- I don’t eat 100% organic. I want to.
- I buy most of my (non-meat) food at Sam’s club which doesn’t do much to help support farmers. I want to support farmer’s with good ethics and practices.
- I still feed my family gluten. The more I read about gluten and how it affects the gut and the brain I know I must continue to make the change. For all of us.
Now that THAT is out of the way, let me give you a warning.
I’m not paleo. I’m not gluten free. I’m a bit of everything and still a work in progress.
I learn about how to eat better because I know it’s important.
- I focus on veggies big time at this meal. Whatever ones I have on hand and love eating.
- Lettuce can be the base for ANYTHING. Try it.
- Salads do not have to be boring. Be creative already.
3 p.m. Shakeology–vegan chocolate with peanut butter or PB2 blended with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
- We eat roasted veggies at dinner and have raw ones setting out before dinner for snacking.
- Non starchy veggies rule the roost. Any veggie you would eat raw=non starchy. (So not corn or peas.)
- Roasted sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts (really, they are good!), cauliflower and broccoli are our favorites.
- Salad is always on hand and easy if we need something else to go with a meal.
- If we have grain or carbs (non vegetable kind) then it is quinoa or rice.
I am done eating after dinner. No bedtime snacks. No nibbles. Just water.
It’s based on the ideas from this site: www.eighthourabsdiet.com and the principles of intermittent fasting.
I eat during an 8 hour window.
And I eat a lot. Mostly veggies and proteins like beef, pork, chicken or fish.
- I have Shakeology daily. It has my vitamins/minerals/superfoods/probiotics/prebiotics that I need. And it’s easy. And tasty.
I drink lemon water throughout the day and green tea and Kombucha when I can get my hands on it.
- Other supplements: Turmeric capsules and Membrane Complex (2-AEP)
- I eat meat, but mostly vegetables. The meat I eat at home is local and raised by a friend. I want to know what’s in my meat. I want it to be grassfed and nutrient dense.
- I eat some dairy–usually cheese–because I love it. I don’t eat as much as I used to.
- I eat a little dark chocolate–good stuff–when I want some.
- I love fermented foods as they taste good to me and are SO good for your gut! Examples are sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha.
- I don’t avoid gluten but I just don’t eat much of it. I feel better when I don’t and I feel best when I eat lots of veggies and healthy fat. So we don’t really keep bread on hand and have pasta maybe once every 2-3 weeks. No one complains. Anymore. (I’m smiling when I type that.) We eat homemade pizza every Friday night–that is my gluten fix for the week!
- I get healthy fats everyday and shoot for 1 avocado a day along with my XCT oil (it’s MCT oil sold by Bulletproof Exec.). I cook with extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, lard and butter. Vegetable oils are crap. Don’t use them.
- I eat a lot of veggies (did I mention that?). Kale, spinach, lettuce blends (I don’t buy everything organic, but I do with lettuces, etc) are always on hand. I keep carrots, cauliflower and other raw fresh veggies on hand for snacking or roasting.
- I keep frozen berries (again organic here when I can) in the freezer for mixing in Shakeology or making smoothies.
- I love nuts. I keep mine in the fridge. Some nuts don’t like me much and I mainly eat pecans and walnuts.
- I eat dessert once a week or so–usually dark chocolate but our family dessert night is almost always something homemade but not always.
- We try to avoid processed/packaged foods with added sugar. If we have them, it’s usually in granola bars or cereals that we keep on hand.
- I don’t buy junk food or chips or packaged foods. If they don’t come in my house, I can’t eat them.
- My kids eat fruit, raw vegetables or mixed nuts for snack; I have Shakeology or nuts/nut butter and fruit.
- My kids eat fruit smoothies, Shakeology or eggs for breakfast.
- On the weekends I have wine. Beer can give me a head ache now, and wine can, too, so I spread a bottle out over 3 days and enjoy it. And I recognize that I might not feel great after I drink it.
- When we go out, I almost always get a salad loaded with all the stuff I love and I eat every bite. And sometimes I eat a burger and fries and enjoy it!
- Eating for me is truly about making me feel my best and staying healthy. I don’t count calories. I don’t think too much about it. I find recipes I want to make for my family that sound good, I buy good, real food, and we eat it and then we go do other things. It is NOT about quantity of food/calories–it’s about quality.
- Eat real food. Eat plenty. Move your body in the form of exercise a few times a week (I do 5 days because exercise is energizing and a great release for me, plus I just want to be able to kick someone’s ass if I need to). Get rest. Be awesome.
- SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT: Saturdays are the one day a week I don’t eat this way. I always make a big breakfast for my family–sometimes it’s green smoothie bowls, sometimes it’s donuts, sometimes it’s bacon and eggs. And I may or may not each crap food at some point but it’s not a goal for the day like some “cheat” days are. I don’t feel good when I eat it so I still limit it on Saturdays.
Did you know I have a Facebook group where I share my weekly menu including recipes?
I also share this, that and the other related to eating throughout the week.
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