How I eat
Among the questions I get related to the exercises I do, the other most asked topic is what and how I eat. I know there are people out there who think that I don’t at all, as much as I know there are those out there who expect to hear, that I eat anytime, anything and as much as I want, because I belong to the few lucky ones who don’t need to consider what they eat.
None of the above is true.
I eat, but not everything, not anytime, but carefully considered.
I do however believe, that the basics of good nutrition is your general attitude. This is the key, and you also need to know, that what you eat will be the main contributor to staying in good shape, as per follows:
Nutrition 60%, work out 30% and genetics 10%.
My personal data according to the above:
- From genetics point of view, I can be considered lucky, I have good muscles, skin, and lean bone structure. I would however not consider my situation better than average when it comes to putting on weight. I believe that I have an average metabolism.
- Work out – I work out a lot. Every day, and there are days when I do it twice. I also believe, that I do it over the average, when it comes to intensity in my daily routine. It is the same time frame, and it is up to you at what pace and efficiency you will do your part within your designated time frame. I take care of each and every minute!
- Nutrition – I will have to elaborate a little bit more over this, divided over a day period.
A small excursion:
I need to add some additional information.
Before having my kids, I had somewhat of an eating disorder.
No, I was not anorectic, but I ate very little, and not well. When I ate, I had pasta or pastry, other than that nothing the whole day. Of course sometimes I had something different as well. I didn’t eat breakfast at all, and I ate irregularly, and the same type of food all the time. After giving birth, and as I started running, I thought that I have to do something about my bad diet. Having no food at all, cannot be the only way to keeping in shape. I did not read about how to do it, I did not follow anyones ideas and advice, I simply just followed the signs of my body, and made up my own diet. It was really difficult, as I considered all hot food as weight gaining, since it has proper food shape. It was a psychological block that I had to get over, and thus entered meat in my life. I had hardly eaten any until then, however not because I felt I wanted to be a vegetarian, but because it had become my way of life. Today, meat has become an inevitable part of my life, and I believe, that it is the basis of my nutrition, which goes hand in hand with my physical training.
Do not think that I use some secret, strange unknown recipe each day.
I follow a clean and simple nutrition, which will most likely surprise most of you.
As per follows:
- I don’t cook a lot, I don’t make fancy foods, however I do make a point of adequate daily intake of all I need from the food circle. I think that cooking fancy food, was invented by us for our own entertainment. It is the ingredients that are the important issues. It really does not matter how I cook my meat, 20 different ways or the same everyday. The important thing is what is in it. So I can basically eat salad ever day, my nutrition will not depend on whether I eat grilled vegetables, or raw vegetables, or stuffed vegetables. I am not a gourmand, who needs to have different food every day, made differently every time. Natural peoples eat all the same food that is found around their environment, almost each day, and yet they are the most healthy races of all. What time I spare by not cooking a lot, I put in to my regime. For me eating is technical, while exercise is love, and yes, you guessed it, time is money, well at least for me it is value!
- Therefore, I eat varied, but I can easily eat the same food for weeks or even month
- I do not believe in the dumping way of loosing weight: such as drinking your way to your ideal weight, or just having one kind of food diets, or Atkinson diet, or only smoothie diets. Nor do I believe in leaving all but one product out, and that product in any amount, or cabbage soup diet. With other words, nothing extreme.
I believe in balance, personal menus, good quality products and accurate quantity.
- I don’t count calories – I have during my many years come to realize how much I can eat. Besides, I think it is important to know your own body, and not to follow someone else’s precise calculations. Our use of energy is different for each person according to genetics and daily exercise. How can the same amount of food have the same affect on two completely different bodies?
- I never step on the scale. I can feel my body, and I can see my body. I do not let myself be influenced by absolute measures. A proportionate body to me, is dependent on muscles, your water levels at that moment, your habitude and your taste. It has been years since I stepped on the scale.
My motto is to get to know yourself, and take charge of your life and be your own bodyguard.
- I never eat myself completely full – I always know when it is enough, and I always know also when I have reached the point where I am still far away from the “ wow I am really stuffed” feeling, but am not hungry anymore.
- I can eat everything – only for the sake of tasting it – and this I take seriously. I eat chocolate, pastry, even bread sometimes, but only!!!!!!! one or two bites, for the taste of it. I never take a full plate of pasta, I never eat a full sandwich, pizza, cake, or I never eat potatoes, or dumplings as a side dish. Possibly not a very polite behavior, but if anyone else orders that, I usually ask for a bite, or we order a plate together. This concerns food that is unhealthy or calorie overload. I might even pinch some from my children. Thus the feeling of never ever being able to eat anything tasty is banished from my life.
- Generally speaking, I take a lot of protein loaded food and not much carbohydrates.
- I don’t take any supplements or vitamins. Occasionally I drink a glass of vitamin smoothie in the morning, but in my experience, my diet is reasonably varied to have all the necessary vitamins and minerals included for a healthy life.
- The basics of my nutrition: all kinds of meat (ham, salami, sausage, meat of all kinds such as more dry as well as fat – basically everything), vegetables (mainly raw), fruits, oats, dairy (cheese, kefir, yoghurt, cottage cheese) and eggs.
- I keep this diet 365 days a year. There is no Christmas, no Easter, no weddings – at least from nutrition point of view. No bigger changes.
The article about a 24 hour menu will follow soon…