What I eat in a day: Nutritionist and model Jodie Wood
With a Masters in Nutrition under her belt, Jodie Wood gives us an insight into how her day shapes up on a plate.
South Dublin native Jodie works as a nutritionist for Avoca, and is regularly asked by the store's customers what she eats on a daily basis.
Interestingly, the secret behind her trim figure and glowing skin is balance and routine.
"I'm not as strict as you might imagine," Jodie reveals. "I try to eat similar food groups at similar times of the day every day. Doing this keeps my body in sync and my metabolism happy."
To start each day, Jodie will opt for a fresh fruit smoothie, making use of seasonal produce, natural yogurt, coconut water or orange juice.
"Along with the smoothie I'll also have a bowl of porridge or some eggs on rye or spelt toast," she says. "Including a low-GI carb at each meal is important to me. Eating low-GI foods leads to a steady rise in the level of glucose in the blood, which in turn leads to a slower release of insulin from the pancreas."
"Smaller increases in insulin keep you feeling full and energised for hours after eating and also encourage the body to burn fat. Foods that have a high-GI are generally refined, processed, white and sugary, that's what I try to avoid and limit!"
(Jodie's typical breakfast: Raw porridge oats soaked overnight in hemp milk and then stirred into raspberries and topped with berries, chia seeds and nuts. Accompanied with a mango, pineapple and banana smoothie)
This type of breakfast will usually keep Jodie full until her lunch time.
"I don't usually snack between the two meals. Lunches I mix up everyday. One day I could have a salad with grilled chicken, another day it could be soup and a wrap," she shares.
Jodie says she's currently obsessed with the superfood wraps, beetroot falafel, hummus and roasted vegetables - all available in Avoca.
"I've also started drinking Synerchi live Kombucha," she says. "Kombucha is an ancient Chinese brew made by fermenting organic teas with a live culture of yeast and bacteria producing a naturally carbonated drink. Live cultures support the natural balance of organisms in the intestines, helping improve digestion and immune function. A great alternative to fizzy drinks laden with sugar."
(Jodie's typical lunch: Beetroot falafel salad with some yogurt dressing and roasted veg, Synerchi orange and lemon drink)
To keep her going until dinner, Jodie snacks on nut butters or raw treats.
"I am big into nut butters, I sometimes make my own at home or else I like the Keen ones, they're an Irish brand which is another bonus. I'll have some almond butter on apple slices or buckwheat crackers. If I'm craving something sweet I love the range of raw bars we have at Avoca, the raw carrot cake is my favourite! They're free from gluten, dairy, wheat and refined sugar and taste incredible."
(Jodie's typical snack: Raw carrot cake from Avoca topped with pistachios)
When it comes to dinner, Jodie laughs that the toughest job is making sure the meal of the day keeps her other-half full too.
"I have a finance who eats like a horse so I'm constantly trying to cook meals that are filling for him but still healthy. Instead of mounds of pasta and rice I'll generally do a meat or fish dish accompanied by low GI, high protein grains like quinoa or bulgur wheat. We eat a lot of stir frys as I love Asian foods and their intense flavours. Adding spices and fresh herbs like lemon grass or fresh chilli gives a kick to meat and veg that may otherwise become mundane. If I want noodles with my stir fry that's not a problem, I'll just use whole grain or buckwheat noodles. If I want rice I'll just use brown instead of white. For me it's all about simple swaps that make the difference."
(Jodie's typical dinner: Grilled lime and chilli chicken with beetroot quinoa and a green baby leaf salad)
When it comes to salads, Jodie prefers to get her nutrients primarily from food sources. One thing she does try to include in her routine is oil pulling,
"Oil pulling is when you swirl a good quality raw oil in your mouth for up to twenty minutes swishing it between your teeth. It's best done in the morning on an empty stomach and is great for detoxing the body and whitening teeth naturally," she reveals.
"I've also started taking apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon diluted in some warm water. It's fantastic for the lymphatic system, for joint health and is naturally antibacterial and great for the skin."
To keep her skin and hair in top condition, she often includes flax oil tablets (which are packed full of omegas 3, 6 and 9 and great for reducing inflammation and aiding weight loss.)
Should she feel under the weather, sluggish or tired, Jodie swears by the addition of Maca powder to her daily smoothie.
"It's a root from South America that has fantastic mood enhancing properties while providing sustained energy and also supporting the immune system."
Jodie admits that the gym has never appealed to her, so her diet has become the most important element in keeping fit and healthy.
"With regard to exercise, I walk my dog every day and horse ride as I love being outdoors. In the summer you'll find me tied to the beach where I also love to swim."
"Food is something that should be enjoyable and never a chore. If you feel like a take away every now and then have one, I know I do. If I'm really craving something I'll have it and I won't punish myself after, everything in moderation is the key to success," she adds.
Jodie has just launched her own website www.jodiewood.com, chock full of nutritious recipes and health tips.