A sneak peak into what leading nutritionist, Hayley Pedrick, eats in a normal day.
Do you ever wonder whether doctors, PT’s, yogis etc actually practice what they preach? I do. All the time. I mean, surely PT’s can’t be in the gym all the time! I bet they hoard up Instagram photos so that they can then sneak off and tuck into giant curries with chips and watch episode after episode of Dexter for the whole day. All the while, their outward facing profile is a picture of fitness holiness. So when Hayley Pedrick, a nutritionist I’ve been speaking to about my eczema-covered face (don’t worry, I’m less scary now I’m on steroids but it’s a work in progress), I literally jumped over my Yogi tea at the chance.
Here’s a typical day’s menu:
Hayley starts her day with a smoothie. But it’s no ordinary smoothie – it’s a nutrient-packed power smoothie!
- 1 banana or avocado as the base
- Plus fruit – at the moment it’s figs, because they’re in season
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- A dash of nuts for protein (Hayley often buys bags of nuts in bulks and goes through whatever’s open)
- 2 handfuls of greens – currently, spring greens, lettuce, spinach or kale is what’s in her fridge
- 1 tsp maca powder
- All topped up and blended with either water, almond milk or coconut milk
Hayley’s found that as a busy mum who doesn’t get much sleep, the maca is great as a pick-me-up and provides less need for coffee.
MIDDAY SNACK (AROUND 10/11AM)
Hayley snacks on hummous with veg crudities and pesto
Hayley’s lunch has a lot of variety and she follows a mostly paleo diet (some grains and stuff like hummous sneaks in – after all, who can resist hummous?!) so there’s a lot of protein and less starchy carbs.
- Turkey kebabs or chicken breast with salad
- Baked sweet potato with hummous, peppers, olives and rocket or some other greens
This is where the sweet tooth seems to kick in!
Hayley’s snacks often consist of one of the following:
- A couple of square of dark chocolate
- Nuts & seeds
- A handful of olives
- ½ avocado
- Oatcakes with nut butter
A typical dinner could look like this:
- Pan fried skin-on salmon (in coconut oil) with salmon, tamari and honey served with butternut squash or sweet potato with broccoli or mange tout.
Hayley makes sure she keeps hydrated and whilst it seems to me she lives off green, mint or detox tea, she also confesses to 1-2 cups of builder’s tea a day, topped up with almond milk (Alpro in case you’re wondering).
There’s also often a Pukka Morning Time Tea in the morning to kickstart the day.
We think: This is a perfect example of where balanced eating doesn’t include a plethora of food items that you a) can’t pronounce and b) you think is a disease. Having an insight into someone’s healthy, but not abstemious, eating plan is such a good baseline to have!
Hayley Pedrick is a nutritionist with The Nutrition Coach, specializing in nutrition for fertility, endometriosis, acne, eczema, IBS, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s. She is also one of a panel of health advisors for luxury health concierge collaboration, Suavon & One Hundred Years. She is often found wearing brightly coloured outfits and drinking Pukka teas.