“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”
One of the most common questions I get is about my diet. Y’all are interested in what I eat, when I eat it, etc… So! I am finally writing this blog post. I truly hope y’all enjoy it & find it informative!
Anyone who knows me knows how much I genuinely enjoy food. I LOVE to eat and tend to eat a lot… like, most people are surprised at how much I eat! Haha.
To be honest I don’t really have a ‘diet.’ I am a huge proponent of listening to your body… Whenever I first think I am hungry, I make sure I am actually hungry. I do this by drinking a big glass of water and trying to wait a few minutes to see if I’m still “hungry.” Most of the times I am usually just thirsty or bored… But, if I am still hungry, I EAT!
I think something that makes my eating habits unique is that I do not snack. I eat two big meals a day and that is essentially it. I definitely get all my calories in like this!! So, for example, if I go out to eat for breakfast I will eat a large meal that will (hopefully) keep me full until dinner time (usually!)
My normal day looks something like this:
Wake up around 8, drink a big glass of water and coffee + creamer (I use regular Half & Half). Then I usually go workout (without eating). I LOVE fasted cardio. You feel so thin after! Haha.
Then I eat a really big lunch around 11-12. This usually holds me over until dinner when I eat at 5-6. Now, if I don’t eat dinner until 7:30-8, then I get extremely hangry & usually snack then (cold broccoli, pita+ hummus).
Whenever I write it out like this it seems like a follow an eating schedule… but it is actually just an incredibly natural way of eating for me. I tend to eat reallly big meals, which subsequently keeps me full for a super long time! This helps me unintentionally intermittent fast! Which, if you don’t know what it is basically a pattern of eating that cycles between a period of fasting and non-fasting during a defined period. The way it works is because when your body is digesting food (for about 3 hours after you eat) it is not able to burn fat because your insulin levels are very high + it is putting all it’s energy into digesting your food. This is called the fed state. What intermittent fasting does is keep your body in the fasting state longer to help you burn fat + keep muscle mass. The fasting state does not begin until twelve hours after your last meal. This is why normally we are never in the fasted state (think, you most likely eat at least every 8 hours). Now, I do not intentionally fast, this is just what I have noticed I do regularly over the past year and have recently started to do research on the benefits of intermittent fasting: it can help you live longer, increase concentration, help you lose weight, may reduce the risk of cancer, & simplify your life.
I usually fast from 8 pm until 12 pm the next day without eating which is a 16 hour fasting window! This allows my body to bring its glucose levels back to normal + start burning fat. I especially make sure to have a big window of fasting if I know I am going to be going out for dinner or eating a lot that night.
I’m not saying this is for everyone, some people have to eat every couple hours for health reasons, but if you are trying to lose weight or just want a change with your diet, maybe give it a shot! If you do, let me know how it goes!