If you knew me a couple of years ago, eating healthy or the thought of even paying attention to what I eat was not on my mind. I love my sweets and was blessed with good genetics so it wasn’t something I paid a lot of attention to.
But I started to notice that I wasn’t happy with how I felt. I was constantly tired and lacking energy to get what I needed done. On top of that, I wanted to build more muscle so I knew I was ready for a change. I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I have been with the changes, the energy, and the mental clarity. Since I get asked a lot what I eat in a day, I thought it would be helpful to share a little day in the life, food diary edition. I am not strict on the exact times, but this will give you a good idea.
First off, before I dive into that, one thing I wanted to address. I get a lot of questions on if I’m on any kind of diet, or follow a strict meal plan, and the answer is no. I am a firm believer that a diet and restriction is not the answer. My mom always said no diet ever works. For me, I knew I wouldn’t stick to anything too demanding, and that listening to my body while making healthier choices was the best way to start.
That being said, I did have my good friends Erika + JJ of Clean Simple Eats calculate my macros for me to use as a guideline and it has helped a ton in actually seeing how MUCH I NEED to EAT, vs the typical mind set of how much I need to restrict. While this may not be for everyone, it has been a huge help to me and may be helpful to you too! So here is the food diary!
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After my workout (at about 7:30 am) :
I always try (key word try, not always successful) to get my workout in before the kids wake up, so I am done at around 7:30 to help them get ready for school. Once I am done with my workout, I drink my celery juice. Every time I share this I get comments and questions on it, so I will address a few of the main ones here.
. Is it good? …NO. It does not taste good at all, but I suck it up and drink it because of the benefits.
. Do you add anything to it? … No, I personally do just straight celery juice.
. What are the benefits? … Benefits include improved digestion, reduced inflammation, boosts overall gut health, lowers blood sugar and aides in relieving migraines.
. What juicer do you use? I have been using this one since I started a year ago and LOVE it. Easy to use, safe for little helpers, and clean up is simple!
Around 8:00 am :
Once I have waited about 20-30 minutes after having my celery juice I will do breakfast. First I take my tablespoon of trim collagen. This stuff is incredible and I have loved the results. You can read all about why I take it plus get a discount here.
After my trim collagen tablespoon, I drink my shake from Clean Simple Eats. It is called the Chocolate Almond Joy Shake. I have had this same shake for years now every single morning and still love it as much as day 1. You can find the recipe in the Clean Simple Eats Fall Meal Plan or in the Summer Treats Book. If you are new to protein powder, I highly highly recommend the options from Clean Simple Eats. I haven’t tried a single one I don’t love, and the recipes they give you to use them with to mix things up from just a shake are amazing!! Plus you can use code KAILEEWRIGHT for 10% off.
Along with the protein shake I will usually have an english muffin with butter.
“Second Breakfast” (at about 9:30-10)
Once I get all the big kids off to school and things settle down, I usually take the time to have the rest of my breakfast or really a mid morning snack. I’m all about quick and easy. My go to favorites are usually one of these delicious protein bites or some greek yogurt.
Lunch (at about 12-12:30) :
Again I am all about quick and simple while trying to make healthy choices. My lunch is usually 1 egg + 1/2 cup egg whites with cheese and avocado or a turkey + cheese sandwich with avocado.
2:00 ish (snack time…yes again!)
Around mid afternoon I am hungry again and ready for another snack. With snacks I really try to focus on protein. My usual is a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip G2G bar (KAILEE for 15% off). Oh my gosh you guys, if you haven’t tried them yet you must!! They are seriously one of my very favorite treats. My kids are even hooked on them now too. Our extra fridge in the garage has turned into the G2G fridge, because they are so yummy nice and cold.
Dinner (at 4:00 or 4:30) :
We eat dinner a little earlier than the norm for two reasons. One I think it helps from having the little people eat your entire house in empty snacks because they are starving. And two because we are busy and it is the time that works best for us to be together.
My go to for dinners that we all love come from the Clean Simple Eats meal plans. I’ve said it at least 100 times, and you’ll probably hear me say it 100 more, but if you don’t already have the Clean Simple Eats plans, you need them in your life. I love that they were made for (and by) busy parents trying to make healthier choices in their eating habits. I have loved every single thing I’ve tried, and that is saying a lot coming from a very picky eater. The recipes are delicious and easily customizable to fit your needs or preferences. You can use code KAILEEWRIGHT for 10% off.They have everything from burgers, to tacos, to bbq chicken and they are all so yummy!
If I don’t do one of those, the air fryer has become my new best friend for cooking chicken. I will have that with some minute rice.
Another great option if you know in advance you are going to have a crazy week and cooking/meal prep is just not going to happen is Fed Up. I love their meals on my crazy days where I can still eat healthy and not have to hit up the drive thru.
Evening Snack (at around 6 and 8) :
If you haven’t noticed, snacks are key for me and I am eating a lot! My go to evening snack for 6 ish is usually one of the protein muffins or cookies from Fed Up.
At around 8 my new favorite go to snack/meal is Magic Spoon Cereal. I think it is the best (get the fruity) and again a great option that is packed with protein! It is sweet enough to curb my sweet tooth but isn’t packed with it.
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I think that sums up my food diary for a day. As you can see it isn’t anything life altering or crazy. Just pretty simple. My biggest thing I have learned that works for me is to eat every 2-3 hours. That way I am never totally starving so I over eat, but I am not stuffing myself completely full either. Doing smaller more frequent meals has worked best for me! I hope this helps give you an idea and answer any questions you have! If I left anything out or you have questions, please leave them here or over on Instagram. I’ll be sure to answer them!