What I eat in a day.
Ask anybody what their diet looks like – chances are that about 95% of the people will answer “I usually eat healthy…” And if you tell me that your breakfast consists of two toasts with cream cheese & coffee “because it’s very light,” sorry girl, but you’ve got that wrong and I’m going to tell you why.
There’s about a million and one diets on the internet, and I’m sure you’ve Googled them all and tried some of them, and none of them worked. Then you look at these girls on Instagram and wonder, “How come they look so good and how come their diet is working?”
Girl, other than the perfect angles, lighting and filters, there’s no secret. There’s no magic pill, nor supplement. However, there is BALANCE, fresh & whole foods and listening to your body.
I can finally say that my relationship with food is healthy. I’ve been in pretty dark places (especially after my fitness competition), being afraid of every single extra gram of carbs, having cheat meals that would become cheat days and binging, beating myself up if I fell off the track.
I was in a vicious circle. I was so afraid of food, but at the same time I knew that food was the cure. I was afraid to eat more, but I needed to eat more.
I never told anyone about these problems and I honestly don’t really know how I overcame them. What I do know, on the other hand, is that I was fully aware of what was happening and somehow, I managed to be strong enough and change everything from one day to another.
In order to improve your body composition, make progress at the gym or in the sport you’re practicing, you NEED to feed your body.
Slowly I learned that it is possible to enjoy good food, have a smoking hot body, have kick ass workouts AND have a social life. Finding balance makes your life easier and greater on all levels. Isn’t that amazing?
So here’s how I do it. First of all, I LOVE food. Second of all, I do not count macros & calories. Third, I always plan in advance.
When it comes to my diet, I have a pretty simple philosophy: if it doesn’t grow on a tree, doesn’t grow underground, doesn’t come from an animal or simply doesn’t come from the nature, I just won’t consume it.
Now you’re probably wondering what kind of alien am I not to cheat sometimes?! For sure I do! I love my chocolate cake & ice cream, but I’ll tell you all about that in another post. 😉
So what do I eat in a day?
Photo cred – Tamara Cascado
I usually start my day with protein & healthy fats. NO carbs, except for some berries. Why? Because I want to make sure I stay focused and energized throughout the day, keep my blood sugar levels stable, avoid downs and fatigue.
My favorite is a huge omelette with 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, ham, and all kinds of vegetables that I can throw in. On the side, I’ll have some nuts and some berries.
You throw everything in a pan, flip it two times and tadaaa! How simple is that? 😉
Now you’re ready to smash your day!
Photo cred – bariatriccookery
This one almost never changes. Two squares of dark chocolate (90% and I’m addicted to it) with a small bowl of… yes, more berries!
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Protein, healthy fats and LOTS of veggies.
Lately I’m obsessed with salads, and the bigger they are – the better. Use your imagination, go for colors, flavors, have fun with it!
Here’s one that I’ve been eating for a week now:
Mixed greens (spinach, arugula, kale), yellow & red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, radish, green shallots, coriander (LOTS of coriander), hemp seeds (healthy fats), avocado oil (healthy fats), chicken (protein), salt & pepper
*** I add a cup of carbs if I’m working out after this meal. Usually rice or baked sweet potato fries, or 2 slices of gluten-free bread.
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Protein shake and a handful of nuts. I usually have it as a post-workout.
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Protein, healthy fats and veggies again! Here I usually have red meat (homemade meatballs, steak or tartare) or fish. Salmon & fresh tuna are my favorites. Don’t skip the veggies, hey!?
And since I’m giving you real examples, here’s what I had yesterday:
Pan seared tuna with sesame seeds (protein)
Half an avocado (healthy fats)
A green salad with lettuce, cucumbers, coriander, olive oil, lime juice, salt & pepper.
Photo cred – Amanda Alston
I go to bed pretty late (I know, I know, I’m working on that). So I sometimes grab a snack which is usually the same: two pieces of rice cake with some organic almond butter.
Eating healthy isn’t rocket science.
Just make sure you get your protein, healthy fats, vegetables and some carbs around your workout. SO EASY!
As you can see, my meals don’t take more than 10 minutes to prepare. They are full of vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, fibers and all the good stuff.
Also, take note that we are all DIFFERENT. I chose to have a bit more fats than carbs because it makes me feel good and my body responds very well to it.
When you hear people say, “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle” well, that’s completely true. Give it a try for a week or two and you’ll see by yourself!
Main photo cred – @dana.poleakov