Eating this Thai chicken quinoa bowl for lunch when really I want tacos and cookies and brownies and all the chocolate 🙃 #timeofthemonth anyone? 😅 this is pretty good though but it’s no tacos and chips with white cheese dip 😩🤤
DAY 6 in the reset challenge group and we are talking Fitting the nutrition/macros together into a day and how that works for families .
This is an important part of everything for me. I have lots of clients who range from 0 thought into their nutrition to those that meal prep for 5 days at a time
The key to success as always is consistency and Whilst I can pretty much guarantee you that if you meal prepped for 5 days in a row and stick only to those meals and everything was calculated you'd absolutely achieve your goals... it doesn't sound very family friendly to me. It doesn't allow for social trips out or "what you fancy"
So for me there's a balance to be struck between striving for hitting the right calories and macros through some pre planning and then being flexible with your day when that doesn't go to plan or doesn't fit with your family.
Here's an example of this morning.
I'd planned to have eggs, avocado and greens - but when I woke up the bump had decided eggs today were a no go - a common thing during pregnancy that sometimes you'll just not fancy things you have planned
So instead I went with it and made
Avocado, banana and mixed nuts and made my toddler avocado on toast, mixed nuts and dates .
My toddlers macros are different to mine as kids need more carbohydrates than adults (around 50%) - for interest I've also included the nutritional macro info for her meal .
You can see looking at these photos that Whilst everything looks good on paper it didn't give me much of a protein boost.
I simply adapted the next meal/snack around 10am to be a bowl of tuna which balanced things back out - it's not about what you have just at each meal but by looking at the day overall allowing for change and flexibility .
If I was being rigid in my approach I could've "written off my day" by 7am but by being flexible allowed every thing to still be perfectly on track .
Can you remember an instance where one meal has thrown you off track? Can you see where you can be flexible in this approach to fit it in throughout the day? .
Thoughts below 👇
Tomorrow we are talking family friendly healthy meals, reducing time cooking and food waste 🥒🥗🥕🍲
For breakfast today we have: goat cheese pesto scrambled eggs (AKA failed omelette 😑) topped w/ sautéed mushrooms, red peppers and spinach; roasted yam bites; fresh raspberries, kiwis, and mandarin oranges.
Ever since switching to a more plant-based diet, I’ve been SO HUNGRY ALL THE DAMN TIME 😭 the problem is, I don’t know if I’m *actually* hungry or if I’ve just been accustomed to large portions of highly processed food. The struggle is real my dudes.
Anyways I hope everyone has a great day today! ❤️ TGIF for all you lucky folks who don’t do shift work 🙈
“OKAY REAL QUICK‼️: before reading, know this:
If you are following a diet that restricts certain foods or food groups, and you ENJOY it, you keep doing you. There’s no “perfect” diet for everyone, and no one has to right to tell you what diet to follow.
Having said that, I do believe there is a better approach for most people...
You see, I’m not a fan of food restriction or "good" vs. "bad" labeling. More often than not, restriction & labeling just leads to a worse relationship with food ❌, more cravings 🍩😨, and a never-ending oscillation on the Yo-Yo Diet Ferris Wheel 🎡💩
However, I'm not one to say, "eat whatever the heck you want and just control calories," either...
I like to hang out in the middle with an approach I call “Restrained Dieting."
With restrained dieting, you're still focusing on controlling calories and eating a buttload of healthy foods (🍎🥕🍖🥗), but you’re still allowing for "fun" foods (🍦🍩🍫) in moderation.
A Restrained Dieter realizes that no food is inherently good, magic, bad, or evil ☠️. Instead, they recognize that some foods are more nutritious, some foods are less nutritious, and as long as they're eating “more nutritious” foods the majority of the time, then it's perfectly okay to enjoy those other "less nutritious" foods in moderation🍦👍
I don’t know. Maybe I’m jacked up on a bit too much coffee (probably 😬☕️)...
But(t🍑) to me, a Restrained Diet sounds waaaay healthier than some silly Netflix Documentary Diet that demonizes specific foods 🤷♂️”