Monday, September 29, 2008

What I eat

I've been getting A LOT of questions lately asking about the foods I eat.

People have been asking for samples of my meal plans. And, when I reply that I don't follow any sort of meal plan I sometimes get some very heated responses.

The truth is, I don't beleive in meal plans, and I don't beleive their is an optimal "healthy" way to eat.

I will go on the record to say that I eat AVERAGE.

I might eat a bit more fruits and vegetables than the average person, but you will not find Tupperware contains full of skinless chicken breasts in my fridge or green tea in my house.

In Eat Stop Eat I mention my only rule of eating:

"Eat less and enjoy the foods you eat. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, and probably most importantly try not to stress over what you eat"

I live by this rule.

However, I'll admit that this is a somewhat vague descriptions of how I eat, and I can see how just might not work for some people, so I have decided to share a days worth of food with you.

So the following is exactly what I ate on Friday. I took a picture of everything. From snacks to desserts - everything I ate, I photographed.

The one thing I should share with you is that this particular weekend my wife was away, so I had Brier all to myself and I was playing the role of single daddy...(Keep that in mind when we get to dinner time)

OK, So lets start with Breakfast

Brier was up at 7:30 AM. We started the day by sharing a banana...

After eating our banana (we split this one) I then made both of us Oatmeal with cinnamon, nutmeg, some strawberries...

And we also had some Whole Milk. I had a full cup, while she had 4 ounces.

After this we played around the house for a bit, I did the dishes and managed to sneak in a quick snack around 9 Am, 1 Hard boiled egg with some Cajun spice.

After this quick snack I prepped Brier and took her to her day care, then I headed into the office.

Around 11 AM I took a break and went to Starbucks for a Grande Americano with about an ounce of whole milk and some cream.

I drank my coffee while working and then really didn't eat anything again until around 2 pm.

I was in a groove getting things done so I decided to keep the flow going and quickly get something quick from the Tim Horton's around the corner.

Obviously, this was not nearly as tasty as something I could have made at home, but like I said, I was in a groove.

I packed up shop around 4:30 and left to pick Brier up from day care. We were home by around 5:15 pm.

This is where it starts getting a little crazy.

I'll preface this by saying I have NO IDEA how single parents do it.

Brier was hungry as soon as we walked in the door, and I really hadn't planned ahead for dinner. So Brier had pasta, corn, carrots and her bottle...I helped her eat her pasta...probably about a handfull worth of cooked pasta...

(You'll notice I completely forgot her bib.)

Eating dinner took much longer then I expected, so instead of the usual cooked dinner (I love making dinner) I had to compromise and make something quick.

So far my day has been pretty typical, however I will point out that a Nutella and banana sandwich is not something I EVER eat...But I had Nutella in the house and was pressed for I said..Props to the single parents out there.

Brier finally fell asleep around 8, so I settled in with a pear and some tea and started answering emails.

Then around 10 pm I had about 1 cup of yogurt with blue berries, strawberries, black berries, 1/3 cup sliced almonds and roughly a quarter cup of unsweetened shredded coconut.

And that's it. I was in bed by midnight.

So this was a pretty average day, (except for dinner). Looking back, I would have preferred a bit more veggies, but other than that, it was a good day with a nice variety of foods.

No magic foods, no Tupperware containers full of broccoli and chicken, no patting myself on the back for eat 'super clean' - Just foods I enjoy in amounts that allow me to stay at the weight I like being at.

Enjoy the foods you eat.


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mtwheels said...

I am new here. I have been reading your blogs for a couple weeks and am trying to decide if I want to try the ESE thing....anyway, I had to laugh about the bib. I am always getting in trouble from my wife, because when I am in charge of dinner for our 17 month old I often forget the BIB!
Thanks for sharing. I like the idea that this 'Diet' allows one to eat so 'Normal'.

Keighton said...

So you stay lean, eat real foods, don't use fitday..and even get to have a cookie at lunch.



Wazzup said...

Eat healthy foods, in moderate amounts ... that's the key to succes.

PS: I drink green tea because I like it, and I really love chicken :-) But then again, a nutella with banana sandwich ain't bad either once in a while.

Aaron said...

Holy cow you consume a lot of dairy!! I wish i knew of a protein source like it that i could eat and enjoy all day (thats not some frankenfood).

Brad Pilon said...

Hi Aaron,

No pun intended right! LOL

That's maybe a little more dairy than usual for me, but not much...I'm lucky that I can still tolerate lots of dairy in my diet.


Jenn said...

I loved your post. I just purchased ESE because I often eat Elmo pizza for dinner (shared with my 2 year old) and I cannot take another second of trying to figure out the calories in 1/2 an Elmo pizza.

Brad Pilon said...

Hi Jenn,

OK...Elmo pizza...I have no idea what's in it, but for some reason, man does it sound good.