In a previous post, I mentioned that I decided to change my approach of eating- going from an intuitive eater to become a flexible dieter. In particular, flexible dieting or IIFYM had always sparked my interest, but I never had the courage to invest some time to understand this way of eating fully. As of right now, I have been flexible dieting for nearly a week now and loving every minute of it. Yes, incorporating new eating habits can be challenging, but life is a challenge itself :). Therefore, it’s important to always try to do your best in everything you do. In my case, I wish to become healthier and feel more comfortable in my own skin.
The challenges that have come up during my new routine were things such as preplanning meals, weighing my foods on the scale and understanding macronutrients. During my first few days of IIFYM, I made the mistake of not being prepared for the day. More specifically, it’s essential to plan your meals ahead by logging them into your app such as MyFitnessPal or Macros+Tracker. I got both of those apps on my phone, but I prefer using Macros+Tracker over MyFitnessPal.
I also found that food-prep is an amazing way to plan your meals ahead for the week. For instance, this past Sunday I managed to food-prep my meals ahead. While I was weighing all my foods, I tried to figure out how much macros I needed for a day. This allows me to focus on other important things and not to worry about hitting my macros. In addition, it is more convenient to prepare your meals beforehand especially if you have a busy schedule ahead of you.
I am aware that flexible nutrition definitely takes some time to get used to, but in the end all the hard work will be eventually paid off. Though I’m very excited to share with you all the details about flexible dieting, I also thought it would be a great idea to give you another sneak-peak into ‘what I eat in a day‘. In general, I try to eat as much lean protein and wholesome as I can with the occasional cheats included.
Breakfast: Protein Zoats
If you have been following me so far, you know that I love my oatmeal for breakfast. I wanted to change up my usual bowl of oatmeal to something that still possesses the humble taste of oats, but will make your tastebuds dance even more. That’s when I created my own version of Protein Zoats. I added zucchini, oats, almond milk, protein powder and chia seeds in a tubberware and left it overnight in the fridge. The chia seeds will give it a more pudding-like texture, whereby the zucchini provides the extra volume in your oats. The next day, you can eat your Protein Zoats either hot or cold. I like my oatmeal hot, so therefore I tend to heat it up in the microwave for 1-2 min.
Lunch: Chicken Salad
Typically for lunch and dinner, I prefer to include healthy proteins and greens into my meals. Here, I had a big salad with some shredded chicken and a drizzle of olive oil along side with rice waffles. In addition, I like to add my beloved Sriracha sauce and Maggi soy-sauce into my savoury dishes. I guess this is just the Asian-side of me :). Also, I noticed when using shredded chicken as opposed to a whole piece of chicken my meals appears to look fuller, which is a great tip to trick your mind in eating less.
Dinner: Fish, Broccoli and Konjac noodles
I love eating fish and veggies for dinner. As per usual, I added my favourite seasonings which are my Sriracha sauce and soy-sauce. I always like to have a bigger meal for dinner, so lately I have been loving Konjac noodles, which are derived from the root of the Konjac plant in Asia. These Konjac noodles are my holy grail, because they are not only low in calories but they are also a bulking food. For 100 grams of Konjac noodles, there are only 8 calories, which is amazingly low. The texture of the noodles are more on the chewy side, not the least they taste great.
Snacks: Rice cakes
I like to snack whenever I feel hungry during the day, which involves fruits, rice cakes with cherry jam.