Saturday, August 23, 2014

iifym and flexible dieting

I have been asked several times lately about iifym and flexible dieting. I have sent a few separate emails and realize this would probably be best explained on my blog so I didn't have to retype. Also, this gives me a great opportunity to make adjustments to my own research from time to time and fix the information which I have compiled. 

I personally love iifym because it gave me a great base that made life easier to "eat right" as opposed to a diet that I couldn't hold on to after it was over. You must first understand macronutrients before you apply iifym. Macros are the nutrients needed to fuel your body everyday. Whether you want to lose weight, maintain your weight, gain muscle, if you workout or don't workout. Science has proven that our body needs a certain amount of protein, fat, carbs and fiber every day. The amount you need may be much more than you've previously been eating, so sometimes you have to ease in to the new macro numbers. Let me give you am example ������������

Before I started counting macros, I was counting calories. I shot for 1200 calories and would get the lowest amount of carbs possible. Usually between 50-75 carbs MAX! I was beyond exhausted, had no energy, no patience and was just skinny. Yes, I lost weight, but if I increased calories or carbs, I gained weight, so I always went back to this 1200 cal calculation to lose weight.

When I first calculated my macros ( it wanted me to eat 1900-2200 calories and 150g of carbs!!!! I had to ease in to those calculations, but by about two weeks in, I was eating 2000 calories and 150g carbs and was getting leaner! I essentially ended up gaining weight, but because of muscle. I was losing more inches and getting leaner by eating more food!

What iifym means is the body actually does not differentiate between white carbs and brown carbs. For example, you have heard brown rice is better than white rice? Well, science says all carbs break down in to glucose the same way. (Keep in mind, brown rice will absorb slower keeping you fuller longer). The point is, you can lose weight eating white rice or white flour the same as brown rice or complex carbs. Some people have taken this literally and somehow poptarts have become the mascot food of iifymers, because they can "fit" the carb grams in to their days macros. Of course a poptart will not keep you as full as a bowl of brown rice.

This is the debate about clean eating vs "flexible dieting" Of course clean eating will fuel your body the best, hitting your macros with flexible dieting will still give you the same results and allow you to not feel guilty when you indulge in a Froyo, or glass of wine, or a poptart!!!

Although I usually fuel my body with nutrient sense foods, it is still great to be able to enjoy a treat and make it fit my macros, with the added guilt I once felt from eating these foods. As a result I have less time off the wagon and more time focused on eating healthy. Essentially eating the foods to fuel my body. 

For more information and most accurate science based take in macronutrients, please refer to as well as Dr. Layne Norton has a bachelors in BioChemistry and his PhD in Nutritional Science. He has the most accurate account of the science behind fueling our bodies. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hazelnut Cream "Nutella"

I bought some raw hazelnuts last week and have been wondering what I wanted to do with them. I figured starting with a cream was the best base for more recipes in the future. This recipe is simple and easy for even a beginner. 

Roast 1.5c hazelnuts (approx 300g) in oven at 350° for 10-15 minutes. When they are cool, run under water in a strainer to remove as much skin as possible. I found the hazelnut skins to be a bit difficult to remove. I rubbed as much as I could and didn't stress about the rest. I couldn't tell a signifigant difference in texture. 

Blend hazelnuts with 1 cup cold water on high. I blended for about 4-5 minutes to create a frothy and creamy texture! 

If you want to make milk, you could add additional water and use a cheese cloth to separate the milk from the residue. I left mine thick and creamy and added the following. 

2tbsp raw cocao powder
4 packets stevia
1tsp vanilla extract. 

There are so many wonderful things I wanted to do with this mixture. You could place it in your ice cream maker and make "Nutella" ice cream. You could add a bit of water and make a coffee creamer. I decided to freeze the mixture in candy molds to use in my protein smoothies. 

Let me know what YOU do with your hazelnut cream! 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Vanilla Chai Overnight OIAJ

I am at that point with the foods in my cabinets when everything is nearing the end of the contents, and a serious nutrition store shopping spree is in need. I am out of all my good protein powder and flax seeds and had just enough oats to make a quick overnight oats for tomorrow morning. It had a vanilla base, so I decided to add some chai tea to mix up the flavors! Hope you like this simple concaucion. 

Start by brewing some Chai tea. I use Twinnings for most of my hot tea, and love the spice from their Chai. I only used 1/4c of water to brew, because I wanted a nice strong flavor. Allow to steep while putting together your oats. 

