IIFYM, Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Pancakes

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Congratulations to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for being chosen as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.

Note: This is also win for the ladies who like a little beefcake, that’s for sure. ūüôā

The Rock is a fitness icon!  He is an athlete and  clearly he lifts!
Not only is he a super positive force in his career, he knows how to eat for his physique goals.

One thing we can all be sure of he has his food correct !!

Plus, he likes pancakes.

Pancakes!
After he finished filming “Hercules” The Rock held an epic cheat day! On this day he whipped up his famous pancakes and ate 12 of them!
I love this picture because in our world of IIFYM, we call this a ‘carb up’ or refeed.

When a person has dieted for a while, a few things happen.  
1. The person gets weary of the diet. Even on IIFYM the fact that we are on a hard cut means we are eating less.
2. Our bodies can become adapted to the lower calories/macros.

A simple carb up or re-feed or in this case.. cheat day will help in both those scenarios.
So while “The Rock” called this an epic cheat day, he still utilized the concepts of body building¬†and IIFYM. ¬†He is eating with purpose!

YOU CAN LEARN EVEN MORE ABOUT RE-FEEDS HERE

In our program, carb ups or re-feeds are given to clients with specific instructions. It’s not a random cheat day or binge day, just so you know.

The Rock is a huge dude so 12 pancakes fits his macros. Most of us, ladies.. not so much. That’s why we tailor our carb ups for our clients so they have the best results.

If It Fits Your Macros is amazing because it’s all about the YOU. ¬†You can carb up on things YOU like. I like Fro-yo and Cinnamon Toast Crunch! ¬†Our clients have a lot of fun when it comes to their re-feed!

If you would like to know more about IIFYM and learn the secrets of success, please check us out on LEARNIIFYM.COM  We will teach you online!!  We will work with you to help you reach your physique goals!
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Prepping Not Starving: Tacos!!

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Oh man.. who doesn’t love TACO’S!
I am 12 weeks out from my show and I am nailing my IIFYM prep. This one has been the most fun yet.  Taco prep is going to be my new thing!

Look what I found! LaTiara Low Carb Taco Shells. I got these at my local Schnucks store in the Taco section.They are also available on Amazon and other Low carb sites. Check Google!
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Each taco shell has just 4g carbs where as other shells or tortillas are around 18g carbs each.

La Tiara¬†registers a B on MyNetDiary’s food score so that works for me.
It’s a small taco shell but it’s so good.

The macros for two tacos are
2. oz grilled tilapia
25 g light sour cream
20g fat free cheese
2 table spoon of salsa
2 shell

Total for two tacos
P: 26
C: 13
F: 9
fiber 1
Calories  236
That’s just 118 calories per taco!

Bro prep swaps:¬†If by chance your coach has you on the “no fat ever” bro plan, you could drop down to fat free greek yogurt and only take 4g fat for the whole recipe.

I bought 72 taco shells on my last trip to the store!
Everything in my recipe has an A or B rating and would be considered¬†“healthy”!!

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What about doing Shrimp tacos? Yesss! I mixed shrimp with light sour cream, avocado and
filled the shell! mmmmm..

Try grilling Corn on the Cob if you have the carbs!
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You could also use those taco shells for some nachos if you do it right!
Pro-tip: create your recipe and load it into your tracker early in the day. Just eat around the recipe so you hit all your macros/fiber/veggies/fruit requirements.

I wish you well on your competition training!
t

 

 

IIFYM: Eat this or that

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    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!

    But..
    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.

Journey on!!

If you would like to learn how to master your macros.. please visit our site LEARNIIFYM
and we will teach you online!!

t

Ps: check out Fatsecret.com for a huge list of all foods and their macros.

Summer prep: More grilling

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I am 21 weeks out from UFE Halloween Mayhem. I’m doing a slow cut and I’m 100 percent IIFYM. ¬†We are using the grill for prep this year!!

Costco:
The mister hit Costco yesterday. He literally walked the food from the car to the grill.
The above pic is our charred chicken breasts. I like them so much better on the grill. They were juicy!

This is the seasoning he used.

Jennie-O turkey Sausage
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This is crumbled Jennie O lean turkey sausage, onions, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.
This was really good. The macros on this are 6g fat per 56g of sausage so I only had  a little but it fit my macros!

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Grilled Cali flower!!  The mister cut it and laid it on the grill. Done.

Other things that we could have added to this were BBQ sauces! These are at Walmart.bbq

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Love this! Costco!


