Ya’ll know I’m a huge advocate of counting macros. It’s a wonderful tool for determining your maintenance calories, to see how much you are eating and where you need to adjust to reach your goals, for allowing flexibility on contest prep, to give you a better idea of portion sizes, and to allow more flexibility in your diet and your life.
Counting macros has been my life savor. It got me out of the super restrictive phase of my eating habits and allowed me to incorporate ALL different types of foods. I am so much more flexible than I ever have been, and I am so thankful for flexible dieting.
However, when I’m not on competition prep, my goal is to transition into “intuitive eating”. Now, I think this phrase has blown up lately, but in all honesty it should just be called EATING. Before macros, diets, and all of those things, we just ate food. And technically intuitive eating is just eating if you don’t put too much thought into it.
So while I am reverse dieting right now and continuing to count macros until I get my calories a bit higher, I am probably going to start incorporating non-tracked days. Tracking macros never gives me anxiety, but intuitive eating doesn’t really either. I have also been counting for so long that I KNOW how I need to eat. I tend to have trouble with eating enough when I don’t track, so it’s just a matter of getting used to it all. After counting for so long, you just need to get used to eating without planning and weighing everything out.
Yesterday was my mom’s graduation and we were planning on going out for dinner and drinks afterwards so I decided to just not track the whole day. A lot of great food was consumed, as well as drinks and I did not feel guilty AT ALL. In fact, I loved it. I loved focusing on spending time with my family, friends, and celebrating my mom’s graduation. I loved not worrying about putting all the food into my fitness pal. I loved trying a new cute restaurant downtown. I loved having fun and enjoying the day and night.
So proud of her! She made a career change and went back to school even at this point in her life.
After graduation, we hit up Avocado Grill which was downtown.
We started with some raw oysters because they were only $1! It was my first time trying them, and they were good but didn’t taste like much, ha.
Then we got some chips and guac. YESSSS.
That. Guacamole. Though.
And obviously this was a celebration, so drinks were consumed. Maybe a little bit too much, but that’s the fun of it all. I almost never drink, but when I do, it’s usually red wine.
I rolled with some sort of chicken dish with a parmesan side salad. It was amazing and I cleared the plate.
My bro got the burger, of course!
Delicious food, tasty drinks, amazing people, and so many laughs. You’ll look back and remember these types of days/nights rather than the ones that you didn’t want to eat out because it didn’t fit your macros.
Life is ALL about balance 🙂