One the topics I get asked about most is what I eat - how much, when, what, why, etc. My answer usually something like "alot, all the time, all the foods". Well...all the foods minus the foods that make me feel awful. Instead of trying to type out a long response/post about how/what/when/why I eat a certain way - I figured it would be easier to show you. Excuse the iPhone photos :) This is what I ate yesterday (Monday). I will say that my food consumption/amount/timing/etc. varies depending on my workouts. Monday is volume day which means lots of food and lots of carbs after training. I loosely follow a carb back-loading approach on workout days meaning most of my dense carbs are consumed after training and before bed. So let's get started:
7:00AM: Coffee with 1/2 scoop protein powder + 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (I use a custom blend from True Nutrition - you can get 5% off with the code 'GGF')
9:30AM: 1/2 link chorizo sausage + 3 hard boiled eggs + a cute little apple (and a photobomb by my dumb finger splint)
NOON: 1/2lb baked chicken thighs + some spinach & carrots + olive oil
2:30PM: small bowl of paleo chili - probably about 3-4 oz of grass fed beef + all the veggies
3:30PM: Working = munchy = coconut flakes to the rescue
4:30PM: Pre-workout goodness - 1/2 cup coconut milk (canned) + 1/2 scoop protein powder.
5:00-7:00PM: Gym time! I don't eat anything but I do drink some water with creatine.
7:00-9:30PM: Eat all the things.
7:00PM: Unpictured protein shake (just protein & water) + 1 cup mashed sweet potato
8:00PM: 1 cup gluten-free brown rice pasta
8:30PM: Husband made an awesome dinner. I had about 10oz pork tenderloin, 2 cups-ish mashed potatoes (with a whole lot of butter & whole milk - swoon), and some baby carrots
9:30PM: A couple bites of ice cream because I can.
And that's it. Like I said, I eat a TON of food on Monday's and do back-load most of my carbs as well. On a non-workout day, I tend to eat less and don't back-load so many carbs - I may have some potatoes if I feel I need it. This style of eating works for me and it's something I kind of arrived at naturally. I'm not super hungry in the mornings so, I eat a lot less during that time. My body handles carbs better around my workouts, which happen to be in the evenings. Aaaaand speaking of food, it's time to eat!
Disclaimer: This goes without saying but I'm not an expert at anything, I'm not a coach, nutritionist, RD, etc.