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You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat
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I am a bikini fitness model and since my last competition I have struggled with not eating enough calories in a day and being afraid of eating certain foods that were not on my comp diet when I was off season. I can definitely say that I haven’t had the best relationship with food up until recently.

Since arriving in Nashville and meeting with my trainer Luke from Temple Fitness, we have re-vamped my diet. Being a nutrition coach I know exactly what I should be eating, but I have been neglecting myself. I wasn’t tracking my diet anymore but we did and found I was only eating around 1110-1200 calories a day, and still training 6 days a week (WAY TOO LOW!). Being a nutrition coach I always advise my clients to never go below 1500 calories a day and to eat a balanced diet of complex carbs, lean protein and healthy fats. Of course everyone is different depending of their goals and amount of exercise.

Luke wanted me to up my calories and my macros for the amount and intensity of training that I am doing with him 5 days a week. In turn I will definitely lose inches and pounds. People are always afraid to up their calories, but if you are eating the right ratio of protein, carbs and fat and are eating clean you will lose fat and gain lean muscle tissue. If you don’t keep your calories high enough, the body will strip it’s own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate and gain fat in the future. Your goals should be long term!

I downloaded My Fitness Pal onto my iPhone, and you also track from your computer or laptop. This is great for tracking your food for the day, exercise and goals. I am trying out a 40/30/30 split for a few weeks to see how my body reacts. This was at the end of one of my days, I was pretty much on point.

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I was a bit short a my calories and macros, I got to about 1400 calories. I am slowly getting my numbers up there!

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I am excited to get back some lean muscle! You can look below for protein, carb and fat options. Here is a shot of my abs post competition…train hard and don’t be afraid to eat! I am off to Temple now to get my ass kicked! Have a great day!!!

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Nutrition is most definitely the key to health. I have made a Food Guide below that outlines some healthy choices that you should include in your every day diet!  Also, you can check out my healthy recipe for Protein Bars on the SiS Cooking page here!

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Michelle McGrattan Michelle McGrattan is the wife of NHL player Brian McGrattan. Michelle is a Nutrition Coach, Published Fitness & Nutrition Writer, Bikini Fitness Model, wife and mom to fur babies Louis and Henry. If you can’t find her in the gym you’ll find her in the kitchen. With her husband being a professional athlete, she is constantly creating new and tasty recipes that are healthy and guilt free. Her passions include cooking and all things related to fitness, health and nutrition. You can find more on her blog at babycupcakeshealthyeats.com.