7 Day Meal Plan - Flexible Dieting

7 Day Meal Plan - Flexible Dieting

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about flexible dieting entitled, Confessions of a Flexible Dieter. Shortly after I receive some emails curious to learn more and specifically to know what a typical meal plan might look like. One of the greatest aspects of flexible dieting is that no two diets look the same. And therefore almost anyone, and everyone, can benefit from a flexible diet approach. Why do no two diets look the same? Because we're all different! We have different body types, goals, workout routines, lifestyles and food preferences. The things I might include in my diet for training purposes, body composition goals and taste preferences might be completely different from yours. However, our methods for developing better eating habits and making positive and sustainable food choices can be similar as we learn more about food, the nutrients it provides, and what our personal definition of "flexible" is.

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What Do I Really Eat Every Day?

What Do I Really Eat Every Day?

I recently wrote a post about living a healthy lifestyle and how to get started. If you’re anything like me you’ve struggled with finding the right balance. Something you can make a lifestyle out of. Growing up I could eat whatever the heck I wanted. I was doing gymnastics on a daily basis and I ate ice cream, pasta, cookies; you name it. If I wanted it I ate it. That was until the end of high school and the beginning of college. Everything started to change. I started gaining weight. So I tried running on the treadmill for hours. I’d starve myself only to end up binging on a bunch of crap. It was vicious cycle and I started resenting food and fitness. I’d eat healthy for a few days, torture myself in the gym and leave unhappy and unsatisfied. My idea of “healthy” wasn’t actually that healthy. I ate salads containing mostly lettuce and I usually didn’t have enough energy to lift weight at the gym. I’d just do a bunch of running and take a few spin classes. It wasn’t fun. So I’d go out drinking with my friends and binge on a bunch of junk food only to disappoint myself and start all over. I suppose you could call it a vicious cycle of “yo-yo” dieting. 

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3 TIPS FOR LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE AND HOW TO GET STARTED

3 TIPS FOR LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE AND HOW TO GET STARTED

I get a lot of questions about diet. What should I eat? How much should I be eating? Timing, portions, macros, the list goes on. And there's so much information out there. There's some really great resources, but it can also all be very confusing, especially if establishing a healthy lifestyle is something new to you. I take for granted everything I've learned over the years and I forget that it hasn't always been easy. The fact of the matter is, if you truly want to live a healthy lifestyle, you can, and you will. But if it's not important to you, you'll continue to find excuses. For me, being healthy and fit is a part of my life. I compete in CrossFit, GRID, Weightlifting, etc. So I put a huge emphasis on eating foods that fuel my performance. But I also love being able to go hiking with friends on a whim, hop in a boat and go waterskiing, visit with my parents and go pick a bunch of fresh food out of their garden, all things I can do because I put a high priority on my health. So if you're trying to find a way to get started on living a healthier life, or you're struggling and just need a little help, I've put together a list of some of the things that have helped me, and hopefully they can help you too.

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