Sorry I haven’t posted another one of these in a while. Trying some new things and wanted to test it out.
First let me explain some of the new changes I’ve made to my diet since the last time I’ve posted.
I have completely cut out: Dairy, Gluten, and Beans from my diet.
I am not suggesting anyone do this, It’s just what I’m doing, and loving.
I was experiencing daily stomach aches and terrible bloating. The only time I wasn’t was the 2 week out from a shoot or competition when my diet gets super clean and strict to prepare. I was so frustrated thinking I’d have to stay on a strict diet for the rest of my life to feel ok. I started taking note of what I cut out during prep and instead of just going back to a relaxed diet like I would after a shoot I slowly started reintroducing those things.
Sure enough, after consuming dairy I’d experience horribly painful stomach aches. Wheat products & products containing gluten gave me similar symptoms and terrible bloating. I was already usually avoiding beans because I had identified early that they also irritated my stomach and caused me to bloat, and after my short try at the Paleo diet I learned a few things about legumes that along with the discomfort they gave me was enough to also cut them out of my diet.
I’ve been Dairy, Gluten, and Legume free for about 3 months now and I’m feeling better than ever! I’m leaner than I ever was on the “off season” or not during prep. I feel happier, healthier and my meals are more exciting than ever. I am able to eat more carbs that I would allow myself before now that I know what carbs I can eat without bloating, and as a result I have much more energy.
So that’s my update. Now here is what I ate yesterday:
Started my day with a cup of coffee and fasted morning cardio (only did 30 minutes & only doing this 2-3 times per week right now)
Breakfast oats powerbowl
I just cook (gluten-free) ground oats with water, cinnamon, and 1tbs of peanut or almond butter. Separately I scramble egg whites in coconut oil. (this is probably the only time I eat egg whites and not whole eggs. Only because egg whites are virtually tasteless so they easily mix into my oatmeal)
In a bowl I top my oats with the egg whites, bananas, raisins, almonds, and sometimes a little truvia (stevia) . Mix. Takes maybe 10 minutes to make and can easily be taken to go and keeps me full a long time.
I got hungry again about 3.5 hours later so I made this quick snack to have while I made my daily juices.
Shrimp Cocktail Salad
I like to keep cooked (boiled, no oil or sodium) shrimp on hand for snacking or quick meals. Shrimp is one of the leanest protein sources and tastes great to me. Salad: tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, avocado, lemon juice, salt, pepper, cayanne pepper. Sauce: tomato sauce, lemon juice, random spices like no sodium lemon pepper, cayanne etc, and leeks.
Since I was already chopping veggies for salad I prepped my veggies for juicing and for my dinner later.
Drank the orange juice while I ate the rest of my shrimp cocktail salad and had the green right after as I prepped my dinner for later. (Video Blog about juicing coming soon)
I’ve always said, I don’t “Meal-Prep” (in the sense of cooking a bunch of meals to have in the fridge for several days) because I like my food fresh, warm, different that the last or the day before, and I like to have what I’m craving. Makes me feel less like I’m dieting and more like a normal balanced person. But I do things to make cooking and meals easier, and faster to prepare. I had been craving pizza for days now. Since I was already in the kitchen cutting veggies (for salad and juices) I cut some veggies to make a pizza for dinner. I bought some frozen, ready made, gluten free (mostly made out of brown rice) pizza crusts. And prepped them to cook later for dinner. I spent a total of an hour in the kitchen on: lunch, 6 cups of juice for the day, and dinner for later.
Chicken & Veggie Pizza (gluten & dairy free)
The front pizza is mine & dairy free. The back is one I made for my mom, the same but has real cheese. The crust I bought at smiths in the health food section. It’s gluten free pre made. just top it and bake all together or you can partially bake it while prepping veggies then take out, top with ingredients and continue baking.
Sauce: low sodium tomato sauce & all purpose italian seasoning. left over chicken I boiled the night before for soup. random veggies (bell pepper, spinach, mushrooms, leeks, chopped jalapenos and black olives from a can, roasted red pepper (from a jar I bought), and a little almond milk imitation mozzerella (surprisingly good!). I just use whatever I have on hand so it’s different every time. Don’t stress about following recipes perfectly, you’ll never have every single ingredient. Instead use recipes as a guideline.
I had a small bowl of grapes after this that I didn’t snap a picture of.
At around 10pm I got hungry again. This is when people usually slip up on their diets. It’s late, you already had dinner, you’re either craving sweets or just hungry and too tired to cook something. Your options are limited to fast food, or junk food if you have it in the house. I wasn’t craving sweets so I was happy about that. I still had some chopped veggies from salad and pizza earlier so I made an omelette. One of the things I always say, “when in doubt or pressed for time: make breakfast” Think about it, breakfast is quick and easy, and if you do it right it’s also healthy. But don’t go hungry! Come up with 3 or 4 go to meals that you always keep ingredients for in the house that take you about 5 minutes to make for these times when you are really hungry, have no time to cook, or went too long without eating because life happened. This is one of mine.
Late Night Omelette
Veggies, 3 eggs, and a turkey breakfast sausage mixed together. 5 minutes.
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