I have been getting this question a lot here lately, it ends up coming up in conversations or around the dinner table, at work functions, by the students I teach and anytime in between. I mean food is a huge part of our lives, always has been and it always will be. My mom was always worrying about what the next meal was going to be growing up and still does today. We’re barely finishing one meal and she’s fretting over the next one. The only problem now is that my idea of a good, healthy, nutrient dense meal is a little different than hers. For that matter, many folks think they eat ‘healthy’ but they’re actually far from it. We’ve been sold so many lies about food that it’s hard to really know the truth and determine what is and what’s not really good for our bodies. Funny thing is, it’s really simple but has gotten so convoluted: Eat Real Food. I eat real food, that’s my motto and that’s what I eat; nothing more, nothing less.
I eat food that comes from something living or that was alive at one point, not something that was manufactured in a chemical or processing plant. I don’t eat packaged foods. I eat meats, fish, fowl, eggs, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, and fats-like coconut & olive oil. I try to eat wild, local, free-range, organic, natural, non-gmo(genetically modified organisms) as much as I possibly can. To give you an idea, I though I’d take 3 days from last week and list what I ate.
Day 1 –Thursday May 9, 2013
2 cups black coffee in the morning
Breakfast/Lunch-First meal around 12pm
Spinach salad with shrimp:
3-4 cups raw baby spinach
18 medium shrimp
1 cup sweet mini peppers
½ medium avocado
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
2nd meal/late breakfast
3 eggs fried with 1/8 tsp butter (I use organic butter and eggs-no hormones or antibiotics)
Stuffed Spanish Olives-about 15
Raw almonds-1 serving(24 nuts)
85% lean ground beef in vodka spaghetti sauce (1/2 cup sauce-all organic ingredients and 3 oz meat)
I put sauce over veggies sautéed in coconut oil, consisting of broccoli, mini sweet peppers, and mushrooms.
After dinner snack: Organic dark chocolate, 70%-3 small squares (about ¼ serving)
Exercise: None-Day of Rest
Total Fat: 97
Total Carbs: 49
Total Protein: 92
Day 2 – Friday May 10, 2013
Breakfast (about 11am)
3 Eggs fried in butter (1/8 tsp)
2 cups black coffee
Shrimp salad again, same as Thursday
Hemp Shake-Chocolate with 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk and 3 tbsp hemp shake(I usually put ½ a banana, but I was out unfortunately)
Raw Pecans-about ¼ cup
Dinner: Ate out at a local Mexican restaurant
1 glass of Merlot
Ordered veggie fajitas-ate about 4.5 ounces of beef fajita with sautéed mixed veggies with pico de gallo and guacamole (no I didn’t have any chips or salsa-take that back I had one bite just to see and it’s actually not as good anymore! At home I would’ve wrapped it in lettuce to have the ‘taco’ effect.)
After dinner snack: 3 squares of organic dark chocolate (this is my new little treat I’ve been fixed on-I usually have it with some hot chamomile tea)
Exercise: 21 minute high intensity interval workout
Total Fat: 101
Total Carbs: 50
Total Protein: 96
Day 3 – Saturday May 11, 2013
2 cups black coffee
Breakfast (ate around 11 or so): 3 eggs fried in butter
3 slices of bacon
Snacks: Since I had a late breakfast I didn’t have any ‘lunch,’ but snacked in-between.
Chocolate Hemp Shake-3 tbsp hemp shake, unsweetened coconut milk, again no banana so I put 2/3 tbsp coconut oil in it just to give it a little flavor and some extra fat to help tie me over to dinner.
Blackberries-went around our property and picked some wild blackberries and had about a cup and a half as a treat
Stuffed Spanish Olives-25 olives
Dinner: Carne Asada-we cooked out with my father-in-law
3 Beef ribs
Sautéed vegetables-broccoli, mushrooms, and sweet mini peppers cooked in a small amount of coconut oil seasoned with sea salt and some garlic powder
Squash-baked with just a tiny bit of butter and sea salt
After dinner had my 3 squares of organic chocolate and ½ a cup of almond milk, original unsweetened
Exercise: 40 minutes moderate rope jumping
Total Fat: 102
Total Carbs: 77
Total Protein: 82
So, there you have it! This is just a snapshot into how I eat. I’ve been keeping a food journal for the last couple months, mainly to keep track of how much protein/fat/carbs I’m getting on a daily basis. I could probably stop but I kind of like keeping a log. Plus, I know if I have a reaction to a food, I can look back and see what I actually ate to try and pin point it. This week was a little different because I usually only eat eggs 2 times a week, but this week ended up eating them more often. Also, lately I’ve been digging the dark chocolate, but it’s not your Dove dark chocolate. It’s very concentrated and has very little sugar and extra chemicals added in.
The main thing is eliminating processed and fast, quick convenient foods (except for fruits and veggies, that is) that are laden with chemical additives and things our bodies really don’t need. When eating out, be careful where you go and what you choose to consume. Be a reader of ingredients and an advocate for your own health as well as your families and don’t believe all the media and marketing hype. Think of eating off the land, would our primal ancestors have eaten this? If so, dive in and if not, find something else.