I love having choices and not living on 6 meals of turkey, chicken and fish.
The grill makes things taste better and it’s fairly easy.
I wish you luck with your show!
t

Starbucks for girls on prep

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I drink Starbucks every day. Close to my show, I’ll do 2x a day. ¬†That’s my thing. ¬†These are the things I love to order when I’m cutting. ¬†You can make your own at home too. I have an espresso machine so often I will do my own.


Starbucks:

Iced coffee plus 1 scoop vanilla whey in the blender!
I love this. It’s fantastic!
Or
Icy Donut (my hubs created this one for me)
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Add your own protein powder to this. I use Quest Salted Caramel! It’s amazing.
I don’t know what the macros are for Starbucks protein but I know my own!!

Sexpresso
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Blendicano
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My Birthday cake shake
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Prep 101: Summer time grill

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So this week a competitor was on a board talking about how she was going back to her Bro plan because she tried that “iifym thing” and it didn’t work. I asked her what was it that didn’t work and really had no answer. She said she ” just needed to eat clean.”

Some people get overwhelmed by too many choices. I can understand that, especially when you are used to being a strict meal plan kind of girl. It’s all you know, right?

Refresher:  
IIFYM is not a diet. You count macro nutrients :Protein, Carbs and Fats.
You must eat at least 20 g of fiber each day.
You must hit your numbers +5/-5 grams daily.
You can eat any way you want but in a fat loss plan, your ratios are 95 percent nutrient dense foods and 5 percent discretionary.
You could eat paleo, diabetic, vegan, bro, whatever you like. You just have to hit those numbers!

This girl was confused. She missed an opportunity to eat well and have choices which is exactly what IIFYM is about. Choices!!

Ideas!
My prep is starting up and we decided that this summer is going to be about the grill.
I want to show you some things we did for my prep.

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Bison burgers are lean.
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This is shark! mmmmmmm
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This is Cajun shrimp. He didn’t even flip them. Just closed the lid on the grill.
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Butter Ball Turkey breast , thawed and cut into steaks on the grill.

Protein:  I get about 190 g protein per day. Rob grilled bison burgers, Shark Steaks, Cajun shrimp and turkey.  So the turkey.. he took a Butterball breast and thawed it. He cut it into steaks and grilled it, 20 min per side. It was insane.  There is no added fat in anything here.
I added avocado to my turkey for my fats and fiber and it was amazing.

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Bison and cabbage
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Grilled purple cabbage from the farmer’s market.
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The zucchini was the best. It’s so flavorful! Asparagus was great! So much better grilled.
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Yellow peppers and poblanos! There’s zuc in there too. This bowl was gone fast! YUM.

All our food came from the farmer’s market next door to my studio.
There is no additional fats on these at all. The squash is my favorite. The flavors burst. We used poblanos and yellow peppers. I hate regular green peppers but you could try.  The yellow ones are so sweet when you grill them.

Roasted cabbage is very good. We have made that into a salad for lunch tomorrow. With this grilling, Rob really just chopped and grilled. He likes to use seasonings so you can too.
I’m sure you have your own flavors you dig.

You can do it
If you are a person who thinks you have to choose the restricted non scientific BRO plan because IIFYM means all you eat is crap.. I am so sorry that you have misunderstood.
I want you to learn so you can have peace in your plan. If you are happy with ‘clean’ food then by all means, enjoy the food you eat. ¬†Dousing things with mustard because you don’t believe you can sub out anything for egg whites is just foolish. It doesn’t make you a better athlete. It doesn’t make you ¬†more HAM or beast mode. ¬†Here’s what makes you a better athlete. Listening to your body. Eating well for your gains. Choosing things that YOU like for consistency and to not feel restricted.

Remember as athletes we need 300-500g of fruits and veggies per day. All my clients, in fact eat¬†this. That’s about 300 calories and 40g carbs or so.¬†¬†We need 35 different foods per week and we need to focus on our micro nutrients too. Different foods provide micros! Don’t be stuck with the same 6 food items! Investigate!! ¬†Let me know if you have questions!!

I wish you luck with your competition!!
t

PREPPING NOT STARVING: Scallops and Zoodles

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Prepping not starving is our series of recipes to show competitors, you don’t have to live in a restricted meal plan.

Sleek Bikini Team Coach Michelle created this recipe!
“One of my fave dishes I ate during bikini prep inspired by a dish I had @giadadelaurentiis restaurant in Vegas. Good with chicken, shrimp or my fave, scallops!”

