I LOVE when people write about their nutrition because it is fascinating and fun to read!
I typically don't eat the same thing every day, BUT I'm starting to notice the common threads. And YES, I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach, but that doesn't mean I don't indulge from time to time (every day). From age 16-26 I was an extremist. An all or nothing eater. If I ate good during the day, that meant I got ice cream at night and not just one bowl. If I did "good" Monday thru Friday I let myself go out Friday nights, drink a ton (for me that's about 3 drinks) and eat whatever my heart desired. Well, my heart desired cream cheese hot dogs, nachos and chips and salsa. I would wake up Saturday swollen, bloated and ridden with anxiety and guilt. This happened for a long time until I discovered the 80/20 rule.
The 80/20 rule is how I advise my clients to eat and live life. So without further adieu, here is my typical day of food:
- If I teach, I eat a protein bar (Quest) and drink water or Spark with 3 Catalyst.
- If I don't teach, I have time for oatmeal with stevia and cinnamon with scrambled eggs and spinach.
- OR protein pancakes with a banana, 3 eggs + cinnamon. YES! This is a staple and one of my favorite pick me ups on a gloomy, rain-filled day!
- If I have a morning/afternoon off from teaching I indulge with 2 gluten free waffles (YUM), sugar free syrup/coconut oil, cinnamon and sometimes Lily's stevia sweetened chocolate chips.
If I am lazy, I'll go to Whole Foods and make a salad/a smoothie.
- The salad is divine. I go to the Mexican/Taco station next to the pizza and order a salad bowl. I get delicious quinoa, black beans, grilled chicken, peppers, guacamole and salsa. SOOOO GOOD!
- My smoothie consists of blueberries, kale, lemon juice, ginger and water. I'll likely pair the smoothie with 2 hard boiled eggs.
IF I'M NOT LAZY...
- I'll eat leftovers from the night before (does this count as not being lazy?) Could be ground turkey with veggies over a bed of spinach or arugula.
- Eggs with 1 piece of gluten free toast smeared with avocado and spicy mustard.
- Roasted chicken over lettuce/spinach with sauteed veggies.
- If I don't go back to Whole Foods (damn them for having a store in walking distance), I'll have bacon wrapped chicken with sweet potatoes and a side salad.
- Or delicious homemade chili.
- And sometimes it's fish taco night with halibut, homemade guacamole, a corn tortilla and sauteed peppers!! I love Mexican food.
- Or we go out to eat and I get a big, yummy salad!
- Hard Boiled eggs.
- Quest Bar.
- Carrots with hummus.
- Rice cake with hummus.
- Rolled up turkey slices dipped in mustard.
- A few pieces of salmon.
- Drinking 3-4 liters of water EVERY DAY!
- Always getting lemon in my water at restaurants.
- Only having a few sips of alcohol or nothing at all.
- Working out 4+ days per week (most days it is multiple, because of teaching).
- Expressing my feelings instead of bottling them up.
- Staying interested.
- Scheduling walks and tea dates with friends.
- Reading my favorite fitness magazines.
- Finding music I love for my classes!
- Responding to emails within 24 hours.
- Telling people how I feel about them.
- Enjoying alone time and taking it when needed.
- Not texting back. (I hate texting)
- Saying YES to too many things
- Holding onto things in the past
- I was going to write procrastinating again.
- Not listening to my gut.
- Waiting too long to go to a doctor when something is wrong.
So you see, my diet and my habits are not perfect. That is not the goal. I am able to live a happy, healthy, fulfilled life because of the flexibility in my nutrition and habits. I hope that you relax a little bit and give grace to yourself from time to time. We are all doing the best we can with what we have and who we are. Cue Billy Joel..."I love you just the wayyyy you arreee!" Listen to Billy HERE.