You may have seen some of my previous pancake recipes on here and noticed that I don’t seem to be eating them lately. Well, here is why: I am cutting. That means that in order to burn bodyfat, I have lower carbs and lower fats in my overall diet. So, sadly, my high carb and high protein pancakes had to go. I still freaking LOVE pancakes, and couldn’t stand the thought of not having a protein pancake every morning! So I created a lower carb version that is packed full of awesome micronutrients!
I thought it might be fun to do a post that shares what a typical day looks like for me right now in terms of food! I started to write this the other week…but then I recently changed up my meals…not my macros, just how they are met at each meal. So this isn’t 100% accurate at the moment….but not an uncommon set up! Now, keep in mind that my macros are determined by my coach specifically for me. What my teammates eat, other competitors eat, etc is different, and all catered specifically for those individuals. My macros are laid out for me and me alone. That being said, here is a look at what a typical day is for me!
I am Lebanese, and one of my favorite traditional foods is a bread product with Za’atar on it! Now, since I am eating lower carb and leaning out, I don’t really have the macros to eat legit za’atar bread. So I set out to get creative in the kitchen and make a low carb version!
It’s been a while since I have actually blogged, and I have sort of used social media (my Instagram and fitness Facebook page) as my diary lately. I thought that while some of you may get a lot of info and a clear idea of what is going through my mind during this process from my various accounts, there may be those of you who only see particular feeds and miss out on some of the thought process and journey. So I think it’s time for me to begin blogging again. It won’t always be pieces that are educational or informative, but I think this will be a great mental outlet for me as I walk through my fitness journey.
I have been wanting to hire a coach and join a team for a long time now. I went back and forth on who to hire, and why, so many times. Initially I wanted a female coach, because obviously, I am a girl. But the further I got into the training, the more I didn’t care if my coach was male or female, and the more I cared that they produced great athletes. I finally made my choice and joined a team!
If you have been considering eating clean, but feel completely overwhelmed, and don’t know where to start, then this post is for you! I started my journey to begin eating clean in January 2014, and have been doing so ever since! I can honestly say, that I won’t ever go back to eating the way I was before. Eating clean has changed the way I view food, the way I understand my body, and the way I perform in the gym. But, I would be lying to you if I said it was an easy switch, and that it happened overnight!
One of my favorite things is banana bread! My mom makes the BEST banana bread I have had in my life, and since I have been eating clean and focusing on my health, I have not indulged in my mother’s amazing banana bread….let’s just say while it tastes DIVINE, it’s not the best for you. :) So I set out to create a way to satisfy my desire for banana bread but without cheating on my regular eating habits. That is how this banana bread protein pancake came about!
I was recently heating up some food at work, my 3pm meal to be exact, and a coworker comes up and says, “You’re eating again? Didn’t you just eat?” To which I replied, “Yep! I had lunch a few hours ago.” The coworker then asked, “How do you stay so tiny when you eat so much?” A question others probably wonder but keep to themselves (if you look at my social media feeds they are bombarded with food pictures!)…I answered, “I eat what my body needs, when it needs it and I burn it.”
I have been working on my health and fitness since April of 2013. I started getting really serious in the fall of ’13, and have been continuing to push myself in new ways. In January of 2014, I started seeing a nutritionist once a month because I felt like I was missing that piece of the puzzle. I wasn’t eating horribly, but I felt like I wasn’t fully educated or aware of what I should and shouldn’t be putting into my body and why. So I began working on cleaning up my diet. We talked about my goals, how to properly balance my macros, the amount of calories I should be consuming due to my workouts, what kinds of foods I should eat and why, and how to balance my lifestyle.
I’m sure you have heard many times how important it is to keep your body hydrated. It seems that we hear it all the time, and yet it can be so hard to actually drink the appropriate amounts of H2O! I remember thinking how boring water is, and how I hated having to head down the hall to the restroom all the time. But I have learned over time just how important it really is to keep hydrated.