Hey, Do You Like See-Food?
This is me opening my mouth so that you can see the vittles that my saliva is busy dissolving.
Yes, you should be grossed out.
It occurred to me today that I’ve mentioned several times that my food plan right now is not a diet. It is not restrictive. I eat often and well. Yummy things like Pork Tenderloin Salad and Double Chocolate Pecan shakes.
I’ve told you that I’m eating about 2000 calories a day, a figure that makes some people cringe. And I’m not going to say women, because I just had a conversation with a fairly fit 5’9" man who was convinced he would absolutely balloon up if he ate a calorie over 1500)
So, just for shits and giggles, here is what one of my 2000 calorie days looks like. (Macronutrient targets are now optimized for energy boosting, so I’m going for 40% carbs, 40% protein, 20% fat, which is about 200g of carbs and protein, and 44 grams of fat)
Meal One – Breakfast 7:00am:
Egg beater scramble
1 cup egg beater
2 oz roasted red pepper
2/3 cup MorningStar Farms Grillers
1/4 cup fat-free cheddar cheese
1 piece flax-seed toast
Meal Two – Snack 10:00am
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla, 1 serving
Meal Three – Lunch 1:00pm
1/2 cup cooked bulgur wheat
1 cup fat free cottage cheese
During Workout Nutrition 5:00pm
1 serving recovery drink during upper body weight-lifting workout
Post-Workout Nutrition 6:00pm
Jay Robb Chocolate Protein Shake made with non-fat milk
(I also put in half cup frozen blueberries. Don’t do that. That’s gross. It’s an experiment that will never be repeated. :)
Meal Five – Dinner! 8:00pm
7 oz Extra Lean (5% fat) Ground Beef
2 cups steamed broccoli
1 cup cooked bulgur
Meal Six – Dessert – 10:00pm
1 serving Jello-Brand non-fat, sugar-free pudding
1 scoop Jay Robb Chocolate Protein powder mixed in
Feelings: Elation, satiation, happiness
Calories were a little low but I could pop a handful of almonds and take care of that along with the low-ish fat count in a heartbeat. I probably won’t but… I could. The point is… feed yourself! If you’re working hard in workouts, you’re body deserves to eat. Play with the numbers, experiment a little, see what works for you. But, for the love of god, do not be afraid to feed your hungry muscles!
If you, too, want to become the most mind-numbingly boring science experiment on the face of the interblog you can track your nutritional intake at SparkPeople, FitDay, or The Daily Plate (among others).
Happy Nutrition Geeking,