Is it possible to still prep for a goal (or even a competition) without becoming fully engulfed with counting, tracking, and “obsessing” over food? I know how important it is to monitor your intake, because at the end of the day “calories in vs calories out” is really what’s going to be responsible for weight loss or weight gain. The last few weeks I’ve really been getting back into lifting weights and working on my physique but I want to do it in a way that I don’t live on MyFitnessPal or carry a scale around in my purse. Okay that only happened once when I went for salmon sashimi a few weeks out from my show..
I personally feel that the second you put limits and restrictions on your diet, the more likely you are to experience feelings of guilt the second you derail. I don’t often talk about my personal journey, (insert “i don’t always” meme here) but I feel since I’ve overcome my bad relationship with food I can share the process that I went through in order to heal myself after months of tracking macros, counting calories, and over exercising. I used to think you needed to follow an “all or nothing” diet to see results. Clean eating, paleo, meal plans etc. But I think following anything strict will just set you up for failure, because we always want what we can’t have. Whether it’s Leonardo DiCaprio, a nutella donut, or that glass of wine…
Giving yourself the opportunity to eat anything and everything is probably the best advice I can give. Second to that is taking days off from the gym, and realizing you don’t need to do those 30 minutes of cardio to work off those few glasses of wine and chocolate cake. Your body is a reflection of how you vision it in your mind. Not by how you think you should look or how you deserve to feel based on what your put on your plate. Isn’t that ridiculous? How you can tell yourself you’re “fat” because you ate something you shouldn’t? And then the rest of the day you legitimately feel bad.. Whether it be guilt or actual digestive upset. How you exercise your mind is what’s actually important. I know I’ve said this before but it’s bang on. “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right”-Henry Ford
Letting go of food rules and just focusing on eating real, whole foods, with the odd treat is honestly the best thing for your mental and physical health. Moving your body because you want to and not because you have to. I don’t crave “bad” foods when I let myself have some roasted fig dark chocolate in my freezer before bed, or one of my muffins that I keep on hand smothered with peanut butter. On the other hand, I also can’t wait to dive into my spinach salad with peppers, tomatoes, nuts, sprouts, chicken, and avocado for lunch. It’s not a “chore” to eat clean, but if I am restricted to eating only clean foods there’s no doubt I’ll start to resent them.
So with that, I honor my hunger, and I honor my sweet tooth. I respect my body enough to eat my veggies, drink plenty of water, and exercise often, and yes, sometimes that means at 5 am! But I respect my sanity enough to eat my chocolate, drink my wine, and sleep in. So with that, here’s some yummies we baked up last night! I used a recipe off of Ambitious Kitchen but made a few swap outs and made them into mini muffins 🙂 The muffins on the right were made by my roommate, she used an organic muffin mix and added in walnuts, cranberries, and blueberries!
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ¾ cup quick oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 bananas
- ⅓ cup baking truvia
- 1 T coconut oil
- 1 egg
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 T cashew milk
- 1 T cinnamon
- ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix together ripened bananas, egg, coconut oil, cashew milk, and greek yogurt
- Add in flour, oats, baking soda, truvia, and cinnamon
- Spray mini muffin tin with baking spray (I used coconut oil spray)
- Spoon batter into muffin tray, feel free to fill each tin as they don't rise too much
- Bake for 14-16 minutes
Hope ya’ll enjoy!