Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What I Ate Wednesday & Misinformation

So, I got a text from one of my best friends yesterday (who will remain nameless, but you know who you are!!) asking me why she felt like she was gaining weight instead of losing. When I asked what she was eating she said, a shake in the morning, maybe some chicken at lunch, and chicken and veggies for dinner before she worked out. I just about lost my sh*t.

I’m going to make this really easy. You have to eat for your body to function. Period. I don’t just mean function as in be able to get through the day alive (although that is always a plus) I also mean function the way you want it to, in her case to lose weight. When you feed your body, you feed your muscles. The more muscle mass you have, the greater your metabolic rate, the more calories you burn. When you starve yourself you go in to preservation mode and you will never, ever get anywhere with your weight loss. Ever.

I know oftentimes it’s not intentional and many people are misinformed, which is one of the many reasons I write my blog.

Protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. Eat them all, every day and your body will thank you!

And now, on to the food. 






Click here for this recipe! 



You can check out my Instagram to see how I made this! 

Do you know someone that is going about losing weight the wrong way? 

24 comments:

  1. I have a lot of clients and friends who are going about losing weight the wrong way. It's scary as to what they are doing to try to accomplish this and it doesn't help with all of the junk that is posted online and in magazines. You need to fuel your mind and body properly to build muscle, lose fat, build endurance, and stay healthy. Okay I am done blabbing!

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  2. OOOH THE TORTILLA FILLED WITH YOGURT?!
    Im so trying that this morning for the child!

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  3. I hate seeing people starving themselves as a "diet" it makes ME hungry just looking at them!!I always use the analogy of adding always needing to add wood to a fire so the flame doesn’t go out...good quality clean food is what our bodies need to keep that flame going!

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  4. Yes! I hate the misinformation that plagues so many people - it's part of why I blog, too. You eat awesome and healthy yummy stuff - great job!

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  5. Hey Brittany! Very well said! Unfortunately, sometimes people just think about calories in vs calories out instead of thinking of food as fuel and working out to build that muscle mass which helps keep our bodies healthy and metabolizing correctly!

    I absolutely love your WIAW posts. You have such great recipe ideas and I feel like your meals are so well balanced and your days are always high in lean protein sources - I want to try and start eating more meals like yours! I was wondering though - what is your typical schedule like (i.e., what time do you usually wake up, work out, go to work, etc.). I'm sorry if you've explained this somewhere else before! I was just wondering so I could compare my schedule to your schedule/meals to help tailor a meal plan for myself!

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  6. What protein powder do you use now?

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  7. Luvena CervantesJuly 17, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    YES!!!!! AMEN YOU have to EAT!!!!! and yes, this does include CARBS!!!!! I HATE it when I here trainers telling these poor women (who by the way are paying good money) to eat close to NOTHING and NO CARBS!!!! doing hours of cardio. CRAP, CRAP, CRAP! Good post girl (clapping hands :0)). Oh and THANK YOU for posting WIAW again and your meal and recipes. I know your busy but maaaaybe you should start thinking of making a cookbook???? ;0).

    I have a question about something (becoming more popular) that has been bugging me that I want to get your opinion on but I think I better send you a private message as I think I would cause conflict. I will try private message you on facebook if you don't mind?

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  8. I just had this conversation with my friend yesterday. She barely eats and burns about 500 calories at the gym 5-6 days a week. She is frustrated that she can't take off weight and doesn't have muscle definition. I keep trying to tell her that she needs more healthy calories. I told her that she needs to keep track of what she eats and that would help her see that she isn't getting enough.

    I love your WIAW!! I always look forward to new ideas!!! Thank you!! Thank you!! (The cookbook idea sounds good to me ;)

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  9. I love following you...such an inspiration and so helpful. Once quick silly question: when you add protein powder to meals other than shakes, how much do you add? a full scoop? a sprinkle? Thanks for including the recipes, truly appreciated.

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  10. I know a friend that drinks diet coke in the morning and then skips all meals until the evening. She is so skinny, but has no real tone about her. He but is flat as a pancake and her arms are stringy looking. She also has had four children and with every pregnancy your metabolism naturally slows down a little, and at her age (35) I don't know if being that skinny is that attractive. She is 5.6" and weighs 119 lbs. The thing is that she is has been a little heavier and she looked amazing. Anyone could loose weight too if they starved themselves most of the day, but realistically, it is not sustainable and it is so unhealthy. This is hard to bring up with her, but I think she's borderline anorexic or at least she has an unnatural obsession with thinness.

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  11. approx. how many calories is this? Thanks for the great post!

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  12. Post workout meal looks awesome!

