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What I Ate Wednesday | Tracking Macros

I first tried out the concept of tracking macros last year – Thank you Brittany! – And have been on and off for the last 12 months. After reinjuring my back over the Summer, and seeing the inevitable adjustment to my diet and exercise routines as a result, I realized just how helpful tracking my macros is to ensure I’m consuming enough fuel every day.

When I fall off the macro wagon, I find that I eat less protein and fat, and more sugar. It’s a great way to make sure that I’m being conscious about my dietary choices rather than winging it. And best of all, I feel more satiated and less bloated when I’m tracking.

Since I’m back to tracking every day and really enjoying the results, I thought I’d share a What I Ate Wednesday to show you what kind of foods are fitting into my program.

Early Morning:

While I don’t consider myself an Intermittent Faster, I do tend to have a 14-16 hour fasted period overnight. That’s mostly due to my schedule though, I go to bed early and can’t sleep with a full stomach, so I don’t usually eat after 6pm.

The first thing that I do when I wake up is have a full water bottle. Once I get to work I have an Irish Breakfast Tea, black with no sweeteners, and more water.

9am-10am: Scramble

I’ve been on a meal prepping kick lately and have been making huge batches of veggie scrambles on Sundays to eat for breakfast the whole week.

I use whatever vegetables I have on hand to bulk them up and tend to top them with Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning or Green Dragon Hot Sauce. I like a little kick.

This week’s scramble included green spinach, cherry tomatoes, yellow peppers, shallots, red onion, garlic, zucchini, yellow squash, and lots of turmeric. I tend to alternate between using eggs and tofu.

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12pm: Smoothie + Oats

I train at 11am so after my workout I make a protein smoothie with plant-based protein. For healthy carbs I’ll either add some oats to my smoothie or if I’m more interested in eating than drinking, I’ll make a little protein oats bowl to go along with the smoothie.

My go-to smoothie combination right now is:

It’s an easy combo and is both delicious and filling. Oat-wise, I’ll either add 1/4 cup to the smoothie to thicken it up, or I’ll mix 1/4-1/2 cup of oats with maca, cinnamon, chia seeds, and maybe scoop of Orgain protein powder. Vanilla of course. 🙂

3pm: Protein Pancakes

I tried making protein cookies last week, but I didn’t find them very satisfying. I really look forward to protein pancakes so it’s a better choice for me.

You can find my favorite recipe here. I’ll usually top with FluffButter or almond butter.

5:45pm: Salad + Veggie Burger

We’ve been having ourselves a bit of heat wave here in San Francisco so I’ve been craving salads and refusing to turn on the stove. {No air conditioning in SF!}

I usually do a variation of this Chopped Vegan Taco Salad because it’s such a great combination of produce, fiber, and protein. I add in extra veggies when I have them or chop up a veggie burger and toss it in.

Dressing hack: When I’m too lazy to make my creamy avocado dressing, I’ll just mix 2 tablespoons of guacamole with an Italian vinaigrette. It’s easy and tasty.

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6pm: Dessert

My go-do dessert lately has been a banana soft serve bowl with powdered peanut butter and a chopped up Vega protein bar. It’s like a healthy sundae. So good.

But if I’m feeling lazy, or have – GASP – run out of bananas, I’ll have caramel rice cakes with Fluffbutter.

Evening:

After dinner I usually have a tea – Either Yerba Buena Tea Co.’s Turmeric tea or a Sleepy Time variety. Plus more water.

Do YOU want to see my healthy sundae recipe? 🙂

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Travel + Macros | Staying Healthy on the Road

Finding healthy food choices is a challenge when you’re traveling, finding healthy, allergen-friendly foods can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Since I’ve been counting macros and watching my protein intake the last few months, it’s been even more paramount that I find a way to eat well while I’m traveling.

I love traveling and I’ll never give it up, so I’ve had to learn how to prepare in advance for trips to help me stay on track. Here’s a three-part breakdown on how I approach travel and counting macros.

Food Prep:

I like to prep my first meal or two to take with me on a trip, especially if it’s a roadtrip, and put them in a collapsible Tupperware container that can easily be stored while I’m on the road.

Some go-to choices are simple veggie and tofu sautee, roasted veggies, frozen smoothies, and usually a few protein muffins or protein pancakes as healthy snacks.

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{The aftermath of food prep as I get ready for a trip!}

Packing Protein:

Bars, protein powder packets, nut butter, and trail mix are my go-to easy travel snacks. I can always find eggs or salads or roasted veggies while I’m traveling, it’s the vegan protein that’s hard to come by.

A few favorites are No Cow Bars {they were in my January Favorites Round-Up!}, Simply Protein Bars, Protein Chips, raw trail mix, and protein peanut butter.

Research:

Before a trip I like to do online research on restaurants and grocery stores. It’s definitely harder overseas, especially in more rural areas, but fairly easy when traveling in the US.

And, if at all possible, I love to have a kitchen on a trip so that I don’t have to eat out for every meal. Airbnb is a great option, picking a place with a kitchen instead of a tiny hotel room.

