Two passions of mine besides music are health and fitness. I wanted to take time to dedicate a blog post to these two things – or at least show you my routine in these areas, which may give you some healthy ideas for your own lifestyle. = )
Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist or trainer. These are just tips I follow and am passing along in case they are helpful to others.
I hate the word diet because it immediately conjures up feelings of desperation and hunger. For me, my diet is part of a healthy lifestyle, and I really never go hungry. (In fact, since I started my version of ‘clean eating’ I actually eat more, not less.)
I follow the philosophy that about 80% of your diet should be healthy and 20% whatever you want. A girl has to have a burger and fries every now and then to stay sane!
I try to eat 3 meals a day and two snacks. I fill my diet with a lot of fruits, vegetables, lean meat and protein sources, primarily. I have some whole grain. I avoid sugar, soda etc. – and since I’ve started doing this, I notice I not only look better, but feel better. I used to suffer from chronic headaches and random stomachaches – both of which have gotten a lot better for me.
I might start my day with either scrambled eggs with cheese and mixed vegetables or fruit and Greek yogurt. If I’m feeling particularly indulgent, I mix in peanut butter with the Greek yogurt for a more satisfying flavor. For lunch, I usually have slices of zucchini topped with spinach, cheese, and turkey or a salad, or slices of cucumber tossed with tuna salad. For dinner, I have a few recipes I alternate between and I’m always looking for more recipes on Pinterest (you can find my recipe board here). My snacks are usually fruit, nuts, vegetables etc.
I try to work out at least 4 times a week, but I usually end up doing some kind of exercise every day.
Within those workouts, I do 4 miles of cardio (I mix up running, the elliptical, biking, etc.) and then either abs, arms, or legs strength training. I make sure I have at least an “arm day” and a “leg day”. I was fortunate enough to work with a personal trainer earlier this year and picked up some great exercises from him.
I also recommend trying to just be active in your everyday life. Go hiking with friends, take your dog for a longer walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator.