My last 10 years were all over the (mostly LCHF) place.
I like simple. I have habits. My body likes stability. My inner rebel likes chaos and freedom. Circumstances vary.
I eat differently on different parts of the year, at least my January and June are very different… I have a very good fruit garden and a passion towards my fruit, that’s the main reason… June is when I never even planned to do keto,. If it happens, nice, if not, I can’t help it, cherries are best raw!
Christmas is way, way easier. I want my normal food.
Still, my weeks are pretty similar, they just drastically changed a few times in the last decade.
It’s helpful (though not required) than my SO is similar, he is fine with similar weeks but needs some kind of variety. But eating the same food for 4 days is fine, we don’t do one course for a meal and we can eat different things with it anyway.
Eggs give me some stability. I always eat eggs. Even if I dislike them (it doesn’t happen every year), I still can consume 5 in some dishes. Like sweets, that always works. Or pancakes. Or when I get hungry so it’s fine.
Almost everything else changed during the years (I stopped eating vegetables and oily seeds, I started eating meat… no dairy with a significant amount of lactose then cream every day…). But after the changes I have a new stable woe with the usual variations and off days.
I have variety regarding meat. I usually have only one proper meat so I eat that on my meatier days. And smoked pork and fish on the others.
But I did vegetarian keto first, for a long time. So it’s a big change.
Macros? They vary a lot as my calorie intake vary a lot. I ate maybe 2400 kcal yesterday (2 small and zillion tiny meals), about 1100 the day before that (kind of OMAD with some inevitable fruits)… My normal is in-between with TMAD (or OMAD and a few bites), it was a very extreme situation but it happens sometimes. My strongest recorded keto day had 2900 kcal I guess. Much added fat does that to me.
I don’t care about my fat macro, only my calories to some extent, not like I can control that :D. But my fat intake varies the most. I had pleasant, occasionally perfect (I mean, I couldn’t do it every day) keto days with 50 and 250g fat, both are fine (50 was extreme, obviously on a lower-calorie day, I LOVE fat, much more than what my numbers show). My protein is in a smaller range, almost always between 70 and 160g (usually 100-130) so it’s always good and usually a bit high but that’s no problem.
My carb intake on keto was around 40g in the first many months (my total carbs were significantly higher) as it was impossible for me to go lower, now it’s 5-12g on my best days (when I avoid plants quite successfully and am careful with lactose) but if I add plants, I leave keto immediately. Oh well. I will learn, it’s very new still.
Number of meals? 0 is very rare. OMAD happens sometimes but I can’t do that every day, I tried, not for me. TMAD is very frequent, I usually eat too much though, that’s why I tried OMAD. TMAD will be perfect for maintenance, I imagine. Or gaining muscles. I never was good with small meals (I blame the carbs…) but I have those now. Below 1000 kcal.
3 or more proper meals is overeating and wrong but tiny meals in my small eating window are fine. They are always fruits or coffee with cream.
Timing… I don’t eat before noon, period (except if I wake up before 6am, I need food to feel alive. but I am very seriously against food in any other case). On weekdays, I almost never eat before 3-4pm and sometimes I am a bit hungry then, usually not. A few hours later I have my second and hopefully last meal.
In my better days I drink coffee only between noon and bedtime. Now I drink coffee all the time. It’s often my main water source in the first several hours after waking up (I try to bring back tea but I still prefer coffee as I prefer drinking little at that time and I drink tea in bigger amounts). Once I managed 1.5 liter coffee during the day, I drink it super weak…
For some strange reason, my thirst arrives late and I drink a lot of water then. Exercise changes that, I am thirsty even if it’s early. And it’s early as I can exercise well only in my well-fasted state.
Basically I eat whatever, whenever, however I fancy but I have my habits, facts and I vaguely follow my own rules for my current woe - unless temptations happen as I don’t resist them… But I train myself to avoid them… So it’s complicated. So my eating habits are somewhat stable, somewhat not…
I love to experiment to learn about myself and find my best woe. Not like I could stick to that all the time but unusual days are fine.