My day on a plate: Sharna Burgess

Dancer Sharna Burgess, 33, shares her day on a plate.

Sharna Burgess. Credit:Nigel Wright

8am A glass of fresh, cold-pressed celery juice.

8.30am A double espresso from my coffee machine. 11am Two scrambled eggs on toasted sourdough. Greek yoghurt with mixed berries and some raw honey drizzled on top. Water with lemon.

2pm A quick almond-milk latte.

4.30pm Two rice cakes with butter and Vegemite and a cup of Earl Grey tea.

7pm Grilled asparagus seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper, followed by a piece of baked salmon with a salad of butter lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot, sugar snap peas, feta and my own home-made dressing. Water with lemon.

8.30pm Chamomile tea and two ginger biscuits.

10.30pm A shot of apple cider vinegar.

Dr Joanna McMillan says …

Top marks for … Packing vegies into dinner and teaming them with extra virgin olive oil, which improves the absorption of antioxidants in vegetables and adds beneficial polyphenols. The salmon adds anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.

If you keep eating like this you'll … Jump from one health fad to another. The celery juice craze is not based on evidence and juicing any vegetable means you miss out on the fibre and nutrients lost in the pulp. You'll get more protective plant compounds by eating a broad array of vegies, fruit and other plant foods. Apple cider vinegar shots may damage the delicate cells of your oesophagus.

Why don't you try … Making a smoothie with several types of vegies and a little fruit and including vegetables at breakfast with your eggs. Snack on nuts rather than rice cakes and ensure your sourdough is wholegrain to boost your fibre intake. Finally, save vinegars for your salad dressings (this also lowers the GI).

Sharna Burgess is a judge on Network 10's Dancing with the Stars Australia.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale April 14.

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