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Full day of {rest day} eating! 🍫 plus why I eat “unhealthy” foods almost every day 🤷🏼‍♀️👉🏻 a few years back, I thought to be healthy & fit was to eat ONLY “healthy” foods 100% of the time. Welllll the problem with that for me? After a week-long or so streak of salads and beans and chicken breast.... I would find myself staring down some cookies, say “I’ll eat just one”, then eat welllll more than one 😅 so NOW, I learned that if I eat something “unhealthy” every day, in moderation, I don’t feel restricted and don’t feel compelled to eat ALLLL the cookies. 🍪😇 now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: reverse diet/lean bulk
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🍫Meal 1 @ 8:15am: 406cal • 59C | 9F | 25P - protein oatmeal + cream of wheat {recipe on my blog, link in bio!} with my beloved @cocoabarinajar - "runningpowerlifter10" for 10% off!
🍩Meal 2 @ 9:15am: 248cal • 31C | 5F | 17P - @doughbardoughnuts Reese's Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chips protein doughnut & unpictured coffee with @ghostlifestyle White Chocolate Peppermint whey
🍳Meal 3 @ 11:30pm: 325cal • 50C | 8F | 20P - @traderjoes sprouted wheat bagel - one side with a hard-boiled egg and one side with @pb2foods
🍤Meal 4 @ 2:30pm: 503cal • 54C | 16F | 36P - shrimp, stir fry veggies, & brown rice + @jojoschocolatebark - "ASHLEY10" for 10% off!
🍐Meal 5 @ 5:00pm: 390cal • 48C | 14F | 19P - peanut butter banana chocolate @g2gbar with a pear
🍞Meal 6 @ 8:00pm: 390cal • 38C | 13F | 33P - egg whites, zucchini, turkey sausage, and two pieces of toast - one with a laughing cow wedge and the other with @peanutprinciple Life of Pie peanut butter
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Total: 2,263cals • 280C | 65F | 151P

#honestreview of @realgoodfoods’ Uncured Pepperoni Snack Size Pizzas! 🍕 if you aren’t familiar with this brand, they do low-carb, high-protein versions of traditionally ‘fun’ foods like pizzas, enchiladas, nuggets, etc!
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👉🏻Macros: for 4 pizza bites - 250cals • 4C | 15F | 20P
👉🏻Where I bought: @realgoodfoods sent them over but this is still an honest review
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've bought elsewhere for others' reference!
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🤗 texture: I baked my bites and they came out a bit flimsy - next time I’ll try to finish them off in the air fryer or pan to get some crispness, but I know these won’t get super crispy. The crust is thinner than their big pizzas, which I loved - esp with the ratio of sauce to cheese + toppings!
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😛 taste: omg, I’ve been sleeping on the pepperoni flavor pizza - it’s so tasty!!! I’ve only had the cheese pizza and this pepperoni flavor is way better! I’m not even a huge regular pepperoni pizza girl. As well, the crust is made out of chicken + Parmesan so it doesn’t taste like real real pizza crust, but resembles it. I think these pizza bites’ thinner crust makes the crust taste more realistic! Overall, quite impressed with the big flavors 👍🏻
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🤔 would you do it again? Yes! Out of all the @realgoodfoods products, I’ve loved the enchiladas and liked the pizza products. Well, these pizza bites give the enchiladas a run for their money 😍 the thinner crust + the flavorful pepperoni flavor was a win for me. For a real pizza alternative, this is a 9/10! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
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🌟 if you’ve tried this, let me know your thoughts & /10 score below! 👇🏻

#honestreview of @epicbar’s Peanut Butter Performance Bar! 🥜🥜 this brand believes in the Hunter & Gatherer diet, so their products all reflect that. They have jerkies, bone broths, and more 👍🏻
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👉🏻Macros: 210cals • 24C | 7F | 12P
👉🏻Where I bought: @heb
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've bought elsewhere for others' reference!
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🤗 texture: so these bars are almost exactly like a @rxbar - even the ingredients: they’re date based with egg whites, peanuts, peanut oil and sea salt. The biggest difference is @rxbar usually has ‘natural flavors’ whereas @epicbar does not. If you aren’t familiar with this texture - these bars can be pretty chewy, but this one is actually fairly soft! Love this texture ❤️ it just feels filing!
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😛 taste: very very good! Tastes like peanut butter 😋 considering peanuts are the second listed ingredient, it isn’t surprising! However, because of that I am surprised the fat content is so low... anyways, great & accurate PB taste!
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🤔 would you do it again? Sure! I loved this bar and give it a 9/10 because I love the chewy texture from the dates & love the peanut butter taste! 🙌🏻
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🌟 if you’ve tried this, let me know your thoughts & /10 score below! 👇🏻

