Monday, August 28, 2017

What I Eat

It has been highly requested lately that I share what I eat so here goes the food info.

the parlor girl what I eat

As you know from this post, I have completed and passed 36 weeks of BBG. And as important as working out is, working out is just a part of how you look. It is actually about 80% of what you put into your mouth that dictates how your body looks. That's crazy huh?! Guess it's true that you are what you eat. Haha.

You know what's funny? Most of the time when I am chatting with girls/clients/friends the most common statement I hear is:

"I cannot figure out why my body is not changing as I have a shake for breakfast, a salad for lunch and some vegetables and protein for dinner..."

OMG I would whither on that! Most people are starving their bodies and don't even know it.

Our bodies are like a furnace and require calories to burn energy, fat and just plain function.

People-wake up you are starving your bodies and therefore they think they need to squirrel away every last calorie in fear of not getting more nutrition. You need to eat! I  promise you it will be the best thing for your body and mind to have good, quality calories. The best part is, your body will adjust and start burning them and more. It really is so crazy to watch.

I use to compete in figure and that taught me how to manipulate carbs, protein and fat to tweak my body into becoming more lean, adding muscle or maintaining an overall healthy look. However, competition eating is super unhealthy and just wasn't my jam.

What is my jam is eating healthy, knowing that what I put into my body is good for it, having sustained energy throughout the day to chase my little and feeling good in my skin, bikinis and however else I choose to dress. And I hope to inspire you to do the same!

Recently, I hit a plateau with my eating. I knew that if I restricted more, I would be in the same boat as others comments above↑

So, I reached out to an amazing team at Ledbetter Inc. and had them construct a reverse diet for me. They were super fast in response and got it to me in a day. The whole reverse process took about 6-8 weeks of slowly adding in more calories each week to help reverse and reset my metabolism. I am now sustained at a little over 2000 calories a day and let me tell you friends, it feels friking good to eat!! My body feels good and my mind feels good!!

What I eat and how much I eat is purely tailored to my height, weight, age and physical activity. So you really need to figure out all your personal specifics/stats first, to know exactly how much to put into your body. I also use an app to track my calories called MyMacros+ and love it as I am totally nerdy and enjoy seeing the numbers. Plus, you would be really surprised to see how much you are under and over eating. It really is eye-opening.

Here is a sample of a typical day for me. Again, the amounts, measurements/proportions will all be different from body to body. I urge you to either enlist help or go to IIFYM and use their calculator to help you find your starting points. You could always email me as I have a few people I could point you in the right direction to as well .

parlor girl oatmeal egg white pancake
What I Eat:

Sample Day:
6:30 Rx Bar

9:30 egg whites, oatmeal, pecans or walnuts

12:30 chicken, tuna or ground turkey, green veggies & quinoa or rice, italian dressing

3:30 rice cakes, almond butter, protein shake

6:30 chicken, flank steak or fish, green veggies/green salad, brown rice, dark chocolate

9:30 shake or bar or an apple & almond butter if I am starving before bed

Things I consume:
>Proteins: Wild Salmon, Turkey, Chicken, Flank Steak, Eggs, Tuna
>Carbohydrates: Brown Rice, Quinoa, Cous Cous, Oats, Yams, Red Potatoes
>Veggies: all kinds mostly greens, mushrooms
>Fruits: Berries, cherries, grapes, pineapple, apples, peaches, nectarine and oranges
>Fats: Avocado, Almonds, Pecans, Olives
>Spices: Tumeric, Cinnamon (goes on E/T like in shakes & even in my coffee from this post!!), garlic and ginger
>1/2-1 gallon of water a day
>La Croix gives you the bubbly for cravings
>Dark Chocolate
>MCT Oil
>Bee Pollen Granules
>Coffee & Green Tea
>Oils: Coconut and EVOO

Things I avoid: 
>Soda- I gave this up before pregnancy and it was the best thing ever. I maybe have 6 sodas a year, if even because let's keep it real sometimes you love that burn going down your throat but the gut repercussions are not worth it
>White Flour- cakes, cookies, muffins, pasta (just the white)
>Sauces- most have sugar in them, be sure to read the labels
>Dairy (although I am not going to lie sometimes I crave cheese)
>Hydrogenated Oils- bye bye yummy creamer & Skippy Peanut Butter lol
>Excessive Alcohol- I usually have a glass of Rosé or Champs (alcohol converts to sugar so not too much!)
>Processed Foods- these are the things at the store you think are easy to grab because they are already made or are snacky items. Chips, crackers, cookies, pre-made dinners.
>Oils: Seed, Vegetable & Soy
>Peanut Butter- a legume and disagrees with my tummy
>Donuts

Now... Don't get me wrong, there are days we get pizza, indulge in Taco Bell and enjoy peach cobbler.

But the majority of the time you will find me eating very close to this above. I have a sensitive tummy and I especially eat like this at work so I don't have to have an upset stomach while I am not home.

I hope this helps some of you who may have questions about what to eat.

Thanks for reading... xx PeeGe

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