The questions I most frequently get asked above all others are…
What kind of food do you eat?
What do you typically eat in a week?
What kind of diet do you follow?
While I am not a nutritionist and cannot give any advice on what you should or should not be eating in order to maintain a healthy body, I can happily share the things I eat. What works for me. The number of times I eat a day and how I implement an easy fuss free approach to clean eating.
My 3 Clean Eating Go To Guidelines.
- Nothing with sugar as an added ingredient.
- No processed food.
- An average week should be 90% clean and 10% treats ( roughly half a day)
I eat all food groups and a lot of carbs. I don’t count calories or macros but I am mindful about what I’m eating and make a conscious effort to plan my week, and balance my days. I try and eat at least 5 times a day sometimes 6 including snacks. I never eat my evening meal early. It will always be after 7pm once my baby is in bed and James is home from work. That’s just the way it works in my house. I don’t plan carbs around workouts and if I really really really want something I have it, because deprivation just leads me to a slippery slope called, ‘go crazy and eat everything in the house, then go to shop and buy some more’.
I’m not perfect, I mess up my nutrition all the time. I was on and off the wagon more times than I can count, but I never let myself think that one slip up meant I was finished. Success after all, is defined by how we rise, not how we fall.
I’m pretty comfortable with clean eating now, so my struggles these days, usually come from managing to take on enough food on busy days. Its still a work in progress and some days I’m better at it than others. But that’s ok.
So, If I was being perfect, this is My Food Diary. It shows you 6 ‘clean’ days. I’ve purposely omitted Sunday as there is always a flexible day in my week. A day when I have no meals planned, I will eat intuitively and I will enjoy my treats without feeling the slightest bit of guilt.