What I Eat in a Day! Fit girls eat ALOT. Low calorie eating is not the way to reach your physical goals. I eat way more now than when I started my fitness journey years ago. I now eat almost 2000 calories a day. Through small increases and steady muscle gains it’s possible to maintain or even lose weight on far more calories than you think. I am going to be sharing a full day of eats to show what I eat on an average day.
Here’s What I Eat in a Day
Back in the day when I started up my little corner of the internet there was a huge trend called What I Ate Wednesday. Every Wednesday bloggers would post and share their full day of eating online. There was some concern at the time that doing this could invite comparisons of what people ate. Others looked at it as a way merely to share easy meals they enjoyed or new snack creations. But that being said the purpose of this post will explain how my style of eating has evolved over the past few years in terms of what I eat in a day.
Full Day of Eating
Before I started my blog, I had just discovered weight training and will admit I followed a pretty strict diet. Chicken, Greek Yogurt, and salads were my staple foods. I was a little afraid to veer off course because I didn’t want to gain weight. I didn’t really know that much about nutrition, and it seemed easier to stick to what I knew was working.
About three years into lifting weights I hit a bit of a plateau. I did not have much muscle because I grew up pretty much avoiding sports or anything gym related. With a pretty slender frame, I was having trouble getting the stronger look I wanted to achieve. I had been lifting the same amount of weight for awhile.
So Scott suggested I try to gain a little weight. This is super common in the gym world. Athletes will increase their calories, gain weight to put on more muscle, and then cut their calories to reveal their new gains. This all sounded pretty good to me, but I didn’t really know a good way to do it other than to simply eat more.
Around the same time, I was started experimenting with more Paleo-style foods and eating. It was becoming very popular in healthy living communities. I had just started an Instagram account, and the meals I saw with the hashtag Paleo looked so drool-worthy. Much better than my boring salads!
So I sort of threw caution to the wind and went full Paleo because it all just looked so good to me. I was super eager to add all that rich dark chocolate, almond flour treats and bacon to my daily rotation. Almond butter on chocolate? Yes, please. So you can see I made this switch for ALL the wrong reasons.
Now, there is nothing wrong with a Paleo diet which basically eliminates dairy, grains, alcohol and focuses on whole foods. The problem was that I went for all the heavy and fatty eating choices. We have all been there right?
It was all fun and games until I discovered I had quickly put on 10 pounds. Now this is not a huge amount of course, but I felt very uncomfortable. And none of my pants fit – not even the loose jeans. The only thing that I could wear was leggings. Not a good spot to be in.
Why I Count Macros
Needless to say I was a bit frustrated. I wanted to lose the weight fast, but I also didn’t want to totally go back to such a restrictive eating style either. I just knew I couldn’t eat that way forever. Looking back I now see it was pretty low calorie, and my carb consumption was very low. It wasn’t on purpose, but again, I just didn’t really know better.
So I downloaded My Fitness Pal and started tracking my calories and macros daily. I had kept food diaries on and off so I knew it could help me.
The first step was to get down to my goal weight. It took about a year and a half afterwards, but I was able to go from eating around 1400 calories to almost 2000. Through slow calorie increases and building muscle (through my weight training workouts) I got to where I am now. And I will explain below what I eat in a day.
What I Eat in a Day
Below is the full breakdown of what a typical day of eating looks like for me. I typically eat three large meals and several snacks throughout the day.
This has been on repeat for me quite a bit.
Eggs fried with coconut oil spray on the stove, Ezekiel bread toast and avocado. I’ve also really been trying to eat more veggies recently. So I also had a small bowl of broccoli. I don’t love veggies in the morning, but I’m getting used to it.
I took a quick break from working on my computer to grab this yogurt with a little granola.
I usually have plain yogurt, but I like to throw in a flavored one once in a while. The Siggi’s brand is still pretty low in sugar. The granola is from Udi’s. It’s gluten-free and just oats.
I work from home now so I’ll have more hot lunches than salads because I can take a few minutes to make it. But when I was working I tended to stick to something I could just grab. The line for the microwave was always crazy long!
This is the recipe for my quinoa beef bowl. And I also had a Live soda which is kombucha.
I tend to snack quite a bit in the afternoon. For some reason, I just get hungry. I also need to get off my computer and head out to the gym a little earlier. It’s a habit change I’m working on! Plus, if I don’t work out early enough then I end up eating dinner too late.
I discovered RX Bar recently land I love them! So far the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sea Salt are my faves.
Apple with Sunflower Butter
Always a classic! I like peanut butter and almond butter too. But I have found it’s fun to mix it up and try different ones. This is a sunflower butter from Trader Joe’s.
Post Workout Snack
This varies between a handful of things. I usually make dinner for myself and Scott and leave his for him to eat when he gets home. I feel like my motivation to cook is at it’s lowest at night! But I know if I don’t make a meal I will end up eating a bar of chocolate or more snacks.
A sweet potato with a little bit of Kerry Gold butter (I prefer unsalted), chicken – I used this recipe, and more broccoli because I just don’t feel like making another vegetable.
Dark chocolate of course (2 squares) to round out the day and I’m done.
Calories 1913 // Protein 150g // Carbohydrates 220g //Fat 66 g
As you can see I mostly eat real foods with some pre-made products included in the mix. I look for very simple ingredient list, but these things do make life a little easier. My daily eats are not always exactly the same, but this is pretty average for what I eat in a day.