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Why I hired a nutritionist

August 9th, 2012 6 Comments

 

The answer to this question is actually very simple: I’m tired of being hungry ALL THE TIME.  I eat healthy and constantly, so why I am I always hungry?!!!

I’ve tested out nutritionists in the past, but never committed for one reason or another.  I just want to eat clean food without a bunch of crap in them, enjoy veggies and sweets, drink wine, and not be hungry.  Is that so much to ask?!

According to Hilary King at BLAST900, it isn’t.  Whew.  That’s a relief.

The reason I am taking on her program is due to her unbelievable knowledge of food and promise to hold my hand through it.  Don’t be deceived by hew cutie pie looks, she’s smart as hell and is the most aggressive person I’ve ever seen talk about nutrition.

Hilary’s basic philosophy: 

your meals and snacks

should have the same amount of

protein, carbs, and fat.

The objective is to train your metabolism, keep your blood sugar stable, and feel satisfied and energized instead of stuffed or hungry so you can SUSTAIN a healthy lifestyle.

Well, that’s what I thought I was doing, but when she broke down a day of my food (calling most of my “healthy” snacks candy!), I saw I was so far off base.  According to Hilary I wasn’t eating enough fat or protein so my blood sugar was on a roller coaster.  Huh…ok…

In Hilary’s program which is loosely based on Venice Nutrition, everyone has a different allotment of protein, carbs, and fat, which is calculated precisely for you.  Mine is:

  • 250 – 300 calories
  • 25 – 30 grams of COMPLETE protein (nut & plant proteins don’t count)
  • 18 – 22 grams of carbohydrates per meal
  • 7 – 9 grams of fat per meal
  • Eat every 3-4 hours

Click to see a high quality balanced meal and the reason why you need to eat every 3-4 hours.

I’ve been at this for two weeks now and I have to say, it’s not easy to do.  Especially the way I eat, which is mostly things that don’t come out of a box. I consider myself educated and conscious of nutrition (thankfully Hilary does as well), but I’m still learning so much about the composition of food and what my body does with it.

And guess what, now you will too! Each week I’ll offer you the nuggets of nutrition she teaches me.  Hilary has also said she’d check in each week to answer questions you leave in the comments.  This week you’ve learned:  each meal and snack should have the same amount of protein, carbs, and fat.

Because the protein part is the hardest for me, I’ll give you the list of  “Complete” Proteins here:

  • Eggs
  • Lean white meat
  • Red meat
  • Fish
  • Greek Yogurt (with more than 12g protein)
  • 365 Whey Protein Powder (I like Vanilla)
  • Aged cheeses

Nuts, nut butters, and plant proteins don’t count!  They offer just additional protein, but should only be considered for your fats and carbs.

(Full Disclosure: This program has been in no way discounted or bartered.)

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  • Haley

    Mary,
    This is so interesting. My question is if a protein also has fat (eggs for example) do you count that as both protein and fat? Or do you then have an additional fat source? Would love to hear more about this as you go on!

    • Good question!

      I’ll have Hilary come and respond, but let’s see if I get this right first :)

      If you eat the whole egg, then you don’t need to add additional fat. If you just eat egg whites, then you should add a good source of fat like avocado, aged cheese, or olive oil.

      The same goes for turkey and chicken breast.

      In the morning, I eat 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites and then add a little avocado or cheese as my protein and fat.

      Since red meat, salmon, and sea bass has more fat in it, you don’t add the additional.

  • Carrie

    Looking forward to this series Mary, thank you! Wish I had access to Blast, sounds right up my alley.

  • Amy

    I’m looking forward to these posts! Thank you for sharing. And, I would love to see some examples of your meals (specifically breakfast and lunch). I have been having the exact same problem as you…I am SO HUNGRY all morning. No matter what I eat, I can’t get enough! So tired of it.
    Love the new blog design :)

    • I will absolutely post some of my meals! Breakfast is hard for me too because I don’t like eggs every morning… This morning I had fat free greek vanilla yogurt (15g of protein) with 2 tablespoons of low fat granola, 1 oz of raw almonds, 1/2 oz of blueberries, 1 teaspoon of flax seeds, and a slice of turkey. That turkey killed me, but I needed the protein and that is what will keep me full!

  • Right on. I’ve always thought about consulting a nutritionist. I’m very into the food I eat. Looking forward to this series of posts.