We get a lot of questions about how we eat. That’s why we’re writing this blog post. We’re not saying you should eat this way, or that these meals are ideal. But they work for us. It’s another day-in-the-life kind of post. And we’re hoping this can help our readers who are curious how we stay fueled.
Rose’s Day of Eats
I chose Thursday, April 30, to be my sample day. I snapped photos throughout the day and logged my food via MyFitnessPal. I’ve recorded my eats via MFP for the past 111 days. In this time, I’ve lost 10 pounds. I hate to advocate calorie counting, but if you’re a person who tends to overeat, this can help reign that in. Writing down what you eat helps you visually understand macronutrients, how foods affect you, etc.
8 a.m. Breakfast: It is always Shakeology (chocolate vegan) with one ripe banana, a few ice cubes, 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup water.
9 a.m. Coffee: I treat myself daily to Small World coffee. I shouldn’t spend this much, but it’s so delicious, and I consider it a treat. I use between 2-4 tablespoons of half n’ half. If this is my own vice, I’m okay with it.
1 p.m. Lunch: This varies, but it’s where I get in my vegetables. Today, I ordered a salad from the work cafe. It included chicken, beets, broccoli, cucumbers, mushrooms, tomatoes and balsamic dressing. I’ve even checked with the cafe workers to see the ingredient list for the dressing. It is surprisingly clean and low in calories.
4 p.m. Snack: I used to always eat two hardboiled eggs; now I’m cutting down to one (this picture is old). I’ve been finding that one egg perfectly satisfies me. I work out around 5:30 p.m., so this takes me through exercise and beyond. It does, however, stink out my employees.
5:30 p.m. Workout: I either do a Max 30 workout, run or go to yoga.
7:30-8 p.m. Dinner: On Thursday, it was one cup of a Mexican auinoa slowcooker recipe. I also had small side of broccoli. People are always amazed that I eat dinner this late. I do it because it curbs my urge to snack later on. The egg is the only reason I can last this long. Because of this routine, I rarely overeat. I’m not starving when I plate my dinner. If you’re ravenous when you sit down to dinner, you are likely overeating. Track and measure to be sure.
9 p.m. Dessert: Another guilty pleasure – a soy ice cream bar. I probably eat these a little too often and too late at night. When I am really watching, I don’t eat things like this and not this late. But you have to treat yourself every once in a while or you’ll go crazy.
Jenna’s Day of Eats
What seems to work for me is lots of vegetables, lots of protein, and limited carbs. I also watch my sodium intake on a daily basis, and drink at least 2 liters of water.
I noticed some of these are not super attractive, but this is real life. No fancy cameras or lighting.
Breakfast: Typically this is around 8am while I walk to work …Shakeology! I use regular chocolate with almond/coconut milk blend, water and 1/2 a frozen banana. If I’m not feeling Shakeology, I’ll usually have yogurt or eggs.
Morning coffee is consumed once I get to the office.
Snack: Around 11am I’ll have a snack. This ranges from plain greek yogurt to a Luna bar.
Workout: I typically workout over lunch, so this is from 12:15p-1pm
Lunch: I bring my lunch almost every day, so it is typically veggie packed with limited carbs and protein. Above there are pictures of zucchini lasagna and quinoa with roasted chickpeas and broccoli.
Snack: I usually have to eat again around 3pm. Crackers with hummus, another yogurt, or sometimes a treat.
Dinner: Usually identical to my lunches – I tend to bring the leftovers!
I also include a photo of some french press coffee (I have at least one coffee a day with some half n half) and a homemade 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie. If I want a “treat” I try to have it earlier in the day, but sometimes my sweet tooth kicks in at night. I just try to keep the choice within reason.