Steph chats to some of her favourite inspirational foodies and friends about all things nutrition - from how they stay balanced to their favourite indulgence and their best health hack to keep things quick and easy.
This month Steph chats with....
Dr Lewis Ehrlich
How would you describe your diet?
I try to eat as naturally as possible most of the time. I eat moderate amounts of high quality protein (chicken, lamb etc.), but try to load up my plate with as many veggies as possible. Being a dentist, I try to load up on foods high in vitamins A, D, E and K which are great for your teeth and I also try to eat crunchy, hard, natural foods so that I condition my jaw.
What is your idea of balance?
I think that there is a strong mental aspect to health. So, if it makes you happy to eat a food that may not be so great for you, then I am all for that. Just as long as those foods don’t become the foundation of your nutrition. I like the 80/20 rule, although I try to aim for 90/10!
Why is it important to you to eat healthy?
If you take a step back and think about health more ‘globally’, the things that have the greatest impact on our health are the things we do the most of. This means breathing, sleeping, moving, thinking and eating. If you aren’t eating well then that is a huge part of the health picture. Over time, this will break down your immune system and leave you more susceptible to a range of systemic health issues.
What’s a typical day on your plate?
At the moment, I don’t eat breakfast during the week. I have been intermittent fasting and have been feeling pretty good on it. At lunch I will tend to eat some veggies or a salad with some protein through it. For dinner it’s pretty much the same story. Veggies, veggies and more veggies!
What are three ingredients you won’t leave the grocery store without?
At the moment….dark chocolate, a variety of veggies, and some form of protein (lamb, chicken etc).
Every foodie has a favourite indulgence that keeps them balanced, what’s yours?
I have a dark chocolate problem! If there is a block of dark chocolate in my house it wont be there for very long.
What is your best health hack or tip when it comes to making healthy eating easy?
Prioritise your sleep. Take steps to get good quality and quantity. This means practicing good sleep hygiene…i.e. wi-fi off at night, phone and any other electronics out of the bedroom etc. If you are sleeping well and are energised you are far more likely to make healthier choices.
Which do you prefer?
Breakfast or dinner? I love both.
Sweet or savoury? On balance, probably sweet.
Eating at the dining table or couch? Dining table. We are losing the family dinner scenario. Connecting with others face-to-face without the influence of technology is so important for our health. Also, eating in front of the tv or whilst looking at your phone isn’t good for your digestion.
Asian or Mexican? I love both but probably Mexican.
Wine or kombucha? I don’t drink a lot of either but if someone said to me that I have to save one from extinction …I would save wine and say goodbye to kombucha.
Cook or clean? Cook. But I usually end up doing both!