Good morning! I’m really excited to sit down a write this post for you! This one is a breakdown of my daily food intake. I’ve been asked many times what & how often I eat in order to stay in shape. There are countless ways out there and I know that it’s your own journey and you need to find what works for you. With that being said, hopefully the tips below can help you in whatever way possible for you. Again I am stating that this is only what works for me & this has been a trial and error process for years. I am constantly adding and removing items from my diet depending on what happens to me. So let’s get started!
First off I want to let you know that I eat healthy 80-90% of the time and indulge the other 10-20%. And let me tell you when I indulge, I indulge ;). I also rarely drink unless I’m out to dinner or with friends. It’s all about balance for me so when I want to have fun and eat, I most definitely will but I also LOVE to eat healthy! Lastly I try to eat every 2-3 hours to keep my metabolism burning! I wanted to share with you a typical day of what I eat, it looks like this – give or take a few hours somedays, but always this amount of food:
- 7 am | wake up – drink water
- 730-8am | protein “shot” & pre-workout
- 1030-11am | post workout smoothie & small breakfast
- 1pm | lunch
- 3pm | mid afternoon snack
- 6pm | dinner
- 7pm | after dinner snack
Now comes my breakdown of what I typically eat.. I’ve read several books that all have a different view on what you should be doing first thing when you wake up. I’ve done the intermittent fasting, the drinking of lemon water and others. I recently went back to my original routine that worked for me. The first thing you need to know is I rarely eat past 8pm unless I have something going on or I’m out to eat. This means I usually wake up pretty hungry! The first thing I do is get water and drink about half to a full glass to replenish my body. Right after that I move on to my morning protein shot. I know that’s a funny name but its literally what it is. I take about 1-2oz of almond milk and mix in a small amount of my protein and have that before my workout to give my body some substance to work with. I also have my pre-workout to give me a KICK! I’ll be talking about all my supplementation in another post so you’ll be able to know exactly what I take 🙂
Breakfast – After my workout I have my post workout drink that is DELICIOUS (well at least to me 😉 and I will do a post on that very soon! I also have something small with this such as – eggs of any sort; hardboiled, scrambled, avocado toast (OMG YUM!), overnight oats, flax seed waffles, aussie bites & fruit.
Lunch – I’ll have a kale or romaine salad with hemp seed, pepper flakes, and a lemon vinaigrette. I LOVE this salad its so fresh! Usually with the salad I’ll have a little side snack like a rice cake, almonds or pistachios, fruit, kale chips, or even leftovers from the night before depending on how hungry I am.
Mid afternoon snack – I almost always have a cold pressed juice as this snack. Most of the time its between a green juice or a detox juice. In the green there is apple, kale, celery, lemon & ginger. In the detox it’s apple, lemon & ginger. Both are super good and satisfying! Fruit & almond butter is also a great option!
Dinner – First things, if I didn’t have a salad that day I’ll make a big one for dinner and dress it up. I really don’t eat red meat (theres a few exceptions) so I mostly eat chicken & fish (salmon & tuna are my go to’s) for protein sources. I will have a veggie like brussel sprouts or asparagas, or starch like sweet potatoes or redskins. Eggplant sandwiches, bison & turkey burgers are also on that list. And sometimes I’ll have an Against the Grain pizza.. one word AMAZING! I may or may not be eating that as I type this 😉
After dinner snack – This is when I start craving chocolate SO BAD! Most nights I will grab a Quest bar but sometimes will have an apple. Or I will make ginger tea if I’m not really hungry – its just chopped or pressed ginger root mixed in hot water. It can get a little spicy if you use a lot so just be aware 🙂
That’s my breakdown for you, if you have any questions about anything above let me know in the comments! I am more than willing to help if I can! Cheers to eating extraordinary!