Eat Like a Personal Trainer

What does a personal trainer eat?

I can’t speak for every personal trainer but this week I’ve been sharing what THIS personal trainer eats.

It’s a question I get a lot from clients. As they are trying to figure how to get more vegetables in their diet or how they are supposed to eat 4 times a day, they want to know how I do it. I share my favorite veggie snacks (dry roasted edamame and baby carrots!) and explain how I never leave the house without food.

I also try to explain that it has taken me over a decade to figure this out. I made a lot of poor choices and had my share of bad days in the beginning.  I would share my food logs from the beginning but I don’t have any to share. I didn’t keep a food log until perhaps 7 or 8 years into the process, an example of one of my own early missteps.

I decided for one week  to post pictures of every bite of food I eat for two reasons:

  1. I wanted to answer the basic questions – what do I eat. Not only can anyone look at my food log on DailyBurn Tracker on a regular basis but  now there is a photographic record on Instagram. (You can take a look – hash tag #PTFuel. I’ll keep posting till everything till Saturday)
  2. I always strive to keep it real. I eat real food; I make the best choice I can in any situation and indulge on occasion.  I want our conversation to be real so I want you to know I practice what I preach. I follow the 80/20 rule, allowing myself splurges (especially when we travel). I have to navigate low blood sugar and back to back appointments too.

What I hope everyone has taken away from the photos is:

  • A little planning goes a long way. When you have a plan, you have don’t have to think when your ability to make choices may be compromised. Without planning, I would probably be at the drive up or surviving on protein bars and shakes on busy days.
  • I fuel regularly.  My calorie goal is somewhere between 1700 and 2000 calories per day, depending on how active I am. If I am blogging and writing programs most of the day I eat less. If I am training all day I eat more. When you eat whole food even 1700 calories can be a lot of food.
  • Real food can be pretty yummy. While I know I am not the best food photographer, I hope most of what I eat looks pretty tasty because it is!
  • I also eat some pretty basic stuff. I am sure you got tired of seeing the same cereal with no milk for breakfast everyday. Consistency is my secret weapon.
  • While I’m consistent, I don’t eat the same exact thing every day. I love to cook and dinner is where I get to play! Eating clean does not have to equal boring!

I hope the photos have helped. I’ll try to do it from time to time, especially if I find some new solution to a common food problem. Is there anything that you found particularly helpful from this project? Is there something that I can do in the future that would help even more?

  • Jody R. Goldenfield

    Great as always & we are similar! I eat more on training days & less on rest days. I also have to really watch thing at my age – yes hormones attack even those of us that are doing it right up to that point so I have to eat less calories than even 5 years ago & quite a bit less than 10 years ago.. even with my muscle & all I do.. UGH! 😉 BUT consistency is the key & planning too! I am very basic too – boring & a lot of the same foods with different spices & stuff! 😉

  • Pamela Hernandez

    Thank you! Spices are my friend! Lots of turmeric in those eggs.

  • Itz Linz

    just followed you on instargram! :) :) @itzlinz

  • Hit The Road Jane

    Consistency is my problem but I’m trying to work on that. Thanks for sharing the #PTFuel tag. I’m going to look it up for some ideas :)

  • Tamara Grand

    I’m just like you; consistent (some would say boring, but I find it easier to make the same 2 or 3 things for breakfast or lunch each day than figure out how else to balance my macros 😉 )

  • Pamela Hernandez

    Awesome, thanks!

  • Pamela Hernandez

    I hope you find something that helps.

  • Pamela Hernandez

    It makes it so much easier to stay in balance, that’s for sure.

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