Here for another installment of What I Ate Wednesday. Jenn has given us the added challenge in October of raising awareness of Breast Cancer with a Halloween Snack and Treat compliation. You can find a couple of examples at the bottom of the page.
Regular blog readers might have noticed that my portion sizes have been getting a bit bigger…?
I eat a balanced diet with carbs, protein and good fats. BUT my portion sizes do tend to be a bit on the small side. Now, I’m only small, so I don’t need ‘man-sized’ portions, but I came across this awesome Macro calculator at IIFYM.com (If it fits your macros)
You can work out your BMR (basal metabolic rate – or how many calories your body requires to run, at rest). It adds in your exercise calories, and gives you a recommended calorie depending on whether you are looking to lose, maintain or gain. It then gives you a breakdown (if you require) of how much of your diet should be made up of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
I love the detail – I can get on board with this.
Now calorie counting isn’t for everyone, and I’m not sure I would recommend it as a long term tool. It can get a bit addictive, and you can lose sight of healthy food, in favour of that which is low calorie, which isn’t always healthy.
I also think that calorie counting can confuse, and distract you from recognising your true hunger signals.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, IIFYM showed me that I wasn’t eating enough. Their guidelines per person are
- 1g of protein per pound of body weight
- 0.4g of fat per pound of body weight
- the rest of your calories to be made up of carbohydrate
So, what did I eat?
I started my day with a ‘banana cheesecake’ – I used Pura Vida Raw Living chocolate bread (as seen previously on my blog) and topped with ricotta cheese, mashed banana and cashew nuts. On the side, I had a 0% fat probiotic yogurt and my mint and liquorice hot chocolate.
I made some mega vegetable fritters for lunch, made with oats, egg and extra egg white and vegetables. On the side I had a salad of lettuce (It was the centre of the lettuce so it’s a bit yellow :-/) and radishes. In the little jar is a teaspoon of live miso paste. I stirred it into some hot (not boiling) water and had miso soup on the side.
When I got home from the gym I had a nice balanced meal to help with my recover. I had courgette stuffed with extra lean minced beef, chopped tomatoes, and red rice – just for a change – I topped it with a babybel light. On the side I had steamed cauliflower.
For me this was a huge day of food! I was spot on with my macros. I didn’t quite reach my calorie target, but I was much closer than I have been for a long time.
So there you have it.
Do you count calories? Do you find it helpful, or a distraction?
And now for my Halloween snacks. I tried my first attempt at making fingers and slime
Yes, carrot fingers with homemade guacamole and a drizzle of sriracha sauce – yummy 😉