I’ve been promising this for a while… sample days of what I eat.
I know I’ve said it already, but my only real hesitation is that I don’t want people to just copy what I do. I came to this way of eating after approximately 5 (or more) years of experimentation. I fully support the trial and error approach to food—and believe me, there will be a lot of errors along the way if you do this.
I spent a lot of time going down the “wrong” path, thinking it must be right for me….and being confused about why it wasn’t working.
I’ve talked in the past about some health issues I’ve had, and I don’t want to go into it too much now, but I’ll try to give explanations for some of my choices too. (And feel free to ask questions)
Sample Day 1
upon waking: chug 16-20 oz filtered water (post coming soon on my filtration system)
12-1pm (whenever I get hungry): green juice (all veg, no fruit), 3 pieces of goat cheese (I’m obsessed with this cheese called the Yodeling Goat), a few carrots or some other crunchy thing. If still hungry, I’ll eat pb or a pb cup
3-6pm (whenever I get hungry): coconut flour garlic flatbread, roasted broccoli, salmon (or some other meat)
Sample Day 2
upon waking: chug 16-20 oz filtered water
6-8am green juice (all veg, no fruit)
10-1 (whenever I get hungry): coconut flour grilled cheese or an omelet with cheese and veg
I could keep going…I have more ways to eat! On days I don’t drink green juice, I add in more veggies, like salads, etc. But, this is kind of an overview. For me, I do not thrive on eating many times during the day. It makes me feel full and yucky, and it leads me to overeating. I eat a lot of fat, so I’m full most of the time without feeling puffed up or bulky. Because of my super low sugar and grain intake, I don’t really have cravings at all (and if I do, I just eat one of my own creations that don’t feed cravings anyway).
- I drink wine maybe 2-3 times a week, depending on the week and who I’m with (some weeks I don’t drink at all, and other weeks I find myself indulging almost everyday)
- If I’m starving or need a snack, I am known to just dip a spoon into the nut butter jar (lately I’m enjoying the Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Spread)
- I drink coffee maybe 2 times a week (this has been inconsistent lately…on for a week, off for a week–but I like the special occasion/out to breakfast approach to coffee), and I add half and half and coconut oil
- I don’t count calories anymore ever
- I eat when I’m hungry
- I stop when I’m full
- I have the ability to do that because I found the foods that work for my body best
- I will occasionally eat rice in sushi, breadcrumbs in crab cakes, etc. when I’m so inclined (because I love those foods)…but daily, I do not eat grains or fruit
- If I drink too much alcohol, I do things like eat Pirate’s Booty or a regular cookie, or I call the guy I like and invite him to Thanksgiving dinner after knowing him for only three weeks.
- I’m obsessed with coconut oil
- I’m obsessed with avocados
- My sample days may look like there isn’t much food, but if you add up the coconut oil, butter, cheese, etc… I’m sure the caloric intake is well over what the government would predict for my body size
- I weigh anywhere between 112-116 at any given time, and I’m now 100% convinced that abs are made in the kitchen. I’ve never worked out in such a relaxed and enjoyable manner in my life….and my muscle tone is the best it has ever been. My body fat is 14%, down from 16.6% when I ate less fat and more carbs
I don’t talk about it much, but I agonized for years about food—I never felt good and I didn’t know what to do. I followed advice to “clean” my diet more and more…and I felt worse and worse. I read raw food books, thought maybe veganism could help me, cut dairy and butter… brewed my own kombucha… and still felt worse and worse.
I am not going to speculate at the moment about all the contributors to my feeling crappy for years, but food was a major player. If you know me already, you’ll recognize my turning points as I’ve mentioned them before.
I read Deep Nutrition by Dr. Catherine Shanahan
I read Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
I stalked the Weston Price Foundation website
I read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis
I read Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson and clicked around at marksdailyapple.com
I added saturated fat into my diet with a vengence. I took out fructose and grains. I felt better immediately.
I’ve tweaked things over the past 1+ year since I flipped my diet. I’ve never ever felt better mentally or physically. I know that my issues were not a character flaw, they were food-induced.
I added supplements. I changed my supplements. I adjusted amounts, brands, types…. and came up with the current plan:
2000mg MSM per day (I swear it cured my achilles tendon issues within a week)
3g SunChlorella (other brands do not work for me)
Source of Life whole food vitamins (3/day)
1g glutamine after workout
1/2 tsp High vitamin butter oil/fermented cod liver oil
Jay Robb protein powder…. when I feel like it, or in some recipes
Side note: If I were going to recommend one supplement to you (to everyone)… it would be SunChlorella.
I got the following info from their website:
Sun Chlorella Tablets . . .
- Boast 93-95% digestibility thanks to Pulverized Chlorella by DYNO®-Mill™. Because this uses no heat or enzymes, only pressure changes, the chlorella loses no nutrients and gains no contaminants;
- Are made from grade A chlorella grown outdoors in man-made pools for optimum photosynthesis and Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) concentration;
- Give you chlorella’s unique nutrient, CGF, a mixture of nucleic acids, beta glucans and other compounds that help your body renew itself;
- Give you 22 vitamins and minerals, protein (including all 9 of the essential amino acids) and healthy fats;
- Supply you with the only form of B12 your body can use. Vegans, take note:Chlorella is the only known food to produce this form;
- Support immune health, comfortable joint movement, sharp thinking and memory, healthy digestion, clear vision, and more;
- Help your body remove toxins;
- Are safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, children and older adults;
- Boost your energy levels safely;
- Have a mild taste even kids enjoy;
- Come packaged in a carefully designed recyclable foil hermetically sealed pouch, with food grade plastic, and cardboard box to keep tablets intact and fresh;
- Are available in either 200 mg or 500 mg
I’ve been taking chlorella for years (with a few breaks when I ran out and got lazy). It makes me feel emotionally happy, physically energized, strong, and balanced… and it reduces cravings. It also helps my skin stay clear.
There you have it. I expect this will change and evolve with time and with more learning, and probably changing needs too. I’ve read so many nutrition books and plans over the years—as a result of personal quest and professional motivation. I don’t subscribe to one “right” plan. I subscribe to a blend of all the great parts of every philosophy, which are often able to be tailored.
Note: Don’t judge other people’s food intake based on your understanding of nutrition. Don’t tell people how many times a day to eat. Don’t tell them what percentage of fat/pro/cho they should eat. Give people opportunities to explore it positively for themselves. They’ll be better off and you’ll be less frustrated in the long run.
That said, I do think there are some universal truths (but beyond these…it’s too personal to generalize):
- No one should consume high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, and other chemicals (stuff made in a lab). If you do it once in a while, you’ll probably be fine, but save it for a special occasion if you have to have it.
- Everyone should consume as many micronutrients as possible (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals).
- People consume too much sugar (natural included).
News/Notes: I better keep this part short since the top part is so long… I’m heading out to a British pub to meet up with K’s man in a bit. He returned from his 3-month international jaunt last night, and I need to catch up with him! (note: I’ll probably have a beer—who orders wine in a British pub?!).
I’ve got a lot going on. I got recruited for a job possibility which requires me to take a 3-hour test. So I’ll be studying a lot in the next few weeks. Pilar and I have our plan in the works for the Nutrition/Yoga for Pregnancy series (will be available online in Dec or Jan). My furniture and belongings are still MIA. No one has bought my car yet, but there are a couple bites. I’ll be in NY for Christmas!
Do you eat according to government guidelines, or have you carved your own path?
What’s new with you? Any new opportunities or great things?