Is Michael Strahan on the 80 20 Diet?
- Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan posted a photo of his dinner on Instagram last week.
- Immediately, GMA fans started asking about the ingredients in the photo.
- Here’s what Michael has said before about his 80/20 diet, as well as some healthy eating tips from registered dietitian Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN.
Between his gigs on The $100,000 Pyramid, Thursday Night Football, and Good Morning America, Michael Strahan is a very busy guy. To keep his energy levels up, the former New York Giant is all about a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods.
Last week, the GMA star gave a glimpse into what his meals look like on Instagram. “Tonight’s dinner is very healthy!” he wrote alongside a photo of avocados, sweet potatoes, eggs, kale, and more. “Gotta get prepped for a big couple of days with Thursday Night Football on @nflonfox returning tomorrow night with yours truly as the host!”
After seeing the post, fans started asking a lot of questions about Michael’s diet. “What is it going to end up as?!” a fan wanted to know. “Can you eat all those zucchini?” another wondered. “What time do [you] want us over 😁” one person joked.
While it doesn’t look like Michael addressed these fan questions directly, the former NFL star has gotten real about his diet before. He told Men’s Journal that he strongly believes in the 80/20 plan – meaning, he eats well 80% of the time, and splurges 20% of the time. Michael also added that he generally tries to minimize sugar, dairy, and pasta.
While we’re on the topic of “eating well,” here are some key things to consider when making healthy food choices, according to nutritionist Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN:
- “Healthy” is subjective. It means something different to each person and includes your emotional, mental, and physical well-being. If you’re sacrificing one to prioritize another, you may want to reconsider your choices.
- Focus on plants.The more veggie-based meals you consume, the better.
- Think “transparent” over “clean.” As Jaclyn puts it, “Is your candy bar a candy bar, or is it pretending to be an energy bar?! If it’s the latter, put it back and go for the real thing.“
- Don’t treat all packaged foods as the enemy. There are some really good ones, including ready-to-eat hard-boiled eggs, frozen cauliflower rice, and air-tight packed tuna.
- Go for “whole” over “fresh.” Canned or frozen veggies, fruit, and lower-sodium beans, lentils, chickpeas and peas all retain their peak nutritional quality and cost a lot less. Focus on eating more real, whole food that’s as close to its natural, original version as possible.
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