Okay, so this is probably my most requested blog post. Every day I am constantly being asked “What do you eat in a day?” or “Can you show us your diet, you look amazing!” So, I’d like to start off by saying a few things. 1) I do not believe in diets. I have a blog post called “My Eating Habits & Thoughts” and I go into detail about how I’ve struggled with my weight in the past and how I am strong believer in just eating clean and fueling your body with what it needs. 2) I was tested for Celiac disease and though I do not have exactly that, I do have a gluten sensitivity. Which makes It easy for me to say “no thank you” when the bread basket is passed my way! I am reading a book right now called Grain Brain and I will share it with you all when I finish it, but basically it goes into detail about how gluten is actually harmful to everyone! So if there is anything that you take away from what I am about to share, remember, I do NOT eat bread! I avoid gluten at all cost. Yes, I slip up here and there and may have a bite of someone’s sandwhich… but I promise you that I am quickly reminded that my body simply cannot handle/process gluten.
I have the tendency to ramble too much when discussing this topic because I am a firm believer that gluten is horrible for the body. I also do not believe in counting calories, macros, micros, etc. I don’t look at any of that stuff. I work out 5 days a week, I eat as “healthy” as possible when I can, I avoid gluten at all cost and try my best to avoid complex carbs. Disclaimer, I am not educated or trained in health or nutrition. I simply eat what I know is good for my body.
So here we go!
I start my mornings anywhere between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. What I eat for breakfast is simply determined by what time I wake up in the morning or by what I have going on that day. Most days I wake up, have a cup of coffee or two and eat a KIND bar. More specifically, I eat the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate flavor! If feel like I need a little bit more energy, I’ll eat a banana too.
If I have a little bit more time in the morning, I’ll make oatmeal! I do not buy the packets of oatmeal just because I’ve heard that they contain a lot of sugar. I buy the “McCann’s Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal” that is ready in 5 minutes. You bring ¾ cup of water to a boil, add ¼ cup of oats and reduce the heat. After a minute, I splash a tiny bit of organic maple syrup in it to sweeten it up a little bit. Once it’s almost ready, I dash a little bit of cinnamon in it, stir it and then add it to a bowl. I slice a banana into little pieces and dump them on top of the oatmeal. I then add a little “Back to Nature Gluten-Free Granola” on top. I usually buy the Vanilla Almond flavor. Boom! That’s it.
Some mornings I crave a smoothie! If that’s the case, I’ll eat a KIND bar just so I have something solid in my tummy before working out. (Maybe it’s a mental thing, but I feel like I can’t JUST drink a smoothie and go work out right after. I have to have some sort of solid food in my belly.) Anyways, I love chocolate & peanut butter together so here is my chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe:
2 tblsp of Peanut Butter PB2
1 tblsp of Chocolate PB2
1 cup of almond milk
1 cup of ice
2 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen
& if I am feeling unhealthy and want to treat myself, I throw in a spoonful of Nutella.
I have no idea if this is “healthy” but it tastes delicious and fills me up. The collagen from the Vital Proteins is so good for your hair, skin and nails too! Whatever I do not drink of the smoothie, I store it in the fridge for later in case I am craving something cold and savory!
If I go out somewhere for breakfast, I usually stick to scrambled eggs or a big omelet full of veggies. I always tell the waiter to not even bother bringing the bread out. Even if places have GF bread, I still try to avoid it and fill up on eggs and vegetables.
I try my best not to snack that much, but I have my days where I feel like I need little snacks to keep me going throughout the day. I try to keep my fridge stocked with plenty of fruit that’s easy to snack on; sliced pineapple, strawberries, grapes, etc. I also always keep bananas on the counter. Some may argue that bananas are high in carbs or that fruit is high in natural sugars, but I personally feel like these snack options are better than reaching for a bag of chips.
Here is a list of things I snack on:
- Sliced pineapple
- KIND bars
- Gluten free pretzels & Nutella
- Active Yogurt (Strawberry)
- Late July Jalapeno Lime Chips (Gluten Free, no trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives) – Okay, so this is like my guilty pleasure snack. I buy a bag maybe once every 3 months just to treat myself…
I keep my fridge and freezer packed with veggies. Honestly, Matt’s favorite meal is when I stir fry some veggies together over rice or served with soup. I love to cook, so it could take my hours to list every possible meal that I cook and how I cook it. I promise I will start listing my recipes on my blog though. I find most of my inspiration on Pinterest. But in all seriousness, I just load up on veggies. I order my groceries from either Publix or Amazon and I stock up on bags of frozen veggies. On top of that, I stop at the grocery store at least twice a week to pick up fresh zucchini, squash, bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, an onion and some salad mix. I feel like as long as I have those staples, I am good to go! I also stock up on frozen “Amy’s” meals. I am so weird about buying frozen pre-made meals because of all the preservatives (GMO’s) and harmful chemicals. However, Amy’s frozen meals are non-GMO & the soup is sold in non-BPA-lined cans! Amy’s ensures that everything is organic and not exposed to harmful chemicals and pesticides. Some of my favorite Amy’s meals include the Mexican Cassarole, Broccoli and Cheddar Bake, and the Raviloi! They are delicious! Sometimes the pasta can upset my tummy but that’s just because of personal health problems. Oddly enough though, the Ravioli one doesn’t seem to hurt my tummy. It’s my favorite! I add a little fresh red pepper and parmesan cheese to mine. The meals are so yummy and quick to make on the stove or microwave; therefore, I usually eat one of these for lunch. I also love Publix’s premade salads in the deli area as well as going to Whole Foods and making my own delicious salad at their salad bar.
If I go out for lunch, I try to pick somewhere healthy where I can order a big salad or get a fresh piece of salmon. The key is to avoid things like bread, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, French fries and other high carb foods. I am not perfect and catch myself eating Chick-fi-la at least once a week. I try to balance everything out though. For example, if I have Chick-fi-la for lunch, I will make veggies for dinner. If I have a salad for lunch, I will make my famous gluten free spaghetti for dinner.
I promise I will take the time to list all of my recipes in a separate blog post. But in all honesty, if you keep a ton of vegetables in your fridge, you’ll always be able to whip up something healthy and delicious.
I have the biggest sweet tooth known to man. I could talk about dessert all day! Matt and I decided that we will treat ourselves to dessert one night a week, whether it be at home or at a restaurant. My favorite desserts to keep at home are strawberry mochi and coconut Talenti!
There you have it everyone; What I Eat in a Day! I hope this helped some of you out. I will be posting my dinner recipes in the near future. If you were reading this expecting me to share a secret diet, I don’t have one. My only tip is to try to avoid bread & remove all junk food from your pantry. Try avoiding walking down the middle isles of the grocery stores. Stick to the out isles where everything is fresh or frozen. Also, if you have to buy bread but want to avoid gluten, Udi’s makes a yummy GF bread.
I am going to try to link everything that I eat or at least post pictures that way you can see what everything looks like.