I got a request to post my daily eating schedule and what I eat. So disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietitian, so I’m not the authority on healthy eating. I don’t eat as healthy as someone like Kris Carr, but this works for me.
I go by these principles:
1. I am never hungry. On a scale of 1-10, 1 being a starving child in Africa, I typically hover around a 6.
My blood sugar is pretty level throughout the day. This keeps my metabolism fast and my body full of energy.
Also, nobody wants to know me when I’m hungry.
2. I like the food I eat. The food I eat is delicious and brings me joy and peace.
When I go out to eat, I order the same things I typically eat at home.
If you’re starting out on the healthy track, be prepared for the day your body will reject bacon and donuts. It will happen if you eat healthy long enough.
3. I eat for energy, physical/mental health and glow.
Good food is the key to productivity, happiness, longevity/disease prevention and beauty.
4. I don’t do diets. I think diets equal death. Death of the body, the soul and most notably, your social life.
When I used to diet, I hated life. Then I had a eureka moment and realized that diets are fucking stupid. The way you choose to eat today is the way you should be eating 30/40 years from now.
If you cut out carbs, for a popular example, you should be prepared never to eat another carb until the day you die. But you will most likely die from not eating carbs.
There is no diet out there that will give you lasting results. There is no diet out there that is the secret to being thin for life. Every diet will control you, stress you out and mess up your body. Conclusion.
5. I limit processed foods. Processed foods are foods that have been altered from their natural state.
So I go by the saying “if it doesn’t have a mother and you can’t pick it (from the tree or the ground), don’t eat it.”
Things like chips, candy, white rice/pasta/bread, juice. See this article for a list of processed foods to avoid.
Anyway, without further adieu, here is my daily eating schedule. If you have any q’s let me know.
No nasty comments like “You’re anorexic, eat more!” please. Everybody is different; it’s all about finding your happy place so you’re healthy and enjoy what you eat.
1. 5:15 am: Rise & Shine! Spritz face with Evian water to wake myself up because I am not a morning person. See my previous post: How to get up early and not hate life.
2. 5:30 am: Eat breakfast (so important!): usually whole grain cereal/oatmeal with almond milk and coffee. I’ve eaten breakfast within one hour of getting up pretty much every day of my life, so it’s a habit now. If eating breakfast is new to you, start with a smaller meal, like a cup of yogurt and a whole grain cracker so you don’t overwhelm your body. Check out these healthy breakfast options.
3. 6 am: Drink a glass of water before leaving the house. I tried to do apple cider vinegar with cranberry juice at one point, but that didn’t last. It’s okay, water is good enough. Sometimes I add a lemon for giggles.
3. 6:30 am: Workout 30 min after breakfast. Finish classes at 8.
4. 9 am: Eat a light midmorning meal. Oatmeal with sliced almonds and almond milk OR Greek yogurt with flax seeds + almonds
5. 12-12:30 pm: nap. yay.
6. 12:30/1 pm: Lunch: omelette (2 whole organic cage-free eggs) with kale, spinach, avocado, diced tomatoes and onions OR a mixed greens salad (dairy-free Hummus dressing). 1 slice whole grain bread. Water! + 1 piece of fruit, usually apple.
7. Pop a B and C vitamin immediately after lunch. Drink lots and lots of water. Purify that shiiit.
8. 4 pm: Snacky snack: Usually a green or berry smoothie + almonds/cashews +piece of dark chocolate (mmm).
9. 6:30-7:30: Classes!!! aka lots and lots of water consumed.
10. 8 pm: Dinner (my dinner is late because that’s my schedule and it’s what I have to work with. Ideally dinner would be around 7.): Fish + Steamed or sauteed greens. Usually salmon or a white fish with sauteed spinach, kale, mushrooms, black beans, steamed Brussels sprouts or broccoli. I rarely have starchy carbs at dinner just because I don’t need it since I’m just going to bed. Remember starchy carbs like rice/pasta/bread are for energy.
*Note* Most meals and snacks should be 1 part lean protein, 1 part whole grain carbs + 1 veggie. I leave out veggies at breakfast but it would be better if I didn’t. I eat a lot of veggies throughout the day to make up for it.
What does your typical day look like? If you could change one thing about your current diet, what would it be?