April Food Diary

Tofu tikka masala with rice and tons of veggies!

Tofu tikka masala with rice and tons of veggies!

I may not do daily food diaries anymore, but I still want to give you guys an idea of what my eating schedule is like. Because I’ve been exercising so much more, I’ve upped my calories a lot: I now eat around 1300-1600. I’ve also included much more food variety, especially in the grains department, and I’m roughly high-carb low-fat (HCLF) vegan. I’m 100% vegan of course, but I’ve been adding in more fats lately like nuts, chia, flax, and avo because my skin seems to need them: my macros are currently about 55-60% carbs, 20-25% protein, and 20% fats.

I also cook meals in bulk now (and I’ll keep posting all the recipes!) so my eating has become a pleasant routine instead of a mad scramble to decide what I’m going to cook each and every night. I’ve also gotten my stress eating under control, and no longer feel compelled to have something sweet every time I have something savory (it was a really bizarre dessert complex, I suppose).

I’ve also been doing leangains style intermittent fasting for a few months, and I’m quite a fan. I get to have big meals in my eating window instead of small meals throughout the day, and I feel so much more satisfied.

Breakfast (noon):

Caramelized banana oatmeal with chocolate pb2!

Caramelized banana oatmeal with chocolate pb2!

  • Baked banana oatmeal with flax and PB2: 380 cals
    • OR for special occasions (sometimes weekends): Buckwheat pancakes: 400 cals

Lunch (3pm):

Nothing like a big plate of grilled veggies!

Nothing like a big plate of grilled veggies!

  • Salad or grilled veggies with beyond meat chick’n strips: 120 cals
  • Sometimes homemade veggie juice as a preworkout: 100 cals
  • Lots of tea with soymilk throughout the day: 50 cals

Dinner (6-7pm):

Black bean sweet potato chili with homemade cornbread muffins

Black bean sweet potato chili with homemade cornbread muffins

  • ~400 cal meals–all completely from scratch–with about 55%c/25%p/20%f. This month’s dinners have been:
    • Sweet potato black bean chili with homemade cornbread muffins (7 days)
    • Black bean quinoa burrito bowl (5 days)
    • Tofu tikka masala with rice & tons of veggies (6 days)
    • Falafel with baba ghanouj and tabbouleh (5 days)
    • Tofu teriyaki with brown rice & tons of veggies (6 days)
    • Super high protein, whole wheat pizza from scratch (1 day)

Dessert/post-workout (8-9pm):

Homemade thin mints

Homemade thin mints

  • Chia pudding, fruit, homemade protein brownie, homemade juice, or rarely homemade cookies etc.: 100-200 cals

Snacks:

  • Crackers, protein brownie, grape nuts & grapes, rice cakes, or beyond meat chick’n strips: ~200

Total cals: 1300-1600

Protein: 50-90, averaging around 70g.

And there you have it! The results of this plus lifting: I’ve maintained my weight, my muscles have grown significantly, and my waist size has gone down, so that means my body composition is changing from fat to muscle! 🙂

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