Working on my dietary habits has been a constant battle. I went to school for holistic nutrition, so I’m well educated on the good and the bad of eating “right”. I am also a firm believer that everything in moderation is ok and that you need to be happy, as well as, healthy and fit.
For the past few years, I wouldn’t say I was eating bad but, I was allowing myself more of the moderation stuff, like eating out, sugar (oh how I love my sugar) and carbs (the bad ones). Since getting serious about Crossfit, weight training and, exercise in general, I have really started looking at what I eat to “fuel” my body.
I’m a small person, always have been. I come from small parents and I have never really had to “watch” what I eat (other than for health purposes). So when I increased my physical activity, I did what I thought was right. I increased my food intake. Hey, I was burning a lot of calories a day, so as long as I ate a lot of food, it didn’t matter what I ate, right? Wrong!
I, as many others, am really good at being able to increase my carbs and fats. Extra pasta, yes please! More potatoes, sure! But what I wasn’t doing was balancing my meals properly. Sure I know about nutrition and eating healthy but I never really invested the time to learn about eating and fueling my body for the amount of physical activity I have started to do. Again, something new to consider, another area for me learn about (I LOVE LEARNING!).
First, I started by talking to my naturopath. I began taking some supplements and started to really increase my protein. But when I increased my protein, I increased my carbohydrates as well (and then added a nice desert because, of course I deserved it after all my hard work). I looked into paleo and well, some aspects of it look good, other parts of it did not make sense to me (and I don’t like bacon).
While in my search for the correct nutritional plan for myself, the lovely Christmas Abbott conveniently wrote a book (#TheBadAssBodyDiet) and shortly thereafter, held a seminar in my city. After attending the seminar, I decided to try the first part of the plan, the 21-day detox.
I’m not going to get too in depth with what the entire plan involves (because you should read the book) but basically, you eliminate a lot of the bad (sugars, processed foods etc.), balance each meal and snack correctly and eat for your body type (size, weight and goals).
Now, I’ve been told that this is common knowledge in the physically active community, to balance your proteins, carbs and fats in a 40/30/30 ratio. But sometimes it takes someone that inspires you, that reminds you of where you came from and where you can go, someone that has been there – done that to show you the way (be it new or old). Sometimes, even though it may already be out there (in some form) they were able to shine a light on something that might just work for you, they help you through it and make it attainable. This is what I have found. It doesn’t matter how I found it or how long it took me, it’s that I think I have finally found the right fit for me, my body and my activity level. I hope that through my experience I can encourage others to find the right nutritional plan for them or to even try this one.
Stay tuned for my next blog on how the 21-day detox went.
A little glimpse at what my snacks and lunch planning looks like!