I’m the first to admit, diet is my downfall. I love working out, I really do. I also love chocolate, wine, and ice cream. But I’ve started being better and focusing more on my big goals; instead of having the dessert or wine every day, it’s a treat. However along with cutting back on that I tried doing the “5 small meals a day” theory… and I gained about 5 pounds. I cut back to three meals with two snacks and feel a hundred times better and the weight is coming back down. It got me thinking… I’ve seen the science, I understand eating approximately every 3 hours keeps your metabolism up but where did the 5 small meals come from? I eat less calories eating the 3 and 2 as opposed to 5 and generally get in more protein (which when I’m training is key for me to have energy). I think it’s important to remember that there isn’t a “one size fits all” for diets… the general foods you should be eating are pretty fool proof but who’s to say I should eat five 300 Cal meals instead of 3 bigger meals with 2 snacks?
One recommendation I got was to include recipes, so I thought I’d put in an “example day” of my diet.
3 egg whites, 1 egg scrambled with a bit of pepper and milk
1 cup fruit (I love berries especially)
coffee (black or with a little bit of skim milk)
Jamie Eason chocolate protein brownies ( http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/video-jamie-eason-chocolate-protein-bars.htm )
Chicken with green peppers, onions, and garlic
1/2 C. brown rice
1/4 C. almonds and an apple (or sugar snap peas… fruit or veggies)
Pork: I’ll add my favorite recipe at the bottom!
Baked Red Potatoes
I have tons of other recipes on my pinterest: http://pinterest.com/Lmcollett/yummy/ but here’s my favorite new one for pork
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pork tenderloin (approx 2 1/2 to 3 pounds) cut into quarters
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon hot sauce
What are your favorite recipes or healthy snack options?