How I Eat

People always want to know what and how I eat, and I’m more than happy to share.  However, the way I eat works for ME, but may not necessarily work the same way for someone else.

I have a naturally high metabolism, so I can eat higher calories and tolerate higher carbs than most women probably can.  Also, the fact that I have built so much muscle over the years and am already lean means that I can eat differently than someone who has 20-50 pounds to lose.

My activity level is also higher than most average women, and the intensity is probably higher as far as the weight that I lift, therefore, I can afford to eat more.  My goal is to build muscle, which means I can consume more calories than I burn-NOT ideal if fat loss is your goal.

With that being said, I am very mindful of what I eat. I stick to my planned meals every 3-4 hours, all of which consist of 20-30 grams of protein, a healthy carb, and fats at each meal.  I try to stay away from snack foods and eat "mini meals" instead. A snack for me would be something like a protein shake with a rice cake and almond butter.

While I’m not on a low carb diet, I do watch my carbs, and I take them out of my last 2-3 meals of the day. Sometimes I go through phases where I do the carb cycling thing, where on rest days I’ll cut back on carbs and increase my fats.
I am somewhat mindful of my macros, but I'm not obsessive and don’t track them unless I’m trying to get leaner, and then it's around 30-40-30 carbs-protein-fat. 

I have 2-3 protein shakes a day for the extra calories and convenience.  I try to eat mostly natural, non-processed foods, but I’m not obsessive about it.  I have 1-2 servings of fruits a day, and only 1-2 servings of vegetables, which is not nearly enough…but I hate vegetables. 

I have one “cheat” per week where I eat anything my heart desires. Yes, anything. I don't recommend that for everyone, but it's worked for me for the last 6-7 years.

So I’m not gonna say that I eat perfect, but I do try to eat healthy 90% of the time. My diet consists mostly of these foods: whey protein, almond milk, eggs, Ezekiel bread, lean beef, lean turkey, chicken breast, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, oats, quinoa, apples, almond and peanut butter, salsa, rice cakes, broccoli, and cauliflower. 

I have found a place where I don't feel like I'm dieting, I don't restrict myself from any certain food group, and I'm able to maintain the leanness that I want without my diet controlling my life.

Comments

  1. Sounds like Body for Life eating! what happened to Bill? in Transormation it looked like he lost most of his muscles.

    HS

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  2. Hmm...I don't know! I don't even know much about him or that diet at all.

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  3. Body for life is what started me into health/fitness. It's mainly just clean foods and how to portion them. Great book!

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