Oil-free Lemon Blueberry Buckwheat Bakes

When I shared my Fall training plan with you, I’d mentioned that I was hoping to switch up my diet to support a quicker race pace.

I knew in order to do this, it would come down to two things:

  1. Shed fat
  2. Build lean muscle mass

In a healthy way. No protein bars, no calorie slashing, or massive healthy fat reduction. Just whole foods based, mindful, balanced eating.

A large part of my practice is working with clients on these very objectives, so you’d think it would come naturally to me when I try to apply it to my own life, right?

Well, let’s just say it’s always easier to see opportunities for change in other peoples’ lives than in your own. I can pin-point issues for my clients at the drop of a hat, but when I took a look at my own food journal I stared at it blankly for a couple of minutes before thoughts began to flood in.

They came, they just took a bit of time to arrive. ;)

After a bit of tweaking and analyzing, I’ve realized that I need to:

  • Decrease my fat intake – from 90g/day to 60g/day
  • Increase my carbohydrate intake (with complex carbs) – from 200g/day to 280g/day
  • Maintain fiber – averaging 60g a day + 3L of water. Booyah!
  • Maintain protein – averaging 50g/day

…and still make my meals delicious.

Of course these stats are rough estimates and things will change if I’m working out more one day than the next, but just seeing how much fat; albeit healthy fat, I was eaten a day totally shocked me!

Changes I’ve made so far:

  • I’ve switched my oil-based fats to things like nut butters because they’re more satiating.
  • Decreased my overall fat intake by substituting oils for vinegars, spices, and vegetables.
  • I’m incorporating more cooked grains like buckwheat, millet, and quinoa into salads, breakfast bowls, and muffins.
  • To pump up my energy, I’ve started to add 1/2 cup sweet potato or pumpkin to my morning berry smoothies before heading to the gym.

I have no plans to weigh myself. The only number I care about is the pace I end up with on race day.

All in all I feel fantastic, I’m finally getting in the groove of re-organizing things, and I’m ready to rock out the recipes!

If this is what builds lean muscle… I’m all over it!

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