Hunger Strikes a Change
Hello wonderful friends of mine How are all of you? Did you have a good Wednesday? There have been some pretty amazing WIAW posts floating around the blog world today! I love seeing what you guys are creating in your kitchens on a weekly basis There are so many talented foodie’s out there it’s amazing! Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could all get together and just eat?
Maybe some day
So, lately I have been experiencing some serious hunger cues that need to be addressed!
I know it’s WIAW and I have been starring at pictures of food all day, but I don’t think that’s why I am experiencing increased hunger these days haha
I do not weigh myself ritually, but I keep an eye on my weight so I know I am not losing seeing as how my goal is to gain. So, the reason I weigh myself occasionally is so that I know I am in line with my goals Currently, I have only been maintaining. I haven’t seen any gains for quite some time now, so clearly my body needs more fuel.
I have also came to realize that since I have been increasing my weights, my body is working harder than it has been and will be needing more food to fuel the fire if you catch my drift
Increasing calories can be a hard thing to implement, but I know it needs to be done I mean, I want my muscles to grow; don’t I? The answer is yes; therefore, my calories have been increased as of today
I’m treating it like an experiment and seeing how much my body needs because really, it’s a tricky thing to figure out. But, if I am hungry before I usually eat my next meal I am thinking that that’s a clear cut sign that this girl needs more fuel
The reason I say that knowing how much your body needs is a tricky thing is because there are so many formulas (which I learn tons about in all of my courses) and even more calculators offered on the internet which allow you to calculate pretty much anything you want to know…
There’s something about these calculators I do not like. Of course they’re great for getting a general idea of where our caloric needs should be at, but definitely treat it as an estimate! Each calculator that I have used on the internet result in a number of calories much less than what I am eating right now. Luckily, I know this estimation is wrong and I eat more
One of the most recent online calculators that put me into complete shock was the one offered by Jamie Eason for her 12 Week Trainer! I am not following her 12 Week Trainer, but often check out the workouts from time to time for inspiration. One day when browsing her workouts, I saw the calorie calculator that is being used for the end of Phase 2 and all of Phase 3 of her program, so I figured that I would try it out just for fun!
Since the calorie calculator is meant for those following her program which includes an intense schedule which consists of a 6 day per week workout regimen of strength training and HIIT cardio I thought the calculator would produce quite accurate results! But was I ever wrong…
The calorie calculator produces “high and low” calories for carb cycling. Not even the calories for my “high day”, according to the calculator, measured up to the amount of calories that are simply just maintaining my current weight. Also, according to Jamie, I am consuming more than her on a daily basis which I find astounding because she clearly has more muscle mass than I do and we all know that the more muscle someone has, the more calories they need to fuel those working muscles!
So after all that, I am happy and confident to say that I am increasing my intake and hoping I will see some gains I know building muscle takes a crazy amount of time, but I have already noticed changes in my lower body, so I think I should fuel those new muscles with some more food
A breakfast that I have been loving lately is a mix of quinoa, flax, fruit, and chocolate almond milk. I sure am the milled flax queen now Why didn’t I try it sooner!? Craziness.
I have made two of these quinoa breakfast bowls this week, but used different types of fruit each time I highly suggest testing out this new concoction for yourself
The first was made with those Farmer’s Market raspberries And today I enjoyed it with a fresh peach!
I have been enjoying this mixture with chocolate almond milk, but you can definitely use whatever type of milk you love most
Quinoa Flax Breakfast Bowl
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
2 Tbsp milled flaxseed
fruit of choice
1/2 cup milk (I used chocolate almond)
Have you ever tried online calculators?
Are you following Jamie Eason’s 12 Week Trainer?
Quinoa for breakfast? Yay or nay? I LOVE it
Good night sweet friends of mine,
P.s. thank you for all of the lovely comments after last nights post You all are so very special to me! Thank you for making my days so wonderful