What Does Nutrition Diva Eat?

Like you, Nutrition Diva lives in the real world - the one that includes surprise pizza parties and other unforeseen developments. Here's how the ultimate nutrition expert navigates through the twists and turns of real life (without deprivation or hunger).

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
4-minute read
Episode #290

Over the past 6 years, I've shared hundreds of quick and dirty tips on various aspects of diet and nutrition.

But, of course, it's how you put it all together that counts! Many of you have asked me to share what I eat on a typical day. I'm not sure there's any such thing as a "typical" day but this week, I carried a camera and voice recorder around for an entire day and created a real-time diary of everything I ate.

It was tempting to script out a perfectly balanced meal plan. with glossy photos of gourmet meals. But I thought it might be more useful to share what actually happens in real life - and that's what you'll see below. For more details about the day's nutritional adventures, please click the Play button in the upper right hand corner player to hear the episode audio.


7:30 am

The day starts, as it almost always does, with black coffee. I'd probably drink coffee even if it didn't come with a host of health benefits but the fact that it keeps my brain healthy while it's waking me up is a bonus!

See also: Is Caffeine Bad for You?


I'm usually not hungry first thing in the morning, probably because my evening meal tends to be on the late side. However, there is no need to eat breakfast within a certain time frame. Contrary to urban legend, delaying breakfast does not slow down your metabolism for the day. It's OK to delay the first meal of the day until you feel hungry, as long as this still allows you to make healthy choices when hunger strikes. 

See also: Not Hungry in the Morning? Permission to Skip Breakfast


If my schedule allows (which it does today), I like to get in an exercise walk before breakfast. I have a nice 2.5 mile route around my neighborhood that includes some hills. It takes me about 45 minutes to complete my route, by which time I'm usually ready for breakfast! In fact, I often spend the last 10 minutes of my walk planning what I'm going to eat.

See also: When Is the Best Time to Exercise? 


About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.