Nutrition plays a huge role in the results you see inside the gym. We’re challenging our members and coaches to showcase what a day of eating looks like for them! Here’s Jeremey’s take on the “Day of Eating Challenge.” Enter Jeremey.
I’ve had a weird relationship with food over the years.
When I was in seventh grade, I started going to the gym after school and lifting weights. I remember specifically doing a few sets of every single machine then moving on to do all the same lifts with free weights. “More is better,” or so I thought.
In an effort to pack on as much muscle as possible, I would come home and gorge myself on food. I remember more than one occasion where I stuffed myself with so much spaghetti I thought my stomach was going to explode. I think I was also the only kid drinking protein shakes before school. I was a weird kid (still am!).
When I was a high school cross country and track and field athlete, I looked at all of the Kenyans and Ethiopians winning everything from the mile to the marathon. They were all skinny so I thought lighter was better. I drastically decreased the amount that I was eating while ramping up the miles I was running. I became insanely skinny and unhealthy.
When I was in college, my eating habits again flipped. I was intent on defying my metabolism and gaining as much weight as possible. I bought weight gainers and slammed them any chance I could. One specific night of gluttony stands out. My roommate (also trying to gain weight) and I sat up and tried to each eat an entire pizza and a bowl of ice cream. Calories were the name of the game, and we were bent on consuming as many as possible. The gorging session ended with us both sick to the stomach and vowing to never repeat the experiment again.
So, that’s a small taste of my history with food, oscillating periods of normal eating with weird spurts every now and then. My current eating habits are much more “normal” thankfully! 😂
How I Eat Now
Here are the guidelines I try to follow:
- I eat three main meals a day with a snack or two mixed in (usually post-workout). Breakfast is my favorite with lunch being my least favorite meal. I frequently drink a shake for lunch because I dislike cooking in the middle of the day.
- I definitely have cheat meals so if you’re looking at this video and thinking, “Jeremey eats like a saint all the time!” don’t be fooled. I had a donut last night after dinner. I try to limit my splurges to once or twice a week if I can help it. Everything in moderation (even moderation), right?
- My diet is mostly made up of fat and protein. I subscribe to the philosophy Gary Taubes outlines in Why We Get Fat. Recently though, I’ve tried to make sure I’m eating enough carbs so I have energy in workouts. I try to mostly get this from fruit and sweet potatoes.
- I don’t do many supplements. The only thing I take regularly is protein powder.
- I try to match my carbs to the workout of the day. Meaning, if I’m not working out, I’ll eat fewer carbs that day. If the workout is longer (15-20 minutes or more), I’ll eat more carbs. If you’re curious, you can read more about carb cycling here although I don’t follow it that religiously.
- I don’t normally track my food and calories. I just try to listen to my body and stop when I get full. I tracked everything for the video below for fun.
- My main vices are wine and coffee. I usually have a glass or two every night, and I have at least 3-4 cups of coffee on a normal day.
- We cook most of our meals at home, and we’ve been recently trying to follow some more Whole30 meals. The recipe promised at the end of the video is for Taco Soup, and it’s delicious! We try to cook one or two new recipes per week. (P.S. We use AnyList to share a shopping list, plan meals, and keep track of recipes. It’s well worth the $11.99 per year for the entire family.)
That’s about it! Here’s a quick video I shot to give you a taste of what I eat on a daily basis (including macronutrient breakdowns).