Speaking to PEOPLE, Teddi Mellencamp said she sticks to a “clean” diet at home so she can enjoy and be more relaxed when she goes out with her family and friends.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said, “I try to eat as clean as possible during the day so when I do go out with friends or family, I can be more relaxed in my choices. That creates a healthy balance for me.”
Mellencamp explained that she found that balance after years of spending “yo-yoing” between different meals and weighing more than 200 lbs.
She is now a health and fitness coach.
One of the important aspects of her diet is she has her breakfast every day. The mother of two said, “I never miss breakfast. It starts out my day. I journal and have breakfast super early before the kiddos even wake up.”
Mellencamp does exercise at least one hour each day.
She said, “I do it for mental reasons as much as physical reasons. Some days I push myself hard, running long distance or intense spinning, and some days I take a walk or a yoga class. I listen to my body on what it wants and needs but I always make sure I take an hour for myself each day.”
Mellencamp makes sure that she gets enough protein into every meal, starting her breakfast with the eggs, turkey bacon, and almond butter, according to an Atlanta-based dietician Marisa Moore.
Moore said, “This protein and fiber-packed meal will help her feel full throughout the morning. The almond butter provides extra protein and healthy fats to round out the breakfast.”
“I encourage eating the whole egg to take advantage of nutrients in the yolk like vitamin D for bone health and immune function, choline for energy and more, and antioxidants like lutein,” added Moore. At launch, Mellencamp adds more lean proteins with her turkey snack, tuna and edamame, with her chicken paillard dinner at the end of the day. Moore said, “This is a well-balanced meal that will likely help her get through the evening feeling satisfied, yet it’s light enough that it won’t interfere with sleep.”