What I Eat.
As a trainer, people want to know what I eat. Everyone has a different palate, but I have found that, like in my workouts, the more back-to-basics I eat, the better my body responds. I know plenty of people who keep chocolate, cookies or ice cream in their cupboards, but I know myself: I can’t be trusted not to binge! I honestly never buy that type of stuff (can you even classify it as ‘food’??).
After about 8 hours of sleep, I start my day with a tall glass of room-temp water with squeezed lemon and an almond-milk latte (either on ice or hot).
Breakfast is eaten around 6am, and these are my typical options:
-protein smoothie (Biochem whey protein, 1/2 banana, 1/2c frozen berries, 1Tbsp ground flax, 1c almond milk & a tbsp oats)
-Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oatmeal made with water with 1tbsp dried unsweetened cranberries & 1Tbsp crumbled walnuts. Sometimes I use nut butter and frozen blueberries instead.
-2 slices of ezekiel toast with nut butter & 1/2 banana
-2 hard-boiled eggs with a slice of Ezekiel toast & 1/2 orange
My mid-morning snack, usually around 10:30am, consists of one of these:
-small green juice (kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, etc & apple, lemon)
-apple & 15 almonds
-2% yogurt with 1/2 apple
Lunch is between noon & 1:30. I eat:
-tuna salad (white chunk tuna, peas, dill pickle, red onion, shredded cheddar, olive oil, ground pepper) with whole wheat pita
-mixed greens salad with all the veggies i can muster, edamame, lentils or other legume & basil/balsamic dressing
-low-sodium lentil soup with air-popped popcorn
For the afternoon 3-or 4o’clock slump, I snack on:
-2 slices manchego cheese & 4 multi-grain crackers
-hummus & veggies
-handful of trail mix
Dinner is always after work, around 7:30 or 8. We rarely eat out (maybe once/week or less). Depending on who gets home first, either my husband or I will get things rolling so we have time to digest before bed. We make:
-baked wild-caught seasoned fish (salmon, mahi-mahi, etc) with steamed veggies & lentil/brown rice pilaf
-baked organic/hormone-free chicken breast (seasoned in some way) with baked sweet potato & small salad, no dressing
-quinoa/black bean pilaf (made with low sodium chicken broth), 1/2 avocado & diced cherry tomatoes with 10 tortilla chips
As you can see, I eat a lot. But I also am on my feet ALL DAY LONG…and my workouts are no joke. I try not to get too hungry or cravings set in and I’ll binge on sugary crap. By keeping my insulin levels in check I am less moody and better able to stay focused throughout the day. I always have a snack packed on-the-go.
All that said, every week I let loose and have a slice of pizza, a beer or sloppy Mexican meal…but keep it at that, nothing more. It’s fun to have a little junk! I enjoy every single bite because I know tomorrow, when I wake up, I’m back on the healthy eating train!!!!!!!!!