Apart from the occasional treat 'cheat' meal, my daily food choices are repetitive and I've learnt to love it. A choice of protein plus veggies - and voila! I'll be sharing some recipes in the future too, but for now you're welcome to stock up on the below and start experimenting.
Chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, beef, eggs, cod, sea bass, salmon, milk, whey protein, yoghurt, cottage cheese, mozzarella.
Animal Fats (mostly), olive + coconut oil, avocado, cheese, nuts + nut butters, fish oil.
Sweet potato, potato, rice, tomatoes, bananas, sharon fruit. (+ see vegetables below).
Spinach, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, carrots, cucumber, mixed salad leaves, radish, courgettes, aubergine, bell peppers, onion, leeks.
Coffee, black tea, herbal tea, water
Tomato Puree, ginger, garlic, olive oil, coconut oil, salt, pepper, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, mixed herbs, flaxseed.
Why go for the above foods? Firstly, they have dense nutritional profiles for both macro and micro-nutrients. Secondly, they are not only nutritious but also bio-available, heat generating and promote digestive health.
Animal protein is bio-available (absorbable) and it burns a lot of energy through digestion. Pro-biotic yogurts help increase gut flora and digestive efficiency. Eating fibrous vegetables/fruit ensures that food moves along the digestive track normally, and waste products from meat digestion is cleared out. Fruits and vegetables also help your body return to a more habitable alkaline balance. Fruit oils help to lubricate the digestive tract.
Carbohydrate rich foods provide an energy refuel after a workout but tend to clog up, slow down and reduce the absorption rate of other foods through digestion. So they should only be eaten in small portions and later in the day.
Food is considered to be a part of a long process that starts with putting it in your mouth and ends with your body utilising the nutrients within it effectively. Other factors like your general activity, sleep patterns, future meals, stress, exercise and water intake all affect this process in an ongoing manner.
E.g. if you eat 2 meals too close to each other (under 3 hours in between), you'll be adding new food to the first stage of digestion before the last meal has reached the final stages of digestion - potentially upsetting the absorption efficiency of your last meal and incidentally, the meal you just ate as well. It's a big reason why you shouldn't snack constantly throughout the day!