Spring Clean Your Diet w/Lindsey Simcik

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she's a soulcycle queen, actress, & podcast host. Oh, and she still manages to have a healthy diet.

how does she do it & what are her tips? let's find out ...

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO MOTTO WHEN IT COMES TO NUTRITION & FOOD?

FOOD IS FUEL.  I try daily to nourish my body in a way that gives me energy and makes me feel light, clear, and motivated.  TRY is the keyword because it’s not always easy to commit to or readily available.  For me, mornings are that make or break time.  If I eat a cinnamon roll for breakfast, I’m F*CKED for the rest of the day.  I try to SET THE TONE as soon as I wake up.  Apple cider vinegar and water, tea, and a green smoothie with good fat, protein, fiber, and greens.

WHAT ARE SOME STAPLE PIECES IN YOUR DIET & WHY ARE THEY BENEFICIAL?

I am vegan 95% of the week.  I feel kind of guilty about that.  Mostly because I’m unsure as to why I am not making the full commitment.  Confession, I love meat, I love eggs, I love cheese.  But I also feel A LOT better when I am not consuming them regularly.  I guess the 5% is for when I’m out with people and I give myself a little wiggle room.  A plant-based diet is 100% guaranteed to make me feel FREAKIN’ AMAZING.  So I’ve been better about connecting the consumption with the feeling that follows. MINDFUL EATING. It’s a game-changer. I incorporate Kelly LeVeque’s (@bewellbykelly) “FAB FOUR” into every meal: FAT, FIBER, PROTEIN, & GREENS.  This combination keeps me feeling full, energized, regular, and clear for hours!  

PRE-WORKOUT & POST-WORKOUT FUEL?

PRE-WORKOUT: I usually a smoothie about 1.5-2 hours before I work out.  My favorite? Almond milk, water, ice, small handful of blueberries, Sun Warrior Plus Plant Protein, Amazing Grass Green Superfood, Vital Proteins Collogen, Avocado, and Chia Seeds.  Sometimes I add a dollop of Nuttzo Nut Butter!  POST-WORKOUT: I love to make a wrap with “WRAWP”I use their veggie wrap, fill it with Kite Hill Almond Cheese Spread, handful of spinach, Sweet Earth veggie burger, avocado, and sprouts!

DO YOU THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO EAT ROUTINELY, AS IN THE SAME TIME EVERYDAY? SOME BEG TO DIFFER ...

I think it’s a great thing if you can do it.  But I can’t.  I teach at different times every day, I have random auditions, last minute meetings and things.  I definitely do not skip a meal.  Let’s be real, the second I finish breakfast, I’m thinking about my mid morning snack, and then lunch.  I’m trying not to eat too late/too close to my bed time.  It’s as if the digestion keeps me awake or dreaming about whacky sh*t.  

NAME FIVE THINGS PEOPLE SHOULD GET RID OF IN THEIR DIET LIKE ASAP ROCKY.

5 things to get rid of?  Easy.  SUGAR, PROCESSED FOODS, RED MEAT, DAIRY, and (excessive) ALCOHOL.  I used to have about two glasses of wine per night.  I didn’t realize that it was disrupting my sleep, making me crave crappy food, adding to my sugar cravings, dehydrating my body, causing my brain to short circuit in the morning, and giving me anxiety.  Now, I drink a glass or two once a week.  Yes, there are occasions where I get rowdy and drink in excess.  But that is few and far between because I’ve finally woken up and realized that I just don’t feel good after drinking.  I love myself enough to want to feel good.  Ya know?  As for red meat and dairy?  I’m trying to prevent disease, save the environment, and be good to my body.  The documentaries I’ve watched on the cattle industry WOKE ME THE F UP—like “Forks Over Knives”, “Food, Inc”, and “Vegucated”.  Sugar is addictive, causes cancer, harms your liver, makes us prone to sickness, f*cks with our metabolism, and the list goes on.  COUNT ME OUT.  And processed foods?  If I don’t know what the ingredients are, I won’t eat it.  

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"Sugar is addictive, causes cancer, harms your liver, makes us prone to sickness, f*cks with our metabolism, and the list goes on.  COUNT ME OUT."

FAVORITE FOODS TO SATISFY YOUR CHOCOLATE, SUGAR, OR SALT CRAVINGS?