Do YOU have any tips for finding healthy, whole food sources while you travel? Am I missing any great snacks to try out?

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Brittany Dawn Fitness: Training & Macro Review

I recently completed 30 days of training and macro counting with Brittany Dawn Fitness and I thought it would be a fun to start doing reviews of the programs that I try out.

I’m an avid follower of trainers and personal wellness gurus on social media so I’m going to start offering up my thoughts on the programs that I tackle in my personal life.

When I decided that I wanted to give macro counting a try to tighten things up in preparation for my birthday, I knew I wanted to reach out to Brittany of Brittany Dawn Fitness. I’ve always found her posts inspirational and wait excitedly for new YouTube videos.

As I said in my macro-related post {Macro Counting}, it comes down to keep track of and trying to hit goals for your daily intake of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. All the while, staying under set limits of sugar and sodium.

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With the Brittany Dawn Fitness program I received three main things:

  1. Personalized Macro Breakdown
  2. 30 Days of Workouts
  3. Coaching

Curious how it went? Here’s a review as well as some of my personal experience with these aspects of the 30 day program.

Macros:

I didn’t know where to start on this so it was great to talk to someone experienced, get a program tailored to my needs, and have the ability to have follow-up conversations and tweak the plan. We aren’t talking about a restrictive diet, this was a ton of food. I won’t share the specific macros, but here a sample of a date of eating:

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  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Protein oats
  • Smoothie
  • Salad + veggie burger
  • Nuts + dried fruit
  • Banana softserve

Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling hungry. And some days, I actually had trouble finishing all of the food. I set aside a few minutes each morning to play with my menu for the day in My Fitness Pal and then adjusted it throughout the day as needed.

Training:

I love weight training and usually make it to the gym at least 5 times a week. Sometimes more. Needless to say, it’s easy to get bored or plateau when you work out as often as I do. That means that I was especially looking forward to see the workouts that get Miss Brittany looking so fabulous.

What I really liked was how her workouts pushed me outside of my comfort zone. While I normally might skip a workout with moves I’ve never done or that I think are too challenging – This program pushed me to get creative and try new things. I don’t think I’ve done bench press since high school!

The only downside was that the workouts are fairly long – Sometimes I didn’t have enough time to finish all the moves or sets during my lunch break workouts.

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Coaching:

This was, without a doubt, my favorite part about the 30 day program. Once a week I sent Brittany an email with my progress – From my measurements and weight to pictures and a breakdown of how I’m feeling. I loved not only being held accountable, but also getting to chat with someone knowledgeable and interested in helping me meet my goals.

I don’t know about you, but when I get excited about a new program or finish setting some exciting new goals, I want to talk to someone about it! So, having an online trainer buddy that I can chat with takes the pressure of le boyfriend to listen to me ramble about my workouts and diet. 🙂

Who are YOUR go-to trainers? Do you have any super inspirational online fitness or healthy living gurus I need to follow?

After taking a few weeks off after my program I’ve just started a 60 Day Fall Challenge with BDawnFit so stay tuned to hear how it goes!

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Counting Macros

If you’re a fitness freak like me or a big follower of fitness or food bloggers/professionals, I’m sure you’re heard of macros or counting macros.

No? Check out A Love Squad’s Macros vs Micros for a great breakdown. Basically, rather than counting calories, you’re keeping track of your macro nutrients – Protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

That’s not to say that micronutrients – Vitamins and minerals – Aren’t as important, counting macros is just a different way to look at things. Frequently macro-counting results in very clean food with lots of lean protein, vegetables, and grains like brown rice and quinoa. Obviously I wasn’t going to start eating chicken or fish for this little experiment, so meal prep and planning out my grocery trips were important.

I got a few questions from friends and family about why I wanted to try counting macros. It’s not to lose weight, it’s not to diet. The reasons are really two-fold.

First, I like trying new ways of eating. I feel like everyone has a different ideal diet that suits their body type and activity level. And while a high raw, gluten & dairy free, vegetarian diet has worked well for me for a number of years, our bodies change over time. And how do I know what’s best if I don’t give some other ways of eating a try?

Second, I like to experiment on myself. I’m studying to become a personal trainer right now and considering nutrition-related programs for the future, and I think it’s important to keep an open mind. How can I give suggestions or recommendations if I never try something?

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Over the years I’ve tried full veganism {I’m still mostly vegan with the occasional egg thrown into the mix}, raw, intermittent fasting, carb-backloading, and a modified paleo diet. I truthfully think most of these highly talked about lifestyles have benefits to them, it’s just about finding the right mix to meet your personal needs.

So what’s my plan of attack? I’m going to try two months of tracking macros and keeping an eye on my progress. I did tons of research on this and was trying to piece together a meal plan for myself, only to realize I’d like some help. I follow a number of YouTubers and trainers that track macros so I reached out to favorite of mine for a customized macro plan.

Stay tuned to see me tackle this Brittany Dawn Fitness program. You can find behind-the-scenes meal prep, cooking, and gym shots on Instagram and Snapchat {moicontrelavie}.

Have YOU ever tried counting macros?

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