What and How I Eat
Although people commonly ask me about my healing mindset routine and my experience with Dupixent, I do get the occasional question of what my diet is like. And on average, I give the most basic response: "mainly fruits and veggies, low carbs, medium-to-high protein, but not afraid to indulge in pizza and cookies if I’m hungry for it."
Have you changed your diet to better manage your eczema?
Well, instead of saying the same thing to you, I decided to share a little bit more in detail of what my meals normally entail. I pray that this supports you even in the most minute way!
A little more about my routine
Please note the following before continuing:
- I do workout 6 times a week rigorously. These workouts normally consist of cardio and high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
- Portion control is super important to me. I weigh and measure a lot of my foods to ensure I’m not overeating. A simple food weigher from Amazon does the trick.
- I consider myself a “Fegan” or “Fegetarian”. (“F” stands for fake or faux). I will sometimes eat small proportions of chicken and rarely red meat but normally stick to a veggie/vegan lifestyle.
- I don’t normally take vitamins, but when I do they are probiotics and those yummy (I’m sure ineffective) immune booster gummies.
- I truly wish I loved salads, but I will only eat it alongside a warm meal or if it’s from Panera Bread (their Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken is the bomb dot com.)
- I’m a person of habit and will proudly eat and cook the same foods.
- I don’t normally eat out and can’t remember when I had fast food like McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc.
- I rarely drink liquids with sugar (just my kombucha) or eat foods with sugar (unless I’m treating myself to a sweet).
- My boyfriend makes fun of me because I eat the proportions of a bird and a Kindergartener on most days (we share our meals when going out to restaurants to avoid overeating).
- Lastly, I am not perfect and am not a nutritionist. I’m sure I lack much of the nutrition I need and don’t eat nearly as enough as I feel like I should.
Although I do try my best to do intermittent fasting and not eat any food until 12 PM, sometimes I’ll sneak in some (easy and quick) breakfast before work. Here are my go-to choices (I choose one of these!).
- Measure out a ½ cup of old fashioned oats.
- Add cinnamon powder.
- Fill raw oats with water. (I don't use too much water because I prefer my oatmeal to be dense versus liquidy.)
- Pop it in the microwave for 1-1.5 minutes.
- Add ½ or full banana for a touch of sweetness. (I like to chop mine up in small slices so I can taste the banana with every bite of oatmeal).
In a small-sized bowl, add the following:
- 2-3 sliced up strawberries
- ½ cup of blueberries
- ½ cup of green apples (I love the crunch!)
- ½ cup of almond yogurt (Unsweetened vanilla is my preferred choice)
- For toppers, add ½ TSP of chia seeds and hemp seeds. If I’m super hungry, I’ll add half of a banana and light gluten-free granola from Trader Joe’s.
- Toast 100 calorie multi-grain flatbread.
- Spread ¼ of avocado (depending on size) on toasted bread.
- Top it off with a pinch of salt, red pepper flakes, a touch of olive oil and hot sauce.
I normally grab a snack or two between 12 PM and 3 PM, before I hit a heavy lunch. Here are some of my choices:
- NuGo vegan slim real dark chocolate and peanut butter crunch bar
- Vegan protein shake - Vega Sport Premium Protein with 8 ounces of soy milk and 4 ounces of water.
- Fruit - tangerines, banana, apple, mangoes, pineapples.
- Nuts (measured out as they contain high fat and carbs) - go to's are the already pre-packed 100 calories almonds
- And if I'm feeling naughty, 1 oz of chips - I love regular, salty potato chips or I'll go for some jalapeno if I’m feeling spicy!
Due to intermittent fasting, I normally don't have lunch. From my late breakfast to the number of snacks I have thereafter, I'm already full enough for dinner around 6-7 PM. If I do get hungry, I'll drink some coffee to hold me over until dinnertime.
These meals vary, but I’ll tell you some of my favorites:
"The Basic" meal:
- 3/4 cup of white or brown rice (If I did an intense workout, I will eat 1 full cup of rice)
- Veggies (mainly a cup of broccoli or a side salad)
- Protein (frozen vegan patty or some home-cooked chicken)
- Heat up some pre-packed vegan crumbles on a pan and cook as if I'm making regular taco meat
- Substitute the shell for a salad wrap.
- Add toppings like avocado, lettuce, tomato, and salsa.
- Frozen pre-packed cauliflower pizza. (Plain or veggie and mozzarella are my favorites!)
- 1 cup of spaghetti - either spinach or chickpea-based.
- 1-1.5 cups of sauteed string beans with garlic.
- A toast of multigrain bread to go along with it if I'm super hungry.
- Hot Coffee (with Stevia sugar or if needing something sweet, almond and coconut creamer from Trader Joes)
- Lemon water (half lemon sliced with cool or regular temperature water)
- Naturally flavored, no sugar, seltzer water
Late night snacks
Because I also snack and can get hungry at night!
- Green apples with peanut butter.
- Vegan protein bar (because it tastes like dessert to me!).
- Fruit (only a handful due to late-night sugar intake).
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