How to Eat Like a MasterChef for a Day

Lighten UpWhen you’re busy owning an acclaimed restaurant, winning Chef of the Year in Chicago, judging six seasons of MasterChef, participating in Top Chef Masters and Iron Chef America, serving as culinary director of Lollapalooza and celebrating a recent Food Network partnership, there isn’t much time for anything else. But in July 2013, Chicago-based chef Graham Elliot knew he needed a life change and made the time to focus on his health. In just over a year, the chef known for his old-school techniques and classic American cuisine (think all things butter and cream), managed to lose 150 pounds and run in the Chicago Marathon.

How? By focusing on the foods he should eat rather than what he shouldn’t. Elliot says it’s easier to say, “I should have three green things today, or try to have 80 grams of protein as opposed to making sure I never have a dessert and stay away from pasta.” He also underwent a sleeve gastrectomy procedure to limit his food intake. Elliot credits his life change to having more respect for his body and eating flavorful (yet simple) ingredients. “It’s funny,” Elliot says, “because chefs love to make delicious, wholesome things for guests and then end up eating crap for themselves!”

Related: 6 Easy (and Tasty!) Ways to Eat Healthy

Are you looking to make a positive change in how you eat? Try this one-day meal plan from Elliot to start your healthy eating  journey:

Graham Elliot's Meal Plan

 

This article originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.

 

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Cecilia Meis

Cecilia Meis

Cecilia Meis is a full-time writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. Besides SUCCESS, her work has appeared in Time Out Dallas, Rewire, Healthline and others. Outside of work, she plays beach volleyball, attempts home cooking and is ardently working toward making her cat, Nola, Insta-famous.

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