Hey guys, I’m Patrice,
I’m lucky enough to write an article for Skip It on how I maintain my healthy lifestyle through my diet and training.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a constant learning process, you’re always learning new things that work for yourself and your body. It’s very important to acknowledge that what works for someone else might not work for you.
The first step which is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to accept your body and appreciate its ability and strength, because you’d be surprised with what your body can do with the right fuel and determination.
It’s important to make healthy eating and training a habit, like waking up and making coffee, being active should be a daily routine.
Healthy eating isn’t necessarily about restriction, I don’t restrict myself from any food and find I’m at my happiest when I indulge, however its understanding that everything should be both in moderation and portioned.
I make sure my diet contains each food group and I’ve begun to understand what should be eaten when. In the morning, black coffee is my first go to, I am lactose intolerant so I tend to stay away from dairy as much as possible. My breakfast always changes up but I always make sure its high in protein, lately I’ve stuck to three eggs scrambled with a rasher of bacon and BBQ sauce (generously). I would then train after my breakfast and my go to post workout snack is the Lenny & Larry Triple Chocolate Protein Brownie. Lunch always includes carbs protein and vegies, I usually make some rice and grill some cubed chicken breast then add cherry tomatoes, avocado and broccoli and mix it with more BBQ sauce (it’s an addiction). I’m all about snacking, especially as I lift a lot of weights so I need to fuel my body to keep it going throughout the day. My go to snacks are always rice crackers with peanut butter and oats with peanut butter, banana and protein powder, my favourite being chocolate. My dinner again consists of protein, carbs and veggies like rice, steak and broccoli for example. I usually aim to drink around 4 litters of water a day to stay hydrated and I tend to stay away from soft drinks and alcohol.
My training is consistent as I train 6 times a week, my main source is weight training, which I’ve learnt through an amazing personal trainer Scott (@scott_teamecto). I love to also mix in cardio with either running and attending Konga or Zumba classes and I always make sure to add HITT/ conditioning once a week.
Like I said, this is what works for my body, and it might not work the same for yours, however understanding that a healthy lifestyle is based on balance and keeping active and eating a nutrient abundant diet is key. Size doesn’t matter as long as you’re at the happiest and healthiest place possible for yourself.
– Patrice Timis