Q: Why did you decide to begin nutrition coaching with Dr. Alli Cain?
I decided to start nutrition coaching because I wanted my body to look and feel like I worked out. I was tired of putting in all kinds of time in the gym, thinking I was eating right, and not having the body I wanted to show for it. I wanted to get stronger, and put on some muscle.
Q: What important things have you learned throughout the nutrition coaching program?
I've learned that food is such an important part of overall health. I have been diagnosed with UC (ulcerative colitis) for 3 years now. I changed so many things in my diet trying to "cure myself". And never in all that time was I symptom free. I kept a food journal and wrote down everything I ate, and how it made me feel. I ate "clean". I had eliminated gluten, dairy, coffee, the list goes on.
Counting Marco's gave me the right nutritional balance. That was my missing link. It wasn't long before my body went into remission. I haven't had a UC flair in months! Giving my body the right balance of micronutrients is more important than what foods I eat. I still avoid gluten, and dairy, but I am more relaxed. I can enjoy food, and not fear it.
Q: Was there anything about learning to count your macros that surprised you?
I can't just eat out of boredom, or if food is in front of me. I have to think about each meal, or snack, I eat as a whole for the day. Add it up before you eat it up.
Q: How to you stay on track while balancing work, homelife, and other commitments?
I am a list maker. I make grocery lists, meal lists for the week, I keep my food journal each day. I tend to eat the same things for breakfast and lunch, so It's just suppers I "macro" around. When traveling I plan ahead. If we are camping, or staying in a hotel, I make sure I have the right foods I need. If I can't bring them, I go to the grocery store. I have a list, I am prepared.
Q: How has your performance been affect by macros tracking?
I have more energy! Which I love!! My strength has gone up, my stamina has gone up. I am killing it at the gym, and people are noticing. Its so great to work at something and see results.
Q: How has your approach to food changed since counting your macros?
Math is my best friend. I spend a lot of my time in the kitchen cooking. I had to start figuring out all my recipe's and the macro breakdown. It was challenging at first. It's just a matter of getting started. I now have a good list of go-to recipe's, and their macro breakdown I can look to when I need it. When a new recipe comes up it's just the one recipe I have to breakdown, not 100's. 1 recipe at a time....
Q: What advice do you have for others seeking guidance in their personal nutrition?
Stop guessing. Yes count your macro's. Yes use a coach to help you in the beginning. You will learn so much about your food, about what you really need to have success, and you'll have the support to do it right.
Q: What has been the biggest change you've made in your lifestyle since joining?
I don't randomly eat because food is there any more. I think about my meals, and have my day planned ahead of time. Its just habit now, I can't imagine doing it another way.