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I love food. Unhealthy food and healthy food -- more so unhealthy food...What can I say, I'm human. (Laura Wainman/DC Refined)

I'm only going to eat what a health coach tells me to for 30 days

I love food. Unhealthy food and healthy food -- more so unhealthy food...What can I say, I'm human. And if you have read some of my posts on DC Refined, you have probably realized that I like to try out new workouts, diets, and try to live a healthy lifestyle, but I always find myself falling off the healthy eating track.

I don't find it hard to stick to a workout routine, but for some reason I find it impossible to stick to a healthy eating routine. I've done the Whole30 and loved it, but once I stopped, it was all downhill from there. Now, I've decided to try something a little different. For the next 30 days, I will only be eating what a health coach tells me to.

I will be working with Kristen Coffield of the Culinary Cure, who has given me an outline of foods that are "no-no's" and foods that should be my go-tos. I will be eating lots of veggies, raw nuts (no peanuts), healthy fats, and lean proteins like chicken, fish, grass fed beef or pork. I will NOT be eating fast food, corn, gluten, soy, or anything with artificial sweeteners, color, or flavoring. I am allowed four alcoholic drinks a week -- beer, wine, or any alcohol on the rocks -- this might be a nice treat come Friday. I will learn how to grocery shop for meals and not food, and hopefully start to appreciate preparing meals with fresh, healthy ingredients.

Coffield wrote me a plan that worked with my early morning workouts and my sometimes inconsistent work schedule. She has also added a probiotic and amino acids to my daily routine.

I will be keeping a food journal and will write down everything... the good, the bad, and the ugly. Below is a preview of what a typical day will look like:

  • Wake Up: 5 a.m.
  • Drink warm lemon water and take a probiotic
  • Take amino acids
  • Gym: 6:30 a.m.
  • Take amino acids
  • Breakfast: (8a.m.) Chia Almond Milk Pudding with an apple
  • Drink: Green tea
  • Snack: (10:30 a.m.) 1/3 cup of almonds
  • Lunch: (12 p.m.) Salad with chicken, lots of veggies, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • Snack: Power Shake
  • Dinner: Chicken with asparagus and a half sweet potato

If you would like to follow along on my journey, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @tina_irizarry and don't forget to check back in 30 days to hear about my results!