Eats of late

Eats of late

As promised, now that I have filled you in on my training in London, it’s time for an eating update. These posts aren’t terribly exciting from my perspective, but I know the curious among you appreciate them.

Usually, when bloggers share what they eat in a day, I think, “Is that it?!” It’s scary seeing bloggers training twice a day while eating minimal carbs and calling bulletproof coffee a “post-workout meal”.

I like to think that I set a good example by eating pretty “normal” food. I eat healthy most of the time but I don’t shy away from foods like bread, pasta and sugar occasionally. This is huge progress from five years ago when I was clean eating-obsessed and too scared to eat a banana, let alone a burger.

The below is representative of what I’ve been eating on a daily basis over the past eight weeks in London.

Breakfast is my pre-workout meal so I have eggs and some kind of carb like a banana (with peanut butter), bread or granola. Since being in Morocco, I’ve become addicted to dates  – it was seriously the only good thing to come out of my experience there! – so I have a couple of those, too.

bfast

bfast2

pancake

Paleo pancake with PB, honey and blueberries.

My flatmate is the best and makes me brunch every Sunday.

brunch

Real pancakes!

avo

Eggs and avo.

… unless I’m Sunday brunching at The Breakfast Club.

TBC

Lunch is usually chicken, rice and vegetables if I’m at home, but half the week I eat out. There are about 50 food stalls and restaurants within a 5-minute walk from my house, so sometimes it’s just easier to grab something on the way back from the gym for around £5.

lunch

pie

Staying true to my English roots with a steak pie!

streetfood

Vindaloo.

salmon3

Teriyaki salmon.

I went to Wahaca three times last week. I have a serious problem.

wahaca

I’ve also been eating plenty of burgers, obviously.

swingers

Usually, in the afternoon I will snack on a banana and peanut butter or a protein shake with some hummus and vegetables. And two more dates. I never remember to photograph these things because they’re so not exciting.

Throughout the day I also have four or five coffees. Oops.

In the evenings, I vary between cooking something light (to balance out all of the heavy meals I eat during the day!) or something a little more elaborate if I’m cooking for someone else. I’ve never been a big drinker but lately I’ve been drinking a lot of cider (like three per week, but for me that’s a lot!). Let’s blame it on peer pressure.

salmon

I never get sick of salmon and broccoli.

chicken

Barbeque chicken, broccoli and potatoes.

salmon2

Blueberry salmon with a strawberry, almond and feta salad.

duck salad

Duck salad.

storg

Beef stroganoff.

Before bed, I have protein “sludge” with peanut butter or yoghurt and granola. My flatmate also likes to bake a lot of cakes and cookies, which I’m not complaining about. And I conveniently have a frozen yoghurt shop right by my apartment.

There are dates in there, too - told you I'm addicted!

There are dates in there, too – told you I’m addicted!

I have been eating a variation of the same thing for what feels like years. I don’t count calories when I’m not competing and worrying about weight classes, because life is too short for that shiz. I’d estimate that my intake is around 2500 a day at the moment, but once a week I probably hit 3000 to 3500.

I have no reason to track macros now as I’m happy in maintenance mode and I am satisfied with my style of eating. I eat what some would consider a “treat” food almost every day. I do limit my sugar and bread to once a day, but not because of the calories – simply because my stomach bugs me if I eat too much of these foods.

I never feel deprived or guilty about what I eat. I am happy that I have been able to build up a strong metabolism to process all this food. It also helps that I’m extremely active when I’m in London: I typically lift weights five times a week, run twice a week, dance twice a week and walk for around two hours a day.

All these food pictures have made me hungry, so it’s time for breakfast!

What is the best thing you ate this week? How often do you eat out?

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