What I Eat In a Day
While prepping for a bikini competition as a vegan and mostly gluten free
What IS it about seeing what other people eat in a day that's just so dang fun and enticing? While I don't get it, I love it too, and will click on a "WIEIAD" video faster than anything.
However, when people ask me what I eat in a day, I've never had a great answer to this, because it depends on the day! My menu is not a set thing and I'm not one of those fitness peeps who preps 7 identical breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks in Tupperwear at the start of each week.
I eat what I want, when I want it, more or less, as long as it all fits within the confines of my macro breakdown over the course of the day. So sometimes that's a tofu scramble for breakfast, sometimes pancakes. Sometimes pasta for dinner, sometimes salad.
BUT, because I know we all love this shit, I've done my best! Keep in mind this is a day, not every day. Also keep in mind I'm 4 weeks into the cutting phase (leaning out and burning fat) for a fitness competition I'm doing in November, so I'm eating considerably less of calories than I would when in maintenance or bulking mode.
Lately, my work hours are between 8:00-11:00 am, and I typically take a breakfast break in there around 10:00 or so, something it has to be something I can grab and come back to the couch to keep working while I eat.
Often that's a big tofu and veggie scramble. I sautee onions and garlic in vegetable broth, then throw in 1/4 a package of high protein tofu, crumble with my hands or a fork, and toss some turmeric and garlic pepper and stir it all up. I may also toss in some cherry tomatoes, raw broc, peppers, and spinach at the very end. I douse it all in some liquid aminos, nutritional yeast, and a crap ton of Louisiana hot sauce. I'll either add some potatoes into the mix for carbs, or if I'm rushing, throw two pieces of organic bread in the toaster while this cooks, and drizzle some olive oil (a teaspoon) on top plus a smidge of Himalayan pink salt (I learned to do this instead of butter while in Barcleona years ago, and have stuck with it since.)
Lunch is usually rushed, I'll admit, and since I don't wanna take a ton of time midday to cook, typically a hodge-podge of really random stuff in the fridge.
Pre Workout Snack
I'm of the opinion (backed by science) you should not be working out on an empty stomach no matter what. You'll likely feel fatigued, bleh, and will burn muscle in addition to fat, which is no bueno, no matter your weight loss goals.
A typical pre-workout fuel for me is 2 rice cakes with some peanut butter or PB2, and 5 slices of vegan deli meat, and this is gonna sound weird, but I roll it up with a spoonful of sauerkraut in the middle, like a little lunch meat burrito, and eat with my hands like an animal.
I also ALWAYS energize myself with 1-2 scoops of Beachbody energize vegan pre-workout which is EVERYTHING.
I always have a shake post workout, with either Beachbody Recover or Shakeology in a vegan flavor, 1 cup of almond milk, 1/2 a banana or maybe some mango and berries, a shake of cinnamon, a shake of turmeric as well as black pepper (which supercharges the effects of the turmeric, FYI), some ice cubes, and blend blend blend. If I have it, I'll sometimes throw in some cauliflower rice which gives it a Wendy's Frosty texture and is otherwise undetectable.
I partner with an incredible vegan registered dietitian named Mollie, who creates a week meal plan that goes out to all my clients, as well as myself, and this is usually where our dinner ideas come from. I honestly have no idea how I lived without it. It takes all the guesswork out of cooking, and we are trying SO many more awesome recipes than we ever used to! Think recipes for tacos, soups, pastas, grilled cheese, casseroles, desserts, you name it - but healthy and vegan.
I'm not one to cut myself off at dinner - I have been hungry late at night since I was a little kid and there's no benefit to going to bed starving. I know conventional wisdom says to stop eating or no carbs after dark, but everyone is different. I've been able to lose weight even eating a giant bowl of oatmeal RIGHT before turning the lights out, in bed, but I realize that could be a genetic blessing, and doesn't work for everyone. However, if you're hungry after dinner, at least treat yourself to something light, because going to bed hungry can compromise your ability to get good sleep.
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