Hey hey hey!
So I recently (Okay not recently, like forever ago it seems like because my life has been so crazy) asked you guys what you’d like to see on the blog next and I got a lot of feedback about what my diet is, and what I eat on a daily basis… So…what do I eat?
ALL THE FOOD!
So let me start off by saying, there are certain things that I just simply DON’T BUY. If it’s in my pantry then nine times out of ten, me or my husband are going to eat it. That’s why I save myself the temptation and just don’t buy it. I’ve stood in the Oreo’s aisle at the grocery store and said to myself…”Okay, I will only eat a few of these every day, so it’s okay if I get some.. they aren’t THAT bad for you..” Basically trying to talk myself into buying some..
WHO AM I KIDDING. I would eat the whole box in two days!!!
So, I’ve just stopped buying things that I know we shouldn’t be eating. The same thing goes for certain restaurants. I know where I can and can’t make healthy decisions, so I try my best to avoid places that only have crap on their menu. Now, I’ve said all that to say this… I am NOT a nutritionist, nor do I write this post saying this is what you should and shouldn’t eat. I am simply writing about what has worked for me, and maybe give you some new ideas!
About a year ago I was counting my Macros. In a nutshell, (because once again, I am not a nutritionist) Macro is short for Macronutrients. We all need nutrients so our body has energy, and to help with our metabolism. There are 3 main parts to Macros.. Proteins, Carbs, and Fats. There was an app that I used to help me track mine, called.. My Macros. It was a very easy and helpful app that basically tracks what you eat. Everyones goals and body types are different, so it can vary per person. You will be asked a few questions about yourself, and then depending on what your goal is for your weight, it tells you how many proteins, carbs & fats you should have a day. This way of eating helped me the most when I wanted to get toned! I had amazing results with it! So if you want to learn more about Macros visit some websites and do your research about it. There’s a “diet” plan out there for everyone, this one just happened to work best for me!
(On a side note, I really don’t like using the word “diet”.. to me, it’s habit.)
Right now I’m not doing Macros, I’m just basically trying to eat as clean as I can, and avoiding a lot of bread, sugar & watching how much alcohol I drink.
HAULT. Let me stop right there and say something real quick. I AM NOT PERFECT. And I don’t want anyone to think I eat clean 100% of the time. You don’t have to be extreme with everything, just consistent. I like to have a few glasses of wine some nights.. chips and salsa are my go to.. I love Krispy Kreme.. and fries are life. Now, I’m not encouraging bad eating habits or skipping out on your workouts either, but doing those things don’t make you a terrible person.. it makes you human. I crave bad food just as much as anyone else does. BUT, the more you slip on those things, the easier it gets… and sometimes it’s hard to get back to where you were.
However, we are coming up on an exciting time at CrossFit… THE BODY FAT TEST TANK! It’s a hydrostatic (water) test and it’s the most accurate method for calculating lean muscle mass and body fat. We do this about twice a year, and it’s a lot of fun! Everyone gets to take a dunk in the tank and find out your body fat percentage, where you are at compared to other athletes, and what you need to do in order to reach whatever goal you have for yourself. The test prints out all your information on paper so you get to see everything you need know about your body. This test (in my opinion) is better than stepping on the evil scale in your bathroom. It goes way deeper than just telling you what you weigh, because we all know that muscle weighs more than fat. It’s very interesting to participate in this, even if you are happy with where you are at.. But let’s be honest, what fun is that? We all should be bettering ourselves in some kind of way and setting goals we want to reach! So after doing the test we all decide on a meal plan that fits our goals and we eat accordingly. Our workouts are a little more challenging, and we push ourselves to new levels. The coolest part is when the Body Fat Test Tank returns after so many weeks and we get to find out our results on what we achieved! That will be coming up pretty soon, so stay tuned for a post about that because this girl has major goals she wants to crushhh!
