So, I know that I haven't shared about my diet in a long time and that's because it just simply hasn't been my focus. I've been eating anything and everything and just training a lot. Obviously, you can imagine the amount of calories needed for ironman. I am a huge fan of tracking your intake when you are first getting into endurance training just because too much or too little is really easy to do and finding that happy medium is a really great spot to be to make sure that you aren't gaining weight (which happens so many times) and you obviously don't want to be losing weight too much because you could be sacrificing muscle.
There are a lot of thoughts of counting nutrients not calories, and they don't mean like actually counting nutrients but rather just eating whole foods and then not worrying about calories and that your body will take care of itself. However, I think that because of the damaging things that many women have done to their bodies, they don't have the hunger cues for this. Vegetables and fruits are low calorie therefore if they were to only eat this, then they might not be getting ENOUGH calories and I think it's important to track to be able to know this. That's just my two cents though and everyone has their approach that works well for them.
However, after I have been through an entire journey of getting my calories higher through a reverse diet, and then I got to a place that I didn't want to track anymore so I believe that I'm able to just eat whole foods in abundance and listen to my hunger signals for guidance on that. However, on long run/ride days, I track more just to make sure that I am getting enough because I have to force feed a bit on those days with burning so many calories but when I do big workouts, I feel the opposite of hunger. My appetite disappears.
Our grocery list doesn't really change as of lately, and so I thought I'd share. I'm not sure if you watched my video at the beginning of this year about giving up meat, but since we did that, we really haven't turned back. We haven't bought meat since. This isn't something that we are super duper strict about if someone prepares something/we go out to eat with others but in our own home, this is what we have chosen and it's been SUCH a beautiful journey. Tanner is seriously the best about stuff like this, and he can just easily make switches and gets excited about them and then it's not just phases...he genuinely sticks with it. So homebody is like 100% vegan at home. He also has been able to put 10lbs of muscle on in the past 2 years and for a year of that, he has had very minimal protein, so let's get to the list! (He does typically have one scoop of vegan protein powder daily and that specific brand switches based on whatever he can find online for sale!)
- Apples (Golden Delicious)
- Spinach (both freezer and regular for smoothies vs salads)
- Peppers (all colors)
- Potatoes (just white)
PLANT BASED "PROTEIN" SOURCES:
- Vegan protein powder
- Beyond Meat Beef Crumbles
- Tofu noodles
- Oats & Honey Bars
- Cliff Bars
- Pasta Sauce
- Coconut Cream "Ice Cream"
- Almond Milk
Honestly, that's about it. We create tons of just big bowls of different combinations. We typically do a big batch at the beginning of the week where we cut up all veggies and put them in multiple 9x13 dishes and roast them in the oven so that we can grab those and add some tofu, tempeh, or seitan. We both typically have one large green smoothie per day. Mine is typically banana, strawberries, blackberries, spinach, almond milk, chia and this powder that I have that is like a multivitamin powder. Tanner creates a new shake every morning just throwing random stuff in his. He's seriously going to live until he's 110! lol!
We have fun nights of creating new plant based dishes and we love going to plant based restaurants. I should do a full day of eating type post, but it really does vary day to day depending on if we go out to eat with friends, family or just us. Typically we just have huge bowls with a starchy vegetables (potatoes, rice, butternut squash) with tons of fibrous veggies along with some form of "protein" being tofu or tempeh. We don't really season them, but we do buy those packets of either pesto powder or like garlic salt just to give it a little flavor. During the week, we aren't that picky about our food and are just living life..nothing too exciting! :)
I am headed to Chicago tonight (flight leaves at 850) and I couldn't be more excited! It's going to be such a fun filled weekend with everyone and I kind of am more excited that I'm NOT running the race so that I can focus on spoiling my friends with carbs and love, and just get to hang out. When I did Boston, it's hard to meet people just because I was focused on my own race, so this is a fun switch! I am getting to do that in NYC this year too! I'll be all over instagram with updates I'm sure ;) If you don't follow my lifestyle on @_katieamelia, I've gotten much more active on that media especially for weekends like this!!