By definition, diet is what you eat. Even when you are not “dieting” that is your diet. For improved health and weight loss the following is my new diet (again).
Now that I’ve started riding the bike again it’s also time to start eating right. The following is a typical ideal day of meals. In other words I realize there will be days where I don’t follow this exactly and maybe pop a bowl of popcorn in the evening and cover it with an insane amount of real butter or something. That’s OK as long as the ideal is the norm, because over time the exercise and diet will impact my health and weight in a positive way. So, here it is.
First is a glass of milk first thing out of bed to give the body some protein rich food as fuel. While I’m drinking that I am fixing my first cup of coffee which I drink while I am preparing the weather for my friends on the internet (see www.TucsonWeather.us for more). I do put 1/2 and 1/2 and honey in my coffee. Honey is much better than refined sugar, but it would be even better to skip the honey altogether. However, I like it, so I’ll just have to bike or hike a little farther!
After the coffee and the forecast I drink some water and go on a bike ride. Immediately when I return I have a hard boiled egg. Your body wants protein after a workout to start repairing the muscles you used and abused. While I am eating the egg I am getting a bowl of oatmeal ready. I add blueberries and a scoop of Whey protein. Nutritious AND delicious! Sometime in the morning I will start having a tablespoon of Cod Liver Oil. (I haven’t made it to the Walgreens yet) I know, I know, you think it’s gross and for most people it is. For some reason not only can I stomach it, but I actually like the taste! It reminds me of the ocean. Anyway, Cod Liver Oil is chalk full of Vitamin D and Omega 3. Sooo good for you.
For a mid morning snack I’ll have an apple or orange or pear or nectarine.
For lunch it’s the big salad. Usually a big bowl of the Spring Mix with avocado, tomato and a can of sardines added. For dressing I use Apple Cider Vinegar with Olive Oil and Sea Salt. I don’t always add the sardines (again, another great source of Omega 3) and sometimes I might add cucumber or onion.
For a mid afternoon snack I might have a yogurt or a handful of almonds or maybe a couple of carrots.
For dinner it’s something light and before 8pm. A few chicken livers maybe! or perhaps a stuffed artichoke. mmmm.
Sunday is anything goes day. The goal is stay 80% or better on this plan during the rest of the week. Too many carbs are bad for my body type and this diet is low on carbs and high on fiber and protein. Blueberries are a great anti-oxidant. Apple Cider Vinegar is a pro-biotic and avocados and olive oil have the good kind of mono-saturated fat.
OK, enough writing. My oatmeal is ready. Have an amazing day!