I had to brake suddenly in traffic this morning and my perfectly ripe peaches went flying and squished against the walls of the mini cooler. My heartbreaking screams of despair while sitting in traffic, “Nooooooo!!!!!! Not my peaches!!!!!!!”
Folks around me might have thought I had an accident and hurt myself or my car. I might have shed a tear, and then ate them anyway while lamenting the fact that stone fruit season is ending too soon and this might be my last hurrah with the really good peaches. “I… have… to… wait… another… year…” between sniffles and heavy sighs. Hot mess style. Look, peaches are serious business, okay. I need to invest in some fruit insurance or fruity seat belts.
-PEACHES. Lots of peaches. At least 10. Maybe 20.
-Grapes (cotton candy and black, my favorites). If I need the extra fuel, I have them available.
-Green Monster Salad. It’s green. It’s monstrous. It’s a salad. Non-sweet fruits and some greens.
No overt fats for a few weeks now, and I feel so much better than when I was trying to increase my fat intake to 80-10-10 macros. I tried that for a few weeks (usually hitting 9% fat with the help of daily chia seeds) and felt so sluggish in the gym. I feel so much better and more energetic keeping overt fats out of my diet (normally hitting 5% fat). I’m keeping my protein higher from that experiment, but just removing the overt fats.
I may continue to work on increasing my protein a little bit (*gasp* only a LITTLE BIT, okay?!?!) as I get more intense with my weight lifting, but I’m not going to go crazy with it. My trainer wants me to eat 90g minimum daily, but ideally 120g (right now, I’m usually hitting 9-10% protein around 50-60g, which is more than plenty for most people). He says (raw vegan) protein powder is really the easiest way to increase my protein totals, but honestly, I would rather eat 20 heads of lettuce daily before trying to add protein powders. I’d rather get any additional amino acids from real living food sources with their fiber and water content.
Don’t worry… I won’t be eating 20 heads of lettuce daily just to hit a ridiculous amount of raw vegan protein. I said I may increase it a “little bit.” I’ll start by increasing from 1-2 heads to 3-4 heads of lettuce a day (which is fairly painless and not too expensive). I follow my hometown hero Dr. Garth Davis and recommend his book Proteinaholic. I’m not delusional in thinking that more protein is better. I only want enough amino acids to support my weight lifting and frequent muscle tearing/rebuilding, and no more than that, as too much protein is toxic in the body.
If, for whatever reason, one day in the distant future, I am able to enter an all-natural physique competition, then I would prefer to be able to say, “yeah, I did all this without protein powder… just raw fruits and greens.” We shall see. For now, I dream and visualize where I want to be. Manifestation with intention and actions. Far, far away from any hospital beds, Multiple Sclerosis, IV steroid infusions, disability, Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Hypoglycemia (pre-diabetes), High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Alcoholism, Benzo Withdrawal/Damage (as prescribed), Caffeine Addiction, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Depression, Acid Reflux, and Obesity.
Imagine where I would be today if I hadn’t changed my lifestyle… I cannot even imagine the suffering…