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?

Ugh, I’m so lame. Haven’t blogged in a week! Needless to say it has been a hectic week, mainly due to birthday and preparatory things for my upcoming surgery. But I’m back! Let’s carry on… For this week’s Eat It post, the focus will be on trying to balance life and diet efficiently. Most that …

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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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Big Ass Breakfast Casserole

September 26, 2016

I don’t even know what to name this. Big Ass Breakfast Casserole? I winged it and it was a success. I normally take the time to make my breakfast every morning to take with me to work but really needed to shave down my get-ready-for-work time so decided to multiply my usual breakfast by 5 (for every work day this week) and bake it. Pictured is just one of the pans I made.

To make a Big ass casserole:

You should have bacon pre-made before starting this. Oil spray however many baking dishes you plan to use. From a few trial and errors, I would suggest using a fairly deeper dish. Preheat oven to 350°. Then, in the following order, begin to add your ingredients:

  • Raw spinach
  • Cooked bacon in pieces
  • Nature Harvest Light Multigrain bread pieces
  • Mix all of the above
  • Pour egg white all over until it nearly covers your previous ingredients
  • Sprinkle Trader Joe’s Lite Shredded Mozzarella

Macros per serving (280g): 7f 15c 38p (6g fiber)

Tip: I have a restaurant grade kitchen scale for the really heavy things so this is how I measured as I went, but if you don’t have that, you can just weigh ingredients separately as you go.

Verdict? It was delicious but the macro ratios are not to where I want them yet. Protein is too high in comparison to carbs. For my next casserole attempt I think I will add a fluffing agent to make the egg white rise more, therefore, meaning I can add more carb ingredients. Ultimately this would be perfect poverty macros, but I am currently with decent macros to work with, so it’s not a concern.

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.

I haven’t wrote an actual non-Instagram fed post in quite a while. As it happens, life and work gets in the way. Today is a rare Monday I have off…or took off, whatever, so thought I’d make a little time to blog about where I am with nutrition and fitness. These last few months have …

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