Barbells, Food and Jojo

Join me as I navigate through my love for Olympic Weightlifting, Flexible Dieting and Life

If you’ve been in a never-ending cycle of dieting down and eating minimal total calories without seeing much difference or keep plateauing, chances are your body needs a reverse diet to strengthen your metabolism. What’s a reverse diet, you ask?

Let’s keep some themes going, shall we? It will keep me covering topics that interest me and not to mention keep me accountable in blogging regularly. Mondays will be for all things food, whether it’s a delicious restaurant I visited and have to rave about, or if I had an awful experience at a restaurant …

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I wrote the post below exactly two years ago and I’m happy to report that science still wins. I still follow a flexible diet under the watchful eye of my qualified nutrition coach (SD Evolution), not because I don’t know how to count and track my macros (I’m now over two years in), but for …

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Chicken Shawarma at Hummus Bar Express

September 2, 2016

If you don’t know, well, I’m a big chicken shawarma snob and this place hit high marks. That’s 10 ounces of shawarma! And that bread? Laffa, made at the restaurant. Divine. Like an edible pillow. If you’re ever in Santa Monica, and strolling through the Third Street Promenade, stop in here if not only to jump into a Laffa pillow.

Los Angeles Spots: LA Ice Cream Lab

August 16, 2016

I hadn’t been to Little Tokyo in forever and LA Ice Cream Lab happened to be next door to Spitz – it was meant to be, obviously. Every ice cream is made to order and once I saw the Salt Lick Caramel Crunch I had to get it. At first I tried to see if I can taste a sample because I often find that treats that claim to be “salted caramel” are just caramel with little to no salt and just use “salted” as part of a marketing ploy to reel people in since it’s a “popular” flavor these days. End rant.

I went ahead and ordered it anyhow. It was just as delicious as it looks with legitimate chunks of pretzel throughout.

Recipe: Pizza Fries

June 21, 2016

Pizza Fries? Kind of. Of course I would take full on gluten fluffy crust, fatty meats and regular pepperoni any day, but when you don’t have that many macros to work with, you can get creative to kind of satiate your cravings, even a little.

Saved decent carbs on my low carb day but craving pizza called for this eat-with-fork creation:

Preheat oven at 350🌡 and then prepare in a foil-lined and sprayed oil baking dish:

[base] pre-steamed sweet potato (actual yellow ones, the real ones, not orange like many stores like you to think) slices, pre-made Cauliflower  rice (dry out Cauli rice as much as you can with paper towel)
[layer 1] garlic marinara, Trader Joe’s lite shredded mozzarella
[layer 2] 93/7 ground beef and turkey pepperoni

Baked at 35🌡 for 12 minutes, broiled for 3 minutes.

Macros: 42c 11f 28p – my sweet potato ratio was higher than Cauli rice, can easily switch ratio for lower carb.

Verdict? Honestly, you can’t really go wrong with meat, cheese and potatoes. Unless you use fat free cheese, then you most definitely can go wrong because it has no flavor.

April 1, 2016

Kept hearing about the place that’s like a “Chipotle for mediterranean food” and, whoa. For one, they shave their Schawarma meat from a spick – legit. I’m kind of a chicken Schawarma snob. Two, there are so many different veggie options! I don’t have a ton of macros to work with these days – that cut life – so it was easy to eat for volume here (and track). Three, rarely am I impressed, and usually don’t even eat the pita bread from Mediterranean places because they’re usually from a bag. Not here, freshly made here. So fluffy. So warm. That is where the bulk of my lunch carbs went and well worth it.
#flexibledieting #mediterranean #middleeasternfood #pita360 #greekfood #schawarma #macros #foodie #eeeats #gardena #southbayfood #southbay #placeisverycleantoo (at Pita 360)

September 13, 2015

Time for #SundaySchool. Never stop learning. Listening to my beat up body and taking a full rest day (vs my usual “active” rest day Sunday’s). Slept in, made myself a delicious breakfast with coffee and reading @catalystathletics Olympic Weightlifting (Second Edition). @gregeverett has a way with words that makes this an easy read packed with knowledge bombs.
#knowledge #weightlifting #barbell #catalystathletics #neverstoplearning #flexibledieting #snatch #cleanandjerk #sundaybreakfast #macros
31c 6f 27p

September 7, 2015

TFW your mom gives you a shady looking Arroz Juane (Peruvian jungle food) bundle and you’re not sure how to track the macros 😂.
#flexibledieting #macros #butwhatisit #peruvian #jungle #peruviancuisine #bananaleaf

August 13, 2015

Chipotle is bae. Is that what the kids say these days? Added my own guac at home because it’s avocado mixed with Greek yogurt which is lower macros. Ready to dive head first in this. One of them days.
#chipotle #flexibledieting #macros #iifym #ilovefood #hangry #guacislife #yesiknowguacisextra #carbsafterdark #bae