Hi, my name’s Mariah and sometimes I blog about health and fitness and food. However, I am not a nutritionist or a certified personal trainer. Newsflash: what works for me WILL NOT work for you. It just won’t. You aren’t me. Well then, you might ask, why do you even blog about it? Why post your food on Instagram? Why share your workouts?
I post on Instagram and on this blog because I like it. Like my homepage states: this blog is personal, not professional. I’m not here to sell you on a specific diet that will fix all of your dietary problems, help you lose 10 pounds, and gain a bunch of lean mass. I’m not here to tell you to lift weights, do cardio, or stick to yoga. I am here to tell you what I’m doing to inspire you to find what works for you.
With that said, I have been changing my diet a lot over the last 6 months. I see a nutritionist who helps guide me, but at the end of the day, it’s my own decisions. This is my body and I don’t want a nutritionist telling me to change things based on a bunch of research on other bodies. Research is so important. Trust me, I’m a grad student, I LOVE research. However, health is individualized and only I know how my body is feeling. So I listen to my body, tell my nutritionist, and she sort of guides me in directions she thinks might work.
Over the past 6 months I’ve been dairy-free, high carb, high protein, and then paleo. My weight has fluctuated about 5 pounds up and down throughout this time. I have a goal to shed 7-10 more pounds before the end of 2017, so I was also counting macros throughout these changes. My digestion went from being poor to great, to poor again. My skin was clear, then I had more acne than ever before in my life, and back to clear again. Let’s just say, it was taxing on my body in more ways than one.
So what am I doing right now, at this moment? 3 weeks ago I lowered my protein, and my body felt immediately better. I still consume .8 grams of protein per pound of body weight, so higher than the average recommended intake for females. I won’t share my exact macro breakdown, as again, it won’t work for you anyway.
I added greek yogurt back into my diet, the only dairy I consume on a daily basis besides my whey isolate protein (but my protein is still less than 1% dairy product). I also added a bit of gluten, mostly Ezekial bread and Kodiak Cakes pancake mix. So far, my bloating has not been major, so I count that as a win. I don’t want to restrict food groups, but I do try my best to only include the best of each food group. I don’t eat a lot of processed foods because it doesn’t make me feel good. Treats in moderation, I guess.
Fats have stayed the same for me, .35 grams per pound of body weight. Sometimes more. Fat is very important, and no, fat does not make you fat. Fats in your diet help with hormone regulation, and I find healthy fats really help my skin clear. I get my fat grams from almond butter (another note: nut butter is not a great protein source if you’re counting macros; it’s more parts fat/carbs than protein), coconut oil, avocado, and other foods.
As far as carbs, I need them. You need them. They’re important. I consume more than 1 gram per pound of body weight. My carbs account for the rest of my diet up to my maximum calorie count. As I said, I still count macros and carbs are 4 calories per gram. So I take my remaining calories divided by 4 and that is my grams of carbs per day. Carbs in my diet are things like Ezekial bread, sweet potato, rice, and other fruits/veggies.
I really enjoy counting macros. Do I want to do it forever? No. Should you count macros too? Not if you don’t want to. Remember, I am not a nutritionist. I just do what works for me and my goals. Eventually, I would like to eat intuitively but I really enjoy counting macros and manipulating my body. Macros is like a game of Tetris that makes me feel good inside and out. And macros allows me to eat all of the food in this post pretty much whenever I want. No food is off limits and I thoroughly enjoy treats (as you can probably tell).
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