Wednesday, September 25, 2013

IIFYM Day 4 + A New High Protein Grain

I am well into day 4 of my new nutrition plan, IIFYM.  IIFYM stands for If It Fits Your Macros (see more here).  I am doing this new plan because with what I was doing before I was not getting the results out of my workouts that I wanted to see.  I want to build more muscle and I felt like my nutrition wasn't supporting that goal.  I sought out a coach with the help of a fellow Sweat Pink Sister Michelle Piccolo, who is 10 days out from her first figure competition!  With her advice I contacted Dr. Layne Norton and he referred me to a few coaches.

 After reading many profiles and bios, I chose my coach Carrie McMahon from This Fit Chick .  So, here I am 4 days in and I feel great, I'm lifting heavier and I get to eat!  Carrie gave me my exact macros and a fiber goal to hit each day based on my goal, and I am not going to lie I freaked out a little the first day I saw the numbers and almost (almost!) didn't do it.  But then I thought, I need to do something different if I want to add muscle and get the overall fit figure I am wanting, so I am sticking with it.  Carrie is very helpful and answers all my (many) questions very quickly.  She suggested an app which makes it easier to track my macros, and even though I can eat what ever I want within my macros for the day, I am sticking with whole unprocessed food.  There is also a lot of planning (for all 5 meals) and prepping to make sure that I have the right stuff on hand, but that is not too different from before.  My energy levels are high and I am not starving, although every 3 hours I am ready for my next meal, which means my metabolism is revved up!  Stay tuned for more updates as I progress in the next 12 weeks.  There is also an article on Body today about Macro Math, if you want to read more about using macro tracking to reach your goals.

Recently I came across this new high protein grain during a shopping trip at Costco.  I was intrigued and decided to grab a bag.  I made it the other night, and it is amazing!  I love it so much more than quinoa (I never was the biggest fan of plain quinoa), it is great just cooked with nothing added to it.  I was worried when I opened the bag because it had a very "earthy" smell, but I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it.  It has a nutty taste, with the texture of really fluffy brown rice (think P.F. Changs).  The nutrient profile is amazing too, with 8g of protein per 1/4 cup it is a great addition to my meals, and fits in great for my macros.  I am hooked and will run to Costco to stock up, because if you shop there you know, if it doesn't sell they get rid of it.  If you see it any where else let me know.  Grab a bag and cook some up to try, then let me know your opinion. 

Lastly, head on over to Eat. Drink. Be Skinny! to check out part 2 of my Building A Home Gym On A Budget series.  This one is an awesome workout you can do at home with your new equipment.  While you are there make sure to join her newsletter and like her page on Facebook.  Thanks Teresa for having me back!  I look forward to working with you more in the future!

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  1. I am intrigued by both the name and the nutritional info of that new grain! Ha. I am going to see if they sell it anywhere near me. How did you prepare it?

    1. I was too, that is what made me pick up the bag. When I saw the high protein content I knew I had to try it. It is actually an ancient grain that is making its way to the US. It is delicious and a great compliment to any dish. Here is a link to the brand that I have, it tells you where you can buy it:
      I just prepared it following the instructions on the bag, water, the grain, a little salt and olive oil. I eat it plain with chicken & veggies. Let me know what you think if you try it.

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