Since January 1st I’m back to staying away from sugar, gluten and dairy. It’s not a Detox / Diet / Cleanse / New Year Resolution, my body just feels great eating that way and whereas December was fun with all its chocolate and mulled wine, my energy levels were not great and most of the time when I worked out I felt heavy, slow and sluggish.
Thankfully as soon as I switch my eating back to what is normal for me i.e. very little sugar/gluten/dairy, my body doesn’t rebel and after a day or two I already feel great again.
In general I’m happy to tick along like that, to eat a little bit of gluten-free grains like rice and quinoa, and to have a bit of milk in my afternoon macchiatos. Since I’ve been using my Jawbone fitness tracker though, I’ve been entering my nutrition into it and I’m seeing that it’s very easy to eat a ton of carbs every day but very hard to hit a decent amount of protein. I’m aiming for 100g of protein a day as a minimum and I’m realising that that’s a lot of protein just to get from a couple of eggs and some chicken. Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet eats twice as much protein a day, by the way. Think about that :)
I haven’t used protein powders in a long time. I stay away from dairy and most of them are whey based and most of them have lots of sugar as well. After my Crossfit workouts I use Genetics Vegan Recovery powder, which has 11g of protein per scoop (35g) but also 20g of carbs but those are all fine with me because muscles aren’t made from protein alone, carbs are important after work-outs.
The recommended serving size is two scoops but one is already really sweet for me, I cannot handle doubling it up. Maybe I can just add a scoop of pea or hemp protein powder, I’m considering this as I have some left. These two have great ingredients, meaning just peas and just hemp, but they taste really gross on their own. The over sweetness of the recovery powder might just balance nicely with the grossness of plant-based protein powder. Something to try out.
Like I said though – most of the time I don’t track my nutrition or worry about macros. However, once in a while it’s fun to get into the numbers. I love treating food as fuel and have it all scientific in my head.
I’m probably not going to be weighing my food and logging it every day but I have decided that I will think “protein + vegetables first” with every meal. As long as these two are the largest portion of my meals, I should be ok.
I will not be thinking “I need to eat less carbs”, because my brain works when I focus on adding, not on taking away.
All in all my snacks and meals are very random – whatever’s in the fridge or in the cupboard, I’ll mix up and eat. I just make sure that I always have a gazillion eggs in the fridge and several cans of mackerel in the cupboard.
I hope all of that made sense. If not, let me know! :)