What I’m going to attempt to accomplish in the next couple paragraphs is the ‘what, how, and why’ of what my diet looks like. I’m going to try to keep it simple, entertaining, and informative – let’s see what happens.
Let’s start off with the fun stuff.
What do I eat (90% of the time)?
- I keep it simple– when I make a meal my goal is to know every ingredient in that meal– so I’m rarely eating premade or processed foods that have 20+ ingredients in them with 10+ that look like answers to a chemistry test
- A Cornucopia of Protein Sources – mainly beef & eggs, some chicken, occasionally pork or fish
- Real Fats: BUTTER, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, some cheeses, nuts and nut butters
- Colorful Vegetables: spinach, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, asparagus, zucchini, cabbage
- 1-Ingredient Carbohydrates: yoghurt, sweet potatoes, corn tortillas, fruit, oats, honey
- Beverages: water (with lime or salt) and coffee (of course)
- Treats (1-2x per week): donuts, waffles, chocolate, BEER, cookies, popcorn, more waffles
How do I eat?
- What’s my goal? I pick one goal, plan my diet accordingly, and go after it consistently for an extended period of time. My total calories and when I eat will depend largely on what that one goal is.
“Trying to accomplish multiple goals at once is like trying to ride two horses with one ass.” - I forget who said this, but they’re smart.
- My general rule of thumb is ‘eat for what you’re about to do, not for what you’ve just done’. For instance, if I’m about to train I’ll take in more energy (food) – and if I’m about to sit or go to bed, I don’t take in as much energy (food).
- If I over indulge at one meal– I just eat slightly less in my next meal(s). In my experience, goals aren’t won or lost during one meal or training session – it’s the ability to consistently string together dozens of good meals and training sessions.
Why do I eat like that?
1. Because I f***ing love food. I’m also pretty damn good at cooking.
2. I continually educate myself on nutrition. I’m always reading, listening, and learning information from smart people regarding nutrition so I can figure out the best way to take care of my body – and I encourage everyone to do the same.
3. Finally, I pay attention to how food affects me, mainly how it makes me feel. What works for one person might not work for myself – it’s really constant evaluation and adjustment based on how I feel.
Example: eggs are an excellent source of protein, unless you’re allergic to eggs.
Obviously, nothing magical here - just honesty. Nutrition is like anything else in life, the more consistent and thoughtful effort you put towards it – the more you’ll get out of it.