Are you stumped as to what to eat? 🙄
I often get asked what I eat, so I thought I’d share a typical day…
✳Let me explain my goals first:
I want to eat for energy and performance. In the process, if I get lean by eating wholesome foods, then that’s great, but I will never be fit for a physique contest eating the way I do.
To clarify, in order to compete in a physique show 👙 of any sort, I’d have to change up my diet a great deal, BUT, this isn’t my goal. It’s really important to clarify your outcome and then eat to reach your goal.
About 18 months ago, I looked at my intake and realized I wasn’t eating enough. I felt my metabolism was slowing down so to avoid this, I started to ‘count macros’. This means I paid attention to the fats/proteins/carbs I was eating daily. Over time, I did what’s called a ‘reverse diet’ where by I gradually INCREASED the amount of food I was eating without gaining weight. In fact, I lost 6 lbs in the process.
Best of all, I felt energized and my strength and workout performance improved. My mental abilities benefited from more clear thinking and I felt my sleep improved.
It’s important to note that even though I felt I was ‘eating well’, I needed to improve.
The lesson for me was that I was letting ‘good get in the way of great’.
If you feel you have ‘good’ nutrition, don’t kid yourself – like me, you can probably improve it. With the help of a nutrition coach (Yes! Coaches need coaches too!), I was able to upgrade my nutrition and got a huge boost in health benefits.
So…what was my food like this typical Tuesday?
Here goes (make sure to watch the video for further explanation):
5 am – Coffee ☕ (with cream!)
7 am – Workout
8 am – Post workout shake – protein, Pentacarb (easily digested carbohydrate), greens, apple cider vinegar
8:30 am – Post workout meal – oatmeal, cinnamon, blueberries
noon-ish – Taylor Baja salad with Boathouse Yogurt dressing, chicken, handful of blueberries
4 pm – sprouted grain toast + almond butter*
*On this particular day, I was going to eat my fist I was so hungry, I knew I needed something substantial before dinner so instead of nibbling on things, I went for sprouted grain bread and almond butter which I knew would hold me until dinner.
6:30 pm – zucchini/butternut zoodles, red pepper, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, garlic + chicken breast, organic fudge bar
Lotsa water 💦
My usual intake includes: 130 grams of protein, 220 grams of carbs and 58 grams of fat.
I have no issues with gluten or dairy but I limit intake. I try to keep my starchy carbs earlier in the day and fibrous carbs (veggies) later in the day, no caffeine after my morning coffee.
I try to listen to my appetite and eat intuitively. 💥If I’m hungry, I wait 10 minutes and then eat some more.
➡If you’re at a loss as to what to eat, I can help!
You need to eat something, so make sure what you’re eating supports your goals.
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