What I eat in a day for a balanced lifestyle. Healthy, gluten free, and nutritious.

Eating for Balance

What I eat in a day for a balanced lifestyle

First of all, I don’t really believe in diets, I believe in balance and eating real food. Real food? Unprocessed food derived from the EARTH with ingredients I can pronounce. Balance meaning no deprivation. If it’s my friend’s birthday and there’s an incredible ice cream cake, I just eat the damn thing.

“Life is too short to be at war with food.”

– a mantra I have to remind myself of sometimes. There are times when my scale gets unbalanced, and that’s okay. These are the meals I typically go back to when it’s time to level things out and get back to normal.

I would also like to preface my unbalanced scale with two consequences I physically feel. The 1st being bloating, gas, and just straight up – stomach upset. My digestion gets all out of whack and as a result so does my serotonin, meaning my mood is like a roller coaster. The other being brain fog. I feel tired and not myself. Those reasons alone are why keeping a balanced scale is my wellness goal.

It’s also important to note that I don’t really keep count of calories when I’m getting back on track, I just keep track of my portions. This is a typical day of eating for balance!

BREAKFAST

I find myself to be a little bit of a grazer in the morning, so I break up my meals according to my workout routine and hunger level. I’m practicing intuitive eating.

I always wake up to a tall glass of room temperature water in the morning. I just realized how specific that is, but I genuinely can’t drink iced cold water when I first wake up, I don’t know, I just can’t.

What I eat in a day for a balanced lifestyle. Healthy, gluten free, and nutritious.

Soon after I have coffee with almond milk and lately, an RXBAR. The RXBAR is perfect as a pre-workout. The sugar from the dates, protein from egg white powder and fats from the nuts keep me full, focused and energized throughout my workout. If I’m feeling like I need a little more fuel, I’ll have about a 1-2 tbsps of nuts. I try to only have 1/4 cup of nuts a day… it’s one of my favorite snack so I can easily go overboard.

What I eat in a day for a balanced lifestyle. Healthy, gluten free, and nutritious.

SNACK

After my workout I typically take a shower and snack on fruit and nuts – depending on how hungry I am and what I ate that morning. Sometimes I’ll throw a hard-boiled egg in if I went hard at the gym. I usually wait until I’m hungry to make lunch.

What I eat in a day for a balanced lifestyle. Healthy, gluten free, and nutritious.

LUNCH

A safe lunch for me when I’m trying to balance my health scale is a simple salad with chicken. My stomach is very sensitive to bloat when I eat certain foods. Everyone’s bodies are different so I’d recommend ingredients that make you feel good.

My typical salad is a serving of chicken, depending on how full I am anywhere from 1/2 cup to 1 cup. 1/2 cup is the standard serving size but that’s typically not enough for me.

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Eating your water is a great way to sneak in extra hydration throughout your day, so I pack my salad with cucumbers, and radishes if I have them on hand. I love a good crunch in my salad so I add carrots and red bell pepper, which is insanely high in vitamin c – 3 times more than an orange!! I love romaine lettuce because of the crunch and mild flavor. It’s not the most nutritious so I add baby kale and spinach to make up for it. This salad is loaded with fiber! I also use my go to, healthy Dijon dressing – let me know if you’d like to see that recipe!

If I’m feeling a snack during the second part of the day I’ll either turn to popcorn or  carrots and cucumbers, but the salad usually keeps me full till dinner.

DINNER

Daily I’ve been ending my day with this smoothie recipe, and I’m currently obsessed with it. I combine antioxidant rich blueberries with fibrous flax meal, (all around hormone regulator, skin clearing, digestion saver, queen of the seeds) and omega 6, protein rich hemp seeds. I also add a little Maca powder for hormone health.

What I eat in a day for a balanced lifestyle. Healthy, gluten free, and nutritious.

Mint also aids in digestion and is also known to help fight fatigue. It’s a great herb, I recommend looking into all the wonderful nutrients packed in those leaves!

The coconut yogurt by Coconut Collaborative is my favorite non dairy yogurt. Healthy bacteria are so important for our health and ridding our bodies of toxins. Your stomach will thank you!

Blueberry Mint Smoothie
1 cup blueberry
1/2 frozen banana
2/3 cup almond/cashew milk
1/2 Coconut Collaborative yogurt (latest obsession and favorite non-dairy yogurt)
1 tbsp Flax meal
1 tbsp Hemp Seeds
1 tsp Maca powder
1 cup of baby spinach
handful of fresh mint leaves

So there you have it! This is honestly how I eat when I’m feeling unbalanced. I’m not a dietitian or a nutritionist, I just know what foods make my body feel good! Fibrous, rehydrating and nutrient rich foods are my go-to ingredients and my formula for a healthy meal. Don’t forget healthy fats!

I hope you enjoyed my little breakdown of what I eat in a day! Till next time,

Emily

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