Mmmmmmmmmmmm, nom nom nom. Food. The art of taking raw produce, whacking some voodoo mumbo jumbo on that shit & making it taste like it was crafted for God himself!
I’ve never been a great cook, sometimes a good one, but never a master. My other half thoroughly enjoys cooking; he can make things taste positively exciting. Your taste-buds sing after eating his food. My skill level when I met him was pierce film lid, microwave for 5 minutes. He’s helped me see the error of my ways, but I’ll never be able to treat food the way he does.
What I have found though, since being given a food plan from my PT I’m more aware of what I’m eating. I had/have terrible eating habits that I’m not willing to discuss, just know it makes eating a struggle sometimes. Now though I am thinking about what to eat, even eating my lunch I now start to think about what to have for dinner.
I’m not a great food expert now, I still struggle. I’ve got My Fitness Pal installed on my phone so I can keep a rough idea of how much I’m eating – it pairs with my smartband too, so that also knows how many calories I’ve been through & adjusts my TDEE for the day. (Did I mention I worked with Smart Tech all day, every day?)
So, my average day for those of you interested:
Breakfast: Porridge with protein or Greek Yoghurt with dried fruit
Lunch: Eggs, in some shape: scrambled, omelette, boiled. Ham, or Bacon. Cashews or jacket potato or wrap eggs, meat, salad inside.
Dinner: chicken, soba noodles, oriental veggies or beef & broccoli, or quinoa, cous-cous and pork/chicken or steak & eggs.
During the day I may have a banana, some cashews/peanuts or there’s usually some left over veg so I’ll eat that. On training/cardio days a protein shake or two is added – usually with a generous serving of peanut butter in it too.
It still concerns me about not eating enough, hunger pangs, sudden bouts of tiredness make me jump for something to eat; anything – but it’s usually some peanuts, a boiled egg or leftovers from dinner. Cycling boosts how much I need to eat by a scary amount of calories; that’s probably my biggest concern.
I do cheat, there are days where I’ll eat something dirty & full of sugar. I live for those days! Hahahaaa. They don’t come around all too often any more though, this training thing gets stuck under your skin & you start to question EVERYTHING.
Have I had enough water today?
If I eat that how will I feel afterwards?
Do you really wanna eat that?
But the point is, one cheat isn’t going to ruin progress – I know not everyone works that way & have to be a lot more restrictive.
When I first started training I was missing my occasional sugary nom, so Google & I took a trip down nommy-but-packed-with-protein-and-ok-to-eat lane & happen upon a few delicious treats – I made one the other day, oats, honey/agave and peanut butter. Smoosh it all together & let it set in the fridge, then cut bits off 🙂 NOM!
I think I’m rambling now though. So, yeah. Food! S’Gooooooooooood!