A friend contacted me recently to tell me how tired she was all the time and how she had no energy to do anything. The first thing I told her was to go to the doctor and get everything checked out. I ain’t no physician even if the kids do call me Dr Mum! So she did that and she got a clean bill of health. No thyroid issues etc etc etc… I asked what a typical day’s food looked like and here’s what I got. Green smoothie for breakfast (but there was chia seeds, flax and kale in there!) A handful of raw almonds for snack; chicken salad for lunch, a fat free yoghurt for afternoon snack and fish or chicken and veggies for dinner (and a glass or two of wine depending on the day of the week). Oh hello! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out the issue. Where’s your fuel (and it’s not the wine)? If you don’t put petrol in your car, it doesn’t work. I don’t give a shit if you eat flax, chia seeds and kale until it comes out of every orifice, if you don’t eat some carbs you’re going to be tired and in my experience, your body is going to hold fat, have loose skin and be devoid of muscle. Where’s your rice, sweet potatoes, squash, plantain, bananas, quinoa, beans…….you don’t need to stuff your face with bread and cookies to get carbs in!
If you take any interest in me, you’ll see that I have decided to step on stage and compete in a figure competition. I’m giving myself until next June. Yes that is a long way off but at my tender stage in life and given that this will be the first proper competition I do (and the last….I’m not an on stage in bikini and high heels kind of girl) I want to make sure that I am in my best ever condition. The one major change I have made is to radically change my eating habits. I’ve cut back on my fat and I have increased my carbs and my daily calorie intake by almost 800 calories. I have also discovered a love for Greek yoghurt…..Now my workouts are tough but they are over and done with in 1 hour and 10 minutes max and I’m not out running for hours on end. I hit the weights and I hit them hard and fairly heavy. I also do short (20 minute) high intensity workouts. Now one would think that if you radically increase your calorie intake and do no real cardio that after a month of doing that you’d gain weight. 800 calories is a lot! No Sir. I actually lost 2lbs in the first 2 weeks. I’ve since put 1lb back on (thank goodness) but the best news is that my waist and hips have shrunk and my muscular areas (biceps, chest, back, quads and calves) have grown. I’m not ready to start posting up pictures of my transformation but I will soon. Suffice to say though that I could have a huge ego given the number of compliments I get.
I’m doing this for a number of reasons. I love me and I want to allow my body to perform to its best. I listen to it. If it doesn’t like what I’m doing to it, I change. It’s loving what I’m doing, even my Monday night of torture (stretch). I love a challenge and I want to see what I can do to improve my body. I know that for the competition I will need to diet down but otherwise, I want to show women in particular that you need to fucking eat!!! Healthy, wholesome food (in moderation) doesn’t make you fat. It’s all the shite you eat, the wine you drink, the carbs and healthy fats you don’t eat and the shitty stress that you carry around with you and refuse to drop.
Now for my tasty balls of energy
I whipped these up last weekend and boy were they good!
- 2 cups of shredded, unsweetened coconut (extra for rolling)
- 1/2 cup of ground almonds (grind up seeds like pumpkin and sunflower if you have input issues)
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries (I threw in 2 strawberries that I had left over too!)
- 3 medjool dates, figs or a splash of maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons of Cocoa powder (I used raw cacao)(you can use extra to roll the balls in)
- cocao nibs (optional but they give a nice crunch!)
********Turn them into protein balls***********
If you want to turn these into protein balls, omit 1/2 cup of coconut and replace with chocolate protein powder. A pea or other plant based chocolate protein powder tastes best but whey works too.
Blitz the dates in a blender and then add the blueberries and blitz again. Add all of the other ingredients and blend until combined. If the mixture is too wet, add some more coconut and almonds. Roll into balls before rolling in extra coconut or cocoa powder.
Store in the fridge and try not to eat them all at once. Delicious!