Clean Eating, Paleo, Macros…Oh My!
Many of you have asked me what diet, nutrition plan or lifestyle I follow. To be honest – I don’t follow any specific plan, I use a combo of three styles that I find have similar concepts but allow for flexibility.
First, here is a breakdown/definition of each lifestyle/plan:
“The Paleo Diet”: The paleolithic diet aka the “Paleo diet” or as some of you may know another branch of the Paleo diet ..the “Whole 30”. The paleo diet is also referred to as the caveman diet or the hunter-gatherer diet. It is basically a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild animals and plants. The diet is centered around foods that you can hunt or find (hence hunter/gatherer nickname). That means no processed foods, dairy, candy, etc. They also aren’t a fan of grains/legumes. You also don’t count calories on this diet and there are no set amounts of meals you should have. On the “Whole 30” the list of foods is stricter and that plan lasts for 30 days at a time. I’m sure there are far better ways to breakdown this diet and go into intrigue details but you get where I’m going with this right? No crap 😉
Recommended Reads: The Whole 30 – It Starts with Food or PaleOMG
“Clean Eating”: Clean eating is consuming foods in it’s most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet, it is a lifestyle approach to food and it’s preparation. Typically, people eat five to six times a day when eating clean. Three meals and two to three small snacks. This approach includes plenty of fresh fruit, veggies, protein, and a complex carbohydrate with each meal. It keeps your body energized all day long.
Recommended Reads: Tosca Reno’s Recharged or Clean Eating Magazine
“Counting Macros”: What is a Macro? Macro-nutrients are nutrients that provide calories or energy. Nutrients that are substances for growth, metabolism and other body functions. The three macro nutrients are fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. We need these to live and in order to function properly. On this plan people eat about five to six meals a day and count the daily totals of the three macro-nutrients. If the food fits within your daily macros and macros allotted per meal then it works (for the most part). This doesn’t mean you get to eat a pound of candy or a triple cheese burger with extra grease. This website: IIFYM is great. It has calculators so you can figure out your allotted daily macros and breaks down what counting macros is really all about. They also have great posts and recipes.
So how do I balance all three?
Simple! I use the founding principles of each. I try to stick to foods in their most natural state (which is usually foods that are hunted and gathered) while prepping/eating and counting my macros per meal/daily. 😉
I don’t ever like to exclude a food group (for example: grains/legumes on Paleo) but when I want to stop any aches or pain in my joints I don’t eat them. I am not a big pasta/bread/white potatoes kind of girl so I really don’t eat them but if I do I have a very limited amount.
What foods I eat also depend on the time of day and time of year. If I am prepping for a show my plans will obviously be different from when I am just maintaining or in my “off-season”.
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