Food Prep without the Food Prep


I’ve been an NPC bikini competitor since 2013.  Over the years I’ve done my own experimenting with diet.  My conclusion is… they all work.  But at the end of the day I have to choose the one that is most appealing that I will stick to in the long run.  And for this reason, I picked the IIFYM macro diet.

When I first began to seek out professional help, I was provided with a 6 meal a day meal plan with clean eating, lots of lean proteins such as egg whites, white fish, chicken breast and carbohydrate sources such as sweet potato, brown rice and quinoa with a variety of vegetables.  This is the standard basic body builder diet.  I purchased a $150 6 pack bag to carry all my meals, followed by an $80 Iso Bag.  On Sunday’s I’d spend hours prepping all of my food and weighing them out into zip lock baggies for the week.  During the week I would prepare all my meals into tupperwares from ziplock baggies and carry around my meals in my 6 pack cooler bag.  Later on, I got tired of cleaning tupperwares and carrying around a bag so I simply threw ziplock bags into an iced cooler which became easier.  The novelty idea of having a bag to carry around my meals became annoying and cumbersome.  When friends wanted to go out to eat, I would always decline.  I had no life.  And after months of dieting I would have breaks and go on binge eating.  Basically, I gave myself a minor eating disorder because I was so obsessed with my food.  And the sad thing is that I didn’t ever enjoy it.

I’ve seen some fitness professionals posting about the kim chee ramen they eat daily, the chocolate cakes and pop tarts.  Their physiques were phenomenal.  I was skeptical and thought, that person has good genetics, they are lucky!  The same thing I have been accused of by skeptics.  The truth is, weight management is hard for a 30 year old mother and I too, regardless of genetics, have to watch what I eat.  I went from a 105 lbs McDonalds cheeseburger, fried kim chee  rice eating skin and bones to over 154 lbs over the years.  Although some of that is muscle, I will admit that there were times I allowed my weight to plummet out of control with my wine drinking and dining.  I LOVE fois grois, Buffalo Wild Wings and Angry Orchard Apple Cider, and while in Japan it was non stop sake, rice and tonkotsu pork ramen noodles.

So, I decided to give this macro diet a chance.  Basically you are allocated x amount of carbohydrates, x amount of protein, and x amount of fat per day.  It doesn’t matter if you eat 10 g. of fat from a serving of coconut oil, or if you get 10 g. of fat from a bowl of ice cream.  It will serve your physique and body the same.  Of course, there are more nutrients when it comes to coconut oil vs. ice cream, but if you are concerned about your physique then it doesn’t matter.

I am writing this blog to show you that you don’t have to prep 10 lbs of chicken and fish and eat boring.  I have incorporated a few of my favorite food items that are convenient. THERE IS NO COOKING in this meal plan (except maybe one piece of bacon).  It’s so easy my 10 year old  daughter can make these meals on her own.  At the end of the day, I am so much happier because I get to eat things I enjoy, it is at my convenience and I see results. Don’t believe me?  Check out my photos.

So here is a break down of MY macros on a HIGH CARB DAY.  Don’t try to copy mine, because everyone’s is different depending on their weight, height, age, goals and activity level.  I have 325 g of carbohydrates. 50 g of fat. between 135-155 g of protein depending on my current weight and how much muscle I want to maintain.

MACROS

FAT: 48
CARBS: 316
PROTEIN:  140
FIBER: 35

BREAKFAST

Protein Cheerios 1.5 C
Skim Milk 3/4 C
Greek 100 Cal Key Lime Yogurt Cup
1 T Barleans Omega Swirl Fish Oil-Key Lime

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LUNCH

Mission Low Carb Wrap
Spinach 2 C
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast (Colombus) 2 oz.
1 T Cabo Guacamole
1 T Island Salsa

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DINNER

1 C White Rice ( I just buy microwavable bowls)
Kohala Kim Chee 4 oz
2 Sheet Japanese Nori
2 oz Salmon Sashimi (or smoked salmon from Costco)
1 T Kikkoman Soy Sauce
1 T Wasabi

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SNACKS

Jack in the Box Spicy Chicken Sandwich with no mayo or cheese

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Protein Shake

1 C Silk Coconut Milk
2 C Spinach
2 oz Cucumber
4 oz Pineapple
1/2 scoop Oatmeal Cookie Lean Active 7 Protein Powder
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Protein Elvis Sandwhich Open Face

P28 Protein Bread 1 slice
1 T Nuts N More Toffee Protein Peanut Butter
1/2 T Creamy Clover Honey (Millers)
1/2 7″ banana sliced
1 piece of Bacon (Kirkland aka Costco)

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Yogurtland
4 oz Tart Froyo
1 oz Strawberries
1 oz Mochi

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As you can see I have fit all my macros in for the day and I have room for some desert, snacks, a little bit of guilty pleasures ie. Jack in the Box, bacon and you can play around with your proteins and vegetables.  I love cucumber kim chee and Japanese ocean salad.  Sesame Oil with some seaweed and chili flake is always good.  Sashimi, smoked salmon, fat free cottage cheese, eggs and bacon and spam musubis are some of my favorites to also incorporate.  Don’t starve yourself.  Eat and enjoy.

xoxo

I do meal plans for only $99 and I can incorporate your favorite food items.

