With so many people that I know questioning me about my diet and what I eat, I thought it necessary for me to describe what I eat in a typical day, including any supplements I may consume. My diet consists almost entirely of unprocessed, whole, natural foods. This mean plenty of vegetables, some fruits, lean meats, nuts and seeds, gluten-free grains, fermented foods, oils, and a bunch of spices to season all of it up. I usually have about three meals per day, two large ones and one small one. It all depends on my work/school schedule and whether or not I plan on working out that day. This then determines the amount of macros I will eat and the distribution among them (carbs, protein, and fats). With that said, here we go!
- About 2 and half handfuls of organic raw leafy greens
- Sliced cucumber (typically organic)
- 1 whole small Haas avocado
The first meal of my day has been typically a raw salad consisting of a mix of leafy greens (organic baby spinach, swiss chard, tat soi, lettuces, kale, etc.) with sliced cucumber (typically organic) and avocado. I try to make sure I buy organic vegetables and fruits whenever possible so I can avoid chemicals, such as pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers. (Click here for the notorious dirty dozen and the clean fifteen fruits and vegetables). Sometimes if I’m working early in the day, however, I don’t have time (or just too lazy!) to make a salad and instead opt for a protein shake blended with unsweetened almond milk and organic frozen raspberries (so good!).
- 2 and 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- About 1/2 to 3/4 cup of frozen organic raspberries
- 2 scoops of Living Fuel organic protein powder
Until the past few months, I never used any supplements, especially protein powder, in my diet because food gave me everything I needed. However, when I made my strength goals around the same time (click here for my post about them), I realized that I needed a clean and quick source of protein to help my body recover and grow stronger. After much research, I settled on Living Fuel organic protein and haven’t been disappointed with the results. I’ve gotten more stronger than ever before and I believe Living Fuel protein has played a huge role in that. Living Fuel protein consists of organic, non-GMO yellow pea and brown rice protein with an assortment of enzymes, probiotics, plant based amino acids, and vitamin C. A little more than you’re average protein supplement I’d say (unlike chemical riddled whey protein). (To find more info about Living Fuel protein and products visit there website here; and no, I’m not affiliated with them in case you’re wondering).
Meal 2 and 3: Part I
- About 2 to 3 cups of cooked brown rice, quinoa, or millet (organic)
- About 1/2 cup of cooked egg whites or 2 large eggs (organic)
- 1/2 of an onion sauteed
- tablespoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil
- About 3-4 tablespoons of sauerkraut
- Anywhere from 0 to 3 and 1/2 cups of cooked brown rice, quinoa, or millet (organic)
- 1-3 cups of steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and/or brussel sprouts
- 1 baked chicken breast (organic if possible) or fish fillet (typically salmon or tuna and always wild caught)
Meals 2 and 3 typically have two parts. This means I have my main entree first and then a smaller complementary meal afterwards. For meal 2, I usually have a few cups of cooked gluten-free grains (the amount depends if I’m working out that day or not), such as brown rice, cooked organic eggs with sauteed onions seasoned with garlic and red cayenne pepper.Sometimes I add sauerkraut on top and then mix it all up, like what you see in the picture above for meal 2. Meal 3 is where I usually have my lean protein, like fish or chicken, seasoned with garlic, red cayenne pepper, oregano, ginger, and/or turmeric. I then add a hefty amount of veggies (usually steamed), such as broccoli and green beans, and put it all in a bowl. Note that for meal 3 I vary my carb intake from 0 to 3 and 1/2 cups of one of my gluten-free grains. It all depends if I worked out earlier and/or if I’m trying to cut or maintain weight. If I’m just trying to maintain my weight or cut, I just go paleo and do meat and veggies! After I eat this main dish of my meal, I would then take a short break, about 15-30 minutes, and have part II.
- About a cup of almonds or other nut or seed (sprouted or dry roasted and unsalted)
- Typically 2 pieces of gluten-free toasted bread (the gluten-free bread I buy is from Julian Bakery and is fantastic!)
For part II of my meal, I usually have some nuts and seeds with toasted Julian Bakery’s gluten free bread (Carb Zero or their coconut paleo bread). Sometimes I make an almond butter sandwich and have another protein shake with it. Note that the bread I eat is amazing for being gluten-free because it tastes good and is very nutritionally dense for it being bread. For 1 piece of Carb Zero bread, for example, it has about 30 calories/slice with 3 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber! (Again, I’m not affiliated with Julian Bakery I just love their bread! Visit their website here to check out their stuff)
Well that’s a typical day of eating for me. Hopefully I showed you eating healthy is better than you thought and good tasting also! Please comment down below and share your thoughts on my diet and what your’s consists of. Talk to ya next time!