Food, food, and more food: A day in the life of my stomach
and a couple of apples.
- I generally avoid dairy products because of allergies. By avoiding them, I need to get my calories from other foods. I use olive oil in just about everything I eat - save for my oatmeal because that would be disgusting. Also, I avoid processed foods because they make me feel lousy and I want to be as healthy as possible while I train. No sense of feeding my engine low-quality fuel; the tank might be full but the output will suffer.
- You'll notice I don't count calories and I never ration my meals. If I am hungry, I eat. My aim is to recover and eat reasonably well. Losing weight is not a good idea and it would be very difficult to gain weight on my training program anyway.
- I typically work when I am eating. When I workout 15-20 hours each week, I have little time to sit in the kitchen for any period of time. My work consists of talking to people and one person I talk with the most about work is my wife - Kathy. We talk and I eat. I also rely heavily on Google Hangouts to meet with my students. They will all tell you that I typically eat while we meet. Yep, that is my meal time. The only meal I try to avoid working is breakfast where I sit with my son and we laugh together. We are a weird family. Rarely do we sit down for a meal together because we are all active but breakfast remains a daily ritual for Patrick and me. We eat together and talk about the day. Typically, we sit together at our breakfast bar, tell stories, read together, and laugh about whatever suits our fancy. Here is where our daily breakfast takes place:
- My tastes change and my diet changes accordingly. I almost never eat the same thing in consecutive days. We eat out from time to time to keep our diets varied. Indian and Mexican (cheap and traditional where available) cuisine comprise our exotic tastes.