People always ask me what do I eat?… I think they ask me specifically because I am thin. I will admit it. I have good genes. If I really wanted to, I could theoretically eat just about anything and look ok. But that is not the point. I want to look good AND feel amazing!!
However, I will admit I did used to eat (and train) to look a certain way…back in my fitness modeling days! Oh yeah, everything that passed the lips in those days was strictly for looks. It pains me to even think about eating or training that way anymore. Thank God I have evolved 😉
People that rely on their looks to make a living, often struggle with similar issues as people who struggle with their weight: Eating in unhealthy ways. So can we agree it’s better to eat for health? Okay!
So, moving forward. Today, I feed and train my body so that I FEEL good. Completely different approach. In my opinion, a much better option all around. It’s balanced. It’s maintainable. Not to mention the mind game that training for looks plays on your brain…you feel deprived and depleted most of the time. No fun.
Anyway – diet. A word that I think should be a lifestyle, and not a temporary “fix” if you will…
Your overall diet should be made up of whole foods, well-rounded, heavily plant based, as much organic and Non-GMO items as possible, organic lean proteins, good healthy fats, nothing processed (or from a box!) and everything in moderation, right?! Ok good!
And don’t forget the water. Lots of water daily! You should consume roughly half of your body weight in ounces of water daily, and preferably more, especially if you are active.
Need some more specifics on diet? Ok. Here goes. I have Celiac disease, so I do not eat gluten. I personally believe that most people can also benefit hugely from eliminating this wheat protein from their diet as well.
To eliminate gluten from your diet you would need to avoid: wheat/ flour, barley, rye, and oats (unless they are specifically gluten-free oats). Gluten can be found everywhere! Condiments, dressings, packaged foods, restaurant foods, etc. If you are considering this option, you need to read labels and be careful! Ask questions at restaurants and if you are gluten-sensitive, allergic or Celiac, be aware of cross-contamination!
Soy. Ick. Soy is generally an over-processed GMO nightmare. It plays havoc on your hormones and creates inflammation. I do not recommend ever eating soy. Period.
Dairy. (Conventional) Cow’s milk and associated dairy is one of the biggest culprits for causing mucus, inflammation, & digestive issues. I do recommend cutting dairy out completely, especially if you suffer from allergies, asthma, any type of chronic pain or illness, or have a general desire to improve your overall health.
These days there are so many great dairy-free milk alternatives to choose from: coconut, almond, rice, hemp, & cashew milks…the list goes on. Dairy-free options are available in cheese, yogurt, baked goods, etc. The options are endless. Check out your local market to see what’s available in your area. My personal faves are coconut and almond milk.
Sugar. Last, but certainly not least on this list! Sugar is probably THE number one thing to cut out of your diet for health reasons. Refined sugar from processed foods, sugary drinks, desserts, baked goods, alcohol, etc. Trust me, I am fully aware that this is probably the hardest thing to cut down, cut out, and think about giving up…but if you have a desire to get well, stay well, and be well – kick sugar to the curb. Say your good-byes and move on. You won’t regret it.
Once the sugar is starved from your system, you won’t look back. Studies have shown that sugar can be eight times as addictive as cocaine! CRAZY right?! Exactly why we don’t need it or want it in our sexy bods. It makes us look and feel old, and literally ages us! Um, no thank you! I’ll stick to unprocessed organic wholesome goodness please!
Tell me about your diet!!