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A look at my current diet

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

November
5
2013

Last week, by request, I posted a blog discussing what I’m doing in the gym these days. I’ve also had some requests for a look at my current diet, so today I thought I’d run through that.

In general I eat 4 or 5 meals per day. Sometimes I will only eat 3 meals, and other times I’ll eat up to 6 or 7 times. It really depends on my activity level and how hungry I am.

Keep in mind that I’m not following any sort of rigid structured diet plan, so I’ll just list some representative meals and foods. This is in no way comprehensive, but it should give you an idea of the types of foods I’m eating.

Meal #1 (usually between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM): Black coffee, bananas, Nitrean protein powder, Natural Peanut Butter, egg whites, oats, roasted red potatoes, Clif bars, etc.

Meal #2 (usually between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM). I almost always have the same thing for this meal: 8 ounces of grilled chicken breast, 1 cup of brown rice, salad with EVOO and a tablespoon of Sriracha on the side (I dip my chicken breast in it). I’ve been eating this lunch for years, and I never get sick of it. Don’t ask me why. I still crave it every single day! Very rarely I’ll have a tuna fish sandwich on wholegrain bread. I usually only have the sandwich if I screwed up and forgot to defrost chicken breasts.

Meal #3 (usually between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM). This is just an afternoon snack. Usually something like beef jerky, tuna fish (straight from the can), roasted almonds, pretzels, etc.

Spicy Baked Chicken: searing off the chicken breasts before baking.

Spicy Baked Chicken: searing off the chicken breasts before baking.

Meal #4 (usually between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM). This varies quite a lot. Some of the meals I make at least once per week include an Asian stir fry (chicken or shrimp), lean chili, some sort of salmon dish, a pasta dish (usually the night before a long bike ride), and various chicken dishes. I almost always have brown rice and green veggies with this meal. During the busy work week I tend to fall back on the recipes in the recipe section of this site because I love them, they are healthy and I’m very familiar with their preparation. On the weekends I get a little more creative.

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, and rarely eat desert. Sometimes I’ll have a Skinny Cow ice cream if I am craving something sweet after dinner.

I drink lots and lots of water. In fact, apart from coffee, that’s almost all I drink. As for alcohol, I love good craft beer, red wine, rum & coke and the occasional margarita when I’m having Mexican food.

Cheat Meals are consumed once or twice per week, and include the usual suspects: pizza, barbecue, cheeseburgers & french fries, fajitas and movie theater popcorn. I actually don’t count the popcorn as a cheat meal. I only consume popcorn on the weekends, usually just once per week.

As for my supplements, here is the complete list: Glucosamine/MSM/Chondroitin, Fish oil, Multivitamin. When I’m riding I also use GU energy gels, GU chomps, Hammer HEED electrolyte drink, SaltStick electrolyte caps and Sport Legs.

Again, this is by no means a comprehensive list. We keep our pantry well stocked with staples (here’s a tour), so I’ve got a lot of flexibility when it comes to meal prep (and I love to cook!)

Now I’m starving, I need to go get breakfast going!

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