I really love all the “what I eat in a day” YouTube videos that foodies have been making. I’m not really one to make videos, so I thought I’d just write about it.
I’m so sick of seeing paper thin models in magazines and TV shows. Aren’t you? It’s such a shame that they only show skinny people in the media. Diet columns idolize celebrities for eating hardly anything and tell their readers that they need to lose a bunch of weight to look pretty. And, I have to say, that’s just not true at all!
I think it’s important that I address that I am a teenage girl (weighing 120 pounds) so, what I eat in a day is not necessarily what other people should eat in a day. For some, my diet would be much fewer calories than what they should eat. Limiting calories too much can be dangerous.
When I lost weight a year ago, my diet changed drastically. I went from a (probably) 2,400 calorie diet to a 1,200 calorie diet. I lost roughly 2 pounds a week, which was difficult, but super great for my confidence. Now that I’ve reached my goal and aim to maintain a healthy 120 pounds, I eat a 1,400-1,600 calorie diet. I use an app called Lose it to track my calories. This is a typical day for me:
I usually wake up at about 8:00 on weekdays. I try to drink a whole glass of water before eating breakfast,. This helps me to not overeat during breakfast. I’m definitely a sweet breakfast person. I’m not one for sugary pastries anymore, so I usually go for lots of fresh fruit. Most mornings I make oatmeal, but sometimes, when I have frozen bananas, I like to make smoothie bowls. Here’s what I eat when I don’t eat oatmeal:
- 2 frozen bananas, 1/4 cup baby kale, 1 Tablespoon chia seeds, 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter, 1 banana (sliced), 1/4 avocado (mashed)
- 2/3 cup low-sugar granola, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 Tablespoon peanut butter, 1 banana (sliced)
My breakfast varies quite a bit when it comes to oatmeal. Sometimes I use chocolate, berries or honey for added flavor.
I don’t usually snack between meals. I find that it makes me more hungry for my next meal.
For lunch, I usually go for toast or a sandwich. My favorite combo is avocado with feta and black pepper. It usually wouldn’t fill me up enough, so I like to eat an apple and carrots or snap peas too.
I usually eat dinner very early, at about 4:00. I usually go for a salad with 1-2 Amy’s California veggie burgers. I try to stay away from salad dressing, because of the oil, and instead go for hummus, which is a delicious alternative. When I don’t eat a salad, I try to eat a lot of veggies:
- 1 sweet potato (boiled), 2 Tablespoons feta, 1 veggie burger
- 1 cup whole wheat pasta, homemade basil pesto, 1 Tablespoon feta, 1 cup broccoli (boiled)
- 1 black bean vegetable soup, 1 serving Mary’s seeded crackers, 2 Tablespoons hummus
- 1 baked sweet potato, 1/3 cup brown rice, asparagus, peas, black beans, feta
And I never go without dessert! I mean, how does anyone go without a little sweetness after dinner? I usually crave fruit, like a banana, apple or kiwi. I usually like to eat my fruit with peanut butter or melted dark chocolate.
So, that’s it! See how you don’t need to restrict calories to maintain a healthy weight? All you need is some motivation and inspiration.
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