There is quite an array of diets to choose from these days everything from low calorie or low carb, fat free, high protein, raw, vegan, or vegetarian, eating clean, primal or micro-biotic, to eating as much of whatever then exercising it off. None of these are right or wrong. Personal preference and individual needs, goals and values are what should dictate what and how you eat. I’ve personally tried many different eating styles and after a lot of trial and error and research, I have discovered what works best for me- I don’t allow myself to follow fad diets, or eat the same way all my friends do just because it’s “in”.
For example I tried being vegan (extremely difficult anywhere except LA) and ended up sticking with a vegetarian diet for over two years. This diet didn’t work for me for a number of reasons: I was never satisfied, which left me eating all the time and inevitably gaining weight. All those vegetables were keeping me forever bloated. I was dangerously low on iron (even with supplementation), leaving me without a menstrual cycle for 8 full months. Food was my enemy, I was always thinking about food, what I would eat, and when I would eat it. I would get viciously hungry post workout, and heaven forbid if my blood sugar dropped, I would ravenously stuff food in my mouth until I felt ‘normal’ again.
For the longest time I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. All I did was eat healthy stuff, yet I never felt right, and I definitely wasn’t getting the results I was wanted in the gym. The harder I worked out, the hungrier I was, the bigger I got. I was tired (literally) and fed up with how things were going for me. I began studying nutrition in detail, and researching everything on the vast array of diets in the market. I also got to thinking about how things were for me before I was a vegetarian and come to think about it- they were great! I used to eat pretty much whatever I wanted, never counted calories, never worried about my weight, and this was also pre-LA- go figure!
All of a sudden it clicked for me, my body needed meat! So there I was eating my first filet mignon in over two years at Boa steak house in LA, savoring each and every bite! I never looked back after that night, my body literally changed over night! This is a crazy true story, the very next day after 8 months without any visitations; Aunt Flow finally paid me a visit (so friggin freaky)! For once I was just the right amount of full and without the tummy bloat. Slowly over the course of a couple weeks, my body went from puffy to completely lean, just from adding lean organic protein to my diet.
My way of eating now is quite simple, it keeps me energized, satisfied, and lean:
I eat mostly clean, portion controlled, every 3-4 hours, or when I’m hungry and I’ve learned to stop (even when it tastes amazing) when I’m full. Of course it’s cool to enjoy dessert in moderation, enjoy yourself, enjoy life!
I eat slow and chew my food really really well.
I have a sensitive stomach and I know what get’s it rumbling. I try to avoid mixing carbs with meats, or consuming a lot of dairy.
I won’t go a day without my probiotics (with at least 30+ multiple strands of bacteria and usually around or above 85 billion live cultures).
My food is standard- Lean protein (usually baked or grilled) chicken, turkey, fish and a filet once a week; healthy fats like almonds, avocados, olive or coconut oils, greens (usually blended in my morning smoothie) kale, spinach, some veggies like zucchini, celery, carrots, cucumber, beets; I love greek yogurt and cottage cheese; and good carbohydrates like quinoa, sprouted grain breads or wraps like Ezekiel brand, sweet potato, and oats. For snacks on the go, pre or post workout I’ll eat green apples, rice cakes, Think Thin protein bars, mini-protein shakes (just protein and greens and almond milk), home-made soup or almond butter on toast.
Food is fuel to the body as gas is to a car. Nourish your body with real food! Not food that is sugar filled, processed, bleached, fried, or chalk full of sodium. Stop dieting, starving, depriving losing then gaining! Just find out what works for you, and I promise results will follow!
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