Anyone who knows me, or eats with me, knows I consume a lot of food. I put a heap of fuel into my body because, well, it needs it. I train and I use my brain a lot (which uses a lot of fuel!). I want my body to have enough fuel and nutrients to do exactly what I want it to do. I want my muscles to move and grow, my brain to function at its optimum and my organs to receive plentiful nutrients to keep up the good work they do in providing me with good health.
Calorie counting is stupid. Dumb. Don’t even get me started on a rant.
“Don’t mock it til you’ve tried it”. One of my favourite sayings. I can mock it, because I have tried it. For a year I researched and experimented with many different diet modalities. Including carb loading, and calorie counting. Do you know what I found from both – they lead to obsessive eating and habits. They make you cray cray. They limit your ability to build muscle and grow strong! I was skinny. But that was boring, my body didn’t do anything cool, like it does now.
I don’t calorie count, because I love my body and don’t want to limit the fuel it receives. I want to give it everything it needs to thrive.
I spent so much god damn time inputting my foods into my fitness pal, good time I could have spent reading journal articles about the amazing things this food was doing for my body, which is what I ended up doing. It has thus far served me well. Goodbye my fitness pal obsession.
Oh, not to mention how hungry I was! Ah, jebus!
So, Lauren Fisher re-posted her daily intake of food again today, which has prompted me to follow this inspiring post up with my own food diary for a day, if you’re interested in reading on. I find it insightful seeing what people eat. I love it. I analyse diets for a living. I bet you love it too, because it provides a foundation for what may work for you. It will also put into perspective the amount of ‘calories’ I intake and how little effect this has on my ability to stay lean and fit. This is in anticipation of my e-book, which I am diligently working on for you all! This post is a precursor to the nutrition and optimal performance information my e-book will provide you with.
So here it is, my food diary for a decent day:
I always start the day with a lemon drink. I add 1 whole lemon, bi carb soda, Himalayan rock salt and about a cup of filtered water to a glass and glug it down as soon as I wake.
6AM Then I have a shitload of goodness in a juice. Every green leaf you can imagine + carrots + cucumber + green apples + ginger + turmeric. This recipe will be in my upcoming e-book.
Depending on time and whether I have food prepped, I alternate between a breakfast wrap from Esprezzo (bacon, egg, spinach, tomato chutney & goats cheese), bacon and egg bombs (recipe in my e-book, yay!) or an omelet with zucchini, mushroom, spinach, kale and red capsicum + bacon + strawberries.
I have a green tea with added goji berries around about 9AM. I actually have these on tap, most of my day.
I have some kind of meatball. I love meatballs and meat patties. Pork, turkey, chicken. They are so easy to make and store well. I accommodate these with some kind of carb, so a banana, or quinoa, or cauli rice. If I am not in the mood for meat, I will have a stack of protein pikelets with something awesome like chia jam. Sometimes I might have a huge smoothie bowl topped with nuts if it is a non-training day and I will take in a heap of Greek yoghurt for digestive health.
Every single day I have a superfood salad for lunch. If I don’t, I feel off. In the salad goes many things; greens, beetroot, roast pumpkin or sweet potato, quinoa, sprouts, veg, a protein (beef, chicken, salmon) and I finish it off with a medicinal dressing. If I am in a super-sweet mood I will add goji berries or a tiny bit of maple syrup to my dressing. If I catch on to this, and wipe those sweet cravings away early, I never crave chocolate in the PM.
Pre training (around 1:30pm):
Banana + almond butter + cacao + maca + chia. An abominable combination that provides my body with exactly what it needs to perform.
Post workout shake. I use bareblends protein and I bung in a banana, frozen blueberries and almond milk. Sometimes I add creatine powder.
I also take my fish oil and glutamine supps now.
I am so starved by this stage, I try push out my meal to 6pm so I can get through the next few hours of the evening coaching CrossFit classes. Training takes it out of me. If I am not hungry, I know I have eaten too much throughout the day at some point. I know how my body works. If I am not that hungry, I will eat less of a serving than I first thought I would need. Dinner is usually meat + veg + carbs and good fats. Beef-y cacao chilli w quinoa, almond butter chicken with caul rice, peri peri chicken + sweet potato chips + avocado, or maple chilli salmon + greens and brown rice. All recipes to be included in my e-book + many more ideas!
I always finish the day with a herbal tea just before bed. I feel like it balances everything out, starts to shut my digestion down and ensures I am ready for bed.
A lot of food right? I always feel so hungry by the next meal and I never overeat to the point where I feel sick or full as a goog. It’s all about balance, and finding your very own balance that mixes into your life and training schedule. If I didn’t train as much, I wouldn’t eat as much. I also eat whatever I want on weekends. Life is too hectic to stick to anything. I don’t like being tied down by a diet or way of eating that impinges on my life and ability to enjoy myself.
How do you feel after a day’s eating? Are you full or bloated or just blatantly blah? We are all different and no one thing will work for everyone. So much info about this and various other topics in my upcoming e-book due early September!
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I hope you found some of this info handy and applicable,