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Diet Philosophy

Diet Philosophy

Today I thought I’d share my “diet philosophy” with you.

   People ask me all the time what my diet consists of, or what meal plan I use when
I’m training (or when I’m not). Today I thought I’d share my “diet philosophy” with you.
My basic diet philosophy is this:


  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible (basically eat what God put on the earth). Your diet should consist of foods with as few ingredients in them as possible. Ideally, you eat foods that have one-word ingredients (such as chicken, eggs, spinach, almonds etc.).
  • When you go grocery shopping, shop the perimeter of the grocery store (where the produce and meat are). Stay out of the isles because that’s usually where the processed foods are kept.
  • I eat a very high protein diet, and I’m more of a protein /fat girl as opposed to a protein/carb girl. My diet is mainly protein (such as chicken, lean turkey, lean whitefish, salmon, protein powders, egg whites and whole omega eggs). I’ve recently cut out red meat - I personally like the way I feel better.
  • I eat a ton of vegetables. I try to have vegetables at every meal as well as a large salad each day. I also eat a lot of healthy fats.

Some examples of healthy fats include:
  • avocado
  • almonds
  • coconut oil
  • macadamia nut oil
  • almond oil
  • olive oil
  • seeds (chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
  • all natural nut butters

   

   When I do have carb meals they’re based around my workouts (and are slow
digesting 
carbs such as oatmeal and sprouted grain products). I also adjust my food
and carb intake depending on my training and energy output that day. Heavier
training on a leg day means more carbs 
and more food, whereas a travel day or
rest day will be less carbs and 
less food.
This keeps me from counting calories. My
main key is to really avoid sugar, and keeping blood sugar from spiking because insulin
spikes can lead to weight gain. Every body is different. This is what works for me. I try
to really just eat nutrient dense foods. I focus on eating the best, healthiest foods for
me, not foods that are going to make me lose weight or be skinny. Health is always my
goal and always what I am passionate knowing/sharing more about.

Think Before You Type

Think Before You Type

I think I've reached my max limit on people's negativity.

It seems like lately people can't post a video or picture without someone taking the time to comment something negative. 

It's not just negativity, it's actual bullying. Grown men and women actually name calling. 

I always try to see the positive in people and in life, but it seems that the amount of negativity and hate hasn't just gotten worse- it's gotten rapidly worse. The world should be more good (and you should actually have to seek out the negative), where nowadays it seems like you have to look to find the positive. What has amazed me lately is someone name calling, then you click on their profile, and they have a profile pic of them with their young child. What kind of example is that to children (who deal with bullying the most)? How would they like it if their child was called the same names? 

I mean, making fun of what people wear, and how they wear it, their bodies, faces or whatever... I always pray "Forgive them Lord they know not what they do" just like Jesus did. I can't even begin to fathom having that much hate in you; that you take the time to (not only) type up the cruelty- but then hit send. I mean, really? Recently, Texas was hit with 3 tornadoes. 5 people died and 45 people were severely injured. Think about that. 5 people woke up that day and died. Their family is forever affected. That's real tragedy. Some people are over there with nothing better to do than to spew garbage; about maybe something as insignificant as they don't like a person's hair. Did you ever think that maybe that person doesn't have the money to get their hair done? Be grateful you do. Maybe that store clerk is miserable because they just found out their spouse left them. Maybe that person gained weight because they received bad news and ate out of depression...

Thats why being judgmental is so just ... wrong. You never know what that person has been through (or is going through). Thank God you're not. Count your blessings: You have eyes to see your phone, hands so that you can type those negative messages. Sorry. This may sound like a rant, but to be honest this isn't about me. I thank God that I really don't get a lot of crap at all, but just seeing what some people put in other's posts triggered this. 

Anyway, I'm just encouraging everyone to take some time and give friendly reminders to be nice. Be kind. Be a blessing. Pray for others. I use my twitter for those short thoughts and reminders - maybe it's something we can do together. I'm still gonna choose to stay positive and pray for those negative people. To be honest, they might have no one else praying for them. Or maybe the world has to get that bad because Jesus is coming back soon. Either way, just spread the freakin love. Period. 

Heart Intentions

Heart Intentions

What's in your heart?

God is a God of hearts and He knows where your heart lies. I see some people who do a good deed only to talk about it. I actually saw someone video themselves giving a homeless person money. Some people commented “Wow your'e awesome!” My thought was simply: "Why was that necessary to share with the world?" If you're doing something to look better or get praise, then you just got your reward from man. Do you want God's reward or man's? When you decide to do something for someone, is it to get something in return? Is it to look better in someones else's eyes? I always check my intentions behind my actions. Do what's right when NO ONE is looking.

The only ONE who matters, always is.