Hello readers! I mentioned toward the beginning of summer that I would post my daily diet so that you could get an idea of what I’m eating to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keep in mind that this is a diet that works for me and my own person goals, which are to gain weight by building muscle rather than lose weight which would require a different diet. Feel free to use this as inspiration to figure out a diet for your own goals!
Oatmeal! Whether I’m at home or at school this almost always stays the same. I love oatmeal and sometimes I’ll eat it for two meals if I’m not in the mood for something else. I make mine with plain oats, cinnamon and water. I always top it with fresh fruit including a banana, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or whatever I happen to have in my fridge. I almost always have a cup of black coffee with this. In the past I used creamer in my coffee, but I truly enjoy the taste of black coffee so I don’t feel the need to use it anymore!
2-3 (sometimes 4 if I’m extra hungry) thin breaded chicken cutlets with honey mustard. Chicken is a great source of protein and is one of my favorite things to eat! If I’m still hungry some things that I will have as a side include an apple with peanut butter or carrots with hummus.
Turkey meatballs or turkey sausage. If I don’t have this in my house sometimes I’ll have chicken as a second meal. Generally I avoid excess carbs from bread, but sometimes I’ll press a sandwich so that I don’t have to have the exact same meal I ate for lunch!
Please keep in mind that in no way to I follow this diet literally every single day; I’d go crazy! While I do follow this layout the majority of days, I certainty have plenty of splurge days where I will have pancakes for breakfast, pizza for dinner or grab a donut at Dunkin. I believe that anything is okay if it’s eaten in moderation and you are living an active lifestyle. Since I go to the gym everyday, I don’t feel guilty eating an entire bag of chips during a movie night (though I don’t make eating like this a habit). I’m a big believer in eating until you are full and that if you’re eating the right stuff you don’t have to drive yourself crazy over monitoring your calorie intake.
As much as I stress the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, it’s also important to simply live your life.