Flexible Dieting

Flexible Dieting

I finally decided to delve deeper into what is known as "flexible dieting". Why the sudden interest? Well it's actually not so sudden, and as you know I've talked a lot about counting macros, trying to better understand macros, and what I've done to find a healthy and sustainable diet. This has all been based off of a loose macro guideline and what I've learned about nutrition through personal experience and experiments. But I never truly understood the science behind it all and how macro and micronutrients affect our body. My younger sister is the one who first suggested I read more about it. She had read books on flexible dieting from a friend of ours Krissy Mae Cagney. Well actually she read them long before we even knew Krissy, but ironically we've both crossed paths with her separately. Although I knew Krissy through social media for quite some time, I finally met her a couple years ago at Mark Bell's gym in Sacramento. Krissy lives in Reno and dates a good friend and teammate of mine. She's also very involved in the CrossFit community so we cross paths often now. She's a good friend and an awesome person. 

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Understanding Macros + my detailed food journal

Understanding Macros + my detailed food journal

I’ve been counting my macros for a week now, so what have I learned? I’ve learned that I have some more experimenting to do that’s for sure. But the experiment so far has been good. My goal going into this was to learn more about how my body reacts to food, how monitoring my macros can improve my performance in the gym, and what an ideal day of food looks like for me. I’ve found a fairly rough guideline that’s helped me lose the few pounds I was hoping to lose while still maintaining my energy in the gym.

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Counting Macros Week 1

Counting Macros Week 1

Yesterday I decided I was going to count my macros. Currently, I'm at a healthy, easily maintainable weight. I have a good relationship with food and I enjoy what I eat. But, I'm also a competitive athlete heading into my season and I would like to dig a little deeper into my diet to find out if a few tweaks here and there and a better understanding of the portions I'm eating could affect and improve my performance in the gym. I ate just as I normally would yesterday and I've already learned where I need to make some changes. Carbs and fat are easy to come by, and I need to be cautious not to overeat them. On the other hand, my protein intake is on the lighter side so I want to be a little more aware of when and how much I’m eating at each meal and snack. 

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Counting Macros

Counting Macros

I’ve decided to count my macros. Why? For multiple reasons. I feel like I do a good job of balancing my carbs, fat and protein at each meal. It’s all an eyeball guesstimate and I listen to when my body tells me I’m full. But at the same time I often wonder, are my eyeball guesstimates right? If I tweaked this or that would my body respond better? Could my performance in the gym improve simply by a few adjustments to my diet? Well, I’ve decided to find out!

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