Daily Bites: Julian Curtis

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JULIAN CURTIS, ACTOR & WRITER, LA

ACTOR AND WRITER JULIAN CURTIS DISHES ON HIS DAY IN FOOD TO DR SIMONE LAUBSCHER PHD., AND FINDS OUT WHY PLANT-BASED PROTEIN HAS THE HEALTHY EDGE ON WHEY.

Breakfast: A long black coffee and two glasses of water to every shot to avoid dehydration. On weekends I cook poached eggs, bacon and Turkish bread with avocado and freshly squeezed orange juice.

DL: Simone Laubscher PhD. (DL) says: Be great to hydrate as soon as you wake-up. Try a pint of water (around 500ml) first thing and add lemon, lime and ginger if possible to love your liver first thing. Then have the coffee. It’s great that you hydrate to combat the dehydration - very wise!

Weekend breakfast looks great. I would have the lemon water first then wait 30 – 60 minutes before having breakfast and if possible keep the coffee an hour away from food. Caffeine blocks key minerals from being absorbed into the body. I would also drop the orange juice - unlike lemon which turns alkaline once eaten, orange remains acidic in the body. 

Mid-morning snack: A shake made from protein powder, banana, almond milk, and unsalted peanut butter.

DL: Looks good just make sure you avoid whey. Because it is a derivative of milk and rarely organic, you will be taking in female hormones which is not great for belly fat and 'man boobs'! Our WelleCo NOURISHING PLANT PROTEIN is vegan with all the essential amino acids. 

I think you would really benefit from adding in a greens here too. By adding 2 teaspoons of WelleCo SUPER ELIXIR to your protein shake, all 11 systems of your body will be supported and you will stay alkaline even with eating and drinking acid forming items.

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Lunch: Usually chicken with a salad with pesto or steamed vegetables. It tends to be a fairly generous serving.

DL: Once again check the source of your chicken to make sure there are no added hormones. If in doubt swap out for line-caught fish instead.

Afternoon snack: Cashew or almonds, a piece of cheese and some kind of fruit.

DL: Cashews and almonds are great. Rotating in walnuts would be great for your cognitive function so your brain stays focussed in the afternoons. Cow-based cheeses are acid-forming whilst sheep and goat are more alkalising, so maybe do this cheese swap as a healthier option. Dairy farms need to give the cow's antibiotics to keep the herd from getting sick, so when you eat dairy products you are also digesting these. Eating only nuts here is the best option to be honest. Fruits are great, but choose the ones with a GI rating of 40 or lower for best result for your blood sugar balance. Choose fruits like apples, pears, plums, peaches, berries and cherries. 500ml - 1 litre of water away from this snack and throughout the afternoon would also be great and help with mind and body balance. 

Dinner: I like to roast different meats and vegetables often pairing it with wine. Or I might pan fry fish with vegetables and a garlic mash.  

DL: As above, simply choose protein that is wild and/or organic so as not to ingest the hormones, pesticides and antibiotics. Regarding the wine, it is best to try to have more days off than on, so at least 4 days no booze, this allows you to enjoy yourself on weekends. A study by the University of California has showed Cabernet Sauvignon, followed closely by Syrah and Pinot Noir are the red wines which contain the highest concentration of flavonoids. Of course, there is a trade-off where the benefit of flavonoids is overtaken by the level of alcohol in the wine, so I will leave it up to your good judgement to get that balance right :) Since you enjoy a glass of wine like most of us, and since you eat meat and some dairy, be sure to include that mid-morning SUPER ELIXIR with your protein shake. It would be most beneficial.

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Eating-out: I tend to order what I can’t cook - Japanese, Thai, and Italian. Healthy eating usually takes a back seat in these instances. 

DL: If you eat out a couple of times a week, that will maintain a healthy life balance. Life is here to be lived after all. 

Water and Fitness: I tend to drink a fair amount of water. I avoid soft drinks unless it accompanies a liquor. I opt for Soda Water to fend off cravings for sugary drinks which works for me. I stay pretty active and treat exercise as part of my daily routine. I tend to favour classes in order to stay motivated.

DL: Sounds great!