Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had a few readers reach out to me who were looking for answers specifically pertaining to what I eat, how I plan my meals, and what kinds of foods I choose to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What I am doing may come to a surprise for some of you, because I’m not following any special diet, or limiting any foods. I’m eating everything, and I stick to my healthy 80/20 split which I believe is the absolute best way to live a healthy lifestyle!
Although I don’t necessarily eliminate certain foods from my diet, or eat a specific way (vegan, gluten-free, paleo, etc) I do have a pretty easy guideline that I follow. I guess you can call it a guideline?
This is something that I follow quite strict throughout my work week. On the weekends, I do get a little relaxed with my eating. This is where I’ll enjoy a few extra not-so-healthy meals.
One of my September goals was to begin using MyFitnessPal to track my protein intake. I’ve been doing this and as I thought, my intake is nowhere near where it should be. So now, I’m really putting new effort towards creating a new-to-me plan on how I’m going to maintain my proper macros. In the future, if this goes well, I will definitely share it with you, but until then, I would love to share how I’ve been working with my meals over the past couple of months, or probably longer.
First of all, meal prep is a biggie! I plan my weekly shopping list and cook 80% of my meals on Sundays and Wednesdays. Read more about my meal prep HERE.
For all of my healthy meals, I stick to the following food lists;
There are so many benefits from eating healthy foods, which are all listed in the food posts above.
I’m feeling full after each meal.
I’m feeling energized throughout the entire day.
Each meal is delicious, while keeping me wanting more and more and more. #BEAST
And the low(er) carbs aren’t hurting me at all because there IS and always will be a meal which contains a free-for-all carbohydrates. 🙂 Hello 20%!!
Ok, that may sound like an overload of carbs, it really isn’t, but you’ll see.
my daily meals guideline
Meal #1: (my pre-workout) protein + fat
example || 2 eggs, fried + coconut oil
Meal #2: (immediately post-workout) protein shake
example || All Natural Canadian Protein New Zealand Whey + amino acids + recovery
Meal #3: (60 minutes post workout) protein + low-glycemic carbohydrate + veggies
example || grilled turkey breast, sweet potato and broccoli
Meal #4: protein + veggie
example || seasoned chicken strips + roasted brussels sprouts
Meal #5: protein + carbs + fats
example || almond crusted salmon + potato salad
Meal #6: (following my craving) some carbs or some fats + protein (varies by day)
example || usually a smoothie, pudding or ice cream – something that is made with protein powder OR left overs OR cottage cheese/yogurt with a little bit of fruit topped with nuts.
As I already mentioned this is a guideline I created to work with my workouts and my work schedule. There definitely are days where I don’t follow this guideline perfectly, but I do follow this guideline each week to help me stay on my healthy eating train! 🙂
The days I do follow this plan to a T, is when I feel my best. It fuels me with enough energy for my day and gives me the nutrients my body needs.
TIPS if you’d like to use this guideline for yourself:
+ Most importantly: speak to a doctor first, especially if you’re brand new to healthy eating.
+ Be sure to know the difference between foods, not to under calorie yourself or jump into anything too extreme.
I haven’t mentioned anything to do with calorie intake here because everyone is different and I’m one of those people who doesn’t care to count calories, or really care what I’m taking in. I have days were I will eat well over 3000 calories, but then other days where I’ll be around 1900. This varies on my activity level, if I have a cheat meal, or simply by listening to my body if it’s hungry.
If you’re looking for low-glycemic carbohydrates, you can find a list HERE.
For Meal #3, 4 and 6; choose any of these foods.
Meal #5 is my dinner. This varies by day; some days it’s a meal full of 100% clean eating foods and other days it’s my 20% meal, even more so if it’s Friday.
In the past I’ve shared a few posts on what I was eating during the day. If you guys liked these type of posts, let me know by commenting below or email me. I could definitely begin sharing with you again if you guys would like them.