Guest Post: FDOE with the Hubs

Hey again!

The hubs here, back for another guest post! Jess is letting me write about aaanything I want so here’s what I chose:

Food 🙂

Was that too obvious? Probably. But what about food specifically?

I always find these “full days of eating” pretty tasteful (pun intended) and sometimes even inspiring, so that’s what I’m going to do. Come along and join me for a few meals today!

Breakfast. 8:00 AM.. “The most important meal of the day.” Or as I like to think of it, “the meal I skip so I can eat more later.”

Don’t get me wrong, breakfast food is DELICIOUS. Pancakes. Eggs. Syrup. Biscuits. Gravy. Aka, noms-town. But. I feel much more awake and alert when I have an empty stomach in the morning. So instead of food, I drink a tall glass of agua followed by either a cup of iced coffee or another caffeinated beverage.



Agua – hydration

Beverage – 120 mg caffeine

Lunch. 12:30 PM. Thanks coffee, you’ve done your job. Food can take over from here.

I approach lunch with the same mindset as breakfast: keep it light. Too much food causes me to be tired, too little is going to leave me hungry.

We have a cafeteria at work that stocks these delicious little chicken hummus wraps. They weigh in at only 300 calories. Dip that in some sriracha and MMM. Taste buds are happy. In addition to that, I grab some greens from the salad bar to fill me up. And for dessert, either a protein bar or some fruit.





– 300 calories

– 10 grams of fat

– 34 grams of carbs

– 5 grams of fiber

– 19 grams of protein


– 50 calories

– 0.5 grams of fat

– 10 grams of carbs

– 4 grams of fiber

– 2 grams of protein

Quest bar

– 190 calories

– 9 grams of fat

– 20 grams of carbs

– 14 grams of fiber

– 21 grams of protein


– 540 calories

– 19.5 grams of fat

– 66 grams of carbs

– 23 grams of fiber

– 42 grams of protein

Pre-workout meal. 4:30 PM. A little high carb snack at the end of my work day to fuel my workout.

Usually a good apple or piece of citrus fruit does the job here. Quick, portable, minimal mess, and tasty. My favorite – Fuji or Honeycrisp apple.




– 130 calories

– 0.5 grams of fat

– 35 grams of carbs

– 3 grams of fiber

– 0.5 grams of protein

Post-workout meal. 6:30 PM. Something to hold me over before dinner.

I used to believe in something called the “anabolic window,” which was a period of time after a workout when you had to eat a meal high in protein to avoid letting your workout go to waste. It has since been proven false, but I’ll be the first to admit that I followed that advice religiously. Now, I just drink a protein shake before I jump in the shower to give me a bit of energy and help meet my protein needs for the day.

My go-to protein = Physique Enhancing Science (PES) Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. A couple scoops of this with 8 ounces of almond milk and 8 ounces of cold water is the perfect consistency.



Protein shake

– 270 calories

– 4.5 grams of fat

– 9 grams of carbs

– 1 gram of fiber

– 47 grams of protein

Dinner. 8:30 PM. Time to EAT.

This is obviously my favorite meal of the day. I get to relax at home with Jess, talk, and maybe watch a couple shows. What I choose to eat totally depends on my mood but I have a few staples I usually choose from. These include a Mexican-style burrito, Mediterranean-style wrap, teriyaki bowl, and a few others. Here’s one of my favorites. A teriyaki chicken plate from a hole in the wall that Jess and I found one night while desperately searching for a teriyaki joint.


Nutrients (estimated):

Teriyaki plate

– 940 calories

– 25 grams of fat

– 100 grams of carbs

– 5 grams of fiber

– 70 grams of protein

Dessert. 9:00 PM. Okay, I lied. THIS is my favorite meal.

Where were Ben & Jerry when Galileo and Newton were writing the laws of physics? I bet if they were around, B&J would demand a law that went something like this: “One may eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream every night without gaining an ounce of fat.” Now that’s my kind of physics.

Instead, I’ve found a brand that gets the job done pretty well. It’s called Halo Top and you can get any flavor for under 400 calories. My favorites include the Red Velvet, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter, and Birthday Cake. I throw a dollop of Cool Whip on top and I’m set.



Ice cream bowl

– 400 calories

– 14 grams of fat

– 62 grams of carbs

– 12 grams of fiber

– 24 grams of protein


– 2280 calories

– 63.5 grams of fat

– 272 grams of carbs

– 44 grams of fiber

– 183 grams of protein

Thanks for joining me for a day of eating! I hope you were able to garner some inspiration from these meals.

Until next time!

Guest Post: Hubby’s Food Philosophy

I thought it would be a great idea to have a different perspective on the whole health and food thing. I asked the hubs if he was up to writing a post and he graciously accepted the challenge. He knows a LOT about nutrition and working out for someone who is neither a dietitian nor a personal trainer. He is my go-to for both of those things so without further ado let’s get to his post! Also, big thanks babe for taking the time to write this AND find pictures-you are seriously the best!!

Hi there!

My name is Bilal and I’m the lucky guy who gets to call Jess my better half. She does a wonderful job at spreading positivity through this platform, so when she asked me to write a guest post to bring an outside perspective to her blog I jumped at the opportunity.

So many topics come to mind to discuss but I’ll stick to everyone’s favorite for this one – food!


Donuts. Because health.

Food, as they say, is the essential fuel for all life. (Food equals fuel.) Fat, protein, carbs. (Calories in equal calories out.) Simple. Right? But that’s not necessarily how most of us view it. When we think of food, we feel a certain way. Comfort, joy, excitement. Of course this way of thinking is in large part responsible for our obesity epidemic… and it probably had something to do with why I was such chubster growing up.

Over the years, my food philosophy has changed drastically. From my childhood, seeing it solely as delicious morsels of happiness, to now where I see it as fuel for performance… and also delicious morsels of happiness. I guess my philosophy hasn’t changed that drastically.


My “occasional” treat.

All this is to say that I think food is a wonderful thing and I’ve found that the key to balancing health and happiness when it comes to eating is moderation. Some people use rules such as the 80/20 rule where they eat healthy food 80% of the time and allow for 20% of their intake to be “less nutritious.” I personally have found the 80/20 rule plus intermittent fasting to be my sweet spot. I usually find myself hungrier in the evenings so I eat small meals during the day, and save most of my calories for my evening meal. This has been especially helpful when it comes to social events. Since they usually take place in the evenings, I’m able to enjoy myself without going over my calorie limit.


Give a man a burrito, feed him for a day. Teach him the art of burrito-ing, feed him for a lifetime.

Another variable in my intake is my fitness goal at the time. I like to work out – did I mention that? What this means is that I tailor my calorie intake to whether I’m trying to lose fat, maintain, or gain muscle – also known as cutting, maintaining, or bulking. Currently I’m in a bulking or muscle gaining phase, which as you can imagine is the most fun out of these since I get to eat more food to lift more weight.


The chicken-steak plate from Waba Grill – I could eat this every day!

In closing, the main things I’ve learned through my years of trialing different diets and exercise routines is that everyone’s bodies respond differently to different stimuli. Some people have a high metabolic demand so they need to eat more, others fall on the opposite side of the spectrum. On that same note, some feel more energetic when most of their intake comes from carbohydrates whereas others feel better eating mostly proteins and fats. The take-away is that everyone is different and the only way we can find out what works for us is by going through personal trials. A few months of learning which foods/exercises work for you are worth the lifetime of stressless eating that follows.


The ultimate craving-killer. Perfect ending to any meal… or blog post.