Until recently I had been struggling to figure out the best way to eat for my body. For years I’ve struggled with low energy and the inability to lose weight easily. After testing dietary theory after dietary theory on myself I found one that works for me.
I NEED A LOT OF PROTEIN
It was after reading the book “Eat Right for Your Type” (and doing a test to find out what my blood type was) that I realized if I eat a mostly Paleo diet (high protein, lots of fruit and vegetables, and almost no grains) I feel my best. And coupled with high intensity interval training and cardio it is easier for me to lose weight. FINALLY!
MY TYPICAL DAY LOOKS LIKE...
I wake up and want to get to the office as quickly as possible so I usually drink a juice or protein smoothie first thing before I have my black coffee. Depending on what time it is I either stop at my local health food store to pick up some roasted chicken or turkey and steamed vegetables for lunch or I’ll drink juice and/or protein smoothies all day. Sometimes I order pre-cooked meals from a meal delivery service so I have my lunches on hand and ready to go. Sometimes l do some food prepping. It all depends on how busy my schedule is that week.
For dinner, I usually eat some sort of meat or fish and vegetables. Occasionally I’ll snack on an apple with almond butter or a nut based protein bar. I’m 100% gluten and dairy free during the week.
The weekends are a whole other story. When I first started changing my diet around I thought it necessary to be strict 100% of the time, but that ended up backfiring and then I’d feel guilty when I couldn’t keep up my unrealistic expectations 7 days a week. So now my diet on the weekends depends on my social life. When I go out to dinner I’ll have a glass of wine (or 3) and if I’m at a party I eat whatever is available that won’t make me feel bad (like gluten and dairy do).
My diet would be categorized as “paleo” which basically means no grains or processed and sugary foods. What you can eat on a paleo diet is this: meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and spices. I’ve found that it is the easiest diet to stick to and still have a social life and be running around and feel good.
WHY I DRINK SO MUCH JUICE
Because I don’t always have the time to sit down and eat a ton of vegetables, and it’s a fast way to get high doses of nutrition that I would normally get from a huge salad. Juicing has been a huge part of my diet since 2010 when I started to learn about nutrition and I just don’t feel as good without it as I do when I drink it daily. I’ve gone periods of time where, for one reason or another, I haven’t drank my daily juice and after a week or so I can feel the difference in my energy levels.
There are lots of juice haters out there but I always tell people to try it for themselves before they listen to anyone else’s nutrition advice.
… And if your head is so filled with anti-juicing sentiments, that it’s stopping you from pulling the trigger, read more about the most common juicing myths here...