Ok.. let’s talk for a minute about choices. First of all, you are IIFYM, you have them.
Your world does not have to be protein cookies and no fun.I have compared two items.
- Lenny and Larry’s Complete Protein Cookie. Serving size is HALF the cookie.
- One Taco Bell Soft Chicken Taco
The macros in each are almost the same. The rating is higher on the cookie because of the fiber. Although, in the large scheme of things a B- isn’t horrible.I eat mostly A /B rated food because I’m probably psycho but more because I like to. It’s a slippery slope when I’m all crazy with my food. It’s just my way. I’m in no way advocating getting an eating disorder of only eating A rated food. That’s no good.There are people who eat IIFYM who don’t monitor their food rating because they just hit their macros and fiber numbers. The food rating is my thing!
I also have issue with eating a A rated protein cookie because sometimes I think it’s important to eat some food that looks like food. If I can’t make a chicken taco fit in my day, and choose a half of protein cookie.. what? That seems to defeat the purpose of being flexible. My gut instinct is to choose cookies because I eat like a 4 year old. Sprinkles, and icing is my game!!
The taco would be nice and satisfy my brain and my macros. It has less carbs than the cookie. I really can make it fit. If you don’t want fast food in your life.. I get that too but we have options.
Now. I’m not going to get crazy because the taco is lower rated due to the fiber. It has more protein than the cookie.
My day looks like this:
- I get about 50-60 g of fiber a day.
- I eat 3 servings of fruits
- 500 grams of veggies
- I take my Juice Plus trio for my micros.
- I eat 5 sources of protein each day and over 35 different foods a week.
- In a cut I eat 95% nutrient dense foods and 5% discretionary food.
This chicken taco does not scare me. I don’t even think that falls under discretionary food!
Would I eat taco bell in prep.. yep. I know science wins here . I’m still finding my way and comfort zone. As I draw closer to stage.. maybe not. Flexible lifestyle dieting is about options!!
This may be second nature to many IIFYMers. I am a recovering clean /binge eater+ overthinker . I’m just being honest.
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Ps: check out Fatsecret.com for a huge list of all foods and their macros.