I get a lot of questions about this topic and I also have gotten quite a few requests to write a post explaining what I eat and what I don’t. I’ve clearly put this one off for quite some time because 1) I am not a nutritionist 2) what works for me may not work for everybody else 3) I am not a vegan, vegetarian, nor a meat eater 4) it’s complicated and ever changing 5) people love to judge someone by what they eat and what they don’t. So, having said all of that, let’s just get into it. I figure that it’s easiest to start this off by listing the things that I don’t eat and then we can go from there. I also wanted to make it very clear that my diet is ever changing depending on things such as: pregnancy/breastfeeding, what day of the week it is, what season of the year it is (meaning football or off season) and more. It isn’t really easy to put my diet into a category, which again, is why I have put this off for so long. What I do know is this: my body has never felt healthier and aside from having two young children, I have never felt more full of life and energy. I can truly say that I feel like I am living my purpose and that I have finally* found what works for me and what doesn’t.
What I don’t eat:
- Red Meat (never in my life have I had a hot dog, hamburger, cheeseburger, steak, ribs, bacon– you get the picture). It’s the way that I was raised and when I was old enough to start making my own decisions as far as my diet goes I just stuck with it. I was raised eating chicken and fish. I have recently(roughly 4 months ago) cut chicken out of my diet entirely, well, unless it’s fried chicken every now and again because how TF does one resist that and/or if we are over for a meal at a friends house and they prepared a beautiful chicken dish.
- Egg, unless they’re in baked goods. I don’t scramble eggs in the morning and if we go to breakfast and I order a dish that is typically topped with eggs I ask them to sub the egg for avocado.
- Cheese, unless it’s on top of pizza or inside of pasta. What I really mean is that I don’t add cheese to sandwiches or salads nor do I keep blocks of cheese in my fridge. If I am out to eat and cheese comes on whatever I am ordering I ask for it without the cheese. Confusing, I know.
- Cow’s Milk/Products. Instead I drink Almond or Coconut Milk and the kid’s drink Pea milk. Within an hour of consuming a cow’s milk latte on accident I literally looked 6 months pregnant, my body just doesn’t agree with it and neither does my skin. Having said that, I will have the occasional ice cream cone here and there (but only when it’s ice cream that I can’t resist: read, Salt & Straw).
What I (typically) eat in a day:
When I had all of those health issues arise after having my IUD inserted I started doing as much research as I could to figure out how to get my body back to a healthy internal state. One of the things that I read about that I wasn’t familiar with before is the concept of intermittent fasting. I want to start by saying this: I do not practice this method to lose weight. To be honest, I don’t want to lose any weight. I like that my body is feminine and that I have hips and a butt, I don’t want to lose those things. The reason that I practice this is because it has been shown to help regulate and repair our cellular functions (rids the dead, defected/dying cells and replaces with healthy new cells), impact our overall health and longevity, reduces insulin levels and boosts HGH found in the body–to name a few. How it works is that I eat between the hours of 12pm-8/9pm and “fast” during the remaining hours. Obviously, this doesn’t happen when R is off and we go to breakfast, duh I eat, or when we have date night/dinner plans with friends (obviously, again, I will eat and drink). But, on the days that I am home, this is what I do. Sometimes Leni will be up a lot at night to nurse and when I wake in the morning I am ravenous and there is zero chance of making it to lunch time– when this happens I will either have a banana, blend a smoothie and if neither of those cut it, I eat a big breakfast. The method of intermittent fasting that I have described above is referred to as the 16/8 method– fast for 16, eat for 8. Pretty much to make it super simple, when there is food in our body the body is focusing on only one thing: digesting the food. When there isn’t food in the body to be digested our body is able to focus on maintenance and doing the things that need to be done to keep us healthy. Digestion will always take the number one spot when it comes to where our body places it’s energy. I can’t lie, the first two weeks were hard because I was used to waking up and making a big breakfast, but after about 14-15 days, I was no longer hungry upon waking and making it until noon was no problem at all. I can truly say that practicing this helped to launch my body back to a state of health and hormonal balance that I didn’t have post pregnancy and IUD.
I eat mostly plant based and feel the best when I eat fully plant based, but honestly, it can get boring sometimes– especially living in the South where vegan restaurants aren’t typically in abundance, lol. I love to make quinoa bowls for lunch and I find that when I do this I am not usually hungry for at least 3 hours. Typically i’ll make a quinoa base with garlic and top it with sun dried tomatoes, kale, spinach, and avocado. I top it with hot sauce, or fresh salsa and seriously it’s the best. I always have a mid day snack– hummus with pita, apple with almond butter, a big salad, honestly it just depends upon what I am feeling. As far as dinner goes– I eat whatever I want, and I do not “count calories” in any shape or form. I believe in eating healthy, whole foods and organic (when possible) and as long as I am focusing on those things I don’t see a great need in calculating calories because I am eating “real foods” if that makes sense. I share my dinners often on my IG stories, but if you don’t follow there, we make a lot of pasta, salmon, broiled veggies, and to be 100% honest we get more thai food delivered than I feel comfortable admitting, lol.
I get asked often about what supplements I use daily. I don’t really take a handful of vitamins daily, but I do have specific things that I add to my diet on most days. Apple cider vinegar is the first. I use this first thing in the morning, followed by a big glass of alkaline water. During flu season or whenever I feel like I am coming down with something I use a Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C supplement (fancy wording for “enters straight into your cells and gets the job done”). I have been using CBD oil daily for the last 4 months and I will probably never go a day without it again. Recently there has been a lot of conversation surrounding CBD oils and it is becoming way more “main stream” and less stigmatized (if you will). I plan to dive deep into the health benefits of CBD in another post, because to be frank, it deserves it’s own post. If you suffer from any kind of pain, anxiety, depression, migraines/headaches, sleep issues, CBD will change your life– just be sure that you are buying from a legit source and not Amazon, lol. No, CBD doesn’t get you high. No, CBD isn’t marijuana. CBD is legal and will seriously help you more than you can even imagine. Promise. Moving on, MCT oil– I add this to any baked goods that call for vegetable oil and I also add it to my coffee. I’ve talked about the benefits before but pretty much it helps with energy, balancing hormone levels, maintaining a healthy weight and so much more. Collagen. If you have followed along for any length of time, you know I love my collagen. When I started having all of those weird side effects related to my IUD, I did a process of elimination with pretty much everything in my diet and I ended up swapping the collagen that I was using for the same brand, but for the coconut based collagen. I did this because I found that I am more sensitive to dairy than I previously realized and the collagen that I was using before was dairy based. I am pretty sure that this covers all the supplements that I use, but if I think of anything I missed i’ll be sure to update this. All of the above mentioned products are linked at the bottom of this post if you are interested in incorporating them as well.
I hope that this has helped to clear up some questions and to properly explain what my diet is (most of the time) like. As I have mentioned above, i’ve tried a lot of things and this is what I have found has provided me with the most energy and the best quality of life. I believe that life is all about balance, and there isn’t a day that goes by that I feel that I am “depriving” myself of anything. To be so honest, I don’t think that most of the world realizes how great our bodies are meant to feel. Like, we are supposed to feel amazing and full of life and energy. I encourage you to take your health seriously, I encourage you to make changes if you feel that you aren’t serving yourself the way you deserve. I encourage you to do research and take your health and your life into your own hands. As always, I am here for any and all questions.
drink the green smoothie when your body needs it and eat the chocolate when your heart needs it. xo, G