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Food Diaries: How a Holistic Health Coach Eats for a Day

Debbie Katz says the key is to fill up on veggies for a lighter dinner.

We like where Debbie Katz’s head is: The holistic health coach believes that no one diet or fitness regimen suits everyone. Every day she helps women in their thirties to fifties fine-tune what will help them gain more “energy and vibrancy in their lives.” As for herself, Katz says what works best for her is an early in-home cardio and weight-lifting workout, “leading naturally into my day, where I like to be able to eat—a lot.” Each day she strives to include vegetables in each meal and eat a light dinner. “Although I tend to wear a lot of black, my food needs to be colorful and pretty!” she says.

Breakfast: “Black tea is my gentle push into the day, and sets the stage for a good workout.”

Post workout/morning snack: “My favorite time of the day: green smoothie! Sometimes I like to make it thick and eat it like fro-yo.” Frozen banana, mixed greens, hemp protein powder, raw cacao, spirulina, maca powder, and almond milk.

Lunch: Vegan chickpea and brown sprouted rice soup with cashew cream. “For me, volume is key. I like to feel like I’m eating a lot, so I pile on the veggies and make it look pretty. Since it’s been so cold in DC, I’ve been making various soups a lot lately. Another part of my lunch protein is a homemade chickpea spread on a corn cracker.”

Afternoon snack: Black tea, apple, and roasted spicy chickpeas.

Dinner: Veggie sushi (cucumber, Japanese sweet potato, bell pepper, and avocado), spring rolls, and a veggie broth soup.

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