This is what my diet currently looks like. My diet changes all the time, and I have days where I eat better than others (I’m only human after all). I don’t count calories or macros religiously because I have done that in the past and know how many calories I should be eating for my body type and activity level.
How do I know how many calories I should be eating?
This is very specific to the individual person and depends on a range of factors including gender, age, height, weight and activity level. I have written a blog post on how to work out your ideal calorie intake with calculations, so this should help you get a good idea on how much food you should be eating.
My daily diet
I have created this meal plan myself. It has been tailored to suit me specifically, so will not be for everyone. But you can definitely use it as a guide. For more ideas, check out my blog post on meal timing and sample daily meal plan. I have also done a post on exactly what I ate for 1 week to give you a better idea.
OK so this is what a typical day currently looks like for me:
|Meal||Day 1||Day 2|
|Breakfast (post workout)||Protein smoothie made from 1 scoop protein, ½ banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter||Omelette made from 2 whole eggs, 2 egg whites, bacon, spinach, mushrooms and olives (sometimes I add other vegetables)|
|Snack||1 cup carrot and celery sticks with 2 tbsp natural almond butter||1 apple and 2 tbsp natural peanut butter|
|Lunch||Paleo moussaka (made with beef)||Homemade chicken, vegetable and lentil soup|
|Dinner||Thai beef salad||Chicken cashew sir fry with cauliflower rice|
I eat quite similar foods on a daily basis as I find this helps me to stay on track and it’s easier when it comes to food preparation. You’ll also notice that I don’t have many snacks and this is because my meals are quite large, so I don’t need them. I try to stick to 3 main meals and 1 snack because this is what works for me, and stops me from overeating.
I’m currently eating around 1700 calories and trying to stick to lower carb, however I do treat myself when I want to, and don’t count calories religiously. The main difference between this nutrition plan and my previous one, is that this one contains a lot more fiber. I at least 26g of fiber per day, if not more. You should be aiming for 15g of fiber per 1000 calories. But when you are eating low carb, it is harder to hit your recommended fiber intake. This is why the majority of your carbs should come from fruit and vegetables. My main issue with not having enough fiber, was that I was feeling hungry all the time. Once I increased my fiber intake, I actually noticed a significant difference in hunger, which I’m super happy about :)
If you’re interested in clean eating and a lower carb meal plan, I have a free 7 day slim down meal plan that you can download on my homepage :) xx