So, you wanna start eating healthy? Then START! I often get asked what I eat to stay in shape and lean. It’s actually quite simple. We all know foods that we should eat LESS OFTEN, right? Notice, I did not say avoid. I believe in a realistic nutritional plan that includes regular cheat meals and treats. One that is flexible and allows for life to happen and is enjoyable. If it is really rigid and miserable (i.e. steamed broccoli, no carbs, and boiled plain ass chicken), chances are you won’t stick to it long before you fall off the “eat clean rocket ship” and nose dive into entire pies, cakes and into a feeding frenzy you can’t get yourself out of (that was a bit dramatic, but you get what I’m saying). I don’t recommend severe deprivation of the foods you enjoy. Now, that doesn’t mean I give into every craving every time. I eat healthy, nutritious food 85-90 % of the time. And I also make space for pizza, burgers, and donuts on the regular. Yeah you read that right. ON THE REGULAR.
At times in my life I am more strict, and at times I am more lenient. For example, if I have a fitness photo shoot or jiujitsu tournament coming up and I am trying to make a specific weight class or look EXTRA shredded, the longest amount of time I will go without a cheat meal is 10 days. And after that, I will have a cheat meal, not a cheat day. Then I am back on track the very next time I eat.
I enjoy eating “healthy” food choices because it make me feel energized for life and for my workouts. My brain works better, I sleep better, and I am just generally overall in a better mood. So typically a day/week of eating will look something like this:
Mon-Fri: Oatmeal and eggs for breakfast, chicken, rice and a steamed green for lunch , ground beef or chicken tacos with hot sauce (no dairy for me, makes me feel sick and bloated)
Sat: Bob’s Mighty Tasty hot cereal with cashew milk and strawberries and a stevia packet for breakfast, ground turkey and rice and steamed greens for lunch, and maybe I’ll have a couple slices of pizza for dinner and a donut for dessert.
Sun: Dry pancakes for breakfast (sugar free jelly sometimes), 4 boiled eggs and a banana for lunch, burger and fries for dinner (I may or may not have the cheese since I had pizza the day before, lettuce,tomato, pickle and mustard. No mayo. Just don’t need the extra calories).
As you can see, I eat pretty simple through the week. Mostly out of convenience and managing my time well. I don’t like to spend alot of time thinking about what I am going to eat. I’m crazy busy during the week so I keep it healthy and simple and save my going out to eat with friends while I socialize on the weekends. However, this changes as my life changes, so I am not rigid to this one way. It’s just what is working for me the last few months.
MY BEST ADVICE is to just start making healthier choices, you already know what those are! Lean proteins, green veggies, fruits, and complex carbs such as potatoes, rice, and quinoa. You know what to eat less often (candy, cake, pop, fast foods). Healthy, earth grown, whole foods make you feel good and help you accomplish your workouts better, feeling stronger and more powerful. When you eat processed food, fast food, and sugar loaded foods, you feel sluggish and tired.
EAT TO FUEL YOUR WORKOUTS AND ENERGIZE YOUR BODY & MIND.
You don’t need to thoroughly enjoy every meal as a decadent treat, but you don’t have to suffer through gross, plain, or boring food either. Feel free to message me with ANY questions. I am here to help!
Let me know what little time savers and tips ya’ll use to help you stay on track with your fitness goals while still enjoying your foods! I will do a VLOG on this topic soon. Stay tuned 🙂
Personal Trainer, Orange County California.
P.S. If you are ever in the Orange County area, Sidecar Donut shop is the place to go. Huckleberry flavor is the best f-ing donut I’ve ever had, and I’ve had lots 🙂