So after a crazy few weeks, I finally have had time to sit down and write a blog post. Launching a business while still studying and working full time has been stressful, but worth it; I really do love what I’m doing.
I decided today to go a more personal route with the blog, and give you a glimpse into my life as a health coach, and what I ate today (I’m obsessed with those videos on Youtube.. maybe I’ll make my own soon!). As far as my diet goes, I’ve learned that I need to not stuff myself into a box or slap a label on my forehead. No I’m not vegan nor paleo nor ketogenic nor Atkins nor Whole30 nor whatever. I eat what makes me feel good, and that is a diet based on whole foods. I’m not carb or fat or protein counting religiously, but I do try to include a hefty amount of healthy fats in my diet, because that’s where I feel and look my best. I also do not eat any grains – no rice, pasta, bread, etc. I find it doesn’t fill me up, and I don’t feel well after I eat it. The first week or so that I eliminated it was hard, but now I don’t even crave grains anymore. Finally, for the sake of this blog post, I’ve also included the MyFitnessPal info at the end of this post. Also please note I am a horrible food photographer.
WHAT I ATE TODAY:
Breakfast is easily my most favorite meal of the day, and is probably my most calorie-dense meal as well (this was about 630 calories). I love feeling full in the morning, and it really powers me through my day. Today, I made a fun breakfast bowl! I mashed 1 medium banana, cracked 2 eggs and mixed it together, and made a little scramble in the frying pan. I then topped it with 2 tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut, and about 1/4 cup of blueberries. This was perfect to keep me full and energized, and ready for my 5k run I had planned 2 hours later.
I whipped up lunch almost right after my run. Today was some garlicky-herby mahi fish with about 1 cup or so of broccoli and 2 tbsp Trader Joe’s natural mayonnaise instead of tartar sauce. Having a meal with a good amount of healthy fats in the middle of the day helps with satiety, for me at least.
I’m not normally a huge snacker, but I was running low on calories for the day and needed a little something. So I had about a quarter cup of roasted cashews, and 2 cups of diced watermelon. I always do my best to include lots of healthy fats with my meals and snacks, because like I said, my body seems to run best on them.
Finally for dinner, I had some lemon-garlic chicken breast, maybe about a cup or so of green beans that were made in the sauce from the chicken with about 1 tsp butter, and maybe another 1/4 cup of blueberries. I confess I am a fruit-aholic; so I’ve been trying to include fruits with my meals, rather than making them the star of the meal. Or else I have no control. Not pictured, were two medjool dates I had for dessert after 🙂
Here is what my day looked like according to MFP:
I do struggle a bit with calories. I come from a background of restriction, so I’m trying to eat more, I just haven’t gotten there yet – I physically just feel so full from what I do eat already. It’s a slow process, but I’d love to get myself to at least between 1800-2000 calories a day so my body can really heal from all the silly restriction I’ve done to it.
I was a bit hesitant to post this. For some reason, people really get up in arms about nutrition and what other people are eating, and love to critique. Admittedly, I care way too much about what other people think. But in an effort to be open and let go of the need for the approval from others, here is my post! And you can expect more 🙂
Have a great week! I will try to be more consistent with posting, promise!