Gluten Free & Plant-Based
I get a lot of questions as to what I eat and how much exercise I do. Disclaimer: I am a competitive ice dancer so my exercise regime is not for just your typical “fit person” and I do not think of it as exercise, for us it is just practice and training to achieve our competitive goals. My nutrition is also tailored to my sport as well. SO, this post in no way should be something you base your own eating and exercise off of. If you think you will compare your own eating and fitness to mine in a way that makes you feel poorly about yourself, then I encourage you not to continue reading. With that said, I hope you all enjoy this post and maybe find some ideas for snacks and meals!
7:10 am Wake up
7:45 am ~ Morning Drink
Warm water with lemon, turmeric and cinnamon.
I like to start my mornings off with a warm drink to get my digestion and metabolism working. In Ayurveda your digestion is referred to as your “agni” which refers to your digestive fire. Since our digestive systems are essentially fires, it is important to supply them with warmth to keep them burning rather than cold things like smoothies that cause them to slow down. I add turmeric and cinnamon because these spices are LOADED with health benefits. They both are very strong antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatories and brain boosting spices. Basically, I like to start my day off with all the healthy ish.
8:15 am ~Breakfast
Creamy buckwheat hot cereal-made with shredded zucchini (adds veggies and volume to your breakfast), ½ c puffed rice (more volume), ¼ c Bob’s Red Mill buckwheat cereal, 1 c water, ⅓ c pumpkin, cinnamon, Vital Proteins collagen peptides and 1 tbsp of Spread The Love peanut butter on top.
I also had an iced coffee with homemade almond milk.
This week I’m trying out a gluten free diet just to see how I feel and if I notice any changes in my body and energy levels. The only foods I consume regularly with gluten are oatmeal and the brand of granola I usually buy. Both of these have gluten free alternatives that are so easy to find. When I was searching for gluten free oats, I found this Bob’s Red Mill creamy buckwheat hot cereal and thought it sounded good so I picked it up too! I’ve been having it every single day and it’s super yummy and I love the nutty texture.
**We then had an hour of on ice training followed by 45 minutes of hip hop.
11:00 am ~ Snack
Almonds, yogurt covered raisins and a peach
I don’t like to eat too much between practices because I find that huge snacks or meals make me lethargic. We also do not typically have a ton of time to eat between sessions. This snack packs in proteins, fats and carbs and is easy to eat quickly.
**We had another two hours on the ice and this was our most intense session so it involved running our programs and doing sections over and over. Repetition is super important in ice dance because we have so many little details we aim to perfect. By the end of this session we definitely felt worn out and our heart rates were spiked.
2:00 pm ~ Lunch
(including a couple handfuls of boomchickapop that I ate while I waited for my lunch to cook) 2 Servings of mashed garlic cauliflower, ½ block of tempeh, kale and mushrooms topped with nutritional yeast.
**Then we had a one hour conditioning class with a trainer who specializes in ice dance. These workouts usually include a lot of core, leg and cardio exercises.
5:00 pm ~ Snack
Dairy-Free So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt, 2 tbsp pb powder, 1 green apple
This is one of my favorite snacks ever. I love having it after a workout because I get a lot of protein and it just tastes super good!
7:30 pm ~ Dinner
Vegan Chickpea Curry with Zoodles
I came up with this recipe earlier this week and it is so good. I love curry and creamy soup type meals so this was right up my alley. I eat a lot of warm things because I like to follow an ayurvedic diet and eat for my dosha (if you don’t know anything about Ayurveda I recommend checking out Sahara Rose and Jasmine Hemsley’s blogs) which call for warm foods to aid digestion.
9:00 pm ~Dessert
Sea Salt Caramel Halo top, berries and TEAMI relax tea.
I am a dessert girl. I always have something before I go to bed and usually I like to have something sweet. I also love the brand teami and their relax tea really helps me fall asleep quickly and sleep deeply plus it tastes good so I mean what more could a girl want?!
Throughout the day I also drank about 112 oz of water.
I hope you all enjoyed coming along a typical training day with me!
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