I’ve had a few people ask what my day looks like in terms of my meals, so I thought it may be helpful to compile a few questions into one full post!
Before I get into it, I want people to know that this is what works for me. It may totally go against your way of doing things and that’s okay! Health and fitness is all about finding what works for you and what helps you achieve your own specific goals. My goals may differ from your goals, so my plan may not align with your plan.
But for those of you who are looking for a place to start, who do have similar goals, or who just want to see what someone else is doing then I hope you will find this helpful!
How many times do you eat per day?
It definitely varies depending on what environment I’m in (school, home, vacation, etc.) but for the most part my day looks like this:
8:30 am – breakfast
11:30 am – lunch
3:00 pm – snack
6 pm – dinner
8:30 pm – snack
… so 5 times a day. It’s also worthy to note that I wake up at 8 am and go to bed at midnight. I always eat within the first hour of the day and try not to eat within 2-2.5 hours of going to bed (although sometimes that seems impossible).
What kind of foods do you have for breakfast?
I’m always on the go in the morning since I start class at 9 am each morning, so I make things quick. I have one rule, and that is to ALWAYS EAT BREAKFAST. Here’s a list of my favorites:
- Cinnamon raisin Ezekial muffins with sugar-free jelly
- Shakeology (message me if you want to learn more about this – been drinking this for almost 3 years now and it’s a game changer)
- Van’s organic waffles
- GoLean cereal
- Scrambled eggs with ham
- Omelet with ham, broccoli, onion, pepper, feta (for days where I actually have time)
- Protein pancakes
Right now I pack a lunch each day because I eat at school. I generally pack 1 main meal with a 2 side snacks. Here’s a list of my options:
- Salad: chicken, avocado, tomato, dried cranberries, walnuts
- Sandwich: ham, turkey, avocado, sugar-free chipotle mayo, whole grain bun
- Tuna sandwich
- Leftovers from dinner
- 2 Baby oranges
- Olive cup
- Greek yogurt (Fage)
- Celery and tessemae’s ranch (sugar free)
- Carrots and hummus
I always try to have a main protein, some grain (pasta, rice noodles, etc.) then add as many veggies to the recipe as I can. Because honestly I don’t really like vegetables unless I mix them with stuff. Maybe you’re in the same boat. I will be posting many dinner recipes on the blog but here’s some of my normal dishes:
- Any variation of a stir fry: pepper, onion, broccoli, mushroom, garlic, rice noodles, then add either chicken or shrimp
- Any variation of shrimp
- Salmon and asparagus
- Baked chicken and broccoli
- Couscous and chicken
- Any fruit. Mostly grapes, apples, baby oranges and bananas.
- Kombucha (Synergy brand – I love Trilogy, Gingerade or Gingerberry)
- See snacks listed in the lunch section above ^^
How do you stop your cravings?
You don’t. If you are a human you will have cravings. There’s simply no way around it. In fact, the one thing that has always helped with my cravings is to actually eat whatever it is I’m craving. I allow myself to enjoy the foods I love and in turn that creates less of a desire for me to want them. You know the whole “you always want what you can’t have?” Yeah, that works for food too.
One thing that works if you need to really cut back on your cravings is to have 1 day of the week as a “cheat day.” You have Mon-Sat to eat perfectly healthy, knowing that on Sunday you can eat what you want. Over time, you’ll get so used to eating well during the week that on Sunday you have a few treats but they don’t have that strong of an effect on you.
Another thing is to find healthy foods that you could replace your “craving” foods with. For example, whenever I crave something sweet, I’ll have dried mangos or grapes or some kind of fruit.
Do you eat healthy 100% of the time?
No, and I don’t think I would be able to if I tried. I would say I eat about 90% healthy, 10% definitely not healthy. And that’s what helps me keep the balance and stay on track. In addition to the foods I mentioned up top, I’ll have a few extras throughout a week. If there’s free pizza or burritos at school, I’ll eat it. On the weekends if I’m out with friends I’ll eat a late night quesadilla. If I’m feeling stressed out I’ll eat chips and salsa. The key is to not let these habits be a part of your normal routine.
Do you count your macros or stick to a specific diet plan?
I’ve never counted macros. I don’t count calories either. I just feel like it’d be too time consuming, complicated, and too restricting. I’m sure it’s super beneficial when you need that kind of discipline or are training for something but it just doesn’t naturally fit into my lifestyle or my goals.
I’ve done the paleo diet in the past for 30 days to try it out and I actually love that way of eating. It’s a plan that does fit into my goals and that I feel fits more naturally into my lifestyle. I don’t eat strict paleo anymore but many of the foods I eat are based around that way of eating anyways.
Do you cut anything completely out of your diet?
No. I don’t cut out meat, dairy, gluten, carbs, or anything else. I do try to cut back on things that aren’t good though. Like cheese for instance. I love cheese. But turns out cheese doesn’t love me too much. Over time I have been able to cut down on the bad and replace them with the good and I firmly believe that this is the best way to make sustainable changes!