Here are the food options for this shoot prep, which also aren’t very different from off-season and may not change very much. Just the portions and timing will change as things go on.
Protein Sources(meat sources are certified free-range organic):
-Extra Lean ground beef (ground sirloin)
-Free-range organic eggs or omega 3 eggs
-Maybe salmon, but if so, very rarely
-Bob’s Red Mill Mighty Tasty GF Cereal
-Quinoa (still have to pick some up!)
-Once in a while, white potatoes
-Omega 3.6.9 oil(udo’s oil or Northcoast naturals EFA 3.6.9.)
-Egg yolk from free-range organic eggs or omega 3 eggs
-Sugar Snap Peas
-oregano on its own or italian seasoning
-sometimes mrs. dash
-sometimes chili powder
Cheats but not really cheats:
If I get cravings and it’s not a good idea to have a “cheat,” which sometimes happens when I’m tired or right around that awesome but not really awesome time of the month, I’ll have things like:
-sometimes carbonated sugar-free pop (the carbonation helps you feel full plus you get some flavour)
-perrier water with stevia and lemon/lime (the carbonation helps you feel full, you get some flavour and it helps avoid water retention/stomach upset which some can experience with the artificial sweeteners/dyes in pop)
-sugar free jello
-a delicious tasting protein powder like cookies and cream or peanut butter/chocolate
-lots and lots and lots of vegetables with stevia, mustard and apple cider vinegar
I don’t find it’s a very good idea to have real cheats when it’s PMS super cravings. I find my will power isn’t the greatest around that time and it’s harder to just stop with a little bit.
If I really wanted to and just let myself eat whatever, I could eat a very disgusting amount of food around that time…I mean a very disgusting amount even for a grown man. It doesn’t seem that bad in the off-season, but if training has increased a lot or body fat percentage is close to contest shape then it can be pretty bad.
Staying more gluten-free should help in many ways and I’m very excited about that! It will be cool to learn from.