My day on a plate: Tracey Holmes

Journalist and radio presenter, Tracey Holmes, 53 shares her day on a plate.

Tracey Holmes

6am I start the day with a large long black coffee and half a croissant. 8.15am I have another large long black and a fruit salad with yoghurt at work.

Noon Lunch today is manoush with sausage and cheese, as well as a Greek salad. I opt to have a black tea with it.

3.30pm I have a ginger slice and another large long black before heading in for two radio interviews.

8pm Dinner tonight is chicken, chilli and vegetable soup with garlic broccoli and Lebanese bread.

10.30pm I read some more books and social media for research and relax with some Korean tea before my 11.30pm bedtime.

Dr Joanna McMillan says …

Top marks for … Your cups of teas and coffee. These are rich in bioactive phenols associated with beneficial brain function and health. Just be sure to have caffeine-free varieties in the evening to prevent any negative impact on your sleep.

If you keep eating like this you'll … Limit the diversity of your gut bugs as you lack the variety of fibres that fuel their growth. Your grain foods look to all be refined (made from white flour, where the fibrous outer layers of the grain have been removed) and you have no legumes, nuts or seeds, all rich in fibres.

Why don't you try … Having wholegrain Lebanese bread with dinner. Although it was good that you only ate half the croissant, a more nutritious, fibre-rich option would have been wholegrain sourdough with a topping of nut butter or avocado. Consider a handful of nuts, perhaps with a few berries, for an afternoon snack.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale June 16.

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