I said I was going to write this post yesterday, but I took the day off from everything (literally didn’t do one productive thing) in order to have a mental-health day that consisted of going to see Titanic with two of my all-time favorite people (Mayra & Yessenia) and cry my eyes out.
I concluded my evening by watching Armageddon which was on TV and continued to cry as I fell asleep. Sometimes you just have to pull the covers over your head and cry it out. And that is more-or less what I did. Except I’m not a good crier so I just kind of teared-up and wished that Ben Afflek and/or Leonardo DiCaprio were in a love affair with me instead of Kate Winslet and Liv Tyler. ANYWHO.
So remember how I said I was going to email the girl that did my metabolic testing to see exactly what I should be doing about this whole RMR thing? She responded. I don’t know what I was expecting, but she pretty much just said that yes, I need to eat more but getting that many calories in is going to be difficult, so I’m going to have to turn to a high-calorie protein shake. I consider this a challenge and am willing to accept it- Mission: Eat More is now on. But I’ll talk more about that later..
Something somewhat life-changing dawned on me on Sunday. And by life-changing I mean life-style changing.
I stumbled upon an article on Bodybuilding.com that blew me away- but it shouldn’t have. (I’ll post the link at the end!)
Are you all familiar with the Glycemic Index? Although it’s been used as a fad diet tool, it’s actually a legitimate scale that shows how the foods (pertaining to carbs only) you eat effect your blood sugar levels.
For example: Apples are low on the glycemic index. (Obviously, things similar to apples such as other fruits and vegetables- for the MOST part) however, just because it is LOW on the glycemic index doesn’t mean that it doesn’t cause a rise in blood sugar at all- yes, the spike in blood sugar levels after eating an apple will be far less than the spike that will occur after you eat a tablespoon of sugar or white-rice, but a rise in blood sugar means that, sooner or later, there will be a decrease in blood sugar.
Unless you are eating your carbs with sufficient proteins, you will likely feel hungry and an energy dip shortly after you have eaten your apple- or whatever.
HAS THAT OCCURRED TO ANYONE ELSE EVER BEFORE!?
I remember thinking that my body was just intolerant of apples (Silly, I know.) I suppose I’m using an apple as the example because I eat them quite often as a morning snack or on my way to class or as the main part of my breakfast. Up until SUNDAY, I was like “oh, my body doesn’t like apples because I get OUTRAGEOUSLY HUNGRY TO THE POINT OF WANTING TO PASS OUT FROM HUNGER after eating an apple that I’m better off not having eaten anything at all!”
Turns out, I’m not as smart as I sometimes think I am.
I’ve always known that your meals are supposed to be “well-rounded”. Little bit of healthy fats, carbs, and protein.
The actual importance behind this just kind of faded behind the fact that “well-rounded” meals was just healthy- so just do it.
But after reading the article that pointed out to me that I indeed am an idiot-
Stop trying to eat an apple thinking that it’s a good, healthy option as a snack- let alone a breakfast.
I know I’m not the only one guilty of doing this.
I’m excited and frustrated all at the same time: I feel like all of these nutrition-related revelations happened all at once and I’m frustrated that I’ve been so dumb about it all but also, I’m excited for the new-found knowledge and excited to implement it in my life and hopefully shed some light on it for some of you wonderful people!
So, not only has Misson: Eat More come into action, but it is also Mission: Eat More & Eat Well Rounded Meals.
It sounds so elementary, but clearly not so elementary that I’ve been able to do it right this entire time.
There needs to be equal portions of Carbs & Proteins with each of my meals and snacks, and then a smaller amount of healthy fat with each as well- perhaps not at every snack, but at least every meal. I also need to incorporate far more protein into my diet in order to sustain my weight-lifting habit.
I’m going to try my best to document all of my eating, and maybe even put it on here daily just to keep myself accountable.
Sorry in advance if that sort of stuff bores you.
This is the link where I got all of this mind-blowing information. I encourage you to go on over and check it out as there is more information that is equally interesting and important for any of you fellow nutrition/fitness-nerds out there! 🙂
Mission: Eat More & Well Rounded
9am Breakfast: 1/2 apple, 1/2 banana, 1TBP chunky peanut butter
Stats: 211 Cal, 34g C, 8g F, 5g P
12pm Lunch: 1/2 Spaghetti Squash, 1/2 Zucchini, 1/2 Green Pepper, 1 cup spinach, 2 hard-boiled egg whites, 1tsp butter, 1tsp EVOO
Stats: 415 C, 36g C, 27g F, 13g P.
It’s only the afternoon on day one of this mission and I can already see a problem. My fat intake already outweighs my protein intake and my protein intake should be about equal to that of my carbs. For active people, anywhere between .6-.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight is acceptable. I need to step this up a notch.
Edited To Add:
1pm: workout. 7 Mile Repeats @ 9:30-8:50min/mi pace
Lifted Shoulder: (so gloriously sore today!!!)
5pm Dinner: (earlier than usual): 2 Tilapia Fillets, 4 corn Tortillas, 2 cups Red Kidney Beans
(sounds like a lot but it satisfied me just enough!)
Stats: 942 Calories, 135g C, 10g F, 86g P (!!!!)
Then we went to the Illinois Baseball Game in which I genuinely tried to like some Custard— apparently I just really don’t have a sweet tooth as I could barely get through a few spoonfuls of pitiful licks of the stuff, felt the sugar surging through my body which almost instantly made me want to puke/gave me a headache and I just don’t like sweet stuff! So that was a fail in trying to get in some more calories.
I came home after the game and ate a baked Acorn Squash @ 9pm.
115Calories, 30g C, 0g F, 2g Protein.
Totals for the day:
1,684 Calories, 234g Carbs, 45g Fat, 104 g Protein.
The fact that I ran and lifted has me at requiring at least 3,600 calories yesterday…. so I failed at that MISERABLY.