Happy Monday! Yikes! It’s been sooooo long since I’ve posted a blog. 3 months to be exact. But hey…life has gotten super busy. It’s all good stuff. But something had to give. And I decided that at the time, blogs were going to be what had to give. Wasn’t my favorite choice, but certain things I just couldn’t let go of. But…I’ve been working on being more organized and prioritizing my days. So, I’m hoping I’m at a point now where I’ll be able to add these back in weekly 🙂 I’ve also found that doing Instagram stories is just so easy and convenient that I’ve done more of those. I know not everyone is on Instagram. If you’re not, I share tons of info on my stories so try to check it out! But there’s a fine line with these stories. If I have something longer to tell you, it’s best we do it here than there. Sometimes long IG stories get annoying and boring! Lol!
So, gosh…why have I been so busy? Well…business has been booming in an awesome way. As you all know, I’m just so passionate about helping people feel healthier and he happier people. I’ve been able to inspire healthy living on a daily basis and make a difference in so many people’s lives. How cool is that? Not only that, but I’ve been teaching people to do the same. It’s so rewarding and fulfilling to be able to do this. My business has switched gears a few times but I honestly feel like this is where I’m supposed to be. It’s pretty cool to feel like you’re on the right track and doing what you’re meant to do. I feel like life takes twists and turns, but in the end, everything is meant to be and you end up where you should be. Even if things keep constantly changing. I keep going with the flow and embracing the change. So far…it’s worked!
Ok…so let’s switch gears and get right into this week’s topic. I wanted to share with you something I’ve tried out that I’ve always been against. What’s that? Counting macros! For those that know me…I’m not a macro counter. Never have been. Why? Well, it’s soooo much work! And well…I feel like if you’re focusing on eating real, healthy, unprocessed food, you shouldn’t have to count macros. But to be honest…early spring when winter finally seemed over, I wasn’t loving what I looked like or how much I weighed. I know, I know…some of you are saying…what? Is she crazy? But I’m all about being real here. No…I didn’t love the extra 5lbs I was carrying. I immediately notice it in my face and my belly. We all have our “things”. And I didn’t like what I saw in pictures. I want to be the healthiest I can be, but I also want to be happy with the way I feel in my own body. When I started Crossfit 5 years ago, I weighed between 10-12 lbs LESS than I do now. I was in pretty good shape, but not close to what I am now. I LOVE the 10-12lbs I have gained since then. I feel healthier and I look healthier and I’m way more comfortable in my body. I did not like the way my body looked back then. Never would I wear leggings…lol. But over the years, I’ve found my ideal weight. Where I’m healthy, but also happy. And well…when I go over that, I’m not happy. And for me, it’s not that I was eating unhealthy or got off track. But guess what? You can eat all heathy foods and still be gaining weight or not losing.
So, after chatting with one of my Crossfit coaches, we decided it was time for me to try counting macros (insert eye roll). He had mine calculated for me…based on my current weight, weight I wanted to be and my exercise level. So, as much as I didn’t want to do it, I started tracking my food. I hopped on myfitnesspal and took a full week to track what I was eating. The task was daunting!! It was irritating. It took up so much time. And I constantly complained about it. But you know what I learned? A very high percentage of my diet was fat. Granted….all healthy fat. But tons and tons of fat. I was eating clean, but I wasn’t having the right amounts of protein, fat and carbs to meet my goals. I wasn’t too far off on my calories but some days I want even eating enough. Actually, I was kind of all over the place
Now, we all need fat in our diets. My fats consist of things like olive oil, ghee, coconut oil, olives, avocado and nut butters and fats from things like grassfed beef. Also lots of whole eggs. And by the way, I’m all for the health benefits of eating the yolks. But again, I was overloading. So, I started to make some small tweaks. Maybe I don’t put almond milk, avocado and nut butter in my one shake. Instead I used water or flax milk as my base. Or some days I did one yolk and two whites. Or sometimes all whites. These small tweaks made a huge difference! In a week, I was able to lose the lbs and I’ve been able to keep it off. If I feel my body is getting off track, I now know what I need to do. In addition, if you eat the same stuff fairy often like I do, tracking your foods actually becomes easy because it’s all stored in there once you put it in once. So now, if I need to, I can hop on for two or three days and track to see how I’m doing.
