Protein Shake or Frappuccino?

In case you missed it I am chronicling my everyday food and 16-week focus on snapchat (getfitwithsarai), which by the way is the most fun I have had on social media in a long time. It’s so in-the-moment I can just let go and be who I is. But I digress…

I’ve been getting some questions and one I thought was a great topic to talk about; “As long as I stay in my calorie range, why can’t I eat whatever I want?”

This particular person said that she was actually able to eat a McDonalds breakfast sandwich in the morning and grab a Starbucks latte in the afternoon and still stay within her calories.

It got me to thinking about calories VS Nutrition.

Since I don’t believe in starving oneself (all it does is make you lose muscle, not fat) if you’re following my snaps you’ll see I eat a good amount of calories a day (around 2,000-2,200)

If I wanted to I *could* actually eat ton’s of “treat” type foods and still stay under the 2k mark.

However, it doesn’t work that way.

Sure theoretically, a 250 calorie protein, [Read more…]

What You’re Really Eating (this is kinda gross)

WARNING: THIS IS GROSS, BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW IT.

Before the first detox in September I told you about pink slime; the unsightly chunks of sinew, cartilage, bone, fascia and other musculoskeletal system innards that are tossed into a centrifuge and end up in YOUR food.

Many people after learning about the pink slime swore off beef.fear

But it’s not that easy.

You see there is PLENTY of gross stuff in all kinds of processed foods.

For instance:

Flame Retardant–Laced Soda -The toxic flame retardant chemical brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, was initially used to keep plastics from catching on fire.

Scientists have linked too much BVO to bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions, memory loss, and nerve disorders.

For decades, the food industry has been adding it to certain sodas, juices, and sports drinks to keep the artificial flavoring chemicals from separating from the rest of the liquids.

Paint Chemical in Salad Dressing -Titanium dioxide is a component of the metallic element titanium, a mined substance that is sometimes contaminated with toxic lead.

The food industry adds it to hundreds of products to make dingy, overly processed items appear whiter.

Commonly used in paints and sunscreens, big food corporations add it to lots of things we eat too, including processed salad dressing, coffee creamers, and icing. [Read more…]

You May Think These Foods Are Healthy

I see it happen all the time…fitness results that are thrown away by eating the wrong foods.

The problem is that often foods are packaged to make us believe that we ARE eating healthy. Some things I’m pretty sure you know by now like:

White Pasta -White pasta will never be OK to eat when your goal is to look fit. Sorry, it’s filled with way too many simple carbs. These plentiful carbs have one singular goal: to become stored on your body as fat.

Blended Coffee Drinks -Coffee chains have made it socially acceptable to sip on a large blended coffee drink topped with whipped cream, anytime and anyplace. Unfortunately your body is going to respond to all that sugar in the only way that it knows how…by storing it as fat. [Read more…]

Why You’ve Plateaued (Your Nutrition)

 

So you’re resting enough and you don’t have a care in the world :) but you’re still not losing weight. (see the last blog post to get up to speed if you missed it)

If I was a betting woman (I don’t gamble, that’s throwing away perfectly good shopping money) I’d say it’s because of one of two other things-your nutrition or your workouts.

Let’s talk about your nutrition today.

Nutrition is off in some way (eating too much, not enough, too much sugar, not a balanced ratio of macro nutrients)

I don’t believe in being a total calorie hard nose ‘cause frankly counting calories can be a drag. But you do need to be aware of how many- ish calories you need to take in and how many-ish you actually are taking in. For instance if you know that you need to be in the 1800-2,000 range and that on average you take in about 1,925. As long as you hit somewhere in that range daily there’s no need to know your number to an exact T…….except for if the scale is no longer budging. The it’s time to get down to the facts and figure out EXACTLY what you are doing.

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EXACTLY what you should be eating for breakfast (3 recipes)

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day and rightly so. But not all breakfasts are created equal. Most will simply set you up to struggle through the rest of your day only to binge on something later.

So what IS the perfect breakfast?

Let me tell you, your typical cereal bar and low-fat yogurt doesn’t cut it.

I’ve broken down the perfect breakfast and even give you 3 step-by-step recipes, all right here.

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