WHAT I EAT?
In my last article I promissed to draft an average day of mine from the eating point of view.
I did not use to eat breakfast some years ago, however
I have consciously taken the decision to make myself eat early in the morning.
After a couple of weeks, my stomach was raging for it. Today I wake up hungry at 6 am., and my first steps move towards the fridge, before the kids wake up.
Oats – a bigger handful, almost every day. I eat natural oats, the longer ones are my favorites, but this is up to each and everyone. How I eat it:
- Caucasian kefir
- Blueberries or any other fruit
- If I feel for a bit of luxury, I take chia seeds and dry fruits
Since I have breakfast early, I am hungry like a wolf around half past eleven.
Meat with meat: my favorite is fried chicken breasts. I like to eat it with cheese and ham filling. Sometimes I take a simple grilled steak, not only chicken. I love all kinds of meat, including game, and fish, everything that is good for predators.
I usually take no side dish, if I do, it is mainly a raw salad, of any vegetable.
I don’t like cooked vegetables, so I have vegetables sliced in small pieces, or I have them on a salad with a splash of olive oil. Recently I have taken liking to grilled vegetables. This I teach my children as well, we never have bread at all to anything!
(I do realize that fried meat includes breadcrumbs, however it really is such a small amount for two slices of meat, that I don’t panic over that. The same for the oil it is done in. I much rather skip the morning croissant and co.)
So far rice has been excluded from my diet, however just like the case with meat earlier on in my life, I would like to start to include it consciously. It is an important ingredient, as it is a good and slowly absorbable carbohydrate and is greatly filling. Besides all that, I like rice, and it won’t hurt to pick up some ideas from the far east.
I have dinner with my kids around 7pm. Normally I don’t have a specific time for dinner each day, however, I don’t eat right before going to bed.
My dinner menu:
- Mozzarella (or any other kind of cheese) with tomatoes
- Caucasian kefir
- Sausage, hams, hot dog, or any other meat left over from lunch
- Oats – if I have a hard start work out the next day
- Fruits – we don’t have dessert at home. The kids get fruits and I have that as well at the same time.
I love small sausages – fortunately they are in vogue.
My motto: the problem is not fats, but carbohydrates.
Therefore, we can eat salami, sausages, and stews. The baddy is always the bread, the pastry, the dumplings and the potato, this naturally simplified.
Fruits – the best solution for in between meals. Sweet, juicy, healthy, and there are a lot of different ones of them around. You cannot say that they are a boring lot. I know, now you are thinking about the fact that fruits are sugar as well. Yes true, however fructose is a much better energy source. Besides, you cannot completely exclude carbs from your diet, specially if you are doing serious training.
Seeds – twice a week I take some oily seeds for sure. Mostly pumpkin seeds, cashew nuts or almonds. Not too much, but in small amounts it is almost obligatory for the sake of what they contain.
Muesli bar / protein bar – the best. Greatly filling, energy bomb, and I love them. Main ingredient is mostly oats, but that is solid gold for a runner!
Drinking is often forgotten, even though it is most important, and one of the basics of nutrition.
I never drink sugared soft drinks, nor do the kids. We drink water at home, plain water, often just simple tap water. I have a harmful passion: I simply love Coke light – bad I know, but this I allow myself from time to time. I love milk too. I generally have 3-4 liters of liquid per day, and I make sure I really do.
- It is a well known fact, that as we get older, our metabolism slows down, therefore, we need to pay more attention and we need to allow general changes regarding what we eat, and how much we eat. There is no other way unfortunately!
- It is also a well known fact, that we can consciously be a part of this. We can get used to new tastes, we can decide actively when we want to eat, and our body will give us the signs according to that. It is only a matter of time, – and not so much in fact – if we do it consistently.
- I make an effort to place the fruits, vegetables, mozzarella and the sliced meat nicely on the plate, not only for my sake, but for the rest of my family too. It is more delicious like that, and I have a feeling, like there were a lot of food on the table in front of me.
- Get to know your body, and find the moment when you are not hungry anymore, but you still don’t feel totally stuffed like a duck. That is when you have to stop eating, even if there is food left on the plate. This is what I call my “STOP” point.
- Allow yourself a small “unhealthy” food each day, so you don’t feel like you have to say no to everything. In the summer I take 2 scoops of ice cream, or a lolly each day, and in winter I have a hot chocolate with whipped cream instead.
- If you happen to eat something at one of your meals that you know you should have had less of, or not at all, do not fret it, and think that from tomorrow and then on, you will have to start all over again. This is the biggest mistake you can make. Just continue your course as decided before, and mostly nothing will be different, and there won’t be any consequences of your “bad” deed at all.
- Write down what you eat for a week. All you eat! From experience, I can say, that we eat a lot more than we think we do. This is when you might say: “I hardly eat anything….”. Be honest to yourself, as we may only change bad habits if we know exactly what we are doing, what our own habits are. Confront yourself with how much you actually eat per day.No human being has ever done photosynthesis. We function according to a very simple principle:we gain weight, when we don’t use up the input energy, we loose weight when we use up more energy than we have put in, and we keep a status quo, when when we use up as much as we have put in.
- No human being has ever done photosynthesis. We function according to a very simple principle:we gain weight, when we don’t use up the input energy, we loose weight when we use up more energy than we have put in, and we keep a status quo, when when we use up as much as we have put in. So we have two issues we can play with: 1. we should exercise as much as possible, and to that 2. we need to adjust our nutrition accordingly – this we should do on our own, let us not wait until someone else tells us what and how to do it. Period.