My name is Nicole and I’m a full time personal trainer, nutrition consultant, and love life coach. Every single day, people ask me what I eat and what they should eat.
Eating is a personal journey and this is why diets don’t work. You must find the nutrients that work best for you, your body, and your life. My diet is very specific because I have Ulcerative Colitis and a low appetite.
Most days (M-F) I start the morning with a protein shake or two, alongside my Better Relief and Better Brain capsules. I blend it myself using pea protein, cinnamon, vanilla, stevia, and protein milk, or buy a pre-made drink from Ralphs for $2-4. Right now, I’m loving the 1915 Organic Pea Protein shakes because they are buy one get one free and come out to $2 for 12grams of protein and 150 calories. The flavor is amazing, whether its chocolate, vanilla, or coffee.
If it is the weekend, I may start my morning with some Pasture-Raised Happy Eggs, sauteed with a vegetable that is on sale. Last week I bought a pint of mini-tomatoes and sauteed those with 2-3 eggs for a meal. I used organic olive oil, himilayan salt, and pepper to spice it up.
For lunch and dinner, I always eat a rice bowl or sandwich. The rice bowl consists of poke or mexican ingredients. Example: sushi rice, tofu, (sustainable shrimp sometimes), cucumber, jalapeno, tomato, spicy radish sprouts, pineapple, cilantro, green onion, red onion, carrots, avocado, soybeans, ginger, wasabi, and a ton of spicy mayo, yuzu ponzu, and tamari. This is my main meal of the day.
If I go to Chipotle, I’ll get white rice, sofritas, fajita veggies, 1 scoop pico de gallo, 2 scoops sweet corn, 1 scoop verde, guacamole, and lettuce. As you can see, the poke bowl has many more vegetables, so I prefer it on most days. The drive is further, or the kitchen prep takes much longer, so my favorite poke bowl does not always win.
If I’m not digging through a veggie-rice bowl, I’ll eat a Tempeh-Lettuce-Tomato Sandwich, or Grilled Tofu Sandwich, on gluten free bread. I love Schar’s baguettes and mini brioche buns, found at Sprouts. I also love Mountain White GF bread from Whole Foods. Everything is covered in spicy mayo, rather its Sriracha-Mayo, Ginger-Sriracha-Mayo, or some other hot sauce-mayo combination.
I don’t always eat dessert, but when I do, it’s vegan coconut milk ice cream. If I have a snack, it’s most likely a chai-tea latte, berry fruit salad, organic tator tots, or organic fries, baked at home. I love potatoes. My cheats/junk food include organic kettle chips, air popcorn, dark chocolate, crystallized ginger, and more vegan ice creams, like SubZero or Creamistry. Sugar makes me feel groggy and have GI issues, so I am in my best health when I don’t eat/drink very much of it.
My calorie goal at minimum is 1300 calories, and it increases if I work out super hard, am moving, or out and about all day. I don’t count calories unless I’m trying to lose weight, so I stick to my normal eating habits listed above to keep myself lean. Counting calories makes me super OCD due to my anorexic history, so I stick to eating when hungry, and staying hydrated.
I drink Pristine Water most of the time. If I’m not drinking water, I’m drinking an herbal tea or protein shake. I hope this helps you figure out what meals work for you and your fitness goals! Feel free to ask me any questions. Lots of Love! Kudos and Judos!