We get a lot of questions from people wondering what our diet looks like, so we thought we would show you what a typical Fitness Blender grocery haul looks like. The food you see in this video is what we came home with from just one trip to the store.
Food is important in our house. We view it as fuel that allows us to do the things we like to do, but we also enjoy eating. We want to eat healthily, but want the food we eat to taste great, as well.
What you will find in this grocery haul
Vegetables – Onions, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, bell peppers, a variety of squashes, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, yams, potatoes, Not pictured but often eaten: beets, carrots, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, zucchini, etc
Fruits – Berries, apples, bananas, oranges, pineapple, grapes, limes, avocados, tomatoes, cantaloupe, Not pictured but often eaten: peaches, watermelon (or any kind of melon), blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, kiwi, plums, kumquats, apricots, etc
Lean Meats/Protein sources – Eggs, fish, chicken, pork, very rarely; very lean grass-fed beef.
Healthy Fat Sources – Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc), lots of peanut and almond butter, avocado, cold pressed coconut oil, etc
Grains & Legumes – Beans (black, pinto, red/kidney, white/northern, etc), quinoa, couscous, whole grain pastas, whole grain granolas (made from flax, quinoa, nuts – no added sugars, no soy, no flour, no partially hydrogenated fats, etc). Occasionally/sparingly, store bought bread or tortillas.
For Flavor; Spices, Herbs, etc – Garlic, cilantro, cinnamon, ginger, cumin, pepper, salt, oregano, chili powder, natural vanilla, etc
Miscellaneous – Almond milk, coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol
What you don’t/wont see in our kitchen: frozen meals of any kind, low calorie or low fat versions of anything, candy, bags of chips or crackers, sodas, anything with high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oil, anything with any kind of fake sweetener, soy, & minimal dairy (we cut down on dairy drastically recently for health reasons, though we will still eat it occasionally because we both like it – especially in the form of cheese!).
So now you have a glimpse into our kitchen. It varies slightly by season, depending on what is available in the stores and even what is growing in our garden. We typically call our diet “clean eating”, meaning few processed foods with mystery ingredients, questionable additives, loads of sodium, fake sweeteners, preservatives, etc. That’s what we strive for. We are far from perfect and our diet is constantly evolving and changing based off of what we need, how we feel, and the things we learn from the constant reading and researching we do regarding nutrition.
How fast will you eat all of that food?!
We will probably go through all of that food - especially all of the fresh/perishable stuff (excluding all of the alcohol and maybe a couple of the packs of beans) in about 4-7 days.
While this is the diet that we eat 95% of the time, we by no means hold ourselves to anything that feels rigorous or restricted. The meals that we make in our house are delicious and full of flavor. We never go hungry, as we eat all day long – usually no more than 2-3 hours in between either a meal or a generous snack.
We also allow ourselves cheat meals/days when we feel like it (usually every week or two). When we go out to eat, we don’t eat a skimpy salad and we don’t worry about calories; we eat whatever we want; burgers, fries, brew, shakes, ice cream, you name it. The important part is that the next day we are craving our normal, cleaner diets again. Everyone has a different opinion about the “cheating” concept, but for us, it makes it so that no food is “forbidden”, which eliminates cravings because it takes away the only part about the food that was enticing (that you weren’t supposed to have it).
We fill our cupboards and refrigerator the way that we do because we don’t have iron willpower; if something tasty but nutritionally-void is sitting in our kitchen, we are highly likely to eat it. The easy solution is just to not fill your kitchen cupboards with garbage. It’s like an override system for temptation.
Now that you have seen Fitness Blender’s diet & you know what goes on in our kitchen, are you surprised? Any questions? What does your diet look like?