Finding A Food Balance as a Personal Trainer
I haven’t done a What I Ate Wednesday post in FOREVER, which is crazy because I used to do them religiously every week. I figured today was a good day to cross this post off my list because I continue to get comments in reference to my Instagram and my eating habits, both at work and online.
You guys, I love food. The supermarket is my happy place and I could spend hours wandering around and looking at new products. I love food that is healthy and I love food that is dripping in chocolate and has 5 sticks of butter in it. I’ve worked out a system that works for me and allows me to enjoy the best of both worlds.
I want to take you through a typical day of eats Monday-Friday. It may not be EXACTLY the same for those five days, but my main meal staples usually are. I’m lucky in that I don’t mind eating the same things over and over again, so a lot of my breakfast, lunch, and dinner have very little variation.
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Because Monday-Friday my days start very early, I’m not as hungry and I also don’t want to wake up any earlier than I have to. Most of the time I grab a PROBAR on my way out the door, but if I know I won’t be gone long, I’ve been enjoying these Luna Bars instead. Both flavors are delicious and have 25% less sugar!
I either train or teach first thing in the morning, then get a workout in. Post-workout I usually have time to go back home until the afternoon or evening when more training and teaching happens. It’s great because I can use those middle hours to work on this blog, catch up on any freelance work I’m doing, and focus on social media content and strategy for Sweat as their Director of Social Media.
As soon as I get home, I make myself generally the same green smoothie: 2 Tbsp chia seeds, 1 scoop protein powder (lately I’ve been using Vega Sport, but it rotates), 1 zucchini, 2 giant handfuls of Power Greens from Costco, and blueberries. I’ve been adding in some Wheatgrass and Camu powder as well since I stocked up as an Navitas Naturals Insider.
I used to stop at home every day and pick up a decaf double espresso from Starbucks, but ever since it got cold, I’ve been drinking tea religiously. I’m really only a fan of black tea, and I’ve been combining Saigon Chai and Pistachio Ice Cream from DAVIDs TEA. My beloved Cardamom French Toast is all gone for the season and so is the giant tin I thought would last me. 🙁
You may have seen on Instagram, but I’ve started getting 90 eggs from Costco every time I run out. At first it was because they were sold out of my 36, but then I realized the cost savings and given that I eat them every day, I continued to buy them.
My lunch is usually 3 scrambled eggs with some ghost pepper from TJs (so good). I also use some salt and pepper, and it’s one of my favorite meals. If I’m in the mood, I’ll add in some of these awesome Scrambles I got in the mail or I used up all the lunch meat from this post in no time by mixing it in. It’s on my list to grab again because it took those eggs up a serious notch.
Sometime before dinner I will get hungry again and this part of my day is the most variable. I’m a huge intuitive eater, so if I’m hungry, I’ll eat and if I’m not, then I won’t. Pretty simple. Some days I’m hungrier than others and may whip up a new smoothie bowl to share with you guys, but other days I’m only slightly hungry and may only grab a banana or a handful of granola.
My dinner for the past couple months has been the same every weeknight. Very exciting, I know. I bake chicken breasts seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper, and whatever seasoning I’m in the mood for and then combine it with loads of vegetables. The ones I always have on hand are spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and carrots.
Since I discovered the spaghetti squash hack of popping the entire thing in the microwave for ~ 12 min, my life has changed and I make it all. the. time. Just make sure to make a small cut on the outside, but other than that, pop it in and then easily slice it open and scoop out the seeds once it’s done. I’ll usually eat half the entire squash, which is a lot depending on how big it is. I also buy kombucha by the case and tend to drink it most often with dinner. SO GOOD.
I try not to eat a lot of grains because my stomach doesn’t seem to digest them well, but all bets are off during weekend food adventures. I mean, pizza and donuts. Come on.
And because the day wouldn’t be complete without dessert, sometime around 7 or 8 pm I get hungry again and usually eat an apple with homemade pumpkin spice almond butter. It is the BEST. If I want more vegetables in my life, I skip the apple in favor of a sweet potato (also done in the microwave in ~ 6 min), cinnamon, and almond butter. Or Medjool dates and almond butter. I think you get the picture.
Of course there are random days (like Monday, Pi day!) when my routine may vary and I have (HAVE) to go get pie. This is the basic skeleton of how I eat on a weekly basis that, combined with exercise, gives me the balance I need to be able to take the weekends off and explore the city to bring you fantastic food creations.
Thanks as always for following along guys!
- Are you an intuitive eater?
- What’s your favorite snack?