What I eat to increase productivity and be more sustainable

Food has always been something special to me.

I love food. I love cooking food. I love going out to eat and being cooked food. The experience is inspiring and what these chefs are able to do with natural ingredients makes life worth living. 

There is nothing better than good food, good conversation, and good wine. Add a nice view and someone or someones you care deeply about and you have yourself a recipe for perfection.

Productivity is incredibly important to me. As cofounder and CMO of a fast growing company, I need to be in shape and on my A game. 

For the longest time I thought I had it all down. I would run and workout, but what I could never do, what I could never figure out is the right diet.

In early 2018 I went vegan. It was the best and worst decision I ever made. I had a great diet, but I wasn’t educated in how to eat vegan. I ended up losing close to 20 pounds and a ton of muscle mass because I wasn’t eating enough food.

I then went back to eating meat, just to get my weight back up because I thought that was what I needed to do.

During this time of figuring things out, I studied and read and even watched videos about all things food. 

I came to an agreement with myself to be more respectful to what I eat and be more respectful to the environment.

Today, I stand here without a title. I am not vegan, I am not a vegetarian. But instead, I a socially conscious being that understands what my body needs in order to become more productive.

If I had to give an example of what my diet is like, it’s more so that of a barbarian. I eat everything and everything in moderation. Here’s my weekly region and what it looks like:

Sunday through Friday I eat vegetarian. Possibly a Friday night and a lunch/dinner could possibly include meat.

So hear are some of the things I eat:

Breakfast includes (not all eaten together) oatmeal, fruits, avocado toast, smoothies, and even eggs.

Lunch and dinner usually includes ingredients that have one of the following vegetables:

– Sweet potatoes

– Kale

– Lemon

– Tahini

– Beans

– Rice

– Quinoa

– Peppers

– Wild caught fish (primarily cod)

– Broccoli

– Cauliflower

– And more.

Snacks include some form of gluten free pastry maybe a waffle or cookie or muffin that has peanut butter in it. And lately I’ve been obsessed with dates and using them in great combinations.

I eat primarily 4-5 times a day to meet the recommended protein intake to gain muscle mass for my body weight.

I use apps like yummly to primarily find the recipes I want to eat and as always, Google is a good source too. 

I try to keep things as simple as possible. Primarily cook things that only have under 10 ingredients. Simple is best because I’m busy and I usually find a way to meal prep.

The lifestyle change has been life changing for me and also my mother. My mother has breast cancer for the 3rd time and the one thing that she’s never truly got right, has been her diet. This dedication and commitment to food not only inspires me to be a better and more sustainable person, but also act as a motivator to keep my mother alive through clean eating and building better gut health.