Jessie James Decker Basically Follows An IF Diet—But She Doesn’t Call It That

Jennifer Nied
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From Women's Health

Country singer Jessie James Decker has major heart eyes for food—and is damn proud of it. "I am such a lover of food," she tells Women's Health. "Everyone around me—my friends, my family—knows it; I am a foodie. I think about food when I wake up and I go to bed thinking about if I could have another snack. I just love to eat." Relatable...

The mom of three, Kittenish designer, and newly-minted cookbook author has a lot on her plate, and she's figured out exactly what she needs to fuel all of her projects and stay balanced. "I like to be in shape and feel that energy," Jessie says. "I use food as my fuel."

Just how Jessie eats, though, really depends on the day and she doesn't typically follow a specific diet. "There are some weeks when I'm following more of a strict diet because I have something coming up," she says. "But, you know, for the most part, I'm always enjoying food and I always say 'everything in moderation' on a day-to-day basis."

That said, though she doesn't use the term "intermittent fasting," Jessie's eating habits fall roughly into a 16:8 fasting routine. "I eat what I want to eat within that time frame but don't overdo it," she says. "The timing really is important to me."

Here's what you'll usually find Jessie James Decker eating and enjoying throughout the day.

Breakfast

"When I wake up, I start with some coffee and a little cream and stevia. I drink it all morning long," Jessie tells Women's Health. "I don't like to eat until I'm actually hungry, which is usually later, around 11 a.m."

When the grumbles kick in, Jessie has her first meal. "I'll have some bread from a local bread company. I get fresh honey wheat bread every week," she says. "That's honestly what we all eat for breakfast: Toast and butter. We have salted butter that we leave out, so it's really nice and mushy when we're spread it on on our bread. We love our toast in the morning."

Lunch

Jessie's buttered toast is really like a lunch appetizer, because she's ready for her midday meal around 12:30 or 1 p.m.

Exactly what you'll find on her plate varies from day to day. "I've been making these little bowls with tuna on top of salad and a scoop of hummus and a handful of pita chips."

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Or, if she skips her morning toast, Jessie gets that local bread in on her lunch action. "I'll have a tuna sandwich with a handful of barbecue chips, or something similar."

When she needs to whip up something quick, Jessie also keeps a stockpile of frozen meals from Trader Joe's. "They are so good if I don't have time to make myself lunch," she says. "I get the Indian curry or butter chicken and rice meals, and they are so delicious and filling. I have stashes of them in the freezer in the garage. I never want to run out."

Snacks

Because she gets all the nourishment she needs from her two main meals (lunch and dinner), Jessie isn't much of a snacker. "For me, it's all about eating a bigger lunch," she says. "I don't want to eat anything till dinner and I don't really need a snack."

Dinner

Unless she and her husband (ya know, Eric Decker) are having a date night, Jessie says her fam always eats a home-cooked dinner and sits down early. "We eat dinner every day between 5 and 5:30 p.m."

Typically, she whips up something from scratch, like pasta, chicken tacos, gumbo, or lasagna. "We get creative" Jessie says. Another family favorite: Grilled steak with a side of grilled corn and tomato salad.

She doesn't restrict herself at dinner, either. "When you're cooking at home and you know what you're putting in your food, I don't think you have to be that strict," she explains. "I don't always think it needs to be grilled chicken over greens. A lot of times I make my homemade pasta so I know what's going in the pasta. It's not that challenging and it's worth it."

You'll find lots of her go-to's in her new cookbook Just Feed Me. "Literally everything in that book is something I have made in my kitchen," Jessie tells WH.

Dessert

Although she may not be a snacker, Jessie does leave room for some sweet nibbles and sips after dinner. In fact, they're non-negotiable.

"I gotta have dessert one way or the other," she says. "I'll have a handful of chocolate-covered almonds or make chocolate chip cookies. I always want dessert, and the kids always want ice cream, so we get the gallons of ice cream from a local place. I'm not a big ice cream girl, so I don't really join in with them on that one."

Otherwise, Jessie loves finishing out the day with a little vino. "Or, I'll have a glass of red wine, which kind of takes care of cravings for me."

Usually, this goes down pretty early, so Jessie has plenty of time to digest before bed. "I don't like to eat past 6 p.m. at night," she says.

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