With the upcoming nutrition challenge and the start of the school year, everyone wants to buckle down and get back to their routine I thought it would be helpful to give you a glimpse into what I put in my belly on a daily basis.
It was brought to my attention thru the past few nutrition consults that I have done over the past month that there are a variety of issues surrounding food. Those of us who eat too much….those who eat too little…..those who attempt to eat “healthy” but are overwhelmed and the list goes on. So I thought it would be fun to show you just what I eat all day long.
But before you just scroll down a few things to keep in mind:
My diet is not perfect
This day is what is typical, my 90%, but I have days where I go off and enjoy some of the more delicious things in life.
What works for me won’t work for you
We are each unique.We have different dietary needs based on our goals, current weight, age, and activity level.
Even what I am doing now might not be what I need in 6-months
As we progress, as our goals change, so to does our nutrition.
I love to eat
And all the things that go into eating, cooking, even grocery shopping. Because I love to eat and I also love fitness, I need to choose nutrient dense foods. Its amazingly easy to have too many calories if your day starts with a Dunkin Donuts Bacon, Egg, & Cheese and your lunch is from Chipotle. But if you are eating vegetables, fruits, lean meats, etc….the quantity you get to eat is huge…..I love being able to eat large quantities.
My photography skills are terrible
Not only that, but I most of my meals are stuffed into glass containers and contents are much larger than they appear.
If you come to the morning classes you know I can’t start my day without coffee….black (this stared because of a nutrition challenge and I never went back to my light & sweet)
Egg whites, sweet potatoes, & chicken sausage. This is what I eat basically everyday for breakfast…..most of the time it’s with ground turkey instead of the chicken sausage,but I had a coupon.
Not the best choice,but I was hungry and I didn’t have anything handy, and I love crunchy sourdough bread. I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of what I actually ate.
This usually changes every other week or so because it get old and I want some new flavors. Right now I have been on a kick of arugula, grilled chicken, goat cheese, peaches, and homemade creamy balsamic.
After Lunch Sweet Treat:
Chocolate. I make sure to portion this out and then put the bag away so that I don’t overeat them…I could eat this whole bag.
And an afternoon coffee while I work on some lesson plans
When I got home from the gym I was hungry, but I had a few things to do before I wanted to sit down and eat dinner. So I grabbed a quick snack
Grilled chicken breast and some Awesome Sauce (this is the best stuff…is basically a homemade thousand island…but so much better…its awesome.)
And finally dinner:
Little corn tortilla tacos…stuffed with ground turkey, rice, salsa, and topped with full fat greek yogurt.
Here is what it looks like in My Fitness Pal
So, there you go a day in the life of what I eat. As you can see in My Fitness Pal, I didn’t actually hit my calories and macros and this is ok. The way I’ve found that works for me is to look at a week rather than 1 day at a time. Over the course of the week I want my average to equal out to these numbers. That might mean on this day I am a bit short,but on another day I might be over. (this is not right or wrong, but rather MAINTAINABLE for me)