I have had a few people ask what my diet consists of. That’s a big question, but I will try to answer as best I can.
When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, what you eat plays a HUGE part. So, even if you are working out a lot, you have to eat clean if you want to look lean, and see physical definition (and or transformation). You can’t workout 6 days a week and still just eat whatever you want. It just doesn’t work that way. You need to eat constantly…small snacks/meals throughout the day but make sure those meals are healthy. I don’t count calories. I just eat when I am hungry, and when I eat it’s usually pretty smart choices. I have talked about this before; but we do splurge on the weekends. It’s a way to maintain balance so that you aren’t depriving yourself of what you love. I also NEVER diet…it’s a recipe for failure. Just try to consistently eat good; splurge occasionally, workout when you can and you should never feel the need to diet!
My goal for 2017 is to start cooking more interesting meals (for dinner). I was typically doing a protein, a veggie and then rice. While it is healthy and easy, it is very bland. I threw out the question on Facebook as to what books are peoples favorites. Skinnytaste got rave reviews, a handful said Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbooks. A recommendation I have not heard of is Dinner: A love story which I am excited to check out! I think Ina Garten is always a favorite for splurge meals (her recipes are not all that healthy). Foolproof is one of my favorites of hers! I will report back with what we love, once we order some books!
I do still eat primarily Gluten and Dairy free. I don’t do gluten because it makes me feel like crap. I don’t eat Dairy because a lot of the hormones and things put in our dairy scare me, and it upsets my stomach. I feel like since going GF and DF 2 years ago my skin looks better, my stomach problems are gone, I have less headaches and sinus infections and less bloating. I will splurge for pizza and a great cheese plate though 🙂
For breakfast I am very simple; it is either eggs alone, or eggs on (gluten free) toast with avocado. I will sometimes make gluten free oatmeal with almond milk and fresh berries on top. Or my egg scramble (which I have written about on the blog before). I do love cereal; and so sometimes if I am hungry at 10:30 or 11 I will have rice chex or Kind GF granola with almond milk and berries.
Lunch is not my favorite meal. I just kind of snack around this time. Usually it is peppers and hummus, with some lunchmeat (the good stuff; like boarshead) and gluten free crackers.
Occasionally I will do a protein shake for lunch; I do 8 oz of almond milk, a little less than a cup of ice, scoop of peanut butter or almond butter, and banana. If you have sweet cravings, this is a good way to curb that!
For snacks between lunch and dinner, I will do Gluten Free pretzels, apples with peanut butter, baby carrots and hummus, granola, or protein balls. I can always find great snacks on the go from Unbakery, T.Loft and even Kaldi’s coffee has fantastic protein balls and a chia seed pudding that’s really good.
I also love protein bars; but you have to be careful with what you buy! Look for the sugar, carb and protein content. I love the ONE bar by Oh Yeah. The Birthday Cake flavor is SO good! They have 1 g of Sugar, 3 G of carbs and 21 g of protein, and they are Gluten Free!
oh and a follow up from the last post; those of who wanted to know what brand I buy of what supplements. Remember, I am not a doctor but these are things that have worked for me… here you go:
I forgot to include this in my last post…5HTP: this is for mood. I started taking this last year when I was feeling a bit depressed or if you have anxiety; I think it made a huge difference. It is great during winter months, if you have seasonal depression or just bad PMS! You can read more about it here. I take 100MG a day.
that is pretty much it in a nutshell! It’s not exciting AT ALL, but I leave all the excitement for the weekends 🙂