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How I’m “Eating to Perform”

I’ve been wanting to post about this all week but it’s been so busy in these parts. Someone is registered for kindergarten, someone else completed their 5th grade STEM project. We’ve had birthday parties and chess tournaments. I cooked every day this week AND I’m back on my early-morning gym routine, which I love so much more even though it’s a struggle to get out of the house by 5:20 a.m.

I didn’t run or blog as much as I wanted this week but you’ll have this. I’ve been mastering the What You Can When You Can mindset these days. I can only do what I can do!

Anyway, at the beginning of the month I signed up for Eat to Perform while they were running a special. I’ve been reading the site for some time now and I’ve been really curious how they recommend I eat with my current workout routine.

I’ve been CrossFitting for over 3 years and as a late bloomer in the fitness realm and someone who’s coming from a traditional weight loss (lower calories at all cost) background, I haven’t really learned to eat as an athlete. I was excited to see what their recommendations were going to be for me.

I filled out their questionnaire and got this macro breakdown in return:


My initial reaction… So many calories and carbs!

They recommend “slow” carbs before workouts and “fast” carbs afterwards. Here’s a chart they sent…


I decided to approach this the same way I approached Weight Watchers 10 years ago (that led to a 70-pound weight loss by the way)….

  • Trust them and do what I can to follow the plan without trying to be perfect.
  • Keep a food journal.
  • Plan as many of my meals as possible and enter my planned meals in my journal ahead of time and then adjust.

My experience so far:

  • I haven’t exactly hit my macro goals every day but I’ve gotten has close as I can eating the foods I want to eat. The Eat to Perform folks make some pretty interesting recommendations, like eating sugar cereals before bed, but I don’t want to start to take what I consider a step backward in my food choices. I like how I eat now. Yesterday I made a bowl of brown rice, chicken and artichokes. It was delicious and it makes me feel good to eat things like that now.
  • I have increased my carb intake significantly and I have noticed a HUGE difference in my workout performance.
  • My fat intake is higher than I’d like so I’m working on that.
  • I can normally hit my protein goals but it takes a lot of planning.

I’m not weighing myself as manipulating the number on the scale is no longer my goal. I want to build muscle, strength and increase my performance at the gym. If I lose some fat – –  awesome! I’d love to see more muscle tone but honestly, I’ve been feeling really, really good, and strong, lately — yesterday I did 8 sets of 2 strict pull-ups at the gym!

You can peer through my food journal on MyFitnessPal if you’re interested — of course today is a weekend and I had that kid’s birthday party so it’s not as “pretty” as I’d like it but such is life. It’s been fun keeping my journal again. I wanted to get back to daily blogging and sharing it here but it’s been proving nearly impossible with my schedule. I’ll try again next week.

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About Mehmood Esmail

Mehmood Esmail
Hi, I am Mehmood Esmail, there have been severe health issues in my family, like cancer, heart attacks, stroke, kidney stones, IBS, etc. Where we live, in Africa, health facilities are basic. Thus it becomes imperative that we hnow what is happenining to us and how to look after ourselves, and where possible, how to prevent serious illnesses.

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