Why am I telling you all this? Well…a few reasons. Sometimes you have to try something even if you “think” you’re against it because well…you just never know and there’s always something to learn. Never say never, right? I’m glad I did this because now I have my own experience to discuss with others. Now….If you’re looking to lose weight, am I telling you to start tracking your food right away? NO!!! Tracking food takes time and at the beginning is a lot of work. It can be quite overwhelming, actually. If you’re NEW to eating clean, I highly recommend you focus only on the actual foods you are putting into your body. Making changes to the types of foods you eat can be overwhelming enough. Cutting things like gluten, dairy, and sugar are huge changes for some and it can take a long time to really transition and feel comfortable in this type of lifestyle. Trust me…if you’re new to eliminating these foods…you’ll lose weight whether your track your food or not. But I recommend this is where you start. Once you feel really comfortable…if you feel you’ve plateaued or at a stand still, then start tweaking things. Once eating clean is a natural thing for you…then you can focus on how much and percentages.
I’ve been eating clean/paleo for about 6 years now. It’s taken me a long time be ok with trying out this macro thing. Maybe it won’t take you that long….lol! Trust me…I have always seen the value in counting macros, though. There’s certainly a time and a place for it. For example…if you have certain fitness/athletic goals…then yes. You should be counting macros. But this isn’t me. My goal is just to be the healthiest person I can be. My goal is long term health. Sure, I Crossfit. And I enjoy a PR here and there. But I don’t personally need to be the strongest or fastest. So, I don’t necessarily eat for performance. I eat for health. Everyone has different goals…these are mine. And who knows…it could change. Maybe I decide I want to get back into Crossfit competitions and I’ll need to eat more for performance. The important thing is that you’re open to tweaking and making changes in your diet. Be open that things you’ve done in the past may not necessarily work for you now. For years I was dead set on the rules of eating “paleo”. Now I’ve added certain foods back in, like quinoa, hummus and peanut butter. My body is ok with these. Sometimes I test things like dairy to see if anything has changed. I take the time to eat intuitively and pay attention to how my body feels. Remember…the only rules are the rules for your own body. Every “body” is different. So, do what works for YOU!!! Take the time to learn about yourself. You are so worth it. Find what make YOU feel healthy and makes YOU feel happy.
Moving on the recipe! No need to delay the goodness of this recipe as I know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for it. So, as a background….I haven’t been drinking much alcohol this past few years. I just decided it was’t worth the crappy feeling I felt the next day. Even small amounts of wine or cider started to bother me. I switched to Paleo Wine for a bit (I’ve posted about it in past blogs) and I seemed to do OK with it for a bit. But….after a while, it just wasn’t working for me. Even after one glass, I would wake up the next day feeling foggy and yucky. Not to say I’ll never try it again, but I stopped. When we took our family to Stowe Mountain Resort this February, Scott got a Blood Orange Margarita he fell in love with. So, he decided to try to make them at home. A healthier version, of course, that didn’t consist of things like simple syrup. Well…it took a bit, but he perfected it. So much, that I started to have him try to make a version that would work for me. And now I’ve fallen in love with them! Even better? I don’t feel like crap the next day! BONUS!! I prefer coconut tequila but he prefers regular. Definitely try these! I think you will fall in love. It’ll be the drink of choice this summer for sure.
If you want to see Scott and I making them live, check out our “How-To” video on Facebook. You can find it by clicking HERE Lots of fun and giggles in this video. He was so stressed that I was putting him LIVE on FB…LOL!