The Beginner’s Guide to Macros

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As some of you may have read in my previous most, I have decided to experiment with my macros. I won’t ramble on about why I have decided to start tracking my calorie and protein intake in this post, but if you want to find out more about my reasoning, head on over to https://mybusinessbody.com/2017/02/14/why-ive-decided-to-track-my-macros/.

In this post, I’m going to clear up all those confusions. Bulking? Cutting? “IIFYM”? These are all buzz words we don’t hear the end of these days, and until recently, I had no idea what 99% of them meant. If you’re like me and think “TDEE” is some sort of medical disease, carry on readin’.  In 5 minutes time, you’ll be a complete macro pro.

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Why I’ve decided to track my macros.

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Nope, I’m not entering into a bikini comp and nope, I’m not “shredding” or looking to gain muscle. The reason I’ve decided to experiment with calorie intake and macro composition is to learn more about my body, what I fuel it with and what a “balanced diet” really is. I have never been someone who counts calories or tries to pack as much protein as physically possible into every meal but at the same time, I am very aware of what I put into my body but generally I eat what I want, how much I want and when I want.  Continue reading

The 3pm Snaccident: Cacao & Orange Protein Loaf

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So I’m that girl who, the second I finish my last mouthful of lunch, I’m thinking about what to eat next. Sat at a desk for 11-12 hours a day and eating every meal out of gross stained tupperware does, unsurprisngly get boring. No matter how hard I try and how many different recipes I experiment with, eating the same chickpea and lentil curry for lunch and dinner 4 days in a row just. isn’t. fun. However, I still don’t want to spend 95% of my evenings cooking up the latest Madeleine Shaw recipe, eating it at 9:30pm (lukewarm post insta photo) and getting into bed on a overly-stuffed belly because I was that hungry. So, I keep on doing it and have now eaten chilli for lunch 5 days this week and never, ever want to see a kidney bean again in my life. Continue reading

Choc-Chip Banana Bread (FODMAP)

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These bad boys are the perfect pre-workout snack. You may be tempted to skip the kcals before you hit the gym, but don’t. Not eating before you hit the gym can result in low blood sugar and a less-than-satisfying workout. Correct fuel = better workout.

Bananas are the ideal pre-workout fuel. They are full of digestible carbs (energy) and potassium. Potassium is essential for muscle function and deficiencies can result in cramping. 1 banana contains 10% of your recommended daily intake.

Enjoy these straight out of the oven, with a dollop of greek yog or my personal favourite; smothered in crunchy PB and a good squeeze of maple syrup.

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FODMAP? WTF is FODMAP?!

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The FODMAP diet & my story

Put simply, FODMAP is a diet. It is often recommended for people who struggle with IBS, indigestion and bloating.

I love food. But about 3 years ago, I had severe food poisoning which developed into gastroenteritis. Following 8 weeks of stomach cramps, endless trips to the toilet and a complete lack-of-appetite, I was left with a digestive system that seemed to react to anything I put in my body. Meals would leave me bloated to the extent that I looked 7 months pregnant and no matter how much I exercised, I still felt ‘heavy’. In short, the bathroom and I were too well acquainted; in the wrong way. As these episodes became more and more of a normality, I began to worry less and less about it.

A couple of months ago, I started reading about FODMAP. This was not the first time I had read about the diet, but I had refused to try it previously because in all honesty, I love food  A LOT and the diet appeared far too restricting. So why this time? I am not trying FODMAP because I am concerned about my general health or because it is severely impacting my every day life, but because I wish to finally try and take control of my digestion and establish what I am eating that is upsetting my body so much.

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