Health

Leah Itsines’ day on a plate is simple but scrumptious

The fitness guru and founder of the BARE guide shares her wisdom.
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She may be the founder of the BARE health and fitness guide but Leah Itsines isn’t about starving herself or fad diets.

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“I like to keep it simple, with a balanced and realistic approach to food and wellness,” she tells WHO.

“I want to eat healthy but not feel like I’m restricting foods, eating bland meals or labelling my diet.”

The 25-year-old, whose older sister is fitness entrepreneur Kayla Itsines, says she’s also been working on reducing the amount of meat she eats and has enjoyed finding other alternatives.

“Lately, I’ve been trying to add more plant-based foods into my day by swapping my protein out for a similar plant-based alternative so I can keep cooking all my favourite go-to recipes. It’s all about finding easy swaps that work for what you love to eat,” she says.

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Leah Itsines and sister Kayla are fitness and health fanatics. (Credit: Instagram)

So what does Leah’s average day on a plate look like? Turns out, it’s pretty quick and easy.

Breakfast

Feta scrambled eggs on toast with tomato, olives and cucumber.

Snack

Birthday cake slice (a healthy slice recipe, “one of my favourites!”)

Lunch

“Salad and I usually swap my protein between Tuna or Vegie Delights Meatless Meatballs for a plant-based alternative!”

Dinner

“Chicken stir-fry (loaded with veggies!) with noodles or rice.

Dessert

“If I’m feeling it, healthy hot chocolate or caramel popcorn.”

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“Lately, I’ve been trying to add more plant-based foods into my day by swapping my protein out for a similar plant-based alternative so I can keep cooking all my favourite go-to recipes.” (Credit: Supplied)

As for cheat meals, Leah isn’t opposed to them but isn’t a fan of the name.

“I’m not the biggest fan of labelling it cheat meals, but I absolutely love a Friday night pizza with my partner!” she admits.

“We both get big pizzas, sit on the couch and watch Harry Potter (perfect Friday night!). I’ve done this every week for months and it’s become a tradition now, and I’ve lost almost 6kg in the last few months still having my favourites!”

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Everything in moderation! (Credit: Instagram)

Meal prepping is one of Leah’s biggest tips for healthy eating but when it comes to the best health and wellness advice she’s ever received, it goes a lot deeper.

“The best thing I heard was, ‘You can love yourself, and want to seek change at the same time,'” she says.

“That to me was mind-blowing, because after my injury and battle getting back into exercise, I felt unhappy with how I felt, I didn’t feel like me but I didn’t hate myself. I still loved myself but wanted better for myself but didn’t want to be seen ‘changing’ because for some reason.”

“Society has this preconceived idea that change means you hate what you are. Where I felt the exact opposite – I chose healthy change because I love and wanted better for myself. That advice or quote was something that will stick with me.”

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