My day on a plate: Heidi Dening

My day on a plate: Heidi Dening

Heidi Dening, CEO of Workable Wellness, shares her day on a plate.

Business owner Heidi Dening.

7.15am I have rolled oats with banana, blueberries, flax seeds, pepitas, soy milk and coconut yoghurt.

1pm Lemongrass tea and a small plate of fruit while I sign books post-workshop for my signature program, WE CARE. I instantly regret it because I now have stomach cramps!

2pm Finally lunchtime. I have two black-rice sushi rolls with salmon and avocado plus miso soup. I’m still hungry, so I grab a protein ball and eat it on the way to my next meeting.

6.30pm My husband and I always have a nice evening meal together. We set the table, light a candle and share wine and stories from the day. Tonight we eat barbecued salmon, home-made baked chips with olive oil and sea salt, and a green salad.

Dr Joanna McMillan says

Top marks for … Giving some priority to meals and making your dinner a special occasion. Food is about more than nutrition. It is an important part of our social connections and each meal should be a pleasurable part of the day.

If you keep eating like this you’ll … Keep your risk of dietary-related chronic disease low and maintain a healthy weight. If you frequently get stomach cramps you may want to be tested for food intolerances – keeping a food diary to look for any patterns can be helpful. This day was low in calcium, needed to maintain strong bones. Your soy milk is a good substitute for dairy milk as it is fortified, but the coconut yoghurt lacks both the calcium and protein of regular yoghurt.

Why don’t you try … Boosting your calcium intake. This could include snacking on figs and almonds, including fish with soft edible bones such as sardines, adding chia to your oats, eating tofu regularly, and having dark leafy greens every day.

Heidi Dening is the CEO of Workable Wellness.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale August 18.

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