Chocolate?  Chocolate Avocado Pudding (Cacao powder, Avocado, Coconut milk).  Sugar?  Baked apple with cinnamon with a scoop of vanilla almond ice cream (non-dairy).  Salty?  Mary’s Gone Crackers Everything Super Seed crackers dipped in “Bitchin Sauce”.  Check it out at WholeFoods! 

VITAMINS. I PERSONALLY CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THEM & SWEAR BY THEM IN MY DAILY ROUTINE. WHICH ONES DO YOU THINK ARE MOST IMPORTANT FOR INCREASING OVERALL WELLNESS?

So honestly, I’ve been so inconsistent with my vitamin regimen.  I take calcium magnesium, B-12, collagen, and echinacea as regularly as I can. I add liquid Reishi and Maca to my tea and water for energy and hormone balancing. But recently, I filled out a short (and clever) survey on a new vitamin site called www.takecareof.com.  After about 5 minutes of pretty specific questions, I am recommended a personalized collection of vitamins to take each day. I can’t wait to get these in the mail!  

I KNOW YOU RECENTLY STOPPED EATING MEAT FOR THE MOST PART. WHICH FOODS ACT AS YOUR GOOD, HEARTY SOURCE OF PROTEIN?

Yes!  It’s been a pretty easy transition to be 98% meat free!  I do still eat eggs for protein.  I also get protein from Mung Bean sprouts, Almonds, Spinach, Broccoli, Quinoa, Pumpkin Seeds, Sun Warrior Plus Plant Protein Powder, Lentils, Hemp seeds,  and Spirulina.  DAMN, PLANTS ARE AMAZING.

NAME YOUR GO-TO HEALTHY RECIPE TO WHIP UP IN THE KITCHEN.

My favorite go-to healthy meal to whip up in the ditch is definitely spaghetti squash with whatever is in the fridge.  So, if I’m lucky, I’ll have some homemade pesto and vegan parmesan on hand.  Sauce DONE.  I split and gut the squash and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  I’ll throw any other veggies (like sweet potato, broccoli, romanesco) on the baking sheet, as well.  While that’s baking, I’ll saute a buttload of spinach in garlic and EVOO.  After the squash is done, I use a fork to carve out the stringy goodness, add the roasted veggies and sautéed spinach and drizzle with pesto and vegan parm!  If I’m cooking for two, I will most certainly get two spaghetti squash because I’m not good at sharing.  I need a whole one for myself.  SORRY.

ALCOHOL IS TRICKY TO BALANCE, SO WHAT ARE YOUR TOP DRINKS OF CHOICE? AND ARE #WINEWEDNESDAYS STILL OKAY IF YOU WANT TO CLEAN UP YOUR DIET?

Hey, listen, a glass or two of wine one or two times per week is okay. Lately, I tend to drink wine that is not grown/bottled in the US because of the added sugar. Italian reds and French whites are my jammy jams.  I LOVE a dirty martini. Low sugar, savory, and I just need one. Here’s the thing about drinking. I used to drink a lot more than I do now. I was a bartender in NYC. I drank during and after my shift, I would have a glass of wine or two on my nights off to wind down at the end of a long day. I didn’t even realize how bad I felt because it became the norm. Once you feel how much more energy you have, how much more clear your thoughts are, how happier you are, how much you glow (and the list goes on) when you don’t drink that often, you will absolutely cut down. There is nothing better than FEELING GOOD. Dumb right? But we lose sight of what it really, truly feels like to FEEL GOOD.

"There is nothing better than FEELING GOOD. Dumb right? But we lose sight of what it really, truly feels like to FEEL GOOD."  

LASTLY, WHAT IS YOUR WEIRDEST WELLNESS TIP?

My weirdest wellness tip is to talk to yourself.  Quite literally.  Outloud.  What do you need?  How are you feeling?  What are you hungry for?  Are you actually hungry?  Are you thirsty?  Why are you frustrated?  What’s holding you back?  I try to be in constant conversation with myself.  I tend to call myself out on my own bullsh*t.  In the process, I usually figure out what’s REALLY going on.  “Are you hungry?  Or are you just distracting yourself and avoiding getting something accomplished?’.  “How are you feeling?  Why?”.  If this sounds weird to you, GOOD.  It is.  But it works.  Weird works.

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HealthChloe Leonard