187g raw wild caught scallops
7g olive oil
7g Trader Joes parm/Romano blend
26g fresh squeezed lemon juice
12g sun dried tomatoes
186g zucchini

P: 35.1g C: 19g F: 10.5g

xoxo
t

Leaving your BRO prep for IIFYM and how to avoid panic

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This is me.. This doesn’t work for me anymore.

Are you moving from a Bro prep/ coaching experience to IIFYM/Flexible Dieting and feeling panic in the core of your soul?  I am going to talk you down today and gently help you find your way to success and meal time peace.

What is the difference?
Bro-diets are legendary for only  ALLOWING foods like these.
Egg whites, turkey, chicken, fish, beef (super lean 1x per week) asparagus, sweet potatoes, brown rice, olive oil (maybe) and the super duper magical oatmeal.

IIFYM /Flexible dieting, Macro counting is NOT a diet, you eat according to your fitness goals by hitting your macro nutrients of Protein, Carbs, Fats and the micro-nutrient fiber.

Bro-Flex is when coaches tell you  you are eating  IIFYM but give you a restricted list of items that you can swap with.  If you have a swap list, you are not IIFYM.

Let me first of all reassure you. Look at this quote from Mr. Olympia Frank Zane who utilized Flexible Dieting in his show prep, 1979.

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I love this. 1979 Flexible dieting.

Remember this: IIFYM was born out of Bro-fatigue. It came about organically when competitors discovered they could swap foods as long as they achieved their macro nutrient goals.  The goal of IIFYM was never to eat crap all day, but to offer options.
You must hit your macros but you must hit your fiber goals too. The food you eat will by nature be ‘healthful* to hit that fiber!

You should know this
In a cut (active fat loss) the amount of discretionary food is very low, about 5 percent of your day.

In off season, the percentage can be up to 80% wholesome*/20% discretionary.
This is where the ‘poptart divas’ of Instagram confuse and infuriates the Bro dieters. ¬†Everyone has different macros.

So… If your carbs are low, you can’t eat much in the way of sweet treats however if you have lots to work with, you could potentially ¬†have more. Everyone is different.

My macros wouldn’t allow me to eat 18 pancakes ever but the Rock did. ¬†His macros are totally different than mine! ¬†Of course they are.. Look at him! He needs more food than me! ¬†That’s why YOU need macros based on YOU and not a cookie cutter diet your whole bikini team followed.

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Pancakes.. mmmm

How I prep with IIFYM.
As an IIFYM coach, I believe quality of food matters.Myself, ¬†I eat 5 different sources of protein each day. I do use greek ¬†yogurt and¬†dairy as protein. I use whey, bars and of course animal protein. Chicken¬†5x per day¬†disgusts me¬†and my stomach can’t handle beef so I need options. I eat wonderful food that looks gorgeous, tastes delish and hits my macros perfectly. I have over 35 different foods each week- not the same 11 foods for 16 weeks that I used in my bro-preps. Our team eats 300-500g fruits and veggies daily minimum. ¬†We have a veggie minimum for athletes.

food.jpgThis is the actual food our athletes at in prep for our last show.

I enjoy a diet soda when I want one, but I get down a gallon of water every day.  I use sugar free syrup and stevia too. I eat what I want!

Story time:One of my competitors calls herself the pancake queen. I love this. I also find pancakes amazing and delish and they can be made to taste like whatever you want. My first coach would not allow me to eat pancakes. It had to be 6 egg whites and 1/2 cup oatmeal cooked.¬†NO pancakes because “I wouldn’t look right”. I buried egg whites in mustard, hated breakfast so hard.

Quality of food
I also use my food score ratings from MyNetDiary. I only eat A and B¬†foods. If you don’t know about food scores¬†Click here

YUM!
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This would typically NOT be on the Bro diet but the macros fit my prep. I use it.
It has fiber and protein!  I mix it with Sugar free syrup and get a lovely bowl of icing. Look here

Do I have to get my carbs from sweet potatoes, brown rice, Ezekiel bread?
I don’t. I use things like ¬†Flat out wraps, fruit, veggies greek yogurt (has both protein and carbs-I use Light and Fit). I use ¬†Light Smart red sauce from Prego. Basically I eat what I like. Dude, I haven’t had Ezekial in 2 years!

