“What should I eat?”

I don’t know.

Not what you were expecting to hear?  Well there is good reason for saying that.

  1. I’m not a nutritionist, dietitian, or doctor (except on the internet).  I’m not going to give advice on something I’m not qualified to advise on (even though everyone else seems to give you fitness advice, whether or not you ask!)
  2. What you eat depends on a number of things, such as: your goals, what you currently eat, what you like/don’t like to eat, allergies, budget, and many, many more.
  3. In fact, you should be wary of anyone or any diet that tells you things like “ONLY eat this” or “NEVER eat that” or “You can have that, but only while facing east on Tuesdays before 3PM”.  There is simply too many individual factors to take into account to make those statements.
  4. Even if I felt that there was only one right way to eat that applied to everyone (I don’t), it would be impossible to ignore the success that people have had following all different forms of diet.

 

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What I DO Know

  1. The best diet (or eating plan, nutrition plan, whatever you want to call it) is the one that you are going to follow
  2. Again, THE BEST DIET IS THE ONE YOU ARE GOING TO FOLLOW
  3. Nobody ever got fat by eating apples.  There is a story behind that but it will have to wait for another day.
  4. The absolute best way to stick to any diet you plan on following is to PREPARE YOUR OWN FOOD AHEAD OF TIME

 

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Food Preparation

Regardless of the plan you choose, whether its low-carb, paleo, intermittent fasting, etc., the best way to stick to the plan is to prepare your own food ahead of time.  Like the saying “Don’t go grocery shopping when you are hungry”, if you don’t have things prepared when it’s time to eat, you are much more likely to make poor choices.

The other added benefit is it will save you money.  Eating healthy food can cost more than eating junk – lunch at Whole Foods will usually run me $10-12 compared to a $5-6 for a meal at a fast food place.  But on an average week, I’m able to prepare 2-3 meals for each day for less than $100.  Even if you lived off cheap fast food, you’d still spend more than that in a week.

5 Recipes With 5 Ingredients Or Less

I actually do like to cook, but if there are more than 5 or so ingredients, I’m out.  The following recipes are incredibly easy to make, taste pretty good, and reheat well – which is important if you are making them ahead of time.  They are all pretty low-carb, except for the oatmeal, and paleo-ish, and they can easily be modified to fit your needs.

Overnight No-Cook Oatmeal

Mix equal amounts of oats and liquid.  Add 1 scoop protein powder and some cinnamon.  Mixing it the night before allows the oats to soak up most of the liquid, so you don’t have to cook them.  Just warm them up in the morning or they are even pretty good to eat cold.

 

Egg Muffins

Couple of tips here.

Either preheat the muffin tin and spray generously with some type of cooking oil, or use foil cup liners.  Clean up will be way easier.

I’ve found cooking times really vary depending on the filling.  In general 350 for 15-20 minutes should be enough.

 

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

 

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Impossible to screw this one up.  So, so good.

 

Stuffed Peppers