What I Eat. Every Day.

Yes, you read that correctly. I'm about to share with you all what I eat everyday; my New York diet! I rarely stray from it. Honestly, that doesn't have much to do with my fitness regimen or physique as much as it has to do with my limited taste palette (as my sister calls it). Even growing up, I took the same thing for lunch everyday-- a peanut butter (no jelly) sandwich, or maybe even two. 

Now I know most of you aren't me. You probably couldn't eat the same thing for breakfast seven years in a row (yeah, that's me). But I don't count calories, I use my consistency to tweak my food intake and play with different things. I'm someone that enjoys systems in place that help me stay efficient, are easy to do manage on a day-to-day basis, and keep me sustainably consistent. Coming down to this diet wasn't a simple process: it took years of experimentation to get down to this regimen. I try and make better decisions about my diet as I become more and more educated-- with what oils I use to cook, the spices I use, to the substitutes I go after when I don't want complex carbs in my diet. When I discovered quinoa for myself, it was a game changer. 

Also know that this is not torture for me; I enjoy every single thing I eat and I enjoy it consistently. I LOVE sweet potatoes, eggs, peanut butter, and oatmeal. But it took experimentation to figure out what I enjoyed eating that could also work for my lifestyle as a physique model and coach. I don't dehydrate my body before shoots or anything else extreme-- I use this diet and exercise to keep my lean physique as is year round. So without further ado, here it is, in exact order:   

 First thing I start off with as soon as I wake up is a shot (or swig) of Apple Cider Vinegar on an empty stomach chased by some water! Lowers blood pressure, brings down cholesterol (which I have an issue with actually), aids weight loss, and is great for your immune system-- which has a direct effect on the quality of your skin! That last one is what I really use it for to be honest with you. Moving on.. 

First thing I start off with as soon as I wake up is a shot (or swig) of Apple Cider Vinegar on an empty stomach chased by some water! Lowers blood pressure, brings down cholesterol (which I have an issue with actually), aids weight loss, and is great for your immune system-- which has a direct effect on the quality of your skin! That last one is what I really use it for to be honest with you. Moving on.. 

 Black coffee. No sugar, no honey, no nothin'. I boil my water always, avoid the microwave like the plague people! Coffee comes second. Usually paired with my breakfast which is: 

Black coffee. No sugar, no honey, no nothin'. I boil my water always, avoid the microwave like the plague people! Coffee comes second. Usually paired with my breakfast which is: 

 My famous breakfast of seven years!! Okay give or take a couple eggs and what I choose to pair the omelette with, we're pretty much right to seven years. So this here is five egg whites, with spinach and avocado laying on top of baked sweet potatoes. When I'm telling you that I love this, I mean I LOVE it. And I do change it up once in a while. If I'm feeling super drained, I may bake actual potatoes rather than sweet potatoes for more starch and carbs. I may also leave one of the egg yolks in so I can gush the yolk all around the sweet potatoes. Change can be quite nuanced and still feel very enjoyable-- get used to that as you experiment with your diet. There's no need to bomb your food with a much of flavors-- keep it simple and actually notice the tastes!

My famous breakfast of seven years!! Okay give or take a couple eggs and what I choose to pair the omelette with, we're pretty much right to seven years. So this here is five egg whites, with spinach and avocado laying on top of baked sweet potatoes. When I'm telling you that I love this, I mean I LOVE it. And I do change it up once in a while. If I'm feeling super drained, I may bake actual potatoes rather than sweet potatoes for more starch and carbs. I may also leave one of the egg yolks in so I can gush the yolk all around the sweet potatoes. Change can be quite nuanced and still feel very enjoyable-- get used to that as you experiment with your diet. There's no need to bomb your food with a much of flavors-- keep it simple and actually notice the tastes!

