Macros. Ugh. Macros, or macronutrients are "molecules that our bodies use to create energy for themselves – primarily fat, protein and carbs. They are found in all foods in varying amounts, measured in grams (g) on the nutrition labels." (Thank you Tasteaholics).
I started counting my macros about a year ago, because I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. As you all know, I'm incredibly active, but I didn't always eat healthy. In high school, I was running from one practice to another, or driving over an hour to get to practice. So, I would eat food on the go. Yes, I ate McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King. Ew. Anyway, healthier lifestyle included nutrition too. I decided to really pay attention to what I was putting into my body. I was lifting weights and exercising, but what was the point if I wasn't taking care of my body and what I was consuming.
This is where counting macros comes in. And let me tell you. I hate it. I love it. I love to hate it. We have a unique relationship...I love to hate counting macros.
I have an app that has truly saved my life and helped me with math conversions. (I'm awful at it). My Macros + is my go to app for counting macros. I plug-in what I have to meet in terms of carbs, protein, and fat. It will then allow me to add in the foods that I eat throughout the day.
However, I will tell you this. You can get sucked down a macro tunnel...and it can get dark. VERY dark. I became obsessed and miserable because I wanted a cookie, and would freak out. I can't have it and I can't go to dinner with friends because I can't meet my macros. I had to take a break for a while and I was happier again.
I loved eating healthy, but I struggled with enjoying my food. It was difficult and I stressed myself out and my loved ones as well.
What did I do?
I incorporated counting macros with eating intuitively. I was conscious of putting good and healthy foods into my body and listening to my body. What worked and what didn't. I don't stress myself out (as much) with counting macros, but I also haven't consumed fast food in over 8 years. I cook healthier foods and I enjoy eating my meals. I listen to my body and sense what gives me energy and what drains me. But I will also go out and enjoy a meal and not freak out that I had a roll with dinner.
And I damn well will eat that cookie if I want. Who knows. Maybe I'll even have 2!