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What I Typically Eat

by jenny sansouci on January 6, 2015

Hey brilliant warriors of epic story-living,

I’m back. Are you sick of me yet? I’ve been writing a blog every freaking day of January. I’m starting to feel manic. But it’s really pretty good practice to actually sit down at my computer and create something every single day. It’s not something I’m accustomed to but it feels like a good story. And it helps me let go of my perfectionist tendencies. Ugh, being an imperfect perfectionist sucks sometimes. But life goes on and we keep floating down the river. God, I’m so high on cacao right now. I just left the Fine & Raw Chocolate Factory in Bushwick and now I am jamming out at a hipster wifi cafe listening to one of my favorite Incubus songs. I LOVE INCUBUS. So much so, that one time I went to an Incubus concert alone. I could go on and on about my favorite lyrics, but lemme suggest that you take a day and listen to various Incubus songs, and then get back to me about how freaking epic they are. I can’t suggest a favorite album because they are all good (ok fine – fave albums – Morning View, Make Yourself, Light Grenades and If Not Now, When). Bah!!! #toomuchchocolate

Someone emailed me yesterday asking if I could write a blog about what I typically eat. So that’s what I’m gonna do today.

I’ll say this — what I typically eat changes all the time. Since I first started getting into health and nutrition back in 2008, my idea of a healthy diet has probably changed 80,000 times. The first health book I ever read was “Skinny Bitch” (a vegan book) and for awhile after that I ate exclusively tofu and soy lattes. Eek. Listen. I think Skinny Bitch was a great eye-opening book for me — before I read it, I had absolutely no insight into the food industry and where my food was actually coming from. So although I don’t subscribe to a vegan diet anymore, I am very grateful for that book because it catapulted me into insane amounts of nutrition research and led me to enroll at IIN (one of the best decisions of my entire life).

Nowadays, I feel best when I’m on a Whole30 type of plan / with a few changes (see below). I like having that as my baseline and then I deviate from there. That’s basically a super strict paleo plan. (Before you get any ideas, please read my article on the Misconception About Eating “Paleo”).

My diet typically consists of high quality animal protein (cage-free eggs, organic chicken, grass-fed beef, grass-fed whey protein, wild fish), veggies, healthy fats (avocado, coconut, olive oil, nuts, grass-fed butter), fruits. I typically stay away from sugar, gluten, processed foods, grains and most cow’s milk products about 80-90% of the time.

I don’t really have a “typical day”, but here are the foods that you’ll most often find me eating:

I drink loose leaf yerba mate every single morning. Like 2 french presses full of yerba mate. I like caffeine A LOT but coffee makes me bonkers. Yerba mate gives me a cleaner energy.

I don’t typically eat breakfast. If I’m hungry, I do, but I don’t usually feel hungry until noon or so.

If I do eat breakfast, I’ll have eggs or a green smoothie.

Eggs (I eat eggs almost every day – any time of day). — FULL EGGS! Not egg whites. Usually with goat cheese (I love goat cheese. Also, goat’s and sheep’s milk products are typically easier on digestion than cow’s milk). I usually round it out with some avocado and hot sauce. Yessss.

Paleo egg muffins are one of my favorite things to make.

I typically cook with grass-fed butter or coconut oil. I use olive oil sometimes too, but I like using that more for dressings than I do for cooking.

I make a lot of green smoothies. Here is one of my favorite green smoothie recipes. I typically use some combination of greens, coconut water or almond milk, sometimes grass-fed whey protein or collagen powder, avocado, maybe berries, and superfoods like spirulina, cacao or maca…just to name a few.

I love sweet potatoes. I like to slice them up, put coconut oil on them and bake them until browned. Mmmm.

I also love roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Also with coconut oil and sea salt. Roasted at around 400 until browned and delicious.

I love salads – but not boring salads — salads full of goodies. My favorite green to make salads with is ARUGULA! It’s so spicy and good. I like to put tahini and lemon juice on an arugula salad, add chopped cucumbers, and sauerkraut or kimchi, dijon mustard, pumpkin seeds….and maybe a hard boiled or over-easy egg. OMG!

I love guacamole.

I love kale chips.

SOUP is one of my favorite foods!!! Especially kabocha squash soup.

If I’m at a restaurant, I’ll usually try to stick to protein/veggies/healthy fats and stay away from things like bread/pasta/sugar. And even though I’m no longer a vegan, I still have mad appreciation for vegan restaurants and veggie-heavy meals. This could mean big epic salads (anything with greens/avocado makes me very happy). At non vegan restaurants maybe it’s some type of chicken/fish/grass-fed burger without a bun (extra points if I can add avocado/egg/hot sauce). I try to get the highest quality food possible, but I can’t always control what kind of oils my food is cooked in or if everything is organic, so I do my best…and I eat at Hu Kitchen a LOT. πŸ™‚ #qualitycontrol

For drinks I am obsessed with green juice (I like mine mostly without fruit), bone broth, KOMBUCHA, tea, coconut water. If I’m gonna have an energy drink (really rare but hey sometimes I go a little wild) I drink Runa energy drinks.

