I’ve had this post idea in my head for a few weeks now, especially after getting a bunch of messages asking me what my secret is. First, I don’t have a secret! I’ve been sharing bits and pieces of my journey since November because I don’t want to come off as one of those weight loss gurus selling stuff–plus, I’m not a weight loss guru selling stuff.
When I hit a loss of 26 pounds a couple weeks ago and shared that victory I got a flood of messages:
What do you eat?
What’s your secret?
What do you recommend?
For a day or two I tried my best to collect Pinterest-perfect images of my meals. Guess what? Life isn’t perfect. I’ll share the few photos I got below, and break my meals down for you.
Before you get your pen and paper out to take notes, what works for me might not work for you. I know people who do great on Whole30 or cleanses, I personally couldn’t eliminate anything. I eat all foods. I eat cookies. I eat kale. I eat so much chicken I’m surprised I don’t squawk like one.
Typical breakfast: Spinach & Peach smoothie and two eggs. The smoothie is one cup of almond milk, frozen peaches, 1 scoop of Tera’s Whey, spinach crammed to the top of the blender, and a dash of cinnamon.
Morning snack items: Larabar or fruit.
Typical lunch: 3.5 ounces of chicken, sauteed kale, cauliflower rice, and whatever else veggie I have precooked for the week. Generally other veggies I might have on hand are asparagus, broccoli, sweet potato or brussels sprouts. I also measure one half a serving of Oikos vanilla greek yogurt and add fruit.
Typical afternoon snack: Larabar, fruit, nuts.
Typical dinner: Most of the time it’s exactly the same as my lunch. Sometimes it’s a salad. Sometimes I blend my yogurt with frozen peaches and turn it into something that resembles ice cream. I usually have a one-inch sized piece of specialty chocolate too.
Typical PM snack: nuts, popcorn, fruit
I haven’t been tracking my calories since February. I tracked them from November through December and then transitioned into counting macros instead. Macros are a whole other world of wow. They are complicated to count, everyone’s needs are different. I just did some Googling and never really set macro goals because it turned out actually counting protein made everything else fall into place.
It’s eye-opening how hard it actually is to get protein in. I think as a society we see packaging with brightly colored labels PROTEIN and think we’re getting enough. I dare you to track your macros for just two or three days and see.
So those are my “secrets”, aka my “diet”. When I type diet I don’t mean it in the sense of restricting foods in any way, I mean it as the dictionary definition of the kinds of food a person habitually eats.