When it comes to being healthy, the key is consistency without obsession. You have to make good choices most of the time, but allow yourself the freedom to enjoy life. That means regularly taking some rest days with no exercise, letting yourself eat whatever you want at times and thinking about things other than your diet and your workouts. (Yes, there is life outside of “healthy living.”)
Truth be told, most of my favorite foods are healthy ones and most of my favorite activities include sneakers and sweat. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve got a perfect diet or a perfect physique, nor do I have it all figured out. What I do know is what makes me feel good and fulfilled — and you guessed it — it’s a nice mixture of fitness, food and fun.
Today, I’m showing you what a full day of eating looks like for me, and it doesn’t include the cleanest choices in all the land, but it does include a few of my favorite things. These eats took place Sunday on Valentine’s Day.
“What I Ate in a Day”
Breakfast at 9:30 a.m.
A baked sweet potato, topped in crunchy almond butter, cinnamon, chia seeds and a banana. Served alongside a glass of green juice and some green tea, sweetened with stevia and vanilla almond milk. This was like dessert, and I will absolutely be enjoying this combination again.
Lunch at 1:30 p.m.
A plate of food from one of my favorite fast-casual eateries, Tender Greens, featuring grilled black-rock cod, mixed roasted vegetables and a piece of toast. White toast to be exact. And yes, I ate the toast, while dining al fresco.
Post-lunch Dessert at 2:30 p.m.
Because it was a holiday, Dave suggested we each pick up a sweet bite from Kara’s Cupcakes, which we enjoyed before hopping back on our bikes to ride home. The frosting on this little red velvet beauty was to-die-for.
Afternoon snack at 5 p.m.
This Mamma Chia beverage made it into the little gift selection that Dave gave me, and it was chunky, bizarre and quite pleasing. I mean, it’s like chewing your drink, which is weird, but also good.
Pre-dinner Appetizer at 6 p.m.
Because on Valentine’s Day, you get a fancy appetizer and a glass of your favorite white wine before dinner at home. I split this plate of shrimp cocktail with Dave as he prepared our meal. Hands down, shrimp cocktail is my favorite app of all time. And Chardonnay doesn’t hurt either.
Dinner at 8 p.m.
This beautiful plate of food came about from Chef Dave, who was busy working in the kitchen on this one for a while. It’s a roast chicken, with onions, prunes and sweet potatoes, soaked in red wine. And it’s one heck of a meal. (Oh and perhaps you may notice that I had sweet potatoes during all three main meals of the day? A win!)
Dessert at 9 p.m.
Why yes, this was my second red velvet cupcake of the day, and this one must have weighed about a pound. Of course, I couldn’t have enjoyed it without a mug of vanilla almond milk. I downed both of these in no time, while relaxing in front of the TV. Delicious!
That’s what I call a good day of eating. Carbs, sweets, wine, fish, sweet potatoes and lots of veggies! While I don’t eat two desserts every day, I sure do enjoy the days that it happens.
If you liked this food diary, feel free to check out more “What I Ate” posts by me or by others. And because I skipped my regular weekly workout report on Monday thanks to my lengthy Valentine’s Day weekend recap, I’m giving it to you today ….
My weekly fitness and workout recap
Here’s a look at all of my workouts from last week …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday: Did a 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home
- Wednesday: Took a one-hour BODYPUMP class
- Thursday: Did a 30-minute yoga flow class at home
- Friday: Did a 25-minute full-body dumbbell workout, foam rolling
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: Rest day
How was this week of workouts?
I’ve been averaging four-to-five workouts a week lately, which is a huge departure from the past when I was working in the gym full time. This past week included two full rest days, a short yoga session, some cardio, some weights and a core session, which is plenty of variety of movement. The highlight of the week was teaching a huge BODYATTACK class on Monday night, full of sweat, loud music and energy. From the looks of it, this week is shaping up to feature a very similar line-up of workouts as well.
And that’s the latest in the world of food and fitness over here. Now, go off and have a great day, my friends!Keep a healthy food mentality and enjoy these tasty meal pictures ... Click To Tweet
Questions of the day
What’s your favorite un-healthy food?
How have your workouts been lately?