Maximize nutrition for higher performance while not eating meat.
I struggled with my body image throughout my teens up until starting Crossfit at 32 years old. I was never truly overweight but I was never strong or fit and I hated my body and placed all my happiness on how it looked, and even more destructively, on how it didn't look.
I fought anorexia, bulimia, alcoholism, and depression in the midst of manic unsustainable unhealthy attempts to gain control over my body and my emotions around it. Finding Crossfit was a huge blessing that allowed me to shift my focus to my capabilities and performance goals from the old obsession of what I could never seem to look like.
Before starting with WAG, I ate really good during the week, then Friday & Saturday nights were a food fest and Sundays were coined "Shit Food Sundays". I still ate better than like 90% of Americans during those times, and was, for the most part, paleo, but it was DEFINITELY INDULGENT & OVEREATING. Vacations were also overindulgent and I gained weight during every monthly cycle due to eating ALL THE CARBS AND FATS. lol
The first 60 days of WAG I hit my numbers perfectly every day with healthy food choices. I was so impressed with myself and thought I was a ROCKSTAR! I found I could eat foods, like dairy and bread, that I had been restricted from over the past 6 years of eating paleo and felt a freedom in knowing I could eat pretty much whatever I wanted as long as it agreed with me and it fit in my day. I learned to be responsible in finding foods that satiated me and fueled me with the proper nutrients and have been empowered to know what I am putting into my mouth every time I make a food choice.
I've now been on WAG for 8 months, just went alumni this month, and I've found that I have 1-2 days per month that I still eat ALL THE FOODS. lol! The cool thing is that is only 8-12 overly indulgent days versus the 75-100 I would've had if not tracking my macros. I still track on those days and it keeps me from going even more overboard and to ensure I at least hit my protein for the day:) I've learned something from each of those "binges". Sometimes, its just that I was bored. Others, it's because I was "too perfect" or depriving myself of certain foods in the days/weeks leading up to the debacle, which has taught me to build those items into my days from time to time.
My point is this:
I joined WAG to learn healthy food portions to perform at my highest level while maintaining an aesthetic I enjoy and am proud of. I DID NOT join WAG to be perfect, to be hungry or to continue the shame game of beating myself up for continuously overeating then fasting to make up for it. I see the BIG PICTURE now and what I can take from each choice I make. I love my coach! I have been honest about my indulgences and I love telling her the revelations I have after each of them and SHE LOVES HEARING THEM! She is proud of me and I am too! These are learning experiences to carry into the rest of my life on how to eat sustainably, mindfully and joyfully. Just last night I overate on bagel chips, pbfit( better than the real thing) and sugar-free jam(high fiber) and I am GUILT FREE. That is why I joined WAG!!