How tall are you?
I am 5’7.5”.
How much do you weigh?
I dont weigh myself, actually. If I had to guess, I’d say I’m currently somewhere in the 150s. I really try to go by how I feel, how I look in the mirror, and how my clothes are fitting. The number on the scale doesn’t mean much to me. I’m not necessarily trying to lose weight, because muscle is weight too. I’m trying to lose fat. There’s a huge difference.
How many calories do you eat in a day? Do you count calories?
I eat anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day depending on my activity level. I used to use the app myfitnesspal to track my calories when I first started, but I felt that it quickly became too obsessive for me. It’s definitely beneficial for someone who is just figuring out how to eat healthy but eventually after using it for long enough I learned what the serving sizes and calorie counts were for most foods. Now I just keep a rough estimate in my head of how much I’m eating. I eat more intuitively; when my body tells me I’m hungry, I feed it.
What is your everyday diet like?
I try to eat as ‘clean’ as possible. I eat all different kinds of fruits and vegetables, and I try to buy them organic as much as possible. For protein I eat a lot of eggs, egg whites, lean meats (turkey and chicken, mostly) and raw nuts. Aside from the occasional cottage cheese and non/lowfat milk, I don’t consume that much dairy. Instead I’m a big fan of unsweetened almond milk. I eat a lot of raw oatmeal (stay away from the ones that are sweetened and loaded with sugar) which I usually eat with berries and/or natural peanut butter. I put cinnamon on everything—its good for your metabolism—and will have protein shakes on occasion. I allow myself cheat foods every once in a while, in moderation. Chocolate is my weakness, so I go for dark chocolate when I decide to indulge. You can get a better idea of my daily eating habits by clicking here.
Have you ever struggled with disordered eating?
Yes, I went through a very, very brief period of time where I was not eating enough (not starving myself at all, just eating too little for what my body needs) and then working out obsessively. I lost a lot of weight in a very short amount of time and then quickly gained it all back plus some. I’ve also had (and continue to have, on some days) struggles with binge eating. I find that the best way to overcome binging is to not keep foods in my house that I tend to binge on (for me, this would be cereal and most sweets).