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  13. I used to be that girl..........I would seriously limit my calories and carbs and work-out very hard 5-6 days/week. I was very thin but not very muscular and it was painful and exhausting to maintain that body weight. Now......I eat SO MUCH...6 or 7 X per day of healthy, protein packed meals and "lift like a man" as I like to say....and I maintain the same weight without EVER feeling like I am depriving myself or dieting. I am super muscular too! Sorry for the rant but it makes me feel so good to know this is possible & hopefully more women start to understand that there is a way to be healthy and fit without underrating.

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  14. I KNOW WAYYYYYYYY TOO MANY PEOPLE who are going about weight loss and healthy living the wrong way! Drives me BONKERS but... I can tell them a MILLION TIMES what to do... and........... They can either take my advice or throw is right back in my face and do their stupid cleanse or just not eat for days! Ugh, people!

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  15. You are so right! I used to be like that, eat nearly nothing and do cardio forever. Silly girl. We all live and learn but it's always helpful to have someone show you the way. Some people just don't know any better and won't do the research to learn more.

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  16. AMEN TO THIS GIRL!! Gah, I cannot agree more! I used to eat -1200 calories daily (years and years ago).. and had no energy, was unhappy, and so unhealthy. Now, I am able to maintain on 2200+ calories without being obsessive and just LIVING healthily! Praise to God for that, seriously. Too many girls under eat and are slaves to the cardio machine. Anyway, I could go on and on but I so agree with you. Muscles need FOOD.

    Also, do you recommend psyllium husks? I have thought about getting some- I saw you put them on your oats!

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    1. Makes sense. I think I get confused because I'm older and not exercising, so its physically and mentally tough to sort out what I need/want. I seem to take an all or nothing approach (for example at 11 pm tonight I had 2 cups of frozen grapes, 1 ounce of dark chocolate, and 1.5 cups of yogurt. I was not hungry in the slightest, but its been a long day in a heat wave and I just...did it. The only victory about this episode (this happens a lot) is that this time I am choosing not to beat myself up over it and not be guilty. Its tough though because I do not restrict/purge/exercise and I have major stomach issues, so I know I'm doing my body and brain a disservice. Every day new. I hope I hope. Sometimes I feel its too late. I'm older now and its been years of this and I feel like I've gone "too far" . If someone can email me or give me their email to chat this out, please do. Feeling rather lost and alone :)

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  17. Hi Brittany!
    Wonderful blog, as always :)
    Can I ask - what truvia sweetened jelly do you use please?
    Thank you!

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  18. Hi, I completely agree with you (that stuff drives me nuts...people don't realize how they mess up their bodies!). That said, I'm digestively...challenged...after years of ups and downs (lows and binging issues). The trouble now is that my digestion is WAY off and I wonder if I need some kind of sensible detoxing period (sensible) followed by an elimination diet for a while, THEN back to normal eating (years of late night binging...yeah). So I'm rather confused. I like your approach to things because you seem very smart and intuitive about it and no beating around the bush! I'd love to chat if you are open to it. If nothing else, just to have a friend to chat it out with and figure things out or give some extra links/directions to so I can seek answers in appropriate places. Thanks, (just let me know if I can email you? Or I can give you my email?). Thanks again, ,...and I'm curious about those oats...the egg whites cooked the night before or soaked in it? Then you microwave in morning or something? ha...I've no idea, but quite interesting!

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    1. P.S..I just emailed u anyway. I love your "about" page because you seem very passionate about informing people correctly --enlightening in an eating disordered kind of blog world. I also like that you still eat Ezekiel bread :) I know it has gluten and everyone is all anti-gluten nowadays, but I've read that its actually quite well tolerated since it is sprouted (I read the book "The Maker's Diet" - excellent read! and he highly recommends it)...Brittany at "go the extra mile" blog also eats it a lot and looks well rounded meals (she has a good mindset too from what I see.
      anyway, I've emailed you and thanks if you care to or can reply!

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  19. The lil b task force approves of this #rare and #positive lesson.

    Thanks for the great tips and advice; the dishes look excellent cant wait to try a few

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  20. The food you make looks amazing! This must be one of the first health blogs ive seen where the food looks just as good as any junk food that always catches the attention!
    Brilliant work, and i agree with you, people who won't eat won't lose weight! Starvation and dieting are both different things!

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  21. It also frustrates me to no end when I see people practically starving themselves to lose weight. I have a friend at work who religiously eats 1200 calories a day, and she's training for a dualathalon! I just don't get it. It's difficult to broach this subject with people though. They often don't grasp the concept that you need to eat to lose weight. I hope your friend is changing her eating habits after hearing your great advice.

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