 Roughly about 3 hours after I have my breakfast, I have myself a bowl of oatmeal with dried fruit in there. I don't add milk (just boiling water and oatmeal, and I throw the dried fruit in while it's cooking so the oats can grab on the flavor of them). The spacing of my meals is also very consistent and my body knows that. At this point, I don't really need to look at the time to know that it's time to eat. 

Roughly about 3 hours after I have my breakfast, I have myself a bowl of oatmeal with dried fruit in there. I don't add milk (just boiling water and oatmeal, and I throw the dried fruit in while it's cooking so the oats can grab on the flavor of them). The spacing of my meals is also very consistent and my body knows that. At this point, I don't really need to look at the time to know that it's time to eat. 

 
 Red Beets, Chard, Kale, Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Flax Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Frozen Berries. 

Red Beets, Chard, Kale, Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Flax Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Frozen Berries. 

 Roughly two hours later, it's smoothie time! My time spread also depends on how long my day is and how much energy I've expended. It's hard to go with just this much food on days where I have tough workouts for instance. 

Roughly two hours later, it's smoothie time! My time spread also depends on how long my day is and how much energy I've expended. It's hard to go with just this much food on days where I have tough workouts for instance. 

 My protein shake! This is probably the only thing that sees the most variability with when I have it. I usually center this away from my bedtime as much as possible and right after I workout for that post workout recovery! Also don't like doing two shakes back to back even though that's the way they're posted here because then I have to pee a lot :(. 

My protein shake! This is probably the only thing that sees the most variability with when I have it. I usually center this away from my bedtime as much as possible and right after I workout for that post workout recovery! Also don't like doing two shakes back to back even though that's the way they're posted here because then I have to pee a lot :(. 

 
 DINNER TIME! This is usually between 7-8 PM. So you can get an idea of the complete spread. 1 chicken breast with 1 baked and cut up sweet potato! I love, love, love this dinner and could eat it everyday. But more so because I should change it up rather than I feel the need to...

DINNER TIME! This is usually between 7-8 PM. So you can get an idea of the complete spread. 1 chicken breast with 1 baked and cut up sweet potato! I love, love, love this dinner and could eat it everyday. But more so because I should change it up rather than I feel the need to...

 I have ground beef (or turkey) with sautéed veggies (jalapeno, onion, bellpepper, and garlic) and quinoa! Cook the quinoa separately of course and as the water is boiling, I add dried fruit in here as well! Mostly dried berries and it flavors the quinoa very nicely. 

I have ground beef (or turkey) with sautéed veggies (jalapeno, onion, bellpepper, and garlic) and quinoa! Cook the quinoa separately of course and as the water is boiling, I add dried fruit in here as well! Mostly dried berries and it flavors the quinoa very nicely. 

 Oh my god. And to top off the sweet night, I present to you, my favorite snack. Apples and peanut butter!! I don't always need this at the end of the day, but I'll have it 90% of the time, lol even if I'm not hungry. I love the taste of these two things together. 

Oh my god. And to top off the sweet night, I present to you, my favorite snack. Apples and peanut butter!! I don't always need this at the end of the day, but I'll have it 90% of the time, lol even if I'm not hungry. I love the taste of these two things together. 

So that's my day's cycle of food! What're your thoughts? What do you notice or what comes to mind as you see what I eat or what goes into my meals? I'm working on actually showing the prepping process of a few of these meals (especially dinner since that's the most intricate anyway) so you'll get an understanding of what goes into them and how to cook. But note that there is no salt in any of these foods, except for the preservative amount in the chicken breast and beef. All I add is black pepper and cayenne pepper to my food since I like it spicy! Let me know your thoughts, comment below with questions or thoughts in general.

Hope this was useful for you! Keep building that regimen. Remember, you should enjoy what you eat AND it should be healthy for you AND sustainable. There's no point in having this diet for four days and eating garbage the other three. Lastly, understand that this is a process that takes time. Lifestyle changes are subtle, so embrace them with patience and have fun experimenting!