A Sustainable Diet – A Day of Coach Clint’s Food

I am a firm believer that any kind of diet or nutritional approach should be judged on 2 things – its effectiveness and sustainability.

If it causes you to drop 40 pounds of pure body fat in a matter of weeks, but it is harmful to your health or causes you to yo-yo and destroy your metabolism long term (insulin resistance, etc) – then it is GARBAGE! Anyone that tells you differently either doesn’t care or is after your wallet.

Then there is the flip side of that. If it’s beyond easy to maintain for the long haul, but does not actually cause any improvement in health or body composition, it is also garbage (and probably the typical American Diet). I said what I said.

That being said, what I have found works the best for me is adhering to the Zone Diet. This approach keeps my energy steady, does not lead to fat gain, allows me flexibility to eat the things that I like, and practically eliminates soreness from workouts or work.

Without further ado.

A typical day for me…


Coffee with a Tbsp of oil (coconut usually)


A shake with about 40 grams of Protein & 60 grams of Carbohydrates


6-7oz of chicken (breast or thighs)

2 Large Bananas

¼ cup of Cashews or mixed nuts

Afternoon Snack:

Protein Shake – about 25 grams of protein

2 Large Apples (Sweet tangos or Honeycrisp are favorites)

¼ cup of mixed nuts


Whatever Rachel or myself decide to make. I usually eyeball the portion size and balance of the meal but I do not stress about it too much. I’ve begun to view food as medication, and if you are off a bit on 1 out of 4 doses of the day it’s not the worst thing in the world.

Last night’s dinner: Salmon, sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts

I understand that this could look like a substantial amount of food. This works for me as I know that my metabolism kicks harder when I actually feed my body enough to support my frame and activity. And let’s be real, I still enjoy the occasional burger & fries, peach pie, or pizza. But these meals are the exception, not the norm.

I am not suggesting that everyone eat this quantity or sources. This was simply meant to be a practical application of our write up on our diet recommendations.

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