I've mentioned in the past that I use Precision Nutrition as the basis for my daily eating habits. Well, to be honest, I try to use it. Heading into Western States last year, I was using the system very well and I got my BF% down to 13% and I was as lean and strong as I'd been in a few years. Then, after WS was cancelled, I went back to my more typical bad diet, which included refined carbs and too much alcohol. I ended the year at just over 200 pounds and at about 20% BF. Not good at all - a gain of 20 pounds of weight and most of it was fat rather than muscle.
So, starting late last year, I signed up for a 6-month team-coaching program through Precision Nutrition. There is a separate coaching program for men and women, and we are about 6 weeks into a 6-month program. We have a daily lesson and most days, we have a homework assignment. One of our recent lessons was about portion size, and as a result, we had to photograph all the food we ate for a day.
A primary goal of PN is that each meal contains a veggie and a lean protein, and foods with lots of carbs are limited to during or immediately after workouts. I had a good eating day on Monday, so I thought I'd post what I ate here as well. My workout was in the evening on Monday, so my post-workout meal with carbs came as meal number 5 (of 6) that day.
Breakfast: 2 eggs, cooked in coconut oil, with sauteed onions and bell peppers:
Mid-morning snack: Celery and carrots and a scoop of Metabolic Drive protein powder:
Lunch: 1 chicken sausage, 1 baked chicken wing, lots of broccoli:
Mid-afternoon snack: Dry-roasted mixed nuts and an orange:
Dinner (post work-out): Soup made with garlic, leeks, chicken stock, tomatoes, chicken sausage, olive oil, and green lentils:
Pre-bedtime snack: Celery stick with natural (no sugar, no fat added) peanut butter:
I wish I could say I was this compliant with my food choices everyday, but this is what I strive to do. Yesterday was another fully compliant day, and today has been compliant so far. The overall goal of the program is to be compliant 90% of the time, and have those "cheats" be reasonable. It's not always easy, but it's something I'm constantly working on.