meal prep // macros newbie

When your meal prep game is strong, you have to share it! What a BUSY 2016!! Sorry for all the lack of posts, and sharing! Only two months left in the year, but I swear I will get it together! Who else has had a crazy year?!!

So, I wanted to share that I have been tracking my macros! I feel like this has been going really well for me, and when I "cheat" I don't feel bad. When I was eating Paleo, and I would cheat I would feel awful about it. I have heard about the whole If It Fits in Your Macros (IIFYM) for a while now, so I decided to give it a shot.

Macros - this is your fat, protein, carb ratio. I am not counting calories, but trying to hit my macros for the day. When I first started tracking, and found out how many grams of carbs I needed to eat for the day - I was like there's no way. I felt like I was going to gain weight. Now, I am enjoying the right amount of carbs, protein, and fats - AND I have lost five pounds. I am not starving myself either. I am eating well over 1200 calories a day, and seeing amazing results. Eating real food, and fueling my body! I have so much energy now. I know a lot of people think IIFYM, so it's just eating donuts, and ice cream. I know that sounds wonderful, but I am still keeping it  80% clean. That 20% is balance!

I found an awesome coach to help me professionally calculate my macros. Quincey at IHEARTMACROS - is amazing! If you're looking for someone to calculate your macros, or provide a plan for you - I really recommend her!

I bought a food scale, and weigh everything out. It might sound stressful at first, but it's actually fun! I use My Fitness Pal to track all my food that I eat for the day. I am not even close to being a pro at tracking my macros, but the days that I hit my goal it's an amazing feeling!

I can't wait to share the food I am eating, and my journey to get back in shape! You can also find me on My Fitness Pal: lovelivingwhole

xo, steph 


Food scale: http://www.target.com/p/taylor-digital-11lb-food-scale-white-stainless/-/A-49178541
My Fitness Pal: https://www.myfitnesspal.com/
IHEARTMACROS: http://iheartmacros.myshopify.com/
IIFYM: http://www.iifym.com/start-iifym-today/
IIFYM Calculator: http://www.iifym.com/iifym-calculator/ 
Meal Prep Containers: 

**I am not a nutritionist, or doctor. I am sharing what works for myself** 

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