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Do you smell that? What You Eat on NPC Prep

When I was growing up, my parents had a garden. They grew carrots, lettuce, peas and tomatoes. They also grew chives.

For those of you who don’t know what chives are, they’re like a green onion and when they bloom, a pretty puffy purple flower appears on the top of the stalk.

My little sister loved chives. She used to go out to the garden and pluck the flowers and eat them. A spicy-with-a-hint-of-sweet treat. This wasn’t really a problem – it’s not like you can O.D. on chives. Except for one minor detail…

My sister and I shared a bedroom. A very tiny bedroom, with bunk beds. In the summer, it would get hot. When it would get hot, my sister would start to sweat (in all fairness, I’m sure I did too). But my sister, she ate so many of those puffy purple chive flowers, that when she would sweat, it would SMELL like chives.

My mom would come into our room in the morning, throw open the window and tell me “don’t let your sister eat any chives today! You could ward off a vampire with that smell!”

Being the perfect oldest (tattletale) sister, I would abide – ratting her and her chives habit out – “mommmmmm, she’s in the garden againnnnnn”.

So why do I share this seemingly pointless story?

For two weeks, three meals a day, I’ve eaten fish. Fish stinks. I’ve eaten so much of it, I’m worried I’ll start to smell like a fish. I don’t think this is an unreasonable fear – considering my personal experience with the chives. I’ve also heard of people who eat a lot of carrots and their skin turns orange – like an Oompa Loompa or a Jersey Shore spray tan.

So now I’m hungry, tired and have a semi-rational fear of smelling like a fish. “Can people smell it in my hair? On my breath? Is it oozing out of my pores?”

Just what every woman wants.

19 days to go.

Smell ya later.

What I Eat on NPC Bikini Prep

Berries and broccoli are both great snacks to eat while on NPC Bikini prep because they are low carb

Here’s what an average day of eating during prep looks like (NOTE: since I’m 4 weeks out, this is all about to change, but for now, this is what I’ve been sticking to):

Meal 1: protein shake with glutamine powder (post-workout)

Meal 2: protein pancake (click here for recipe)

Meal 3: 5 oz. protein (I like this recipe but I substitute the pineapple juice for low sodium chicken broth and use chicken breasts, not thighs), 1/2 cup carb (brown rice, oatmeal or sweet potato), 1 cup green vegetable (roasted with olive oil, steamed or raw).

Meal 4: 4 oz. protein, 1 cup green vegetable 

Meal 5: rice cake with peanut butter (if I’m hungry, if not, I skip it)

Meal 6: 4 oz. protein, 1 cup green vegetable 

Meal 7: 1 piece dark chocolate with sea salt (1-2x/week) and herbal tea

If I get hungry in between, I’ll eat a handful of mixed nuts or some berries.

Eating Out While on Prep

Sometimes I eat out because I have a life. I order grilled chicken or fish, a green salad with no cheese or dressing (or get basalmic, if I’m really feeling crazy) and steamed vegetables. 

Meal prep requires a lot of advanced planning. I was cooking a TON of stuff on Sunday and eating it all week but by the end of the week I was almost gagging trying to get it down because I was so sick of it. Now, I do half on Sunday and half on Wednesday, which is more time consuming but worth it as far as flavor goes. 

Lastly, I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I don’t know you (or maybe I do) or your body. This is what works for me. People have asked, I give the people what they want. Use the info as you see fit (no pun intended – seriously, that was a very fortunate coincidence).