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WAIT.. aren’t foods like¬†¬†brown rice, sweet potatoes and Ezekial magic?
My bro coaches told me they were but I can’t find any science that backs that up.
I hate brown rice. My first coach made me eat 8 cups of brown rice a day for a carb up.
I buried it in salsa and mustard to choke it down. I could have had something else. There was no reason I couldn’t have except her lack of knowledge. I refuse to be miserable in prep or any other time. GROSS. I carb up now on SF Fro yo. ¬†Even in prep. I refeed with purpose and I eat things that I like.

But….
I do, however, ¬†eat a lot of sweet potatoes because I like them. I use them in amazing pancakes because they are carmelly and sweet. ¬†I don’t choke down food I hate but I eat things that I like. . If you want toast whatever. It has good macros, but it’s not my thing. ¬†If you want it.. make it fit.
I ate this in prep last year..
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English muffins, eggs, turkey and ff cheese. I put SF syrup on it. It fit my macros. Those english muffins are fiber city.

Oh.. prepped with Margarita Shrimp saladIMG_1398
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How to not go crazy when you start.
When I began I might have flown a little too close to the sun. I can fit a lot of things into my plan but I sort of lost sight of my goal to eat for my health. I was crabby because broccoli took up so many carbs when I really wanted goldfish cookies. ¬†Now, I am very solid in my conviction eat well and I don’t feel well when I eat lots of sugar treats even if they do fit. ¬†I prefer in off season to use foods like Poptarts to fuel my leg day. But that’s my journey. ¬†The beauty of IIFYM is that it is YOUR journey.

For my team  in PREP we follow the guideline of 95% nutrient dense food 5% discretionary.
Yes, I know that all food has macros and nutrients , you can read more on this here.

Off season is 80/20.

Hack:
Start by tracking what you normally eat then tweak where you like.
Input your coaches plan into your tracker and see what the macros are.
If you are not enjoying asparagus (gross) and want to swap it out.. look here.
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I simply added the asparagus into MyNetDiary in the amount that was on the menu.
I thought about the veggies I’d like to eat and began to add them in to see how much I would have to eat to get close to those macros.

I like pumpkin a lot and can mix that with some brown sugar stevia (adds 2g carbs)
but It’s fantastic. The thing to notice with the pumpkin is the fiber. I don’t have the 3g fiber that the asparagus has but I hit my fiber goals daily anyway. ¬† If you don’t have a fiber goal.. this should be a red flag!

Some athletes can eat cabbage into their last week.  Green beans are pretty easy peasy to sub up. I add Reduced fat Parm to my green beans and take the fats (3g ) for my serving.

Look how close Zuchinni is! I personally do zuchinni chips in my last week. I love them!!

I use sites like rippedrecipes.com to create healthful concoctions that feed my body and soul. I like sweets. I will put  something like this in my tracker early in the day so I can enjoy it at couch time. The base of this is garbanzo beans. Every ingredient is rated A,
including the dark cacao chips that I count out and weigh.
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But, I can’t seem to stop eating my Bro foods I’m too afraid.
I hear ya. The thing is, bro foods aren’t bad choices. They are solid choices especially the further into prep you get. ¬†Typically you will have to taper macros to continue to get stage lean. I am very good at ‘stretching’ my food out by using volume foods like miracle noodles and zucchini. Things like Quest bars aren’t good choices for me late in prep because it uses a lot of macros in a small meal. I need more volume!! ¬†However, you simply don’t have to live in a world where you have NO options. If you make pancakes out of your egg whites and oatmeal you can do it. I use Sugar Free syrups too but¬†I weigh and account for everything I put in my mouth. ¬†If I find ways to eat foods that make me happy, and provide me with my P:C:F: and fiber I am very happy.

Give me an example:
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I do this late in prep. Oh Lort, I had a some banana, that’s not bro at all. But look at those macros. My low carb days are happier than when M1-M6 was chicken breast only.

Again, to fulfill your macros +5/-5g each day you must eat well, but you have options.
Using sites like Pinterest, IG, blogs, with the #IIFYM  #Flexible dieting you will find many amazing ideas that you can modify to fit your prep!

I wish you luck in your competition training!
t

*I know food terms like nutritious, wholesome or healthy etc are just terms I’m using to
give you a visual. ¬†All food has macros. I also know the difference between Apples and Hostess Twinkies¬†¬†and you do too. So bear with me. Use your food scanner and make the best choices for yourself..The overall snapshot of your day should be healthful food with room to improvise. Choices! Just as eating healthy one day of your life doesn’t make you ‘healthy’ eating discretionary foods doesn’t make you unhealthy. Its what you follow consistently matters.

