I'm not going to lie...it's an exciting time! I've scored an Acting job that I'm excited about, "Vilda Magazine" launches soon and I'm going home to Australia for Christmas. Woo!
Dream life also means I'm rehearsals most days. :)
The challenge: I'm broke (nothing new there), I'm super busy, but I actually care about my health and will not eat crap.
It's easy to feed yourself if you're broke and care zilch about what goes in your mouth (hello university days!) but now - I know how it feels to be full of energy, vibrant and at my best. I ain't kissing that goodbye without a fight! The good news is, I don't have to.
With some well planned meals, a love of carbohydrates and some good, old-fashioned staples, you can eat well, often, LOTS and feel truly amazing.
Here are a few days worth of my meals to give you an idea of what I feast on!
Cheap as chips.
Yep - you know it's porridge. Essentially I always have porridge in my house. I'll make it just with water or almond milk. A carton of good Almond milk here is less than two pounds. A box of porridge is about a pound. Hardly breaking the bank! I always put cinnamon in and fruit if possible :)
Or I'll make a banana smoothie with literally just bananas, cinnamon and water. Trust me - it rocks. Don't be afraid of putting in a lot of bananas. They're nothing at 100 calories each and a pound for 5! I always need a big breakfast to get me going - especially when busy and God-knows-when-lunch-will-be!
A few reasons why taking a healthy and cool-looking lunch to rehearsal makes me feel like a superhero:
1) It tells the world I'm organised (even though I'm not)
2) Shows I enjoy healthy-eating and do it proudly (don't be ashamed of your fruit!)
3) When I'm jumping up and down in rehearsal, not tired or sick, hopefully I make SOMEONE ponder the link?
4) I get to use cute containers
5) LESS MONEY!!!
I know it sounds stupid, but honestly, as an Actor, you really do have to treat your body like a temple. Rehearsals are draining, costumes are tight and days are LONG..... I LOVE this job, but it is that: a JOB. And like any other job you have to take it seriously. There are so many reasons to look after yourself if you want to be in this industry and I want to show you can FEAST on delicious food, still get into your costume and not get sick for show week. WIN WIN WIN.
Below - two lunches that are kinda similar! Both have spinach, avocado and some nuts goin' on. The first is atop some super organic Soba noodles I bought and the second has sweet potato!
When I can be at home and relax - dinner is my favourite meal of the day. Sit, unwind, cook. Also - after my time on the 80-10-10 Diet, which I LOVED, I have learnt not be scared of calories or carbohydrates, so when I've had a huge day at rehearsals and am eating fresh and "clean" I let myself FEAST at dinner time! Yum...
Sweet potatoes are staples in my diet. They're cheap and nutritious. My favourite meal these days is to cook up a heap and make some hummus. Homemade hummus can be a fun taste adventure or you can literally do it in ten minutes in your blender (just cooked chick-peas, tahini, lemon juice, water and cumin. Add oil if you like, but I honestly don't think it needs it!)
Another great, cheap meal is to do a Buddha Bowl. Again, this can have as many or as few ingredients as you like/can afford. My cheapest version will literally be brown rice, chickpeas and some vegetables tossed in!
I do believe that the simplest meals are the healthiest; fewer ingredients, great taste, less for the body to do and certainly easiest on the digestive system. I eat more now than I ever have and am the smallest I've ever been. Dare yourself to sit down to a giant plate of something simple :)
Eat till your full and know you're giving your body so much yummy fuel!
Both of these options also allow for LEFTOVERS. An important part of any broke-person's life.
Have a good week everyone!
Next week: performances. Let's see how many Dates and Bananas I get through.....
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