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What do I mean by counting macros, killing the diet, and learning intuitive eating? It sounds like a foreign language. Wait…did I join a cult? No, I’m trying something new and totally different from any “diet” I’ve done before.
I know diets. I’ve done them all. Seriously. Dating back to the 80’s, if there’s been a diet or craze, I’ve tried it. Want to know a secret? Diets don’t work for me! But, what’s a girl to do?
Before I continue, let me say this. I’m not a doctor. I am not a nutritionist. I am in no way a medical professional. I am not making recommendations. I’m sharing my personal experience. Every person on the planet is different and has different experiences. There are no comparisons and no promises. Just my experience. Please consult a medical professional with specific questions and/or issues regarding your health.
As I’m working my way through this phase of my life, working on my health has become a priority. When I learned about a 30-day challenge around health and wellness, i decided to have a look. I have weight to lose, meds to be rid of, and a lifestyle that needs a swift kick in the a$$. At the last minute I decided to join this mysterious 30-Day challenge. What did I have to lose?
What a ride that 30-days was! First, I had to choose wellness or fat loss. I chose fat loss because, well…then there was a few days to get in the swing of things. I signed up for a 30-day trial of My Fitness Pal and began paying attention to macros. Macros?
WTH Does Counting Macros Mean?
For the sake of this program, macros are total carbs, fats, and proteins that you eat in the course of a day. All foods (and some beverages and supplements) are made up of various nutritional macros. First, I started to research the world of macros. The best way to count them accurately is to weigh your food. Damn. I hate having to weigh and measure! But, I was going to give the 30-days a try.
Second, I started researching scales. I bought a pretty, pink one. Every girl needs a pretty pink scale, don’t you think? I got this one. It shows pounds, ounces, grams, and kilograms. It’s rechargeable or takes a battery. I opt to recharge. I got it from Amazon, and I’m not an affiliate so I’m sharing it just because I like it so much!
I didn’t do so great the first, practice week. There was a learning curve. More of a learning curve than I thought there would be. I learned that measuring your food was VERY eye opening. I also was having a really hard time hitting my daily goals. But it got easier.
Each week for four weeks we answered a weekly survey with how we felt, our weight, and how well we hit our goals. At the beginning we provided a picture. Nope, no one will ever see that. I didn’t follow the photo rules, me in my big baggy clothes…and we provided a picture at the end. Nope, no one will see that one either.
The first two weeks I rocked it! The third week I made several poor food choices that really can be summed up as the Italian Food Bender. Yup, it showed on the scale. The fourth week I’d lost and was almost back to where I was before the Italian episode…ok. Lesson learned!
This way of eating together with the excellent sleep I was getting was making me feel…good! I felt rested and I swear…lighter.
We were asked to limit or eliminate gluten, dairy and eggs, as they are considered foods that can cause sensitivities. Eliminating them for a few weeks helps cleanse your system. Well, I kinda didn’t do that. I ate eggs, and I had gluten a few times a week. Eight weeks later I understood WHY I should have avoided them. My body reacts. I didn’t even KNOW that what I was experiencing was related. I just thought it was normal. I’m a slow learner. But once I realized it, wow.
The Problem Foods
I have known about dairy for years. It’s a horrible inflammatory for me, upsets my stomach, and often gives me a migraine. I didn’t realize that gluten also was a problem. Gluten is in so much processed food these days, I honestly never considered it. My weekly bowls of pasta left me swollen and uncomfortable and my stomach not happy. When I finally made the connection I was really disappointed. I love pasta! Now I may have to explore gluten free pasta…not excited.
Then there were the eggs. Good heavens, I never knew. I’ve been eating them most of the last eight weeks. I took a week off…and noticed. It was shocking that eggs were adding to my stomach discomfort. Then I panicked. What would I have for breakfast?? There’s not that many breakfast foods!
Ok. Seriously. I don’t need eggs for breakfast. There is plenty of food on the planet. There’s oatmeal and fruit and gluten free pancakes and…ya, I’m out of ideas. I seem to be stuck on breakfast food. That’s a problem that needs to be worked on. I need to open my mind and try new things. There’s nothing wrong with non-breakfast food for breakfast. Really!
Side note: The father didn’t eat eggs. He swore he was allergic, and actually just didn’t like them. In childhood he had eggs one morning and then got sick after breakfast. He refused to eat them again. For all the grief he got from the mother for his “allergy”, perhaps he was on to something after all? Hmmm…
End of the 30-Day Challenge
At the end of 30-days, I had let go of six pounds. Ok, so that’s not a lot, but it was a darn fine start. I lost weight! Counting Macros was getting easier. I was beginning to actually plan my food to try to use up all my macros a day…and not go over! It was the first time that I could remember that I didn’t feel deprived or angry with a “diet”. Best of all, it was a nice, slow, healthy loss.
nrish, the Anti-Diet
I decided to continue with the nrish Program on a month-to-month basis. It runs for a year, although I’m not tied to that. But I’d like to see where this goes. Over the course of the year, I’ll learn to eat intuitively, to recognize my problem areas, how to plan my meals, when to indulge, when not to, and eventually, stop counting the macros and back away from the scale. At this stage I can’t begin to wrap my head around that! But doesn’t that sound like an amazing goal?
nrish is all about the “anti-diet” and empowering people to know their bodies and nourish it in the best way for them. It’s about living a healthy lifestyle while crushing your activities and nutritional needs. The founder and the coaches have been there, done that, and want to bring a new way of living to others who struggle. I like that.
That’s a huge order for me. Some days it’s overwhelming. BUT…the counting macros part? That gets easier, and yes, it fits my living simple motto. So I’m just gonna keep going, week by week, month by month, and see how it goes. nrish has coaches and support to guide me through the process and a community of people looking for the same things. I learned so much in the first 30-days, and I continue to learn more each week.
Like any other program on the planet, I gotta work it to earn the benefits. By the way, at the beginning of week eight I was down 9.6 pounds. I’ve never lost that much in such a short amount of time. So far I’m maintaining that slow, healthy weight loss. I’m cool with that.
Are You Interested in Making a Change?
If you’d like to scope it out, they offer a FREE Facebook group that is freaking amazing! The nrish | Holistic Nutrition group offers education around holistic living – nutritional information for optimum healthy, holistic health, exercise, hormone health, supplements, mindset, recipes, and more. It is by far the best “free” group I belong to regarding how much free information and support they offer. It’s a great way to test the waters and see what it’s all about. If you join the group, let me know how it’s going so I can support you in your healthy living efforts!
Want to ask me questions? Shoot me an email or comment on this post. I’m happy to answer questions! It’s not often I’ll go out in a limb and recommend something. If you are interested in the 30-Day Challenge, I’m happy to answer your questions about that as well.
So, is the challenge for you? That I can’t answer. We are all at different points in our journeys. I will say this, if I can do it, well, most anyone can try it for 30-days. And if you want to kill the diet mentality and learn to eat intuitively, this might be something that interests you.
If you enjoy this kind of thing, you’ll want to join my Insiders Group (see below) to get my (mostly) weekly updates. When you join, I’ll send you a link to download a March weekly planner! Are you following me on Facebook and Instagram? If not, head on over and check it out. I’d love to have you follow along. Until next time,
Until we meet again,