All in a day's work: Jo the Editor
Jo the Editor
Bite editor Jo is at her desk/computer most days, unless at a photoshoot surrounded by lots of tempting food that features in this publication which she has to try (“for work purposes”). She exercises in the mornings before starting work where she has breakfast. As she loves to cook, dinner is the highlight of the day and more often than not ends up being a large social meal with pre-dinner nibbles and a few glasses of wine.
6.30am Glass of water or hot water and lemon. I read about how effective this is for good health and have been having it most mornings for years.
7.30am Coffee with a splash of milk.
8.30am Greek yoghurt, 1 banana, 1 orange, 4 brazil nuts, all chopped up, popped in a lunch box and eaten at the desk.
10.30am Coffee with a splash of milk.
1pm Leftover from Monday night dinner shoot — asparagus pizza and green salad
3.30pm Couple of handfuls of nuts and dried cranberries, water. I tend to eat too many nuts I think. I love them. And if they are in my drawer I tend to just keep nibbling away.
8.45pm Buttered and caramel popcorn (sitting on bench in jars, left over from photoshoot) while cooking dinner. Light butter chicken (made with yoghurt), basmati rice and steamed greens (more leftovers from another Monday night dinner shoot).
Quick nutritional analysis
Your diet is pretty good overall. However your main watch points are the snacking/“taste-testing” and portion sizes at dinner time — these are two places that unnoticed calories add up quickly. Rice can be easy to overeat with
curries, keep it to no more than one “fist-full” size which is enough carbohydrate. It’s a great idea to use yoghurt as a substitute to cream in dishes—more calcium and far less saturated fat and calories. Plain popcorn is a great high-fibre, low-calorie snack, but not once it has butter or sugar/caramel on it. Nuts and dried fruit are also a good snack, but only in small quantities because they are energy dense — so keep to no more than one small handful a day if watching your weight.