What Does The Blissful Chef Eat?
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A few people are excited to see my workouts and the kinds of food I eat for fitness. This is something I will totally share with you! This type of post won’t have recipes though because when I cook for myself it is really simple food. I don’t use recipes. I’ve talked about how simple meals can really help your health flourish. Below I will take you through my normal everyday eats.
I’ve heard a few times that the recipes I post here are complicated or “fussy”. I was actually quite shocked to hear this because when you take a look at my favorite bloggers/chefs: spa bettie, keepin’ it kind, healthy happy life, post punk kitchen, diet, desserts, and dogs, plant-powered kitchen, manifest vegan, the sexy vegan, to name a few, my recipes don’t seem anymore complicated than others. It would be a pretty boring blog if I posted recipes that have no creativity whatsoever, don’t you think? All the recipes I make use pretty common ingredients and take no more than 25 minutes of active time. I would call that pretty easy. Do share YOUR thoughts in the comments about this!
So what do I eat?
Let me walk you through my typical day. If you follow me on Instagram than you’ve seen the kinds of meals I make for myself. They are not complicated at all and take no more than 25 minutes to make. If you really want to see what I’m eating definitely follow me on Instagram! I also post on my FB page what I’m eating and the recipe testing I do weekly.
Wake up (sometimes before that if I had a good night rest), make coffee. Coffee is a very controversial item. I never drank if regularly until about 3 months ago. Chatting with many athletes it seems it’s quite a common thing to have coffee to start the day especially if you work out in the morning. Not only does it give you a little boost of energy, caffeine is known to help ease/erase pain. So if you are working out for hours a day like me it’s helpful. Am I addicted to it? Nope. I went a whole week without it just to make sure and I was fine. No headaches or weird feelings. But when I had that first cup again after that long week without I was so productive and my workout was so much better.
So I’m not going to have a debate about why coffee is bad for me. I have one cup (of organic, fair trade coffee) in the morning (not even 7 days a week) and that’s it. I’ve read the research and experimented with it and for now I like it. A lot.
I go to Beyond Fit and do a HIIT session and 10 minutes of steady state cardo then we stretch. You can see some of those workouts in the photos of last Friday’s post and if you follow me on Instagram. This takes about 45 minutes. Then I go home to check emails and do work. Including creating new recipes for the blog. This month is RED month!!
I have been fasting till noon for about the last 3 months as a way to lose body fat. If you are looking to lose body fat, do fasted cardio first thing in the morning. I’ve gone from 23% body fat to 18% in 8 months. Now that I’ve increased my cardio (because of triathlon training) I will be eating a snack when I get home from the gym. I need the extra fuel!
Eat lunch. Sometimes this doesn’t happen till 1 pm depending on if I’m testing (and photographing) a recipe for the blog or just making something quick.
Some of my go to meals lately:
Big ol’ salads that include greens and protein (I’ve also become obsessed with just plain baked sweet potatoes!)
Tacos (seriously it’s a food group for me)
More work. Probably a snack of some sort. Either apples and hummus, a bar (like Clif or Lara), or chips (like Rice chips or Beanitos).
I do my second round of training in the early evening. This is usually swimming, biking, or running and often times includes a weight-training session. As the hotter weather approaches I will most likely do this earlier in the day (after a snack) or as the sun is going down.
Right after training I have a protein smoothie/shake. Then I make dinner. Similar stuff to lunch. This is when I usually have my grains for the day (just once a day).
My dinner meal usually consists of a combo of beans, grains, and greens. Sometimes it’s tacos on gluten-free tortillas. Sometimes it’s a huge salad again. Below I had some polenta topped with salad and GoodSeed’s breakfast patties topped with creamy cilantro dressing.
I try my hardest not to eat again after dinner. Since I have a huge sweet tooth sometimes I will have a treat, a few squares of chocolate, or a homemade dessert. Bed time is anywhere from 10:30 pm-midnight depending on how hard I trained that day and how much work I didn’t get done.
Basically my diet is made up of whole plant-based foods with a few fun things like Gardein and cupcakes thrown in. I eat out at the many delicious restaurants in town a few times a week.
What does your diet look like? Did you find this helpful to see what I eat everyday? Let us know what you think in the comments and if you have some suggestions of other quick meals!