Well, I’m not that sorry about it. Actually, I’m not sorry about it at all. I tried to think long and hard about what to write my very first blog about. I knew it would either involve music, health & fitness, or just random musings about my life. Then I decided, like most things in my life, I was making it way too complicated. So here is my first entry, simply about food.
My friends refer to what I eat as “squirrel” food and for a long time, I was simply embarrassed about how I ate. I am always ‘that girl’ at a restaurant asking for things to be made a certain way and I spend way too much time at Whole Foods for my own good, but hey, it’s my health and my body and I want to treat it right, darn it!
I haven’t always been a health nut. I was quite the opposite, in fact. We were a ‘milkshakes or cereal’ for dinner kind of family. No, not always. We had real meals, too, but I’m just giving you an idea of how I used to eat. Now I think about what I’m eating for breakfast when I’m eating dinner the night before. I’ll get into different routines and stick to them for a bit then switch it up so I don’t get bored, but for the most part I plan ahead as much as I can. This keeps things easy especially when you’re just starting out on a new, healthy diet track. As time goes on, you gradually learn what meals you like to make, what snacks you can grab on the go, and what “treats” you are going to allow yourself.
So what do I eat? I try to eat as FRESH as possible. This doesn’t always mean ‘raw’ (I’ll be doing a post on that in the near future!), but simple, clean eating is the key. For the most part, everything I eat only has one ingredient (whatever the food is!) or some little extras to jazz it up a bit (aka seasonings, oil, etc…). I do eat meat now, but I’ve also been a vegetarian, pescetarian, and vegan. I only eat chicken and fish now, no red meat, but I am extremely picky about the meat I do eat, where it comes from, and how it’s raised (again, I’ll get more into that in the future). No dairy for me either.
So instead of listing off all of the foods I do and do not eat, I’ll just give you a simple look into a typical day for me.
- Water, water, water!! I drink as much as I can right when I wake up to flush out my system so it can function properly for the rest of the day.
- Oatmeal (PLAIN!) or a handful of almonds
- DECAF coffee (Caffeine is a no no!!) with a little almond milk and agave to sweeten it
Lunch: (On a Whole Foods day — yes, everyone knows I have an obsession…)
- Tofu (for protein)
- Cabbage salad
- Broccoli (or other raw veggies)
- Garbonzo beans (fiber and iron!), sometimes with a little bit of hummus for dipping, only FRESH though! No funky ingredients like “citric acid” or “Cultured Dextrose”. ICK!
- Apple or Orange
- Fresh ‘green’ smoothie. My fav is kale, 1/2 banana, fresh pineapple, coconut water, (sometimes coconut shreds or meat if they have it, too), and spirulina. Mmmmmm!!
- Cauliflower, brussel sprouts, zucchini, asparagus and mushrooms: sautee with a little grapeseed oil, salt and pepper, and small amount of agave
- 4 oz. piece of organic, free-range chicken or fish
Dessert: (If I’m really craving it)
- My go to dessert is ALWAYS fresh fruit. I pick up a canteloupe, blueberries, blackberries (or whatever is in season, obviously), and make a giant bowl of fruity goodness! I try to limit myself on this though because of the sugar intake.
- I also LOVE LOVE LOVE dried mango from Whole Foods, the FRESH kind. Not the sweetened junk in a bag. Again, I’ll limit myself to a few pieces because dried fruit, especially, is HIGH in sugar.
So there ya have it. That’s pretty much what I eat at least a couple of times a week. It’s simple, it’s all super delicious and filling, and best of all it’s GREAT for my body. Eating should be something we enjoy doing, but remember, it’s ultimately for survival. I will be writing a lot about this in the future, but for now I’ll leave you with that thought.
Thanks for reading my first post! I’m going to be writing about all of the things I’m passionate about, those being music, health & fitness, and just life in general! I hope you guys enjoy it! :)
If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’d be happy to answer them!
*The information discussed on this blog is purely from my own experience. I’m not a doctor, registered dietitian, or fitness expert. The purpose of my blog is to share my experiences with food, fitness, and life. Please conduct your own research and consult your physician before starting any health or fitness regime.