My Diet

My Diet

My Diet - Epic Beauty Guide

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for my personal diet, so I’m going to share all that with you in today’s post.

My diet changes with the season and in between based on what my body wants. About two months ago, I was eating a lot of brown rice and rice milk, but that came to an end when I started wanting more juicy, lightweight foods like fruit. I don’t stick with one dietary ideal, and I no longer give myself a dietary label either. I only cement myself to some basic guidelines, which is to eat organic, whole foods and in the case of animal products, humanely raised and grass-fed. I also love to cook, so I make about 95% or more of my meals at home, and when I go out to eat, I love sushi, Japanese and Thai food, and Mediterranean food. Maybe my diet will give you some ideas, but don’t follow it exactly — listen to your own body, make sure you see what it’s trying to tell you and give it what it needs.

So I generally eat when I am hungry, which is about every 2 or 2 1/2 hours because I eat small portions (about 1 or 2 handfuls of food) at one sitting. I don’t like to feel full or stuffed, so that’s why I eat smaller meals and space them out during the day, which means I don’t have a “breakfast, lunch, dinner” routine. Grazing throughout the day is what I’ve done since childhood, and I feel best doing that.

Please keep in mind this is just a general idea. For instance, I eat a variety of fruits, not just melon and apples (which I mention a lot below). ;D

PRE-BREAKFAST
{ALL SEASONS}
Glass of plain water or lemon water; or herbal tea like Yogi Detox or dandelion root

BREAKFAST
{FALL & WINTER}
Erewhon brown rice cereal with almond milk or rice milk; or oatmeal with blueberries and raw honey; or 1-2 apples with 1-2 Tbsp. almond butter; or 2 persimmons
{SPRING & SUMMER}
Fruit! Usually 1/2 a cantaloupe, honeydew, or watermelon

SECOND MEAL
{ALL SEASONS}
A tall glass of green juice, 14 – 16 oz. I rotate what I put in the green juice so it’s never the same for more than 3 days in a row. I like to use cucumber every day, however. A typical juice will look like this: cucumber, cilantro, kale, tiny knob of ginger, apple. Another juice might be: cucumber, celery, parsley, red leaf lettuce, apple.

LUNCH
{FALL & WINTER}
Brown rice with steamed broccoli or spinach; or homemade fried rice cooked in olive oil with garlic, greens, and local family-raised eggs; or some kind of fish or grass-fed meat
{SPRING & SUMMER}
More fruit, perhaps the other 1/2 of the melon I had for breakfast; or a fruit smoothie; or a green smoothie (a mix of fruit, water, and greens — like a green juice

FOURTH MEAL
{FALL & WINTER}
Penne alla vodka family recipe made with brown rice pasta and steamed greens; or an apple with 1 Tbsp. almond butter; or 1-2 persimmons; or 3-4 oz. steamed or poached salmon with steamed greens
{SPRING & SUMMER}
Fruit with almond butter; or homemade tuna salad made with grapeseed oil Vegenaise, cucumber, and sweet onion served on romaine lettuce; or cold tuna rice pasta with a homemade olive oil/raw honey/lime/vinegar dressing

DINNER
{ALL SEASONS}
Usually something I made earlier in the day — I like to make a big batch of one thing and eat that throughout the day or eat the rest the next day

SIXTH MEAL (2-3 HOURS BEFORE BEDTIME)
{ALL SEASONS}
Something small and with protein and/or fat so I don’t get super hungry right before bed or wake up starving. In fall/winter it might be 3-4 oz. of goat yogurt with 1 Tbsp. of raw honey or a pinch of powdered green stevia leaf; or a small apple with 1 Tbsp. almond butter. In spring/summer I might have some leftover salmon or tuna salad from the day, or a small smoothie of some sort.

You might have noticed a few things are absent from my diet, and that is intentional. I do not eat the following foods because after much trial and error (and research), I discovered that these were not good fuel for my body and often caused problems, including digestive upset and skin issues. They also came up as minor food allergies on my testing, so I can have them once in a while without a real problem. Generally I just avoid them. ;P I don’t think of it as restriction, it doesn’t bother me at all that I don’t eat these foods. Now, if I want a brownie or ice cream, you bet I’m going to eat it, but that is a rare occurrence and there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence now and then.

  • No wheat/gluten (sometimes I will have homemade, hardy whole-grain bread)
  • No cow dairy of any kind
  • No corn
  • No refined sugar, e.g. white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, rapadura
  • No soy milk, tofu, or soy sauce (wheat-free tamari is fine)
  • No pork or chicken
  • No shellfish, e.g. crab and shrimp
  • No chocolate
  • No caffeine
  • No hydrogenated oils or margarine

I don’t measure my food and I don’t count calories, I just eat a handful or two of food 6-7 times per day, and I don’t stuff myself. Almost everything I get is organic certified or raised organically, which isn’t super expensive because I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and (in fall/winter) brown rice, which is about $40-$60 every week or so, or I buy it locally or online in bulk which keeps the cost down.

Part of my diet includes supplements, which are very important for everyone because today’s food is much less nutrient-dense than our food from years ago. So unless you’re growing your own food and enriching the soil with minerals and eating pounds of vegetation every day, I would definitely recommend whole food based (non-synthetic) supplements. I take the following supplements daily:

So I hope that was helpful! If you have any questions, definitely ask. :)
~Stephanie
xx

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