One Month of Intuitive Eating

One Month of Intuitive Eating Blog.jpg

Well, I’ve now been using intuitive eating for about a month (see my first post about switching to intuitive eating to learn more about why I made the change and my early thoughts). It’s still really strange not be counting macros or stepping on the scale. Yes, I still haven’t stepped on the scale and I probably won’t be for a while. My clothes are feeling fine so I’m not freaking out about not seeing all the numbers I collected while doing IIFYM and daily weigh-ins.

I’m feeling a lot better energy-wise than when I was counting macros. A big part of this is just the mental energy and time it took to count macros. The measuring, finding out the macros of recipes and trying to fit my meals in via a Tetris-like game was exhausting. It’s so quick in the morning now to pack up my breakfast, lunch and snacks now.

One thing I’m working on now that I’m no longer marathon training is adjusting to smaller portion sizes since I don’t need to eat as much. I’ll pack what I used to easily eat during marathon training for lunch and find myself not eating about ¼ of it. Which is great that I’m not feeling like I should eat it just because it’s in front of me but I need to start packing just a little bit less food.

I’m also finding myself craving a lot more fruits and vegetables now that I’m past the marathon. That’s probably because I ate a lot of greasy foods post-marathon (burger, fries, cheese curds, pizza and beer). Immediately the next day, I just wanted all the green foods. My body just needed that balance back after running a marathon and eating a ton of delicious but not as nutritious foods.

Are you using intuitive eating? Let me know in the comments how it’s going for you!

One week into intuitive eating

Just over a week ago, I wrote up a post on what was happening with my body composition and I mentioned how I was going to transition into intuitive eating after the Eau Claire Marathon. Well, last Friday I decided to start intuitive eating. I deleted MyFitnessPal off my phone and haven’t stepped on the scale or tracked my food for a week now. And I’ve never felt better.

One Week of Intuitive Eating Pinterest.jpg

What and how  I’m eating really hasn’t changed that much. I’m still eating three meals plus a snack or two (and a post-workout smoothie or protein bar after I work out) and I’m still eating oatmeal for breakfast. But I don’t have to be as focused on my food and just eat what is sounding good rather than what I can find into my macros. And it’s made my life so much simpler. I’m not constantly thinking about what I’m going to eat or worried about how I’m going to work eating out into my macros. We went out for lunch on Monday for Mike’s birthday and I had a burger because that sounded good. No guilt, no feeling like I had to eat differently later in the day because I had more fat earlier in the day.

I’m actually finding myself leaning more towards fats than carbs which is interesting. And I’m eating that way, adding in more things like coconut flakes or cheese into my daily meals. Fat is delicious and filling without making me feel bloated like the amount of carbs I was eating on IIFYM did (because I was eating so many carbs to get up to the calorie level I needed).

My running hasn’t been affected at all by switching up how I’m eating, I’m feeling much better running and recovering than I was the weeks before. I ran 20 miles on the treadmill just three days into intuitive eating and I felt fully fueled for that run. And I didn’t have major soreness the days after like I did in the past, no calf tightness at all. Which may be because I’ve been doing better with foam rolling and recovery but I believe giving my body what food it wants also plays a part.

I’m excited to continue on with intuitive eating and learn more from it. It’s so different from my old eating habits (back before I learned about eating to lose weight and macros) since I’ve been eating better quality foods for so long. Now I’m craving greens (I ran out of salad greens this week with how much I was eating them), fruits and whole foods more than chocolate and sweets. Of course, my sweet tooth is still here and getting satisfied but I’m not constantly craving that food like I used to.

 

Quick Recipe: Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Today I wanted to share a quick recipe for the smoothie bowl I whipped up after my 10 mile treadmill run yesterday. It was super easy and delicious, plus nice and cold after my sweaty run! One thing I still need to figure out is how to get it thicker but it was delicious anyways.

Ingredients

20180414_105724 (1).jpg
  • 7 ice cubes

  • ⅔ cup plain greek yogurt

  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used MyProtein unflavored whey)

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 1 banana (sliced into coins)

  • Sweetened shredded coconut

Blend ice cubes, greek yogurt, protein powder and cocoa powder in blender until smooth. Pour into bowl and top with sliced banana and coconut. I made it pretty for a picture and then mixed everything together to eat!



 

Oatmeal Runner Reviews...RXbars

I have to start this out by saying that I love RXbars. I have two boxes in the cupboard right now and they are awesome! So, now that’s out of the way, let’s get into why I love them.

20180305_143707 (1).jpg
  • Real food ingredients

I’ve been trying to get most of my protein from real food ingredients, with the exception of protein powder or the occasional protein bar. So I love that this is a bar with 12 grams of protein that doesn’t contain protein powder. It’s an easy way to get in protein without wondering how my stomach is going to feel afterwards (because some of those protein bars do not sit well in my stomach).

  • Well-balanced macros

Even though there’s 12 grams of protein in the RXbars, I haven’t been using them as a post-workout snack. Instead, I’ve been using them as either a snack on my rest days or pre-workout. They have an awesome balance of protein, carbs and fat to fuel me through a workout (or morning at work) without being super heavy.

  • Texture

Now this is probably the one thing I’ve seen that people have problems with, the texture of RXbars. I actually enjoy the chewy texture and haven’t found that it sticks in my teeth. It’s a nice change from the usual whey protein bars. I also don’t feel like they are tough to chew but maybe I’ve just gotten excellent batches?

Have you tried RXbars? Let me know your favorite flavor in the comments (mine is the chocolate sea salt)!

 

Carrot Cheesecake Oatmeal

Ever since I posted my recipes for jam and pumpkin cheesecake oatmeal, I’ve been wanting to try creating another cheesecake oatmeal flavor but wasn't sure what. Until I recently got sick of throwing out carrots since I wasn’t using them up between recipes. And then it came to me, carrot cheesecake oatmeal! It is the perfect way to get in more vegetables and mix up my morning oatmeal.

Enjoy the recipe and let me know in the comments how you like it!

Carrot Cheesecake Oatmeal

20180220_051025 (1).jpg
  • ½ cup oatmeal

  • 1 cup liquid

  • ½ cup shredded carrots

  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese

  • Brown sugar and cinnamon to taste

Cook oatmeal, shredded carrots and liquid according to instructions. Stir in whipped cream cheese, brown sugar and cinnamon.