one of those what I ate in a day posts

What I ate in a day. Are these still a thing? They used to be. Well here it is. What I ate in a day. A good day. A day I was documenting so it did not include 5 ounces of chocolate chips that I sometimes eat in a day, or the gluten-free animal crackers and chocolate bar that I had for dinner one weekend because my chicken was taking to long in the crock-pot. No one ever shows those days.

It’s not this one either.

But. I will be more honest.

This was a planned, nutritious, feeling hydrated kind of day.

breakfast

  • Van’s gluten-free waffle
  • maple syrup
  • smart balance butter
  • banana
  • strawberries
  • Vital Farm’s egg
  • spinach

lunch

  • broccoli slaw salad
  • chopped salad
  • black forrest deli turkey
  • Tessemae’s cilantro lime ranch

dinner

  • shredded chicken with BBQ sauce
  • zucchini
  • summer squash
  • gold potatoes

snacks

  • cherries
  • Clif Builder’s bar
  • No Cow bar
  • Kite Hill yogurt

This was all about 2100 calories and 126 grams of protein. This turned out to be a lower energy consumption day for me.

And guess what?

I was hungry when I woke up.

I am saying all this to help other people realize that 1200 calories is not the way to go. I am not a dietician, nor do I pretend to be, but any good dietician, nutrition coach, trainer (there’s a difference between all of those) will not have you on 1200 calories.

And I got this from a good dietician. Laura Lygos is amazing. She is @thesassydietician and she will be real with you.

I am only speaking from a person who has been there. And has some credentials to her name.

I have done the 1200 calorie thing, the 1500 calorie thing, the not counting calorie thing, the paleo thing, the vegan thing, etc, etc. (I haven’t tried the keto thing because by that trend, I had already learned my lesson.) The lesson that I knew what foods worked for me– a mix of it all!

From every class of eating out there, I have foods that work for me and some that do not. From every category.

So there is what worked for me. On this particular day. I was hungrier the next day. I will probably have chocolate chips another day and when quarantine is over, go get some FISH TACOS!

What do you really eat in a day? Share below. Let’s start being honest.

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