This is how it works. Every day, I log my food and exercise intake into MyFitnessPal.com. The website calculates my exact expenditure of energy and balances it out with my food. Currently, I'm on a plan of 1200 calories a day.
So many nutritionists are against counting calories and dieting. But guess what? I've been eating nutrition-heavy for a long time. I ate my almond butter and my avocados. I ate my cacao and raw honey. I ate my veggies and whole grains. I never counted calories, ever in my whole life.
It gave me 27% body fat.
Many of you probably know how to balance your food intake instinctually. I don't. I need help.
And for all of my yapping about health and nutrition, I found out that I had A LOT to learn!
Here's what I've learned about myself using MyFitnessPal.
- For the last three years, I've eaten heavy raw and vegan. This caused my fat intake to be insanely high. Every day, I ate lots of calories, but not that much food. For example: Raw cookies. Just one of them is 125 calories. I used to eat three or four for breakfast, with coconut oil chocolate on top. That's pushing 600 calories for breakfast. But it's all nuts, fruit, and oil.
- My IBS is completely in sync with my calorie intake. Too many carbs don't bother me as badly as too much fat - because the latter contains more calories. When I eat less calories, my stomach is less upset. As long as I stay within the 1200 calorie range, my IBS is pretty nonexistent.
- When I eat less fat, I'm hungrier. When I ate raw breakfast cookies, I wouldn't be hungry until one or two pm. Now, minus the coconut oil, I am snacking periodically throughout the day. You know what that means? There's a party in my metabolism!
- It is super super super easy to cut fat out of my diet. For example - I used to pour cacao coconut oil sauce over my sweet potato every morning. Now, I halve the potato, make a cacao sauce with it, and pour it over the other half. It's an easy fix with almost two hundred less calories.
- I know what nutrients I need. I know this because MyFitnessPal lets me track my nutrients. Iron and calcium? Those I've got to work on. But protein is SO EASY. It's seriously in EVERYTHING. Every single day, I make the RDA, and I don't even try.
- Drinking ruins EVERYTHING. If I never drank alcohol again, I'd be set. Alas... I do drink. But not as much as I did.
I don't mean to put down fat. But I do have to remind everyone that fat intake counts. I've been eating almond butter and avocados like crazy. And all it did was aggravate my IBS and make me puffy.
Don't get me wrong - I still eat my avocados. Now I eat them on days that I haven't had much fat. I eat them after I sweat bullets on the elliptical at my gym. I work for my avocados!!!
Currently, I'm revamping my recipes to be more low-fat. Here's the first one: Pumpkin bread.
Low-Fat Pumpkin Bread
1 cup gluten-free flour
(I mixed brown rice, buckwheat, corn, and millet together)
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon all spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup agave syrup
5-7 drops stevia
3/4 cup water