It’s a Lifestyle

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I started following an “if it fits your macros” (IIFYM) approach in June 2014 with a clean eating focus when I started prepping for my first competition.

After competition, I went to a more flexible dieting approach that doesn’t have an emphasis on clean foods rather than balance of what I need to nourish me and what I like. Food is both fun and fuel.

Tracking macronutrients isn’t a diet although many think of it as that- it’s an approach to create balance in your eating regardless of your health goals. It can help you understand how your body responds to certain nutrients like fats and carbohydrates. It also forces you to look at how diverse your overall diet is regardless if you’re losing fat, gaining muscle or maintaining your size. Tracking macros doesn’t require an elimination of any nutrient. However, you can follow a paleo, keto, whole foods, etc. approach and track your macros. I utilized macro counting for fat loss and maintenance.

I feel this approach allows you to enjoy your favorite foods in a more balanced way. It’s not a perfect approach, but it does help show you how you can create balance between foods that give your body what it needs as well as feeding your soul.

Since shifting from weight loss and competing, I stepped back from tracking. I didn’t go cold turkey, but over a few months I weened off because it wasn’t an approach I felt I needed anymore. I do still believe it’s a helpful approach and it’s how I got to the point where I felt I could trust my food choices.

This section is for those interested in learning about macronutrients, flexible dieting and the approach that I take towards creating a healthy -lifestyle in general.

If you want to learn how to guestimate your macro nutrients when eating out check out my post here from a few years ago.

To learn more about macronutrients, you can learn about them below:

To learn more about how I approach creating a healthy lifestyle for myself, check out these posts:

Check out the Budget Eats Series for ways to approach your meal planning without breaking the bank.

To see how I start off many clients before we change or adjust their nutritional approach, download this quick Initial Meal Tracking form. This isn’t meant to diagnose, but it can help provide you with a visual of what kinds of foods you’re eating often, which may help you think of why you are and how you can make changes.

Nutritional Guides for a few places that we go far too often

Don’t forget, many chain restaurants do have nutritional information on their web sites for you to check out if you feel you want or need to.

If you do have an eating disorder, working with a specialist with specific training may be a helpful option. There are six specific diagnoses in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and two “umbrella” diagnoses categorized as Other Specified Feeding Eating Disorder and Unspecified Feeding Eating Disorder. Many ED and FED co-occur with other mental health disorder-s, please seek appropriate help if you feel that you need to. NEDA Helpline 1-800-931-2237.

8 thoughts on “It’s a Lifestyle

  1. I have followed you on Instagram for over a year now. Your success is amazing. I have wanted to start doing macros, but always get so overwhelmed with: okay now I know how much of each I am to have, but now what do I actually eat!?! Can you please shed some light on this.


    1. You eat whatever you want as long as it fits. That’s really the premise of if it fits your macros because ultimately if you want pizza or a Poptart you can have it if it fits, but that also means other things won’t fit. The concept is for macro nutrition ratios to be design for your specific body. Most people over think it and believe it’s too good to be true, but I’ve lost almost 30 pounds eating this way paired with lifting and cardio. My boyfriend is currently only macro counting – he hates working out and he’s lose 10 pounds in almost 3 weeks – he also has testosterone on his side.

  2. Hey! I’ve only recently came across your blog/IG and think what you’ve done is amazing plus very real on what you say! How did you work out your macros? The nutrition is the one area that i struggle – i feel hungry all the time and prone to binge eating so any good work i do can be undone pretty quickly. Desperately need to get my head round that as its making me quite depressed. 🙁 Thanks in advance!

  3. Hi there! Do you recommend getting a “coach” for macro counting and figuring out your macros if you wanna slim down, or do you think that’s something you could do on your own in the beginning and save money?

    1. I’ve done it on my own and had a coach for when I was competing. If you want to learn, I suggest doing it on your own first. It’s a lot simpler than people believe it to be, but like anything new you need patience and to in the effort to learn.

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