So maybe you've seen me post about them on http://www.facebook.com/PhysiKellyFit, or even seen them in some of my pins on http://www.pinterest.com/physikellyfit. And if you haven't heard much about them, then maybe you've been thinking, "What the heck are those tiny looking colored containers that she is always talking about?"
Well, I'm here to tell you how they have changed my life in terms of nutrition and meal planning. Changed my life AND saved me countless hours that I would have spent meal planning and counting macros. Oh, and they're not tiny. They have actually transitioned me into eating MORE than I used to eat. NOT a bad deal at all!
Okay, so macros, you say?? What are those? Well, macros are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. And based on your goals, you want to eat a certain amount of macros each day - the correct combination of carbs, proteins, and fats, to reach your individual health and fitness goals. Sound complicated? Yeah. That's what I thought, too.
So what do the little containers have to do with all of this? Well, these containers are life savers because they basically count your macros for you!!! They take ALL the guesswork out of what to eat, and how much to eat of it. It really IS that simple.
As a comparison, I spent a week or two counting my macros traditionally -- this meant looking up calorie content, fat, protein and carb content, and figuring out how to plug it all in so it all worked out JUST SO. Granted, I'm no pro at it, so it took a good 20-30 minute chunk of my day to get it all figured out. I don't MIND doing this -- the problem is that I just don't have the TIME for this. And you know what I figured out after my little experiment? I was eating almost exactly the same as when I used my containers (which is way easier and takes NO time). So ---- no brainer. I went right back to my containers.
So let me explain a little bit more about how they work and how they fit into your fitness and nutrition program, ultimately helping you to reach your goals in a super simple way.
So, before the containers entered my life, I had transitioned over to clean eating. Clean eating is basically taking out all processed foods, foods with artificial flavors and dyes, staying away from added sugars, and eating your food in its most whole form. And, the fewer ingredients, the better. I was new to clean eating, so I didn't yet "GET" that even if you are eating clean, you still need to eat the right combinations of foods to get results. As a result of me not being educated enough on this yet, I ended up eating way too many carbs, too many healthy fats, and not enough proteins and veggies.
When the container system was released, I anxiously purchased it and started reading up and researching. And my mind was BLOWN. Oh. My. Gosh. I had NO idea that I had it ALL wrong. I had no idea that it could also be THAT simple to change things up so I was eating correctly for my body and for the results that I wanted. To this day, my mind is still BLOWN at how simple this really is.
To give you a little idea of how simple it is, I'll tell you what my daily breakdown is.
I eat a combination of proteins, carbs, veggies, fruits, healthy fats, nuts/seeds, and oils/nut butters. Depending on goals, I get a certain number of containers per day for each of these categories. For example, 4 proteins, 2 carbs, 3 veggies, 2 fruits, 1 healthy fat, 1 nuts, 2 tsp oils.
I have also eaten "up", which I have found actually suits me a little bit better. When I eat up, I eat 4 proteins, 3 carbs, 4 veggies, 3 fruits, 1 healthy fat, 1 nut, and 4 tsp oils.
Basically, mix and match and as long as you end up eating those containers each day, along with a simple, effective, 30 minute workout, you're good to go.
I've gotten into a great routine with my containers and really don't even have to think about it anymore. For planning purposes, I start with dinner. Once I know what I'm eating for dinner, I can easily plug in the rest of the containers throughout my day. You totally get into a groove with it. I love eating this way and love this healthy lifestyle change. It has made me feel so good from the inside out. I have no doubt that you'll feel the same way!
Still confused? No worries! Check out one of my previous blog posts that shows an entire week's meal plan, with container counts (not to mention an awesome recipe!).
I don't know about you, but this way of eating still excites me, and I can't wait to get started with YOU. We'll do it together the whole way through with help, tips, recipes, daily encouragement and motivation, accountability and support from myself and otherparticpants for the absolute best results possible.
What are you waiting for!?
Don't forget that my 22 Minute Hard Corps Test Group prep week starts today, March 14, and that Day 1 is March 21. There's still time to join us, but you have to act FAST. You'll be AMAZED at your results, JUST in time for swim suit season! And really, 22 minutes!? Anyone can find time for that! Can I count you in?