People regularly get shocked when they see how much I eat. They have this idea that I eat tiny portions and work out all day. But the truth is that I eat huge amounts of food because eating is one of the best things in the world, right?

But: Food is not equal food. Sometimes I eat out somewhere and they serve me an omelette prepared just with two eggs but filled with sour cream and fried in a lot of oil. I regularly feel sick to the stomach and cannot eat for a couple of hours. On the other hand I can eat an omelette with 2 yolks and 6 egg whites with lots of greens on the side which is one of my favourite breakfasts before a badass workout when I really want to push myself to the limits.

So it is really about what you eat. You can eat lots of food if you choose the right ones. And you actually should eat tons because it not only makes you happy, it also speeds up your metabolism and gives you the necessary energy for your training.

Here is what my portions and choice of foods may look like for a day:

Chia-Pudding with fresh strawberries for breakfast. I used 3/4 glass of chia seeds. This keeps me full until lunch time because I also have two latte with full fat milk in the morning.

For lunch I prepared a quinoa salad with artichokes. The one you see here in the picture is Kerem’s with grilled chicken. I am a vegetarian so mine was with avocado and cheese instead but I want to show options for meat eaters too.

I have a light snack around 3 pm which is about 2-3 hours before I work out. Here I had a piece of whole-grain bread, you know the german moist type. I mixed a spoon of peanut butter with half a mashed banana and spread it on top of the bread slice. It tasted so good, totally like cake!

For dinner I had yoghurt soup which we call Yayla Corbasi. It is usually prepared with a variety of herbs and rice. I used bulgur instead of rice and of course I didn’t add any oil. I also had a big plate of Turkish style Pinto beans (Barbunya). This is a great source of protein for me and since I am used to eating lots, my tummy doesn’t get upset. But it may not be suitable for everyone.

I may eat even more than that. I just wanted to show you that if you don’t add sugar to your Chia pudding for example, you can eat this whole big bowl. I see tiny little containers in take-away places, I guess there are 3-4 table spoons of grains in them. But if you check the label, there is lots of added sugar. Basically you get more hungry after you ate it and you have fed your body unnecessary calories. It’s like with the omelette: it can be little and fatty or huge and packed with protein and healthy nutrients.