In multiple interviews, Blake Lively and her trainer, Don Saladino, revealed how the actress got into peak fitness condition just eight months after giving birth to her second child, daughter James. Her diet revolved around eating nutrient-dense foods to keep her full. She also maintained a regular and intense fitness routine in order to keep a strong and fit physique. Below are all of the specifics of Blake Lively's diet, which you can easily follow as well.
1. Eat nutrient-dense, whole foods
Eating organic can be hard, but important, especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Lively's meals typically consist of a protein, vegetable, fruit, and a slow-burning carb. A combination of these will give you the nutrients you need, but will also allow you to maintain a healthy, delicious, and natural diet.
2. Breakfast is the most important meal for a reason
Lively never missed a beat when it came to eating breakfast. A typical breakfast consists of a glass of water, eggs (cooked in coconut oil), and some veggies or gluten-free oats with fruit. Balancing your sugar levels early in the day is important to keep you on track throughout the day.
3. Moderation is key
It's easy to overeat; I do it all the time, especially with sweet food (curse my unforgiving sweet tooth). Overeating is typically due to not getting the proper nutrition at the proper time, which can be hard to do when you are at work or running from one class to another. The key to not overeating is to take your time with meals: sit down and eat consciously, don't stuff your face and finish your meal in less than five minutes.
4. Give yourself a break and enjoy the little things
For Lively, these little treats consist of about 20% of her diet. Don Saladino suggests giving yourself a break by eating clean and healthy 80% of the time and leaving that 20% to enjoy the slice of chocolate cake or ice cream you've been craving all week. Just remember to keep it all in moderation.
5. Limit the soy and gluten
It's hard to know what foods have gluten and soy in them, and if you're not allergic, there really is no point to completely avoid them. However, if you plan to follow this diet, it is good to know that Lively avoids gluten and soy. Once you start actively avoiding soy, you realize that it's found in a lot of processed goods. If you limit the soy, you'll probably end up eating fewer processed foods and therefore you'll want to eat more wholesome and natural foods.
6. Exercise Exercise Exercise
With work, school, your social life, internship, etc. it's easy to eliminate exercise since it seems like the least important thing. I'm guilty of this too, but it's just plain wrong. Exercising for 30-90 minutes 5-6 times a week will not only make you physically feel great, but also will help you clear your mind and relieve stress.
7. Listen to your body
If you're hungry, eat. If you're thirsty, drink. If you are about to die because you haven't had your coffee, get yourself a cup of Joe. You have cravings for a reason, so listen to them. Don't stress the small stuff, do what feels natural and good for you.