Tracking food isn’t for everyone
In the past, I’ve always had the ethos that I trained to eat - I’ve always trained regularly,
1. because I like to move my body, feel strong & look after the movement & functioning of my body
2. so that I can enjoy life with the food I enjoy eating. I’m not talking junk food & takeaways, I enjoy eating whole & natural, yummy foods but in HIGH volume.
When it comes to changing the aesthetics of your body the 2 main focus points are training hard & eating less - the complete reverse to what I’ve always done. My main issue was tracking my macronutrients & making sure I was hitting a high protein goal on a plant based diet. Now, this can be done & I was doing it most days however, it’s the way in which I was doing it that started to upset the functioning of my body. The foundation on my diet stayed the same, eating fresh & natural foods but the pressure of hitting my protein goal with little spare time to always constantly prep my food meant that I started turning to supplementing protein through processed bars & shakes simply for convenience. Usually, I listen to my body and only eat when I feel hungry or after I’ve trained to replenish but to hit that protein goal I was having to eat when I could. Not only did this cause my stomach to become inflamed internally but mentally, I was pressuring myself to hit set goals, I was extremely tired & not enjoying my meals so much.
Through different lifestyle factors (not just the programme) stress bought my body to a halt & I had to have 4 weeks off of training, now I’m slowly getting back to it on a new exercise programme but I’ve decided to completely stop counting calories & macros & feed my body on what I think it needs - already I feel SO much better 🤩
Tracking food isn’t for everyone, if it’s not making you happy or it’s not something you’ve done before, listen to your body & make sure it’s happy with the changes. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting & trying something new, I’ve learnt A LOT about my body that I didn’t know before but knowing when something isn’t working for you is key - 1 hour ago