Part 2: What I Eat in a Day
If you haven’t already, please check out part 1 of my lifestyle change. I poured my heart into that post and I honestly think it’s the first and most important step to take on your journey. I mentioned in there how I gradually changed my diet in order to avoid burning out. In February, I stayed away from meat and decided that if I did that successfully I would then cut out dairy. For full disclosure, I still indulge in feta here and there but for the most part I’ve eliminated it. I also no longer order salmon or fish to cook in my apartment but I will still have fish when I know it’s coming from a reliable, quality source. For example –a great sushi restaurant or when I was in Tulum and the fish was extremely fresh. I also only eat eggs sparingly, maybe once every other week.
A typical day:
First thing I do when I wake up is make hot water with apple cider vinegar and lemon. This jump starts your digestive system and metabolism which is perfect to have as the first thing that goes into your stomach in the morning.
I always work out first thing in the morning because if I don’t, it ends up not happening. I used to drink pre workout drinks to help give me energy for my workout but I cut that out recently because no matter how “clean” these drinks are they still have a bunch of weird chemicals.
I now stick to cold brew for energy before working out. Wandering Bear is my favorite right now.
I like my coffee black which saves me some unnecessary calories and I prefer cold brew because it’s less acidic.
Intermittent fasting: Highly recommend
I do this for digestive and energy reasons. I have so much energy in the morning and I just like to give my stomach enough time to breakdown all the food I had the night before. You can do anywhere from 12-16 hours. It’s much better to work out on an empty stomach so that you’re burning the fat stored in your body instead of the fat or carbs you just ate.
The first thing I eat every day is a smoothie. Ugh it’s so good.
-2 Handfuls of spinach
-Handful of frozen raspberries (highest in fiber, better to have fresh but I like my smoothie extra cold)
-2 scoops of Vital Proteins powder
- ½ Frozen banana (sometimes a whole banana if I’m starving)
-1 tsp bulletproof brain octane
-a few cacao nibs
-a splash of water because I don’t like it chunky (easier to chug)
There’s so many great smoothie recipes out there, do whatever ingredients you like.
TMI but one of my biggest issues was that I was always constipated. I feel like every girl I talk to has this same issue so figured I’d share. I recently started incorporating chia pudding into my diet. This has been KEY, the golden ticket lol. It’s extremely high in fiber and delicious. I make sure to have this every day.
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
Dash of honey (optional)
Soak overnight and top with raspberries (more fiber!) and coconut flakes
What I avoid:
I also try to stay away from certain vegetables that can be hard to digest. Such as kale, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc. These all make me so bloated. I switched over my daily salad to arugula which is so yum and I personally don’t get as bloated from it. Everyone is different though so figure out the foods that don’t agree with your body.
My go-to salad:
-Dressing: Juiced up shot (turmeric, ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper)
-Additional lemon + pepper
Dressing is where you DEFINITELY have to be careful. I’m obsessed with these juiced up shots that are meant to be a beverage shot but make the perfect healthy salad dressing and soooo refreshing. The shot contains ginger, turmeric, cayenne, lemon which are all anti-inflammatory. Basically, it’s an easy way to add all of these ingredients into your salad without having to cut everything up every time.
For snacks I tend to have a date here or there which is basically like candy but a good source of fiber. I just recently incorporated prunes as well. They are so good, a natural diuretic, and great source of fiber. I also love a good piece of dark chocolate in moderation. I honestly don’t get too hungry in between my 3 meals because the full window for when I’m eating throughout the day is fairly small because of intermittent fast.
-Sauteed eggplant, red pepper, cherry tomatoes
-Small amount of Rao’s tomato sauce
-Pepper + nutritional yeast
I’m kind of in need of more vegan dinner options so if anyone knows any easy recipes definitely let me know and I’ll share with everyone. I don’t eat pasta everyday sometimes I’ll make my smoothie for breakfast, chia pudding for lunch, salad for dinner. I kind of play around with the order.
I also try to drink as much water as possible throughout the day. I bought this pink 2 liter water bottle that I keep at home that makes it easy to ensure I drink a minimum of 2 liters a day.
The most important thing to add is that this is my diet about 70% of the time. I do have meetings at restaurants all of the time and attend a ton of events so on those days I’m switching it up and trying my best to order something healthy. I tend to be a little more flexible on the weekends especially if I’m out to dinner with friends. I still want to enjoy my life and I’m not as strict with myself when I’m out to eat. But one thing I’ve learned is that if you want to eat healthier you have to make your own food. Even if you’re ordering from somewhere healthy it can have added ingredients in there that are unnecessary. I literally never in my life cooked or made my own food until these last few months and now I kind of love it. I think this is a HUGE key to weight loss.
Make AS MANY meals yourself as you can.
Next post will be my fitness routine 😊