…and other pieces of info about my nutrition
…When I am on the road van camping, I eat the same foods as my “current nutrition.”
What is my current nutrition?
I mainly focus on proteins, fats, vegetables, leafy greens, and fruits. The foods that I enjoy the most are eggs, variety of meats, beans, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, fruits, and berries as well as kelp, avocados, cheese, protein pancakes, and greek yogurt. I will also have the occasional bagel, rice, sweet potatoes, and nut butters. My “snacks” are really the foods above, but in smaller portions. I drink water and decaffeinated coffee.
Do I eat sweets or junk foods?
I’ve outgrown sweets and junk foods, but on occasion I will take a sample bite of them. I do not buy them. What I enjoy as a “sweet” is plain greek yogurt with fixings such as nut butters (occasionally), nuts, coconut, frozen banana, and berries.
When do I eat?
I eat when I am hungry. My eating usually turns out to be early morning when I wake up, late morning after my training, and early afternoon whether it is a main meal or smaller meals or snacks. Most of the time, I have been stopping all my eating by 3 pm.
Do I splurge or eat whatever I want?
I “splurge,” and I eat whatever I want, but I do not over consume. I do have control over foods. If I “splurge” I eat fish tacos or a burrito once a week, and I end up sharing it with my husband. I also “splurge” on pizza every 2-3 months and share that as well. I still prefer to eat meat and vegetables though.
What do I eat before or after training?
I stick with my meals, because my meals are usually around my training time. I do not eat or drink anything special before or after training.
How often do I go to restaurants?
I prefer not to eat at restaurants, but I do eat at the good Mexican walk-up places (because it’s San Diego) and my favorite pizza place. I actually prefer to eat at home, bring my own foods, or pick something up in a grocery store when away from home. Well, my favorite “restaurant” is cooking my own foods in the outdoors at a campground.
How do I handle my nutrition at social gatherings?
I usually eat a little something beforehand, so that I am satisfied before I show up at gatherings. I will also have small portions or samples of different foods, but since I know what foods work well with me, I know what to pick and choose. I drink water at social gatherings too.
Do I follow any other “diets?”
Occasionally, I like to experiment with a diet or two as well as experiment with different eating times, but I always end up going back to my “whole foods” way of eating. That is what I prefer and what makes me feel at my best!
Do I take nutritional supplements or use sports supplements?
No. Although I’ve experienced with various nutritional and sports supplements in the past, this is what I currently choose to do. I am not against any supplements, and I may likely go back to using a few to supplement my diet.
Why do I eat the way that I do?
This way of eating feels natural and works well for me right now. I also choose foods, habits, and practices that fuel me and serve me well. This way of eating did not come easy for me, but I finally realized that it is about proper nutrition and nutrients to get me through the day, through training, through sleep, (and hopefully through life); therefore, I am able to follow through with this wherever I am or wherever I go. My nutrition is not perfect, and it will never be, but all I can do is work on tweaking a few things here and there as my body changes with age.