For What It’s Worth
Recently I’ve had two practice members ask me how I eat (or rather, what kind of food routine/habits I have). Well, I’m not exactly sure it’s blog worthy but for what it’s worth I’ve attempted to give you a sense of the kind of dietary habits I usually have. Maybe it’ll give you some ideas that you can integrate into your healthy regimen.
I have a few simple philosophies when it comes to food as fuel.
1. Eat 70%+ vegetables
2. Limit crackers, pasta & breads. I definitely eat bread but I find ezekiel bread works best in my system (sprouted bread). I generally try to eat bread once per day at most.
3. When I make dinner I am always making enough for tomorrow’s lunches for all of us and I’m usually making a dual prep so that I can easily prepare the next day’s dinner. In other words, if I’m roasting veggies for tonight’s dinner I’m also making enough so that I can do something with them for tomorrow’s dinner too. OR, if I prepping vegetables for a huge salad (make enough salad for at least 2-3 days) I’ll also cut extra vegetables to have on hand for snacking.
4. I attempt to keep homemade fresh veggie dips (hummus, black bean dip etc) and salad dressings on hand all the time to make things easier.
5. I am aware of the dirty dozen and the clean 15 when I am grocery shopping (google it if that is confusing). This way I prioritize what I’m going to buy organic and what I’ll sometimes buy organic (when the price is decent).
6. My food is one of my strongest foundational blocks. Before I think about buying expensive and plentiful supplements I ensure my diet is as clean and chemical free as possible. It’s worth spending money on and is a bigtime priority when it comes to my budget.
7. I avoid dairy products (cheese included). If I do have cheese its almost always goat cheese or goat/sheep feta.
Last week, these were my dinners (all homemade, of course!):
Veggie & Lentil Soup & salad, Coconut Cauliflower Chana, Spaghetti Squash with Pinenut Parm, Veg Chili & Quinoa, Salmon Burgers & Roasted Veg. We eat salad with nearly every dinner. My lunches would be a small portion of each one of these meals as leftovers. My snacks at the clinic will often include raw trail mix nuts, fruit, and vegetables/hummus. I nearly always bring a smoothie to the clinic and keep it in the fridge. I’ll generally drink it around 4 pm.
Typical Smoothie contains:
almond milk, 2-3 TB flax oil, 2 TB bee pollen, 1/2 scoop vegan protein powder, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen fruit, 1 cup spinach or kale.
In the morning I start the day with water/lemon (I go on/off this healthy ritual. Arg! Currently, I’M ON IT!), Ezekiel english muffin (1 tsp coconut oil, smidgen of jam, 1 cup of coffee). Very occasionally I’ll poach an egg on Ezekiel muffin and/or steel cut oats with almond milk.
During the day I’ll drink 2-2.5 litres of RO water & lemon and the occasional chai or herbal tea. I also drink 1-2 green drinks per day (Genuine Health Greens O+ Acai blend OR Amazing Grass Goji). I do this to stay hydrated & to attempt to keep my body alkalizing. I love how much energy and clarity of thought I get when I stay properly hydrated and drink greens.
Treats: When I indulge it’s generally plain potato chips or avocado with plain nacho chips.
Is this information important? Um … no, definitely not. I’m sharing this information to share how it can look to eat unprocessed food with high nutrient density. I’m not suggesting you eat like I do. I do suggest that you eat consciously and plan accordingly. It creates a significant amount of congruency in your lifestyle when you align your health goals with your actions.