“I eat only clean foods.” “I don’t eat any pasta or ice cream.” “I only eat paleo foods.” “I don’t eat any processed or sugary foods.” I think I’ve seen and heard it all, I’ve even tried many fads myself over the past ten years. From eating “clean”, low carb, high fat, no processed foods..etc. BUT hold on, what does eating clean even mean? Does it mean only veggies and fruits and lean meat? Does it mean no sugar? Where did that term even come from. I would say that I’m a “pretty clean eater” but that could mean a whole different thing to someone else.
Before flexible dieting, I would limit certain food groups or restrict food groups and binge on ice cream and sweet treats or foods that I want on the weekends and that just was a terrible mindset and ruins all progress made during the week….but–
I am so tired of restriction and seeing other people restrict themselves from foods because they think it is necessary to reach their goals!
If there is one thing I truly believe in, and believed it has truly made my life better, it is Flexible Dieting, also known as IIFYM. NO, I do not eat pop tarts and ice cream and fast food all day long like some flexible dieters do and I’m not saying thats wrong, but I definitely believe in whole foods and “fitting in fun foods.” I’ve come a long way in my fitness journey, and one of the biggest things I’ve learned is that restriction is not maintainable. It is not possible to only eat chicken and veggies for every meal for the rest of my life. If thats what you enjoy, go for it. But I know that I encounter many events and situations where I want to be able to enjoy myself and indulge in foods throughout my week that work with my goals, that is why I follow flexible dieting. Flexible dieting is sustainable and effective for all individuals.
Flexible dieting is a process of tracking your intake of macronutrients- carbs, fats, protein and I also make sure to hit a certain amount of fiber each day.
Whether I’m cutting, trying to gain muscle, or maintain my weight- I set a certain number and ratio of carbs, fats and proteins to eat each day that will work with my goals. For my main meals I typically have some type of egg breakfast w/oatmeal or toast, lunch and dinner contain a protein and veggie and carb (lean meat like chicken, pork, ground turkey, steak and potatoes, whole wheat tortillas or pasta, and various veggies). I do that because that keeps me satisfied and I enjoy those foods, BUT I also include maybe a piece of chocolate or some pretzels or ice cream or protein bar in between those meals for snacks- AND they will be included into my macronutrient intake for the day as well so I can still get to my goal of getting leaner or maintain my weight.
I typically aim for 80% whole foods and 20% whatever I want just to make sure I have a good portion of nutrients and fiber each day. There’s no guilt after eating ice cream or anything that isn’t termed “healthy” in society, and it helps me stay accountable and feel more relaxed about food. There is no “good” food or “bad” food, but there are more nutrient dense foods and less nutrient dense food- food with more vitamins and fiber*. So, if I know I am going out for a date and want to have fries and a burger, I will factor those into my macronutrients for the day ahead of time to save those macros for my dinner and all will be well and my belly will be happy 🙂
I’m starting online training and coaching next month with a new Flexible dieting packet and Online Platform I am in the midst of creating to help teach my clients about flexible dieting and Macronutrients, there will be various programs and affordable options, so be on the look out! I can’t wait to help people have a more healthy relationship with food and see results from enjoying the process of a new lifestyle!
Happy Friday 🙂