I’ve seen a lot of posts pop up lately about diet and the struggle of being a kick ass athlete while trying to also eat like a gazelle. I’ll start by saying very plainly, I’m not a dietician. I’m not a nutritionist and I’m currently not an expert, but I have found some really good ways to reign in what I eat so that I get maximum performance while training.
I’ll also point out that generally my wife and I follow a pescatarian diet (she’s much better than me at it), so you won’t see chicken, beef or any other land-based meat in this.
6am (pre-workout) – handful of Honey Nut Cheerios, glass of water, glass of coffee (black)
8:30am (post-workout) – protein shake (recipe)
11am – greek yogurt + granola
1pm – lunch salad (recipe)
3pm – peanut butter and celery
5pm – optional protein bar
7pm – dinner, usually a protein + veggies
In addition to all of this, I drink 1 gallon of water throughout the day and stop drinking liquids after 8pm (I don’t like waking up in the middle of the night). Depending on the day and amount of sleep I got the night prior, I also have been known to sprinkle in some additional servings of coffee/tea throughout the day to keep my energy levels up.
Some things to note: I do my best to stay away from processed food and limit my sugar. I have a pretty basic palate, so you won’t find me tempted by the candy dish placed unassumingly at the receptionists desk.
Lunch used to be my biggest weakness because I wanted something fast. I also do a lot of sitting during the day, so it’s not going to get “burned off” anytime soon. This is where my meal-prepped salads come in. They’re filling and have made a HUGE difference in my mid section. Sure, it’s not as cool as going out for pad thai with colleagues but it keeps me on track and that’s key!