What I Eat In A Day: Blogger Joanne Larby, aka The Makeup Fairy
Beauty blogger Joanne Larby, who dropped three dress sizes this year, shares her secrets to getting (and staying) staying healthy with her busy lifestyle.
How do you start your day?
I generally wake up between 7.30/8am depending on work. I’ll drink plenty of lemon water, make some breakfast containing high fats and protein and take my vitamins and supplements.
After my shower I’ll either get into gym gear and train or put on my face ahead of meetings, events or shoots. After each meal I also love to have a cup of Miss Fit Skinny Tea which keeps me feeling full, boosts my energy levels, prevents water retention and generally detoxes the system without that horrible laxative effect.
Do you prep your meals fresh or freeze them on a Sunday?
I tend to do small food shops throughout the week to keep things fresh in order to cook as I go. I travel a lot, so meal prepping can often go to waste. If I’m home for the week, I will prep - I generally cook my meat and veg ahead of time so it will last 2/3 days.
If I have a particularlyy busy week, I’ll ensure I have meals and ingredients at the ready to take on the go so I avoid poor choices at meetings in town. I also always carry a protein bar and some nuts with me.
How many meals do you eat per day?
On low to moderate diet and training days, I eat five small meals. On my refeed day, it's six small meals or three main meals including one "cheat meal". Eating this way means I’m never hungry, have ample energy to fuel my busy lifestyle and also enjoy a day off from my strict eating.
What would be your staple breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Meal One: In the morning I’ll have high fats and protein; something like smoked salmon, a handful of cashew nuts and goats cheese or scrambled eggs, an omelette with peppers and tuna, or avocado and poached eggs.
Meal Two: Meat and vegetables with one source of carbohyrate.
Meal Three: I love Kerrigan’s turkey burgers as they’re really high quality and full of flavour and taste like a treat. Plenty of broccoli and asparagus, some sweet potato or white rice.
Meal Four: This is usually post-training time, so I'll have oats with some chocolate flavoured whey and 100g of raspberries.
Meal Five: 0% Greek yogurt, sugar free syrup and two squares of dark chocolate.
How often do you work out? On days you exercise, how does your diet differ than normal?
At present I weight train with HIIT and cardio session finishers six days per week. I also horse ride 1-2 days per week. This may sound intense for some people but it’s as much for my mind as it is my body and I live for training as it allows me to switch off and really challenge myself.
When you’re out for dinner, where do you frequent and what would be your usual order?
I love tapas ,so Rustic Stone on Georges Street is a favourite of mine.. I also love Asian Fusion and Amuse has a phenomenal 12 course taster menu that’s worth checking out. I’m also a huge fan of Italian so if I’m going all out I’ll opt for a creamy pasta or indulgent pizza.
How does your diet reflect training days vs off days?
On training days, my carbs would be slightly higher for energy, my protein is also high on these days for muscle repair post-weight training. If I’m on a ‘low’ diet day where I’m only doing cardio or having a rest day my fats are increased for alternative energy and to fill me up as carbs will be lower. My carbs on these days will be taken from the likes of a protein bar and some veg.
Are you completely opposed to sweet treats or do you allow yourself a cheat day?
At the moment, I've been eating clean all week because I'm focused on a photoshoot for my new make up brush line Fairy Wands. I’ve been eating clean all week but having a ‘refeed' day instead of a cheat.
On these days I eat higher carbs and calories in general but stick to healthy food choices - like increased sweet potato, oats, berries etc. I have two squares of dark chocolate every day and nut butters are my weakness. Although I’m obsessed with Nutella I can’t be trusted having a jar in the house!
How much water do you drink and do you take any supplements?
Unlike most Irish people I’m not a fan of tea or coffee! I do love drinking water - I don’t calculate an exact amount but I take at least a litre with me everywhere I go. Starting the day with a pint of water and lemon to flush my system, I ensure I have water by my desk, in my car, at the gym and even after each meal.
In terms of supplements I make sure to take some Omegas, Vitamin C, Dandelion Root and Vitamin D. My favourite brand is ‘The D’, another amazing addition to the Miss Fit line which has so many health benefits. 1 in 8 women are deficient in Vitamin D and can suffer with lack of energy, SAD, anxiety, depression and weak bones and teeth.
Taking just one small easy to swallow tablet a day has a myriad health benefits, because especially in Ireland we’re severely lacking.
Joanne is a brand ambassador for The D, a high strength dose vitamin D3 supplement by Miss Fit Life