Toward the end of last year, I read In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and these two books instantly changed my perspective on food. I haven’t turned back. My diet staples now consist of:
- plain nonfat greek yogurt (I’m so obsessed)
- berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
- whatever fruits/veggies are in season ( @ the farmer’s market)
- plain almond milk
- whey protein
- chicken or turkey
- egg whites (sometimes up to 8 a day!)
- whole wheat or whole grain tortillas
- trader joe’s vanilla almond granola
- brown rice
- rice cakes & all natural unsalted peanut butter
- and lots of green tea!
Sometimes I’ll mix it up & get other forms of protein like salmon or tuna, but for the most part this is it. Very simple. I do indulge occasionally, like I did over the weekend in Monterey Bay, but then my body punishes me for it with heart burn and stomach aches. I have found that I cannot digest greasy food anymore =/ I suppose this is a good thing.
Eating clean & healthy has helped me a lot with my training. For example, you’re supposed to eat carbs right before you work out, for energy. After you work out, if you completed a strength training session, you need to eat a meal with a 1:1 protein/carb ratio. If you completed a cardio session, you need to eat a meal with a 1:3 protein/carb ratio. I had no idea!
A few months ago I resurrected my yoga practice and I finally joined a studio (Core Power Yoga in Sherman Oaks). Last week, I successfully completed the crow pose (aka crane pose) for 10 seconds. I felt so proud of myself in a way that I haven’t felt in years. The last time I felt this proud was probably when I performed my first flute concerto back in high school…maybe. I couldn’t do this pose for the life of me back in college, but my core strength has vastly improved over the past year thanks to bar method & pilates. Especially pilates.
Anyway, I’m excited to master a few more poses, including:
One day, I would like to be able to do all the arm balancing poses. I’m not quite there yet!
Kevin took these:
A couple of my pics (taken on my iPhone, so obviously not as great as Kevin’s):