Prepping Not Starving:Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes

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I’m a bit of a creature of habit. I’ve had protein pancakes for breakkie since 2012.
I like them!

I was having a conversation with one of my friends/competitor clients.¬† We both agreed that food prep is “meh”.¬†¬† So when I tell you I had to bake sweet potatoes for this, that’s about the extent of my prep.¬† If I’m home, I will toss 5 or 6 into the oven. I keep them in the fridge for pancakes!

Note to the clean eating mafia: Hurray.. these are full of amazing magic sweet potatoes.
egg whites and oatmeal! #BroCoachApproved

How I bake Sweet Potatoes
Step 1: Turn the oven on to 450 degrees. Set your timer for 45 min.
Line your cookie sheet with tinfoil so you don’t have to scrub it!
Put your washed sweet potatoes on the sheet and bake them until they ooze caramel.

*never microwave sweet potatoes. So yucky.

Pancake is:

3/4 cup pourable egg whites
4 oz sweet potato

Mix it in your ninja.
Spray your pan and make a pancake. It’s not easy to flip. It might get messy.

Macros without syrup

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Here it is with 4 oz IHOP sugar free syrup .
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Just to mix it up. Here is 2 oz sweet potato and 20g quick oats
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If you add the syrup, you could add less. 1/2 cup is a lot of syrup.
You can modify the amount based on the carbs you have to work with. Since I typically lift in the morning, this recipe with syrup is a great pre-workout with 39 carbs.

We make double recipe every single day and this is meals 1 and 2 for me.
I don’t mind eating pancakes all day!

If you want to up your fats, fiber, toss in some flax or chia. Just sayin..
This pancake smells awesome. It tastes awesome and you can add spices or SF coffee syrup to create something YOU love.

Say it with me. No. More. Gagging. On . Egg Whites!

Volume foods: Ratatouille Prep Style plus update

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So, really quick. I just started a 16 week lean out for an upcoming photo shoot I’m doing in April. Truth is, I haven’t been at my best for a while. ¬†Monday night I had to go to the ER with severe stomach pains and my right shoulder was on fire! ¬†In fact, my shoulder pain was lingering for a few weeks. I was scared.

Got to the ER and after tests were run, I had an emergency Gallbladder removal. I had a stone bigger than a golf ball blocking my duct! ¬†I didn’t see that coming! I thought they would tell me to “quit playin” and go home. ¬†I was in the hospital until Thursday.
So.. I’m on bed rest for a while. No lifting for 6 weeks. No pole dancing. No cardio.

So this is a set back. I’ll be fine. I’ll come back feeling better. However, there is one thing;
my diet has been changed.  My doc has me on a low cholesterol diet, no processed meats,
limited in grain too.  We did a slow careful return to food  after I was allowed to eat again.
Fatty foods are OUT! ¬†Right now, I’m eating no more than 3g fat per meal . I will be able to get to about 30% healthy fats. ¬†But no hydrogenated oils either.

I’m going to look at this as a blessing in disguise. There will be no more fried anything.
I’m not interested in fatty foods after going through that fresh hell of a ¬†surgery.

They had to make the incision so much bigger to get that stone out. Doc said I might have had it since high school.

Slow process back
I ¬†just started back on fiber and veggies today. ¬†I’m pretty scared right now so I’m keeping my food very¬†simple. ¬†I know I can’t make ‘stones’ now but I want to be sure I’m not fooling around with my digestion. ¬†My IIFYM experience is so flexible, it will just have to be foods that fit my plan. ¬†I’m still planning on doing the shoot!

Ratatouille

Rob is a wiz in the kitch so he created this awesome bake for me. I was slightly concerned about the tomatos but it went well. I have had zero pain when I eat!

The recipe contains:

Sliced Green Zucchini
Sliced mushrooms
Sliced fresh organic tomato
6 oz chicken breast for the whole pan
3/4 jar of Prego Light Smart red sauce.

No spices for me!

Bake it 40 min at  350 degrees.

Macros.. not much. The red sauce is 16 carbs per 1/2 cup. It’s mostly veggies.

It was really good! ¬†If you are prepping, here’s another way to fill up without spending all your carbs!

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This is a picture of  Recovery Kitty, Chelsea. She has nothing to do with cooking but she is very soft.

Have a wonderful day!