Eat more fruit, drink life!

July 21st, 2016 (actual date written)

After my birthday in January this year, I went on my annual 21-day cleanse. Nothing too crazy. Simply eating very clean-- no alcohol, sugar, or caffeine, and getting plenty of rest along with supplements for 10 days. Doing the cleanse at the start of the new year could not have been more timely. It set me up for success and clarity for 2016. Once the 21 days were complete, I continued with most of the regular protocol. Lemon water first thing in the morning and keeping my eating clean. But let's also be honest, I definitely added back in the caffeine and alcohol. We all know the Showout tag line is WORK HARD, PLAY HARD.

Over the past 7 months I have changed my diet quite a bit. I eat a TON more fruit. On a daily basis I eat the following: small banana, peach, 1 cup of grapes, 1+ cup of strawberries, 1 cup of cherries. I throw in blackberries and blueberries too when they look yummy at the grocery store. Starchy vegetables from beets and butternut squash are also a daily staple in my diet. If you would have looked at my food log last year, there would maybe be one piece of fruit and ALLLLLL the protein and fat. Now my diet typically consists of 50% carbs, 20% fat, and 30% protein. A major shift from a year ago!

I am still as social as I was 7 months ago or maybe even more! My go-to drinks are Deep Eddy Lemon or Grapefruit in water, skinny margaritas (no agave or frozens!), and wine. Keeping those drinks clean is huge. Back in January I committed to no more frozen ritas and chips when going out to eat. This minor change had a profound impact on my body composition. It goes hand in hand with the Slight Edge philosophy. It's easy to do, but also just as easy not to do.

I also train less. YES, I train less. I get in my 5 days per week, but the mindset of killing myself every workout is long gone. I recover. I rest. I train hard but not to the point of complete exhaustion every time I step foot in the gym.

I feel so much better! My PCOS is manageable now. I have trimmed up, my clothes fit better, my workouts feel awesome.  I am back to looking and feeling how I did 6 years ago. My skin fold summation dropped 91mm! I have learned that bodies & hormones change over time. What worked before does not mean it will continue to work. Listen to your body. If you feel like what you have been doing is no longer working, then it is time for a change. Who would have thought that doubling my carb intake with a lot more fruit and starchy veggies, removing frozen ritas and chips, and training less would do the trick for me?!

I wake up in a space of gratitude each day and thank God for where I am physically, mentally, emotionally, and thank Him for where He will continue to take me. Stay tuned for more on affirmations and what they have done for me in next week's post.

I am full on living in the space of Eat more fruit, drink life!

FOCUS, Ladies

February 26th, 2014 (actual date written)

I have been making some changes in my diet over the past 6 months. Adding back more carbohydrates, specifically from sweet potato, butternut squash, and fruit; while eating less protein and less fat. Above is a picture of my breakfast this morning--> eggs, Longhorn beef/sausage, spinach, sweet potato, green onion, salsa, and avocado (everything was from the Farmers Market too except the avocado). I have been too low carb for way too long. I knew something was not right when everything I used to do was not working.

I was thinking back when I first started doing CrossFit over 5 years ago, and I ate an array of fruit and consumed some sweet potatoes and felt and looked great. Then, my thought process switched to if I ate less carbs, stuck to only greens/low glycemic carbs, and consume lots of protein and fat, I could get even more lean. I mean that is what the research shows. And it worked! Fast forward to 2 years of doing that and it back fired. Adrenal fatigue, not recovering, and gaining weight.

Stephanie, an RD and Trainer with Robb Wolf's crew, wrote an incredible article-- Females, Carbohydrates, and Hormones. You can read the entire article HERE. In a nutshell, she said everything I have been saying while having more research to back it up.

FOCUS LADIES: If you have been eating super clean, on point with your workouts, and still not getting the results you want, then your carbohydrate intake could be a missing piece of the equation when it comes to balancing your female hormones, losing weight, recovering from exercise, supporting your thyroid, boosting your energy, and so much more.

Here I am now with 6 months of adding back some good carbohydrates to my diet and I feel and look better. Clothes that I could not wear last year are fitting again, and my energy is back. I call that a win/win!