Hello my lovelies,
Its Monday, its freezing and I think my toes are about to fall off, but other than that all is well.
Today I want to talk about the phrase that we love in the PT office at the moment, 'what works for you'
So all of you now reading this blog have some what embarked in my clean eating adventure and over the last 6 months, results have been brilliant.
What I need you all to do now is to start tuning in and listening to your bodies.
So you have been clean eating, but by lunchtime your starving and you always end up grabbing a bag of crisps? Because your starving right? Or you do so well all day, but by the time you get home the 'sweet' craving becomes unbearable and down goes a whole bar of chocolate, or your fine until after you train, when you then start feeling ravenously hungry. And it happens everyday.
Over the last few months after being diagnosed celiac I have had to really start paying attention to what my body wants, likes, dislikes. Your body wont be giving these signs off to make you feel this way for a bit of a laugh, it means it wants something it requires something, so lets start to plan for that eventuality, instead of getting caught short and then feeling guilty about it.
Hunger pangs in the day? Are your meals your preparing yourself adequate enough? How much protein or clean calories are you feeding your body? A bit of lettuce and a sad bit of chicken is not going to cut the mustard! Try bulking put your breakfasts and lunches with plenty of veg, good carbs (sweet potato, oats, brown rice etc) earlier on in the day to avoid carb overload later in the evening.
Starving after training? Make sure your post workout meals are replacing your glycogen stores. A good source of protein some good carbs and a banana should do the trick.
Lost weight to start with? Now its not moving? You will probably find you have snuck in something you were not having before, revisit your MFP diaries from when you were on a roll, oh the 7 oatcakes in the evening your having now, plus porridge for breakfast because its cold out, ok these things are fine, but also look at is as another 100g of carbs you are putting in your body extra than before, altering slightly, ok I ll have the porridge for breakfast but go easy on the oatcakes, or I had eggs for breakfast so I can enjoy some sweet potato wedges after training and a few oatcakes as a snack is fine.
But if you go from sticking to your macros at say 100g of carbs a day to say
Breakfast - porridge
Snack - oatcakes
Lunch Chicken with pitta
Dinner chicken and sweet potato wedges
Yes it is all clean but you have just shoved on another 150g plus carbs a day. Your body will react!!
Of course cheat days and heavy exercise days have a bit more.
I know its cold out but don't neglect our beloved protein and good fats, these babies are the ones that will help us achieve weight loss and all over toned muscle, whilst keeping a healthy immune system. They should be your number one priority. Once again PLEASE this is no Atkins get your carbs by all means, just keep them in good measure, within the first 3/4 of your day and or around your workout times.
Last point adequate calories!!!! STOP UNDER EATING you calorie deprived strange bunch, I'm saying EAT …… EAT UP!!!!! Jesus if someone says that to me….. just hand me the fork? Where shall I start? I will say and say it again, depriving yourself of the calories your body requires to function on a day to day basis, is just as bad as over eating it makes your body produce the stress hormone 'Cortisol’ which all in all, makes your body store fat. When have I ever done you wrong? Listen to me kids 😊 I knows my food 😊 I shall be going into the effects of stress and why it makes you fat next week.
Until then we have Almond Butter flapjacks below, give it a go!
Peace love and protein shakes,
Linda Anne Adamson
My Goal... to make people happy with the skin they are in. To make the best of what they have got.