work emails and other things for an hour or two every morning. I enjoy this caffeinated alone-time, but suspect I’ll be told to swap to lemon water.
Dr. Simone Laubscher PhD. (DL): Life is all about balance and caffeinated drinks are not terrible but need to be balanced well with their hydrating friends. Starting with two glasses of water first thing is great to hydrate after your evening fast. To further support the liver, add lemon, ginger and turmeric to 500ml of water and then have your coffee. Note that plant milks are superior to animal milks, just in case you like milk in your morning coffee.
Breakfast: Usually flaxseed meal cooked with cinnamon and a little cream if I’m in a hurry, but my favourite breakfast is a version of someone else’s carrot cake smoothie bowl – oats, chia seeds, milk, half a banana, cinnamon, ginger powder and nutmeg blended together and topped with Greek yogurt, walnuts and freshly grated carrot. It is SO good!
DL: Sounds yum! I would tweak this to support an alkaline and disease preventative lifestyle by using a plant cream. Regarding the flaxmeal, ensure you don't heat it too much because you want to preserve its omega-3. If you choose your carrot cake smoothie bowl, swap out the cow milk and yoghurt for plant alternatives to reduce acidity and support your gut function.
Mid-morning: Maybe another cup of coffee, celery sticks with nut butter, fresh berries, or a small carob bear with coconut flakes.
DL: I usually tell my clients if you drink 2 litres of filtered water that entitles you to 1 coffee per day. If you fancy another cup, just add another 500ml of water to your daily intake. The snacks sound great. No doubt you know peanuts and cashews can encourage fungus so almond or walnut are the best nut butters.
Lunch: We are lucky to have a great organic shop opposite our studio. I love their protein bowls of falafel balls, hummus, carrot sticks and spinach leaves. They also make amazing, flavoursome salads.
DL: These super food dishes and salads are packed full of goodness. Be mindful to include enough protein to avoid energy slumps and food cravings mid-afternoon. Your hands are genetically correct for your size, so a fist of protein at lunch like falafel, hummus, nuts, seeds, organic egg, lentils, beans or fish are all good options.
Mid-afternoon: This is when I take my SUPER ELIXIR Greens. I have it when I hit a little low patch and am thinking about coffee or biscuits.
DL: I often have my SUPER ELIXIR here too! It is such a great pick-me-up and gets me through to supper.
Dinner: I like an early dinner. I love to eat food that is full of flavour and fresh herbs. Lately I’ve cooked Middle Eastern, Mexican, Vietnamese, Indian and Thai, mainly vegetarian. But sometimes I just want a steak, long green beans, crusty, buttered bread and a glass of red wine.
DL: All of the oriental spicy food listed above is great for your immune system and has great thermogenic effects on your metabolism too. Just watch your rice ratios. If you wake up tired or need to reduce body fat a little, swap out for quinoa or cauliflower rice instead.
If you live an alkaline lifestyle by reducing dairy and drinking your SUPER ELIXIR daily, having a steak and wine on weekends is not a problem. It is how you eat most of the time that matters.
Before bed: Something sweet like coconut flakes, Greek yoghurt and fresh raspberries or something with chocolate.
DL: If you crave something sweet after dinner this could mean your protein or good fats are too low at dinner. Try adding in ½ avocado and check your ratios as per above to make sure you get a fish size of protein to support your blood sugar levels and prevent sugar cravings post meal. I also suggest swapping the Greek yoghurt to a plant yoghurt like coconut.
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