Okay, so back to the food… I am a hairstylist. I don’t get a “lunch break”… I get a “whenever-I-can-stuff-my-face-in-five-minutes break”… which kind of sucks considering I like my body to be on a schedule with my meals. Eating lunch at 3:00 sometimes really throws me off balance. So with that being said, breakfast is an important part of my day! If I have a good breakfast, then I’m less likely to hear my stomach by noon. I use to not be a huge breakfast eater.. And I know that some people that’s hard for them if they have to get up really early for work.
BREAKFAST FOODS I LIKE
- Eggs (2, or sometimes 3) *If I’m doing good on time, sometimes I’ll make an omelet and fill it with veggies!*
- BACON BACON BACON (It’s my favorite)
- Fresh Fruit (Pineapple, kiwi, and any kind of berries is what I like most!)
- Greek Yogurt with granola and Strawberries (I love the dark chocolate granola!)
- Granola Bars with Almond Butter
- Protein/Fruit Smoothie
- Hardboiled Egg
- Apple & Peanut Butter
I like to combine a lot of these foods.. I don’t just eat one thing! I am also a new lover of coffee. Crazy! I honestly have never been a big fan of it until here recently. I would drink it every now and then, but it wasn’t something that was too repetitive. But I’m starting to enjoy drinking it more! A little bit of creamer and no sugar is the way I like it. I’ve been going to CrossFit to the 6:30am class a lot more lately, so I always have my coffee and breakfast when I get home after my workout.. which works out good because I can’t eat that early anyways!
Moving on to LUNCH now- So I’m at the salon 5 days a week and like I mentioned earlier, I don’t get a lunch break. I basically just eat in between clients when I can. Devon and I cook dinner most days of the week so a lot of times I will bring leftovers and eat. If we don’t have any leftovers, then I eat out. (Still making healthy choices- Moe’s burrito bowl is my fave!) However, some things I don’t like to re-heat.. chicken breast…eww! In my opinion it’s only good the first time! But chances are, if we cook something healthy for dinner then I will get to eat healthy for lunch too! It’s a win-win situation!!
So I’ve also been asked about meal prepping…
I’m just going to be honest. It’s a little aggravating, and I don’t like to eat the same thing over and over again. Plain and simple. All the cooking and prepping doesn’t bother me.. it just gets old. It’s only me and Devon eating dinner every night, so we always have food that I can bring to work and eat. And luckily, he loves to cook. He is my grill master! I am pretty spoiled because we grill out at least 3 or 4 times a week. He really enjoys doing it and I’m so glad because if he depended on me to do it…well…it would be burnt or half-cooked. I’m not a fan of seafood and neither is he, so we don’t ever cook any kind of fish. And if you know me, you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE mexican food, so we always have Tacos at some point.. and then we have spaghetti and salads another night. We are pretty good about switching it up and having different meals!
OUR GO-TO’s FOR DINNER
- Meats (Cooked on the grill, baked, or in the skillet)
- Hamburger Steak
- Chicken Tenders
- Ground Beef (Lean)
- Chicken Breast
- LOTS AND LOTS OF QUINOA!
- Spinach salads
- Green Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
- Steamed Broccoli
- Zucchini in the skillet
- Corn on the Cob
- Black Beans
So, to wrap things up.. you’ve heard people say that abs are made in the kitchen.. well, it’s the truth. Don’t treat your body like a garbage can. I saw an awesome quote the other day- “Eating clean is a form of self-respect.” How true is that! Our bodies can’t thrive off of processed foods & sugar. It thrives off nutrients. And quit worrying about what the scale says. Your HEALTH is what matters.. NOT your weight. Instead of asking “How do I look?” ask yourself “How do I feel?” We all want to look good, but how we feel is just as important. Don’t beat yourself up if you have to miss a workout, or you get a craving for something sweet.. We have all been there. But if you want to make a change bad enough you’ll work for it! BABY STEPS!! Nobody wakes up with a six pack.
We only get one body, and it’s our job to take care of it!
You got this!- XOXO