Day on the plate

Hello everyone,

Today’s post is a bit of a new one as It’s something I’ve never done before. I’m not sure if anyone will be interested, but I thought I’d give it a go anyway as I want to bring variety to all my readers.

You’ve probably guessed by today’s post title, that I’m going to share what I eat on an average day.

If you’ve followed me for a long time, or are a new reader, then I’m just going to give you some basic background on my eating/fitness lifestyle.

So when I was around 16/17 I lost around a stone in weight. I was already quite petite but did have a bit of ‘baby fat’. This is when things got quite out of proportion in my mind, to the point where I was really too skinny for a while.

It got to the stage where I was eating only one meal a day and was spending 2 hours in the gym daily. I wasn’t treating my body right at all, and was becoming slightly obsessed with this idea of being ‘skinny’.

Looking back, I can see I was just unhealthy.

I wasn’t treating my body how it should be, and I think reflecting on that time in my life it was obvious for me why it happened.

Everyone is completely different, and as we get older our bodies change too. I seen a quote a few days ago that really inspired me to write this post, and it said:

“Treat your body right, you only get one”.

I couldn’t believe how true that actually is, and how many of us take our body for granted on a daily basis.

When you think you even have the choice to pick what foods you eat, many of us take even that privilege for granted. We forget that there are people in the world with no food at all.

People don’t realise actually how much danger they put themselves in, whether that’s by eating too much junk, or by eating way too little.

My point is, you need to be fuelling your body right, to make it function the maximum level that It can. I don’t think there’s enough awareness on both sides, and it is a growing problem that many of us take no notice of.

So anyway, bare in mind that everyone’s day should be entirely different, due to how active they are, how much exercise they do, and what there current weight and height is, I’m going to share my ‘day on a plate’.

I currently am doing cardio every morning (7 days a week) for 40 minutes whether this is just a brisk walk with the dog, or a workout on the bike or treadmill. It all depends on how I feel each morning.

Before Christmas I had started weight training 3x a week, and the difference I seen just over a few weeks was really astonishing, and it made me feel great. But obviously Christmas isn’t really the most motivating time of the year, and I lost track a little.

But I’ve started again, and since the beginning of January I’ve been doing weights 3-4 times a week, and have found the results amazing. I do mainly upper body but always incorporate at least one leg day a week.

Doing weights actually makes you burn calories even AFTER you’ve finished working out. So this means, once you’ve established a good weight routine, you’ll actually find yourself eating more food than you ever have (good foods of course).

So at the moment this is what a standard day looks like:

(DISCLAIMER: I have spoke to PT’s about diet plan based on my Metabolic rate etc so this is specifically for my body)

Morning – 40 minutes fasted cardio (helps with fat burn by fasting)

Post-workout meal – either one Warbutons bagel with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and banana, or oats with unsweetened almond milk and fruit of choice

Snack 1: 2 chocolate covered rice cakes or 2 Ryvita fruit crunch crackers with PB and fruit OR 2 Ryvita rye crackers with chicken breast

Snack 2: Two boiled eggs

Dinner: This varies, but on this particular day I had salmon with salad. (I usually have one good source of protein and either salad or veg, with sweet potato or some kind of carb e.g. weight watchers wraps

Snack 3: If I’m still feeling peckish I have one piece of 70% + dark chocolate, with either yoghurt or more fruit OR a healthy treat from Neanderthals… (below is healthy chocolate brownie cake from the health deli)

I also drink 3-4 litres of water a day, and drink green tea atleast once a day to help with my metabolism and digestion.

(oh and a lot of coffee).

I prefer to eat smaller amounts more often, but this is why I stress that everyone is extremely different and every body needs different things to fuel their body.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post, if you did please leave a comment and let me know below!

Thanks for reading,

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