It’s Refreshing For Moms Everywhere
What I eat in a day video’s have been a viral storm of the Harpers Bazaar brand. Harpers Bazaar is a traditional glossy magazine showing us mere mortals a peek inside the lives of the rich and famous. From fashion trends, makeup, beauty and wellness routines, Harpers Bazaar will give you the inside scoop.
On their Youtube channel, they do videos on celebrity house tours featuring interior design, red carpet looks, beauty routines and their food diaries, in particular, attract viewers in the millions.
I often watch thinking, really!! Is that really all you eat, and they are just so cliche celebrity’ish.
Yet upon watching Mila’s version I was pleasantly surprised as it seemed, well, pretty normal.
I have always been a fan of Mila, not only is she stunningly gorgeous her characters have always come across as the girl next door, humble, authentic to watch and the kind of person you would love as a friend.
Smart, funny, doesn’t take things or herself too seriously and with a good heart.
I was watching her most recent movie which is now available on Netflix ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ is a mystery thriller where she plays the adult version of a traumatised teen.
Whilst watching the movie I couldn’t help but take a mindful note of how incredibly thin she was in the film. Then the Harpers Bazar video popped up on my Youtube as part of her promotional work for the movie, I wanted to know more.
I have written before about the dangers of these types of videos.
Yet they are still so alluring and popular.
Is it that people genuinely don’t know how to create healthy foods, or like in my case morbid curiosity and intrigued by the things that the rich and famous do?
Like her on-screen characters, Mila is once again just fun to watch and her I’m just a normal human approach comes across in her food choices too.
There is also just an air of ‘this is fucking ridiculous, why am I doing this and why do people give a shit about what I eat’ in the way she guides us through her day as if she was any other human being.
Though I’m sure it’s not completely as normal life as she makes out, she is still a celebrity after all and yet her daily routine with her kids and around food seems totally relatable.
What She Eats In A Day
She wakes up like any other normal with at least one snooze before getting out of bed. Heading o the bathroom to brush her teeth and start the day.
Her days and weeks of eating, generally go something like this:
- Coffee. Old school drip coffee, but she is very specific about her creamer. She uses Silk Oat Milk Creamer, the vanilla flavour.
- She tends not to eat first thing in the morning, until 2 hours after her coffee as she is busy getting the kids ready for school, so she doesn’t eat until around 9.30am
- Breakfast often consists of leftovers from what the children didn’t eat that morning because she hates to waste food. But this isn’t always enough to fill her up so she heads for the trusty avocado toast. She chooses healthy options with Dave’s Killer Bread which is a wholemeal bread packed with nutrients and boasts 5g of protein per slice. With everything But The Bagel seasoning on the smashed-up avocado. And if she is feeling extra feisty, she may well even put an egg on it. Or sometimes it may be 2 eggs on toast with some dips, such as hummus or tzatziki.
- Once at work she often grabs snacks such as a piece of fruit or a cheese string. Often she finds she doesn’t have the time and lunch will pass her by. But as both Ashton and she are working from home one will make the other something quick out of the fridge or use up some of last night’s leftovers. Or maybe even have a protein smoothie that they use a pre-made delivery service for.
- For evening meals the types of foods she cooks are bowl nights — using a basic salad base, adding a grain such as quinoa, more veggies and maybe some meat, though her child is pescetarian and so often it’s fish as she won’t cook two separate meals and she is not a restaurant.
- She also does a done-for-you shop, kind of like a Hello Fresh type service and she gets that for 2 meals a week and enjoys the ease of the service.
- Once a week her Mom will cook for them and just bring the food around to her house bringing in her Russian heritage to the foods that she eats. Pelmeni , Vareniki which are dumpling thy foods. Borscht which is a type of Beetroot soup. She makes smocked or pickled fish, the Russians like to pickle things, like everything, even things such as pickled watermelon. She loves smoked herring, with potatoes a little salt, a little dill, delicious. And her Mom makes a killer chicken soup/broth.
- She gets her fresh veggies and fresh food from Imperfect Foods or Misfit Market. Foods that don’t always look very pretty but are perfectly good and delicious to eat. Another great way to cut down on food costs and wastage.
- Leftover Fridays — This is an everything but the kitchen sink meal. Throwing together what is leftover in the fridge from that week. Again a big focus on reducing food wastage.
- She gets take-outs every now and then, but gets the meals she wouldn’t make like sushi, or Indian. They do have a pizza oven and so often make their own pizzas.
- Her favourite drink is water, because of course it’s good for you. But her real favourite drink is wine. Ah a woman after our own hearts for sure!
- She also loves a Poppi which is a low-sugar prebiotic soda drink.
- After dinner, the kids are always allowed something sweet to eat, and then when they go to bed Mila and Ashton sid down with a tub of ice cream. Yes every night, or so she says but she also does say that they only have a few scoops each. There is no talk here of devouring the whole tub.
So whilst there are a lot of really healthy and amazing food choices in there she is also incredibly practical and full of the habits that most of us can relate to, such as finishing off the kid’s food and enjoying a scoop of ice cream from time to time.
She gives off the feeling that there aren’t any real restrictions or boundaries around food and this is refreshing to see in a celebrity. I particularly admire her commitment to reducing food waste.
Even with this, we must always keep in mind that this is just what we are being told. We can never truly know someones eating habits or behaviours. And even if you did eat like this yourself you still probably wouldn’t end up with a body like Mila’s.
Use what I eat in a day videos for what they are. Entertainment and maybe some inspiration for food ideas. Learn to cultivate a diet that will work for you and your own body as an individual with your differing tastes and lifestyle requirements.
What do you think of her daily eating schedule? Do you enjoy watching what I eat in a day videos?