 

Kaya Sushi: Marina Del Ray, Japanese and Korean Cuisine


My sister’s boyfriend, Olcun treated us to sushi and Korean food last night at Kaya, in Marina Del Rey.  They had a great atmosphere with fish tanks and nice waterfalls everywhere.  The sushi menu was elaborate.  I even saw a waiter bring out to another table a ‘flambe’d’ sushi.  I had the spicy tuna crispy rice.  And a kim chee dolsot bim bim bap (beef, vegetables, egg, rice in a hot stone pot, so the rice gets crispy), along with a mug of Kirin.  They ordered hot sake which we all shared.  It was great! I loved the fusion of the Korean AND sushi.  I got my fav, bim bim bap, and Kai could have sushi, her favorite.

#102, 13400 washington blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 577-1143

more at kayasushi.com

xoxo

Kristie Manning

The healing powers of MORINGA “the Miracle Tree”


I first was introduced to Moringa during a stressful time when I was about 7 months pregnant.  I was extremely sick and throwing up and could barely keep any food down.  Not even a fruit popsicle.  Tired of staying at my boyfriend’s house, I went to my parents house.  My Mom said she had just gotten a new drink called Zija.

I had been sick for months.  At first it tasted kind of funny, like a slightly sweet light guava juice with wheat grass in it.  It had a small bite at the tip of the tongue, but that goes away after you get use to it. It tastes better chilled and comes in a tiny can made from a different type of material other than aluminum because that preserves it’s shelf life and doesn’t give off the harmful poisons most of us aren’t knowledgeable  about that aluminum cans do.

I immediately had energy, and ate a huge dinner.  I drank Zija for the rest of my pregnancy and felt great and energetic and had few problems.  Inspired by my personal experiences I decided to become a marketer for Zija.  As it is a MLM company, some people can shy away from that.  But MLM companies can be highly successful if you can set up your downline correctly.  My dad spent $10,000 on big shipments of Zija and brought them out to sell personally.  He bought it under someone under me, so I got commission as well, as the company has a 10 level pay out system.  I drank Zija for years, but unfortunately as the bad economy hit, so did my income, and a $100 a month for 30 cans was just too much. The thing that was interesting about Zija is that there was a formula (I believe it was called Z-atin) they had in it that made your body utilize all the nutrients and absorb more of all that healthy goodness than your body normal would.  This was an all natural drink.  No preservatives, no colors, no artificial flavors.

The main ingredient is a common tree called Moringa.  In Hawaii the Filipino’s all have it growing in their yard.  They call it Calamungi.  In Africa, it is called Malawi.  Madonna’s charitable organization, “Raising Malawi”  in the city of Lilongwe is about growing plants because of their great nutritional and healing values.  It started with Madonna planting a Moringa tree.

The benefits of Moringa are many.

  • 7 types of Vitamins
  • 6 types of Minerals
  • 18 types of Amino acids
  • 46 types Anti-oxidants
  • High concentration of natural Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Natural Anti-toxins, Anti- tumors, Anti-bacterial and Anti fungal.

Moringa Oleifera main medicinal uses:

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Cleans the body from toxins and heavy metals
  • Extermination of parasites in the intestines
  • Supporting treatment during radiation and chemotherapy
  • Supporting treatment during lack of appetite in children and adults
  • Helping with Osteoporosis treatment
  • Supporting with Diabetes treatment
  • Intestine infections
  • Gum infections
  • Prostate infection
  • Various skin diseases
  • Breathing disease
  • Head aches and Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Hair Loss

A bottle of Moringa capsules could cost as much as $40! But I might just buy them so I don’t have to deal with mess of powder.

An inexpensive alternative?  My mom now grows her own Moringa trees and dries the leaves and makes it into a powder.  It is easy to care for, is drought resistant, can be grown in poor conditions, and dirt with low ph levels and doesn’t require much care.  Moringa is a wild growing, hardy tree.  Although it is hard to mix with water, as all the pieces of leaves float and don’t mix well, it still is highly effective when I am sick.

Discovery Channel Documentary of Moringa

Giving birth to Kai was easy, even though she was almost 8 lbs.  She’s a big girl, and is the biggest child in her classroom.  Perhaps she is so healthy and big because of my use of Zija when I was pregnant.  When she was little I continued to give her Zija.   She was healthy and didn’t have her first flu until she was over 1 year old.  It’s also a great alternative to boost your work out.  All those nasty supplements on the market can be harmful for your body.  Who am I to talk?  I have been living on Lipo6 for months now.

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Out of all the Moringa forms I have tried, I believe the Zija drink is the most effective.  Maybe because of the Z-Atin formula created to boost the effects.  But possibly, it is a placebo in my head.

xoxo

Kristie Manning