Let me give you a little background. I’ve always been active and I love to workout. I had never worried too much about what I was/wasn’t eating. When I turned 35 I noticed my metabolism start to slow down and over the past year I started to feel crappy. I’ve been extra tired, moody, gaining weight, my hair breaking off, etc. It’s been super frustrating. I had my hormones checked and they were way out of whack. It got me thinking about how I eat. So, I started tracking all my food intake in the My Fitness Pal app on my phone and upped my protein, a lot.
FLEXIBLE EATING | MACROS
Have you heard of flexible dieting, or counting your macros? For me, it’s the most sustainable plan I’ve used. I don’t do well with anything that doesn’t allow me to eat what I want. If I want Yogurtland or a bean and cheese burrito, I’ll have it. IF, it fits my macros for the day. What is counting your macros? It’s counting your protein, fat and carbs for the day. You can calculate your own macros HERE. I typically stayed around 1000-1200 calories a day before I started flexible eating, and I was gaining weight. A weight I had maintained for a solid decade. Once I did my calculations I upped my calories to 1450-1600 per day with an average of 110-150 grams of protein per day. You know what happened? I started to lose the pounds that snuck up on me even though I was eating more food!
I log all my food into My Fitness Pal. The app if free but if you want to change the calculations into grams and enter the macro info you are wanting to stick with, then you pay a yearly fee of $49. It’s worth it to me to have everything tracked so I don’t have to overthink it. Here are a few examples of what I’m eating. I won’t bore you with everyday. Mainly because most days look the same…
TUESDAY- Breakfast: Quest Cookie Dough Bar | Lunch: Grilled Chicken Breast. Brown Rice. Grilled Asparagus | Dinner: Bean and Cheese Burrito | Snacks: Beef Jerky. Green Drink. 3 Hard Boiled Eggs (whites only). Quest S’mores Bar
WEDNESDAY- Breakfast: Quest Cookie Dough Bar. 2 Hard Boiled Egg Whites. | Lunch: Smoked Chicken Sausage with Mustard. Peppered Turkey (deli meat) Wrapped Around Pickles | Dinner: Kale Salad with Garbanzo Beans, Tomatoes, Feta, Cucumber and Balsamic. Grilled Salmon. Snacks: 5 Cups Air-Popped Popcorn with 1.5 Tbsp Organic Unsalted Butter. Good & Plenty’s. Watermelon.
Tip: I buy the pre cooked hard boiled eggs from Costco. They are $8.99 for 24 organic eggs. Pre-cooked and peeled and packaged in groups of 6. You guys..they are awesome and don’t smell up your house. I rinse them off and add a little salt. So convenient and easy!
Can you see snacking is where most my macros go? Two reasons. I eat while I work on my laptop & I love to snack with Jeff after the kids go to bed.
I’m excited to share more meal ideas, info on flexible eating and my workouts with you every Thursday during our #betterYOULandL series. Don’t forget to use the hashtag on Instagram so we can see what you’re up to.
Have a great Thursday! XXO lisa