Carb Cycling: What is it, and why should you be doing it?Β 

Good morning health nuts, squat butts, and fitness sluts! It’s breakfast time! What better opportunity could I get to talk about my current obsession, Carb Cycling??!?!?!  

I’ve been carb-cycling strictly for around 5 weeks now and let me tell y’all, I haven’t found a more effective or sustainable nutrition plan yet. I’m down about 14 pounds of (what Im assuming is) fat and water, my clothes fit nicer, I feel amazing, and I look even better πŸ‘ŒπŸ»! It should also be noted that I haven’t lost strength in any lifts. 

So what’s my week in food look like? Pretty simple, really. I have 3 low carb days, 3 moderate carb days, and 1 high-carb/cheat day (I mean is it really even a ‘cheat’ if its planned into your macros anyway? I think not.). The numbers break down like this:

Low: .25 grams of carb per pound of desired weight.

Moderate: .5-.75 grams of carb per pound of desired weight. 

High: up to 2 grams of carb per pound of desired weight. 

I always keep my fat at around .25g per pound and my protein around 1.5g per pound. The only fluctuation is carb intake.  

For me, today is a low-carb day. Lets take a look at whats on the menu! 

Meal 1: 2 scoops of a lean protein blend, 1cup of egg whites, and 1/4 cup of shredded 2% cheese. 

Meal 2: 2 scoops whey protein. 

Meal 3: 8 oz of canned ham (“Oh my god the sodium! The leftover animal parts! The processed meat😱😱. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I like it, it fits, and its not a normal menu item, so kiss my ass). 

Meal 4: 2 MORE scoops of a whey blend protein. 

Meal 5: 8 oz. ground beef (in a patty), 97/3. 

Meal 6: 1 cup of lowfat cottage cheese at bedtime. 

Totals around 51 carbs, 62 fat, and 280 protein. Is today boring? Yes. Is that a lot of supplementing? Yes. Does it work? Absolutely. Is it cost effective? Totally. Do I care that all the vegans are disgusted right now? Hhheeelllll Naawwww!! 

(It should be noted that this is a rest day menu. On lift days that also happen to fall on low-carb days, I will plan my carbs for before/after training so as to replace blood glucose quickly, providing energy for protein synthesis and muscle repair.) 

You can choose whatever days you like for the week! The low days do not need to be consecutive! I try to plan my low days on either rest days or cardio-only days, but thats definitely not a rule! Figure out what works for you and kick fats ass!! Remember, we are all ancestors-in-training. Let’s make the future proud! πŸ’ͺ🏼 

Thanks for bein’ here, and tell yer mama’n ’em I said ‘Hey!’ 

Morning Rituals

If you’re like me, you’re an early riser. Regardless of what time I fall asleep, I’m normally awake by 530 or 6 AM! The morning is a great time to get off to a good start, mentally, physically, and spiritually. The worries of the previous day hopefully haven’t disturbed your sleep, everything is fresh and new. This is the perfect time to say a prayer greeting the Holy Powers, expressing gratitude for all the bounty allotted us here on Midgard, and to set the intention of the day.

If you’re like me, I use the morning to get in a quick jog or power-walk. During this time, I find a spot that faces the rising sun, raise my arms in a Y position over my head, resembling the Algiz rune, and whisper something like:

Hail to the day! Hail to the sons of day!

Hail to the Night and her daughter!

Gaze on me gently standing here;

Give your blessings to my battles!

Hail to the Gods! Hail to the Goddesses!

Hail to the all-giving earth!

Wisdom and lore grant me, so long as I live,

And healing hands.

Hail the local wights and my ancestors

Hail the Gods and Goddesses of my folk, bless me with strength, courage, health, and happiness for all the days that I live.

HAIL!

 

It is recommended that you come up with your own prayers, in your own words, as it is more personal. This specific prayer comes from the Book of Blotar and Ritual of the Asatru Folk Assembly. You can find more about this group at http://www.Runestone.org

Whenever, or whyever, you pray, know that at that moment you are in communication with the Holy Powers and the ancestors who called upon them thousands of years before you! That’s a powerful thing!

Thank you for visiting, hope you enjoyed yourself! Hail the Aesir! Hail the Vanir! Hail our Folk!