So the 4-page "Food Diaries" feature was published in Stella magazine today. (Stella magazine is a free full-colour glossy magazine supplement that comes shrinkwrapped with the Sunday Telegraph. The readership for the ST is estimated to be 1,880,000 - Yes, nearly 2 million readers!)
You may recall that I had the interview and photo shoot done for this some weeks ago, and it was a lot of fun. However, I was semi-dreading the nutritionist's "analysis" as I know that all nutritionists are not created equal, and some are more raw-friendly than others. So it was with some trepidation that I logged on to their web site this morning to see her interpretation of what I eat...
They're four women whose jobs demand optimum nutrition. But how healthy are they really? Read on for our experts' verdicts on their eating and exercise habits…
The raw foodie Karen Knowler, 35, is 5ft 4in and weighs 8st 7lb. As the Raw Food Coach she teaches clients how to include fresh and raw foods in their diet for optimum health and energy (therawfoodcoach.com)
7am I drink a pint of water. I used to weigh 12 stone and eat anything that was put in front of me. Now I don't eat until I feel hungry. My five-year-old son has breakfast while I do his packed lunch.
9am-10am Go to the gym where I swim or work out with a personal trainer. I do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights.
11.30am I work from home and after I've checked my emails I have green juice - a blend of spinach, pineapple, apple, celery, cucumber, lemon and lime. After becoming a vegetarian, I got into raw food in 1993. My stepfather is a butcher and my family thought I was going to die! But cooked food is less nutritious because heat destroys enzymes, water, oxygen, vitamins and minerals.
1pm For lunch I'll have a large salad made from mixed leaves and herbs, tomato, avocado, bell pepper, beetroot, carrot and sprouted beans or seeds with tahini dressing, and I drink water or juice.
4pm I snack on fresh fruit and a small handful of almonds. If I'm hungry, I might have a smoothie. I'm an intuitive eater and how much I eat varies with the time of year and what my body asks for.
7pm For dinner I'll have nori rolls with avocado, tomato, onion, black olives, rocket and watercress. Afterwards I'll have raspberry passion pudding, which tastes as if it's naughty but is just frozen raspberries blended with fresh strawberries, passion fruit and mango and topped with bee pollen. Rather than taking vitamins I use superfoods such as wheatgrass and spirulina in my diet. Although I like the taste of wine, I rarely drink because alcohol hits me like a brick.
'Wow, respect! This diet is popular in California and Spain but more difficult to maintain in the cold British weather. I'm a little concerned that Karen doesn't have enough protein and will have longer-term problems with her joints and teeth, or osteoporosis, because of insufficient calcium. She should eat broccoli and a wide variety of nuts and seeds. Having said that, I'm looking for someone exceptional to train under in this area and I think I've found her.' VE
'Karen is over-training and should do no more than three sessions a week. She's 35 years old and very small. People think that the more they do the leaner they're going to get, but it's not true. I would prescribe strength training with weights only once a week for optimum results. This allows the body to heal and regenerate. She should also drop one of her cardio sessions.' MA
As far as accuracy goes this is not too far off beam in terms of what I said, so I'll just say that I don't have a step-father anymore and he WAS a butcher, plus my parents thought I would die if I went vegetarian, not raw!
Nutrition: Well, I definitely get enough protein - lots of greens, spirulina, sprouted beans and seeds, bee pollen, nuts, seeds... how much more raw vegan protein could there be? Not to mention the fact that these are un-fragmented protein sources, not cooked and de-natured and de-mineralised etc. Calcium - greens, nuts, seeds, sea veg, tahini... again I am not worried about this at all. And yes, I do eat broccoli (!!) and some days I eat more nuts than others... (I am not sure how one day's food diary is supposed to give a complete picture, but there we are : ) Naturally I was very happy to read Vicki's final comment; watch this space! Overall I am pleased with the comments, compared to what they might have been... no mention of B12 or iron - now there's a first!
Fitness: Maybe Mark got the wrong end of the stick with this one as I only do running and weights 2x per week and I'm thinking he thinks I do this every day... Anyway, I'm definitely not over training, as I never seem to ache, and two times per week is hardly over-drive. And one more thing... what's this about being 35 (and "very small"!), and making it sound as if I should be taking it easy ; ) Not a chance.... I'm only just getting started!
Read the full set of interviews and comments here.
PS: Those shoes were awesome, shame I couldn't bring them home ; )