I had an appointment with a sports nutritionist. Honestly, I’ve always wanted to learn more about what I’m supposed to be eating and how much – what’s right for MY body. I was excited to meet with her and make a plan especially now that I’m training more.
I learned so much!
She determined that if I was a vegetable, I would need about 1300 calories just to stay alive and I need about 1500 to live a normal, functional lifestyle. The kicker was that with my training, I need to be eating about 1800-1900 calories a day to be able to effectively perform my workouts. Awesome. I normally eat around 1300 calories a day! WHOA.
Based on my current eating habits, we decided to focus on six small meals a day of around 300 calories. That means if we’re eating out, I need to “bank” some extra calories and skip a snack or two.
The hard part for me will be the veg. Me and the veg don’t always get along so well. For example, my dinner plate is supposed to be half veg, 1/4 protein and 1/4 carb. Right now, it’s probably a full plate of carb with a sprinkling of protein.
Example of a good eating day (each meal is around 300 calories):
- Meal 1 – Overnight Oats or 2 whole wheat waffles with peanut butter
- Meal 2 – Wheat Thins & cheese or carrots & hummus
- Meal 3 – 0% Greek Yogurt, granola and a banana
- Meal 4 – Luna Bar, Clif Builder Bar or Apple and Peanut Butter
- Meal 5 – Grilled Chicken, Broccoli and Quinoa or Whole Wheat Orzo
- Meal 6 – Juice Plus+ Smoothie or Shake with spinach or kale blended in
So, I’ve spent the past few weeks tracking my calories on My Fitness Pal to see if I’m getting in the 300 calorie range at each meal. It’s tough! Sometimes the “right” foods are not always accessible.
I stocked my desk at work with lots of healthy choices so I’m not tempted to stick my hand in the candy bowl throughout the day. Too bad I can’t keep a blender at work. I’m on a HUGE smoothie kick right now. I made one with instant espresso powder and it tasted just like a mocha milkshake. Amazing!