My name is Katie Hinman and I am from Orange County, California. I am currently in Albuquerque, New Mexico playing soccer and studying interpersonal communications at UNM. Recently I went three weeks without dairy, sugar, or wheat and the change was incredible. I had the energy to stay awake in classes after practice, and even get some homework in! Usually the weekends are spent sleeping and eating (poorly), but now I find myself more energized and wanting to be more active. My whole attitude has changed, and because of this healthy lifestyle I have been able to do more with my life. Through this blog I hope to provide healthy meal plans and ways to stay active! With only a few years left of college I feel I owe it to myself to enjoy every moment, which was hard to do when I was constantly wasting it by sleeping!
I found that although I was playing soccer and kept a pretty active lifestyle, freshman 15 was still a thing. I took full advantage of my meal plan, and tried everything the dining hall had to offer. How could I resist endless pizza, bagels, french fries, and ice cream?
It was absurd how easy it was to gain weight, and not only did I not like the way I was looking, but I felt very lethargic. As I division 1 athlete, I was not eating the right way. Although we would run everyday at practice, I still felt like I was never getting in shape. Balancing soccer and school was already tiring, but the way I was eating made it near impossible. I had no social life because all I wanted to do was sleep.
It wasn’t until my sophomore year when I moved out of the dorms that I started to change the way I ate. I got to decide what foods to buy, and wasn’t constantly tempted by the food at the dining hall. I tried to go with the ultimate fad of going gluten free, but I ended up overloading my diet with gluten free substitutes that were filled with sugar, leaving me even lazier than before.
The beginning of this year, which is my junior year, I think I have finally figured out a system to feeling better and having more energy. I have tried to completely get rid of sugar, dairy, and wheat from my diet. Yes I know these sound very extreme, but there are so many healthy delicious meals that come from it. Basically what I am doing is eating the “paleo” diet but with a little twist, and some cheating here and there. Once the new year began (this January) I decided to full on give it a go. The first 30 days were a struggle, mostly because it was such a shock. Once I planned my meals, and had food prepared it got a lot easier! Now it’s a new month and I still want to continue!
Here is an example of an awesome meal with no sugar, wheat, or dairy!!
Spicy Avocado Tilapia with zucchini
1 4-ounce tilapia
1 medium Zucchini
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. pepper
¼ tsp. paprika
¼ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. garlic salt
½ tsp. red pepper flakes (more or less depending on how hot you like it!)
- Mix salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, chili powder, garlic salt and red pepper flakes in small bowl
- Rub the tilapia with olive oil and seasonings and place in the fridge for about 20 min.
- Pre-heat oven to 375
- If the fish is still frozen, leave in oven for about 20min, if it is thawed cook for 13min
- Once the fish is out top with avocado, add the zucchini and enjoy!
Baked Zucchini Instructions
- Take the medium zucchini and cut it across 1 inch apart
- Place the zucchini on a baking sheet, making sure they are not touching
- Drizzle olive oil over the zucchini (and red pepper flaked for taste)
- Pre-heat oven to 375, and let them cook for 8-10 min