A day in the life of me

I am a Project Manager working for a Local Authority in the very heart of London. My working day is usually busy and I’m rarely in one place.

My alarm goes off at 6am and I wake up to some very quick morning stretches to get my body moving. I always have breakfast at home and always within 20-30 minutes of waking up – this works best for me.

I start the morning with a glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and raw honey. Following this I’ll either have a decaf tea or coffee with hemp milk.

Breakfast is always something that’s quick to prepare or that I’ve prepared overnight. Some examples are:

  • Homemade granola with chia pudding or hemp milk topped with some banana and blueberries
  • Overnight oats and chia pudding
  • Poached egg on sourdough rye toast
  • Sprouted grain cinnamon and raisin toast with peanut butter and banana

I usually leave the house by 7 and aim to be at my desk for 8am. My commute consists of a half hour train journey followed by a 25 minute walk to my office. During the day I tend to have site meetings which I will usually walk to if they are nearby.

I drink around 2L of water during the day, one green tea in the morning – usually a Pukka range and organic rooibos tea.

Lunch is pretty much the same salad with a slight variation everyday and every week and surprisingly I never get bored of it. I prepare my salads in batches of two days and the main ingredients are always:

  • Mixed organic salad leaves
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Beetroot
  • Tomatoes
  • Half an avocado
  • Hummus
  • Peas or soybeans

And I tend to throw in some extra veg which I batch roast on a Sunday morning – anything from broccoli, cauliflower to red peppers or artichokes.

Depending on my day I will usually have lunch around midday with colleagues in my team. During the summer months we get to enjoy sitting by the river and soaking in the sun rays which is a very welcome break during the day.

I love fruit but do limit my intake due to the sugar. I eat citrus fruits, berries, apples and pears. I’ll usually have an apple in the afternoon, a clementine or some kiwi and mixed berries.

Let’s not forget nuts! I eat two Brazil nuts everyday to get my intake of selenium, a couple of walnuts, almond and pistachios mixed with some raisins for that afternoon pick me up.

I leave work between 4:30 – 5pm and walk 25 minutes back to the station. When I get home I’m ready to cook dinner. Dinner is always quick during the week but freshly made and as healthy as possible. You can find some of my dinner recipes under the Mains heading on this page. I cook organic chicken or oily fish once a week and the rest of the meals are pretty much meat free.

I finish the day with a cup of vanilla rooibos and a piece of dark chocolate and head to bed for 10pm.

Oat and banana breakfast bars 

These are great to make as part of Sunday meal prep and a nutrient packed grab and go breakfast! 

Ingriedents:

1 cup porridge oats

1 banana 

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp nut butter

1 tbsp honey 

1 tbsp ground flaxseeds (optional)

1 tbsp cacoa powder (optional)

Handful each of:

Pumpkin seeds

Coconut chips 

Flaked almonds

Roughly chopped walnuts (or any other nuts of your choice)

Fresh blueberries (optional)

Method:
Turn the oven on to 200c and line a small baking dish with baking paper.

Mash the banana in a bowl and mix in all of the dry ingredients.

On a low heat warm up the nut butter and honey in a sauce pan until they are mixed together. Pour this into the banana mixture and mix until all combined.

Spoon the mixture into the baking tray, you will need to press down the mixture with the back of the spatula to compact it.

Cook in the oven on the middle shelf for around 20 minutes or until it starts to brown at the edges.

Once ready, remove from the oven and let it cool before cutting into either 6 squares or 3 bars depending on how much you will want. 

They will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. Eat them plain on the go or have them with a big dollop of nut butter 👌🏽

The great thing about this recipe is that you can add as many or as little ingredients as you like! Use more seeds, less nuts, more fruit, add dried fruit or even some chocolate chips! Give it a go!