Eat like a Nutritionist

A lot of people assume that all Nutritionists and Dietitians eat “perfect” diets all the time- that we’re only eating fruits and veggies and never eating anything fried or sweet. While it’s unrealistic to eat “perfectly” (and please define what a perfect diet actually is) 100% of the time, we encourage people to strive to eat clean, whole, real foods 80-90% of the time. This is a more realistic and achievable expectation and it allows for people to eat something that feels a little naughty every now and then.  Enjoying something that feels indulgent keeps you from feeling deprived which ultimately prevents an all-out binge. So what does a Nutritionist eat? Here’s what we ate yesterday…

Breakfast #1 (7:00 am)

  • 2 mugs of green tea
  • 2 eggs with baby spinach sautéed in coconut oil (make extra greens for later)
  • 3 Applegate chicken sausages

Workout (9:00 am)

35 minutes cardio (it could be a HIIT workout or steady state) on the elliptical, followed by 15-20 minutes of weight training (higher weight, lower reps, 2-3 sets), and core work. 24 oz. ice-cold water consumed.

Breakfast #2 (10:15 am)

  • 2 eggs cooking in MCT oil, sautéed greens
  • 1/4 cup almond milk combined with 1 scoop Bulletproof collagen powder, 1 Tbs. ground flax, cinnamon
  • 2 glasses iced green tea

Lunch (2pm)

  • 1 chicken apple sausage (Trader Joes’s), cooked and added to a salad with red leaf lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted zucchini and eggplant, salsa, and chopped avocado, and seasoned rice vinegar
  • Iced green tea
  • 1 piece dark chocolate

Dinner (5:30 pm)

  • Pan-roasted wild Alaskan salmon
  • sauteed japanese eggplant, onion, and mushroom with homemade GF glaze
  • water

Night-time snack (8:00 pm) – if necessary  

  • 1/4 cup raw pecan pieces, seasoned with MCT oil, cinnamon and smoked paprika and toasted in a pan over low heat for 5 minutes

As you can see, there was lots of produce, a good amount of lean protein spread throughout the day, healthy fats in the salmon, MCT and coconut oils, and room for an indulgent treat. Eating this way leaves us feeling energized, allows us good recovery fuel for our workout, and ensures that we never feel deprived.

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2 Responses to Eat like a Nutritionist

  1. Rachel Lipman Mostow says:

    I work out in the morning, too, and I’m curious – why the oatmeal after the workout instead of before?

  2. Erin says:

    oatmeal is a great choice both before and after a workout. eaten before, it gives you a good fuel source for your workout. Eaten afterward, it is a great way to restore muscle glycogen so you can workout the next day.

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