Food Diaries: How a Paleo Dieter and Gluten-Free Physical Therapist Eats for a Day

Her diet may sound restrictive, but Ann Wendel shows that eating a nutritious meal is pretty simple.

By: Melissa Romero

We were fascinated when Ann Wendel, a physical therapist, personal trainer, and myofascial trigger point specialist, told Well+Being the story of how a Paleo and gluten-free diet saved her life. So we had to know how she ate for a day. 

“A brief explanation for how I eat would be: gluten-, grain-, and legume-free with minimal dairy,” she says. Wendel’s food diary is proof that you can make a tasty, nutritious meal even with some restrictions. Read on to see how the owner of Prana Physical Therapy kept to her diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast: “A quiche made from Mark Sisson’s cookbook Primal Blueprint, with sausage from Whole Foods and coffee.”

Lunch: “Leftover pork tenderloin, sweet potato, avocado, and macadamia nuts.”

Snack: Apple slices with almond butter.

Dinner: “Dinner was homemade beef tacos in lettuce wraps. And I drink water all day.”

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To see how more local health experts eat for a day, visit Well+Being’s Food Diaries page