If you're anything like me, you've probably scrolled through your social media accounts only to come across literally MILLIONS of pictures of donuts, pancakes, cereal, ice cream, and "no-no" foods plastered over various fitness accounts. A few years ago I would have thought, "No way people that look like this could eat like that!" So I naturally did what any fitness and food enthusiast would do... Try it for myself.
As a kinesiology major, the information that is presented to us in the lab and classroom sparked a greater interest in exercise physiology. I began to research more about flexible dieting, IIFYM, and nutrition and general. Through trial and error I began to adjust daily macronutrient intake to something that would fit my hectic schedule, would maximize performance in the gym, and leave me feeling generally better.
I personally like eating the majority of my carbohydrates intra and post workout. This leaves me with the flexibility to have huge stacks of pancakes (which I obviously LOVE), gratuitous amounts of cereal, or the flexibility to go out and enjoy meals with my friends and family and not have to refrain from ordering something because they don't serve boiled chicken breast and brown rice (don't laugh, we've all seen it or been there before).
So whether you're prepping for a show, looking to change your physique, or just wanting to have a healthier relationship with food, the variety and leeway that flexible dieting gives you is worth a look. While there is no straight path to your individual goals, if you can find a lifestyle that works for you, and is sustainable, your hard work will take you there.
Here's what I just demolished post workout
Here's the recipe for what's pictured, you could always adjust it to fit your intake!
The Pancake Base:
- - 2 Cups of Kodiak Cakes Mix
- - A Dollop of Greek yogurt
- - 2 Tablespoon of Egg Whites
- - 1 Teaspoon of Butter extract
- - 1/4 Cup of Chopped Pecans (Set Aside Some as a Garnish)
- - Sweetener to taste (I use Truvia)
- - And Add Enough Water To Make a Thick Batter-Like Consistency
The icing is super simple!
- - A Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream USPlabs ModernPROTEIN
- - 1 Tablespoon of Cashew Milk added until desired consistency is reached (I'm sure you can substitute any kind of milk or water and it will still come out delicious!
- - Topped with a butter pecan praline cookie (optional but well worth the 70 Calories )
Check out my page for some other great flavor combinations
Written by Ramon Contreras
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