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!
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 have a sweet tooth. Specifically delicious chocolate treats. Ice cream, brownies, cookies, cake, etc. Love it all. I know that if I am going to succeed in my competition prep I will need to conquer and give up sweets. I decided that conquering my sweet tooth earlier rather than later would be better because then I can gradually cut it out, instead of going cold turkey! So I made it my goal to cut out all added sugars.
I love granola bars! They are a great on-the-go snack but the store-bought ones are so full of sugar and preservatives. Yuck! So I set out to create a homemade granola bar that is completely clean. The problem I encountered, that if you search the web apparently most people also deal with, is that if you leave out butter and sugar you end up with a crumbly broken granola bar. That just won’t do! I want a granola bar that sticks together! So, I set out to make a clean granola bar that actually sticks together!
Since beginning my fitness journey, I get asked all sorts of questions, and I thought it might be a good idea to answer some of those common questions here! If you have any other questions, feel free to let me know in the comments or on Facebook/Instagram!
I have been working on living a healthy lifestyle for almost 2 years now. If there’s one thing that I have found to be the absolute most important (besides making a commitment to working out each week,) it is meal prep! When I first started my fitness journey, I didn’t do a lot to clean up my diet and nutrition. Sure, I saw results from just working out, but it was never the amount of results I had hoped for. Once I began eating clean and meeting my macros, my body changed dramatically! Now the challenge is, how on earth can you eat clean and meet your macros on a day to day basis? There are so many easy routes when it comes to food, but they tend to be processed, full of fat, sodium and sugar, with little nutritional value. Eating a clean diet seems like, and truly can be, a daunting task. So, how do you do it? Meal prep.