Creating a new habit can be overwhelming if it’s not done in the right way so my goal here is to feed you baby steps so you’ll fully implement each step and create the foundation for a long-term healthy lifestyle!
So first, let’s dive into Macros and why A Healthy Passion provides macronutrient info for each recipe and integrates the recipes with My Fitness Pal to make life a little simpler for those of you counting macros (or those of you who want to get started).
Macros or Macronutrients are Carbs, Fats and Proteins basically the major nutrients that provide the energy your body needs to function. The difference between counting calories vs macros is that often counting calories can lead to getting too much of one macro and not enough of others making it challenging to actually reach your goals. (If you’re super interested in learning more about counting macros for fat loss check out TRIM Boot Camp!).
If you want to start tracking Macros we recommend downloading the My Fitness Pal App – here’s how!
1. Using your mobile device, download the free MyFitnessPal App and create an account.
2 . MyFitnessPal will then ask you to enter some information including your goals, fitness level, height, weight, age, gender, exercise level, and goals. Enter this information as directed.
3. The app will then construct a plan for you consisting of your total daily energy expenditure based on the information you provided. If you click on “More” and then “Nutrition” you’ll find your macro # goals and as you track your food you can check here to make sure you’re hitting your goals!
4. Enter your Macros in the A Healthy Passion software to help Sarah better create custom meal plans that fit your needs. You can learn how to do so here: https://ahealthypassion.com/add-macros-net-carbs/
5. Click on your planner in your AHP account and click “Make a Meal Plan”
If you don’t like a recipe on your meal plan you can easily swap it out for another by clicking “Replace Recipe”. If you want a new meal plan all together you can click “Refresh Meal Plan” and you’ll get another custom meal plan with all new options!
Once you’re happy with the way your meal plan is looking it’s time to click the “Create Shopping List” button and head to the store!!
Once your meal plan is set you can add your recipes to My Fitness Pal using their AHP code. To see the code you’ll click on the recipe title and scroll down until you see RECIPE AHPxxx. You’ll then go into MFP and type in the AHP code being sure to leave a space between the AHP and the #.
I typically will plug my AHP recipes into My Fitness Pal each day first and then use snacks and breakfast to fill in the blanks and hit my macro goals.
Here’s an example of what I might eat on a low carb day.
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
1 Hard boiled Egg
2 cups of Coffee
Haddock with Caramelized Beets and Greens
And a glass of Rose
2 GG’s Scandinavian Crisps with 1.5 tbsp Peanut Butter
1 cup Beef Bone Broth
1 Scoop Ancient Nutrition Protein Powder + 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
Ps. when searching for recipes in MFP make sure to leave a space between the AHP and the number.
If you’re interested in diving deeper into macro meal planning sign up for my free meal planning challenge here!