In a mason jar mix:

1/2c Bob's Gluten Free Oats
1/2c egg whites
1/4c Fage 0%
1tbsp Chia Seeds
1/3 Medium banana 
2tbsp Vanilla Coconut Coffee creamer
1/4tsp vanilla extract
2 packets stevia (I use Truvia)

Mix together, including the 1/4c brewed Chai. Cover and refrigerate till morning. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Protein Fudge

I've been wanting to make protein bites (balls) for sometime now, and thought it would be easier to make fudge. I can see this recipe evolving in to something fantastic. These turned out good, but the possibilities are endless! 

��6tbsp coco-nut butter (I used YouFreshNaturals White Chocolate Cake Batter)
��1/4c SF pancake syrup (I use Walden Farms)
��1 stevia packet
��1 scoop protein powder (I used Vega plant based Vanilla)

Mix all ingredients and spread in a small container lines with parchment paper. I was actually out of parchment and used plastic wrap which worked just fine. 

Place in fridge for a few hours to set. Cut in to desired portions. I cut mine in to 16 small bites sizes. 

Macros or each piece; 
43cal 3.4f/1.9c/2.1p 

You can up the amount of protein if you choose a different powder. Vega only has 15g of protein per scoop, where as Pro7eun has 34!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Trying another stab at my LSC Protein Pancake recipe. Although there is mint extract packing a powerful punch in this recipe, the bright green hue is actually from spinach!!! A secret ingredient that includes a great balance of protein, carbs and fiber! My kids couldn't even taste it! These pancakes could easily be altered for a vegan recipe if I changed the protein from Whey to a vegan brand such as Sun Warrior, and omitted the Fage yogurt. I have been adding Fage lately and truly believe it gives the pancakes a fluffy texture! 

I used my Vitamix to blend the egg whites, oat bran, baking powder, mint extract and spinach. I then transferred the mixture to a Pyrex bowl and folded in the Fage yogurt and Choclate Dream (dairy free) Choclate chips. 

I am setting this mixture in the fridge and will make either tomorrow or Sunday for #TheFitBaldman's #PornCakeSundays

Stay tuned for final pictures and taste test!!  


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday, IG day for "PornCakes"

Although I have participated in past #PornCakeSundays, I am not a baker and tend to ruin anything I attempt to make, even pancakes. I really wasn't planning on creating something, but when the hubby walked out the door for a workout as soon as I walked in the door for mine, I knew I was free to make any post workout meal I wanted! I asked the kids if they wanted pancakes, and in unison, they said No! Well, if that isn't a testimony to past pancakes that were a flop, then I don't know what is! 

I decided to use oat bran, since it is my current staple, as the base of the pancake. Since this weeks #PornCakeChamp would win @TheCookieDept cookies, I figured it would be great to add some of their PB Tough Cookie to the mix. Here is the recipe;

1/2c oat bran
1/4c egg whites
1/2scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2tsp baking powder
1/4 TheCookieDept PB cookie (crumbled)
1/4c Fage 0%

1/4 TheCookieDept PB cookie (crumbled)
1tbsp Speculoos Cookie Butter Melted

In a pan on medium heat, I made 4 equal size pancakes flipping after a minute or so. When they were done I added the topping. 

These pancakes were delicious!!!!! Moist and sweet! A true upgrade from my previous pancakes. I wasn't able to convince my son to try any until there was only one bite left. He LOVED them and was whining for more!!!

Macros: 384calories 14.5f/31.2c/34.2p 1.5fiber

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baked Oatmeal Muffins

I am always making over night OIAJ, and had yet baked myboatmeal, so I decided to give it a try. I stick with simple ingredients for my first recipe, but already have so many ideas to recreate this in a fun, delicious way! 

Here is the base of my muffins:
3/4c oatmeal
1tbsp Chia Seeds
3/4c egg whites 
1/4c plain Greek yogurt
1/2tsp vanilla extract
1 stevia packet
2tbsp flax meal
1/2 smashed banana
1/4tsp cinnamon 

Preheat oven to 350. Grease three ramekins, muffin tins or another oven safe dish. I chose unsalted butter. 

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. I smashed my banana with a fork so there were still some medium size chunks. 

Separate mixture in to three equal ramekins and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top! 

Xo Shannon