If I am eating sweeteners, I stick to raw honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or stevia. Refined sugar VERY rarely enters my life.

Also tons of WATER! If I can help it. πŸ™‚

My biggest vices, HANDS DOWN, are dark chocolate and coffee. I am a total adrenaline junkie and I love stimulants. Sometimes I wish this wasn’t true, but coffee and chocolate are way better vices to have than adderall and cocaine, so I think I’m doing ok. When I’m eating SUPER CLEAN and feeling my best, chocolate and coffee are OUT. Because I’m addicted to them. πŸ™‚

Another vice of mine, I guess, would be tacos but only when I’m in San Diego. πŸ˜‰

Ok any questions? Follow me on instagram if you want more dirty details about what I eat.

Love you guys! I’m hungry. What’s for dinner tonight!?

Peace out!
Jenny




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Heather January 6, 2015 at 7:02 pm

I love your blog! Can you please explain how you make your loose tea in a french press? I have never seen it done that way. I just have a tea pot with a little basket to steep the tea in. Just curious!

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jenny sansouci January 10, 2015 at 10:23 pm

Hi Heather! You just put the tea in a french press the same way you’d do with coffee, add hot water, press and drink! It’s the only way I like my tea these days!

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Anj January 7, 2015 at 7:25 am

Thanks for this! Question – I assume you don’t drink? It thats too personal I understand just wondering

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jenny sansouci January 10, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Verrry rarely. πŸ™‚

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Corinne Smolizza January 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

Hi Jenny,

Happy New Year! Skinny Bitch is what got me started on researching foods and chemicals. Took me awhile to actually have it sink in but was having so many gut issues my GI removed gluten and diary from my diet. The issues subsided but came back ended up in Dr. Lipman’s office and with his help and all the great health coaches I feel the best I have ever felt.

I carry fine and raw or eating evolved in my bag so when I need my chocolate fix I always have it. I love HU Kitchen takes the guess work out of eating out.

Thanks for the great posts and food suggestions. I just recently started taking yoga classes any books, studios or how to’s you can suggest.

See you at eleven eleven.
Corinne

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jenny sansouci January 10, 2015 at 10:21 pm

Hey Corrinne – that’s so great that you’re feeling great! I am with you, Fine and Raw and Eating Evolved are my 2 favorite chocolate brands!!! (Along with Hu of course!) As far as yoga studios in NYC, I love Modo in the west village for hot yoga and Jivamukti is great in union square.

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ange January 7, 2015 at 10:25 am

wow we have really similar diets! although lately i have been experimenting with being raw(ish) like.. 80% of the time. in the AM will do juices and then a huge salad at lunch (salad is just a loose term for a ton of deliciousness with a few green leaves in thurr) and then dinner will be cooked.

gah! you have inspired me. i really need to blog more but always feel like it has to be this epic thing. i should just get it out there and not nitpick what i’m writing a million times.

xoxo

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jenny sansouci January 10, 2015 at 10:20 pm

BUNTOLOGY! I love when you comment here. Cool that you’re trying more raw and I agree, salads are best when filled with a million goodies. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Totally relate to the nitpicking thing – just get out there and do it, the world wants to hear you!!!!!

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Alixanndrea Bodley January 11, 2015 at 4:22 am

Can you do a blog about your honest experience with IIN? Unless you already have one. I’m feeling lost in my current degree (half way through) and am thinking of finding a health coaching/ alternative medicine/ naturopathy/ holistic medicine/ nutrition program. I seem to be stuck between going to an actual university for the degree or doing one of these random certifications I find online, such as IIN. I just can’t seem to decipher which ones are legit, accredited, and actually get people jobs.

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jenny sansouci January 11, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Hi! YES – that’s so funny, that post is on my list for this week!!! I’ll write it tomorrow and send it your way. Lots of people have been asking me about it. πŸ™‚

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Hadley Gustin January 19, 2015 at 1:26 pm

This is insane! Going down your list, I realized that we essentially like and have the exact same favorite foods and dishes, haha!

I tend to follow a Blood Type O diet – very similar to Paleo – so the foods and recipes that you’re eating in many ways mirror my own. Love it!

Like you, I’m addicted to dark chocolate; not so much coffee, but that’s only because drinking regular coffee is something I’m sensitive to given the amount and form of caffeine. I’m with you, though, that if these are your biggest vices, you really don’t have much to worry about, lol!

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Ryan July 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Thanks for this! Love your blog and all the work you do at Eleven Eleven. Super helpful and inspiring.

My diet continues to evolve along with some pesky AI issues. Do you have a perspective or viewpoint on quinoa?

Thanks again Jenny!

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jenny sansouci July 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Hey Ryan!

Thanks for your support and kind words. πŸ™‚ Quinoa tends to be a gut irritant for a lot of people, especially people with leaky gut / autoimmune stuff going on — so I’d try cutting it out if you are having issues. I just don’t really like quinoa that much anymore, not to say I’d never eat it, but I’d rather have rice, I like it more.

I hope that helps!

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Ryan July 27, 2015 at 6:49 pm

SUPER helpful. Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

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