Circus Oz Rock Bang performer, Astrid Rot shares their day on a plate.
5.30am Breakfast is a juicy lamb kebab while I walk back to my hotel from a night out. 8am Two big mugs of sleepy time tea and two biscuits before I fall asleep watching TV.
3pm My second breakfast is pancakes with bananas, blueberries and a lot of maple syrup, plus a big pot of coffee and two Beroccas in water.
4pm I go for a bike ride through Fitzroy Gardens but am fined for not wearing a helmet so I decide to get an ice-cream and walk home.
5pm More coffee and two biscuits.
6pm Lunch (or maybe this is dinner?) is gnocchi napoli. I then go see a movie, during which I have two beers and some popcorn.
Top marks for … The fruit with the pancakes, plus I'm hoping there was perhaps some slaw or greens in the kebab! The napoli sauce at least added tomatoes, but your day is distinctly lacking in vegies and other whole plant foods.
If you keep eating like this you'll … Run a high risk of developing a lifestyle-related chronic disease. The sweet treats add up to lots of kilojoules with few nutrients. You fall way short of fibre requirements and protective chemicals such as antioxidants.
Why don't you try … Ditching the biscuits in favour of wholegrain crackers with avocado, hummus or a little cheese. Make pancakes with a legume flour such as besan (chickpea), or a wholegrain flour such as buckwheat. Add just a drizzle of maple syrup; better yet, substitute it with Greek yoghurt for protein and calcium. Add a salad to dinner and opt for a seafood dish instead of gnocchi.
Astrid Rot from Die Roten Punkte is performing in Circus Oz: Rock Bang at The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre, Melbourne from November 15 to 25.
This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale November 4.
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