Hey, Do You Like See-Food?

This is me opening my mouth so that you can see the vittles that my saliva is busy dissolving.

Yes, you should be grossed out.

It occurred to me today that I’ve mentioned several times that my food plan right now is not a diet.  It is not restrictive.  I eat often and well.  Yummy things like Pork Tenderloin Salad and Double Chocolate Pecan shakes.

I’ve told you that I’m eating about 2000 calories a day, a figure that makes some people cringe.  And I’m not going to say women, because I just had a conversation with a fairly fit 5’9" man who was convinced he would absolutely balloon up if he ate a calorie over 1500)

So, just for shits and giggles, here is what one of my 2000 calorie days looks like.  (Macronutrient targets are now optimized for energy boosting, so I’m going for 40% carbs, 40% protein, 20% fat, which is about 200g of carbs and protein, and 44 grams of fat)

Meal One – Breakfast 7:00am: 
Egg beater scramble


1 cup egg beater
2 oz roasted red pepper
2/3 cup MorningStar Farms Grillers
1/4 cup fat-free cheddar cheese
1 piece flax-seed toast

Meal Two – Snack 10:00am


Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla, 1 serving

Meal Three – Lunch 1:00pm

1/2 cup cooked bulgur wheat
1 cup fat free cottage cheese

Meal Four

During Workout Nutrition 5:00pm
1 serving recovery drink during upper body weight-lifting workout

Post-Workout Nutrition 6:00pm
Jay Robb Chocolate Protein Shake made with non-fat milk
(I also put in half cup frozen blueberries.  Don’t do that.  That’s gross.  It’s an experiment that will never be repeated. :)

Meal Five – Dinner! 8:00pm

7 oz Extra Lean (5% fat) Ground Beef
2 cups steamed broccoli
1 cup cooked bulgur

Meal Six – Dessert – 10:00pm

1 serving Jello-Brand non-fat, sugar-free pudding
1 scoop Jay Robb Chocolate Protein powder mixed in


Calories: 1893
Carbs: 204
Fat: 25
Protein: 208
Feelings: Elation, satiation, happiness

Calories were a little low but I could pop a handful of almonds and take care of that along with the low-ish fat count in a heartbeat.  I probably won’t but… I could.  The point is… feed yourself!  If you’re working hard in workouts, you’re body deserves to eat.  Play with the numbers, experiment a little, see what works for you.  But, for the love of god, do not be afraid to feed your hungry muscles!

If you, too, want to become the most mind-numbingly boring science experiment on the face of the interblog you can track your nutritional intake at SparkPeople, FitDay, or  The Daily Plate (among others).


Happy Nutrition Geeking,




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  1. Only 28 g. protein? That’s so amazing, because of the eggbeaters and the ground beef and two different meals that incorporate a full scoop of the Jay Robb protein powder…and each scoop of that Jay Robb stuff is what, like 24 g. protein? Something crazy-high like that…

    But thanks for sharing your daily intake. :) I’m starting to get pretty decent at metering out my own meals and spacing them out decently. I need to get better, though, at planning how much protein I will have at each interval, because I think I am a little bit haphazard at that right about now. Gah.

  2. gotcha.

    Thought somehow I read 28…

  3. You did you did! I’m sneaky updating girl. :)

  4. Heh. Gotcha, girly…

  5. I’m running at about 2600/day (trying to shed some body weight) in a 40c/25p/25f percentage mixture. Its very odd for me because being diabetic means I seriously have to watch carb intake vs physical activity to match insulin dosage too. For the first time however, I’m logging *everything* I eat (using http://www.fitday.com free tracking stuff to help out) and I’m finding it stops the random snacking that one does during the day.

  6. That’s a serious challenge, Matt. It’s rad that you are tracking though – it really opens a window on what’s going on and it seems like, for you, that would be extra extra important.

    I know for me I’m always surprised how far off I can get in a short period of time. Measuring and weighing does take a little extra time, but it’s become a habit now and I find it’s totally worth it!

    Hey, wait a minute… where’d yer other 10% go? Band people make funny math.

  7. Its part of my super sneaky calorie reduction!

    Actually it should be 40c/25p/35f. As activity and training increase the carb to fat ratio changes. If you are familiar with the Cyclist Training Bible by Joe Friel, its based off of that line of thought. :)

  8. A ha! The case of the missing 10% is solved. I like your calorie reduction strategy… I’m going to try that one.

    Am familiar with Ye Olde Bible you mention. At the end of the day, I think most sensible plans will work as long as they’re relatively easy to stick with, and… people actually stick with ‘em.

    Personally, I prefer to eat more protein than most classic endurance-nutrition people recommend, because I’m a fan of pull-ups and push-ups. It’s a raging debate in the fitness world and never ceases to amuse me! I say, whatever works as long as its sensible and contains whole foods and veggies!

  9. You had me at : “Double Chocolate Pecan shakes…” Are these Jay Robb shakes?

    One other query you are in absolutely no way expected to answer: Won’t I get at least s-o-m-e of the delicious flax seed oil benefits if I just pop a capsule?

  10. Dude, Steph. As far as I know, the capsules are just as good. Maybe not as fresh? But I doubt any difference is fairly minimal.

    Also – yes! Jay Robb shake… I posted the Double Choco Pecan recipe a few days ago!

  11. Yeah and weeeee. Thank you, H.


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