Most of what you see in the media (Pinterest, online search, “personal testimonials”, etc.) about bodybuilding diets is nothing but plain oatmeal, egg whites, skinless chicken breast, protein shakes, and broccoli. Plain, plain, PLAIN!!! So boring.
And I thought to myself… NO WAY. No fruits?? No banana oat cookies?? No green smoothies? No CHOCOLATE?? And everyone knows I can’t live without my beets, ha ha. I just cannot. So if that’s what it takes to build muscle and get a lean and cut physique, then it’s just not for me.
But thanks to my wonderful coach at Next Level Bikini Prep, I see that there’s a whole different (and reasonable!) way of doing things. Phew! I do eat a very (much more, even!) structured diet than I used to, with MUCH more protein than I ever have. I’m not “mostly vegan” anymore… I eat animal protein every day. And SO. MANY. CALORIES! I’m actually kind of shocked by how much I can eat and not even gain weight yet. I say “yet” because I’m supposed to gain some muscle weight so that when I lose fat for the stage I’ll wind up right back at my starting weight. I’ve never in my life been able to eat this much and not get a belly… it’s the weight-lifting, I tell you!
Wanna see some of my meals? This is a random assortment of what I’ve eaten over the past few weeks…
I still always have my green smoothie in the morning…with spinach, mint, cucumber, pineapple or papaya, & protein powder. I have this with a big bowl of oatmeal (not plain!) … I add pumpkin, cranberries, almond butter, & sometimes chopped apple.
This smoothie bowl is one of my favourite meals- I eat it every day, usually after my workout. It’s made with with tofu, fruit, & protein powder. I top it with cacao nibs (my daily chocolate fix!) and walnuts. Dessert… mid-morning!
Along with the smoothie bowl, I eat either a baked sweet potato, or one of these pumpkin applesauce cookies… they’re basically the first cousin of my beloved banana oat cookies. If you make them, just replace the banana with equal parts mashed cooked pumpkin and unsweetened applesauce (throw in some cinnamon & nutmeg too.)
My lunch varies, but always includes a beautiful spinach salad, often with roasted beets & pumpkin. I love my roasted veggies! I also have some type of protein with this- sometimes grilled salmon, sometimes a chickpea pancake made with chickpea flour, eggs, & seasonings like garlic & curry powder.
In the afternoon I have another meal/snack, like these sweet potato pancakes. I make these with mashed sweet potato, eggs, cinnamon, stevia (an herbal sweetener), & a little baking powder. This is a meal I wouldn’t normally eat if I weren’t training, but hey, I have to shove in the calories somewhere. And who could resist these cute, fluffy pancakes? I don’t even try…
Dinner has changed from being my biggest meal to my smallest… good thing, because I’m pretty dang full by the time 6pm rolls around. We very often have some type of fish with rice & veggies. I usually dress mine up with salsa & avocado to make it fancy, because my coach also “gets” good food. I love that about her! That’s it… no dessert… and to be honest, I don’t miss it that much. I’m amazed that I’m not rumbling around for chocolate after dinner like I normally do, but I think I’m just too full of healthy food to care about sweets! Lucky.
So here’s a photo I snapped of myself today… after 5 weeks I think there’s beginning to be some pay-off…
It’s only 5 days until Christmas, friends! May your season be merry and bright… and may you enjoy your yummy food too! In my next post I’ll give you my recipe for vegan pecan turtles… truly my favourite Christmas candy. They remind me of my mother… not because she loved them, but because she knew I did, so she made them every year. So I’m going to pass it along to you, my lovely readers. Happy Christmas to you all!