I have been hesitant to write this post, but a lot of you have been asking: “Do you eat? What do you eat? Do you really eat as much as you say you do?” My response? Yes, anything but not everything and yes.
Below you will find a day’s worth of [my] eats on a typical day. Please bear in mind that what works for me might NOT work for you. I would NOT recommend hopping on this ‘plan’ just because it’s my plan expecting to look like me overnight. My activity level is very high. My workouts aside, I run around town training and teaching All. Day. Long. This means the only time I am not on my feet is when I am sleeping or studying. Moreover, I am CONSISTENT with both my nutrition and my workouts: 90% tight 100% of the time. That 10% wiggle room is not necessarily illustrated on this particular day but rest assured, it happens. It keeps me sane, on track and is not something I stress about in the least. So basically, I am burning up a whole lot of calories (energy) that need to be replenished to balance blood sugar levels, which helps to control compensatory eating reactions that influence our body’s biofeedback signals like hunger, energy and cravings, or “HEC” like they say at Metabolic Effect.
[NOTE: I eat significantly less on the weekends. I usually do not work then and because my activity level is lower, my hunger naturally down-regulates. And, I enjoy the break from having to eat all of the time.]
Without further adieu, here is a typical day’s worth of eats in the life of me! Picture-less post, I know, but I wanted to get this up. Perhaps I will include a wordless “What I Eat” post in a later blog. If that is something you would like to see, let me know on my Facebook page.
4:00 a.m. Giant mug of black coffee and overnight oatmeal OR hot oat bran with protein
10:30 a.m. Protein bar, handful of almonds if I am still hungry
1:00 p.m. BAS and giant mug of green tea with stevia
4:30 p.m. Protein bar OR protein shake OR if I am home, I will do tuna or chicken and veggies or protein “pudding”
8:00 p.m. Usually another BAS (Shell-less Taco Salad is my go-to— *RECIPE*, coming soon!) OR roasted vegetables with protein (<— almost always chicken or ground turkey)
– I drink plain water (averaging ~4L) and black coffee throughout the day, and usually save my wine for the weekends.
As you can see, there are a lot of convenience options in my every day. Ideal? Maybe not, but for right now it is what works for me. It is what sustains me. This ‘plan’ keeps both my hunger and energy in check and my cravings at bay. It satiates me and I never feel deprived.
Thoughts? Questions? What does a typical day of eating look like for you? Let me know on my Facebook page!