Full day of eating! 🍠🍌 + reverse diet/lean bulk update 🏋🏼‍♀️ I started this at the very beginning of September at 125lbs eating ~1,850cals | 200C | 50F | 150P. ⏭ Now, 6 weeks later, I'm weighing in around 127lbs eating ~2,305cals | 280C | 65F | 150P. So I'm ⬆️ 2lbs and ⬆️ 450cals/day. I'll take it! 🙌🏻🤗 Other factors: body comp basically feels the same as when I started, but strength is feeling pretty dang good comparatively - especially when it comes to my strength consistency and overall motivation. 📈 I plan to keep upping those macros, thus my weight, over the foreseeable future to put on some muscle and set some new PRs! Fall and Winter months are the most fun to lean bulk anyways (hello, all the good food 😛), so I'm ready to embrace it! Now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: reverse diet/lean bulk
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🍌Meal 1 @ 5:45am: 223cal • 37C | 2F | 16P - banana + cold brew coffee & @ghostlifestyle White Chocolate Peppermint Bark whey
🍫Meal 2 @ 8:00am: 312cal • 48C | 6F | 22P - Count Chocula cereal (#adulting) in protein milk {unsweetened cashew milk + @slapnutrition Creamy Vanilla Frosting whey
🍳Meal 3 @ 11:30pm: 390cal • 45C | 14F | 23P - @traderjoes sprouted wheat bagel with Wee Brie & two hard-boiled eggs
🍚Meal 4 @ 2:30pm: 505cal • 59C | 14F | 36P - chicken breast, jasmine rice, fire roasted bell peppers & onions + peanut butter @jojoschocolatebark for dessert {"ASHLEY10" will save you 10%}
🍠Meal 5 @ 5:00pm: 420cal • 53C | 13F | 26P - @good_culture plain cottage cheese + japanese sweet potatoes with stevia, sea salt, & @blindspotnutbutters carrot cake nut butter
🥦Meal 6 @ 8:00pm: 406cal • 39C | 15F | 29P - salmon with raspberry chipotle sauce, roasted broccoli, air fried golden potatoes
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Total: 2,257cals • 281C | 65F | 152P

#honestreview of @realgoodfoods’ Pepperoni & Cheese Chicken Poppers 🍕
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👉🏻Macros: for 3 poppers - 200cals • 3C | 12F | 22P
👉🏻Where I bought: @realgoodfoods sent these over but still an honest review
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've bought elsewhere for others' reference!
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🤗 texture: these poppers are essentially stuffed chicken nuggets and I think that’s a cool idea! These nuggets are stuffed with a thick, cheesy pepperoni-flavored sauce 🧀 the chicken itself isn’t super tender - it’s like a softer baked chicken breast texture. Last, they aren’t crispy, which I was expecting for some reason. Overall, decent texture, pretty good sized, and an excellent concept!
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😛 taste: these nuggets taste like chicken with a little pizza pizzazz. The pepperoni pizza flavor isn’t in-your-face, but is still present and enjoyable. The chicken itself tastes like chicken with a bit a Parmesan. Overall, a fun take on chicken breast, which can be a bit boring tasting 🙌🏻
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🤔 would you do it again? I would! I thought these were so fun. I liked the pizza flavors mixed with the chicken. I give these a 8/10 🙌🏻🤗 good job, @realgoodfoods!!
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🌟 if you’ve tried this, let me know your thoughts & /10 score below! 👇🏻

#honestreview of @nutsnmore’s Banana Nut high-protein peanut butter! 🍌🥜
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👉🏻Macros: for 2tbs (33g) - 191cals • 10C | 11F | 11P
👉🏻Where I bought: @amazon
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🤗 texture: like every other @nutsnmore flavor - kinda thick, but still a bit runny. It also has a kind of stickiness to it. No nut chunks or anything, just smooth PB!
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😛 taste: I expected this to be artificial banana tasting, but it wasn’t! I was pleasantly surprised! It’s natural banana flavored PB with a slight artificial aftertaste (but barely). Like eating a banana + PB, but in PB form 😍
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🤔 would you do it again? Yes! I didn’t think I’d be into banana-flavored PB, but it was surprisingly good! Very natural tasting. Nice job, @nutsnmore! This gets a 9/10 🙌🏻😍
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🌟 if you’ve tried this, let me know your thoughts & /10 score below! 👇🏻

Rest day full day of eating! 🍠🥜 Currently, Tuesdays and Fridays are my rest days, so this is from Tuesday. 👉🏻 Something I'm playing with in this reverse diet is upping my fats at a higher pace than I've previously done. 🥜🍫🍳 Why? Because I honestly love fats! And they happen to be very important in your diet 🙌🏻 so far I love it and I think my body is reacting well to it. Each time I diet or reverse diet, I love to experiment with little factors like this to find what works best for me! 🙋🏼‍♀️ So during this reverse diet/lean bulk, give me all the eggs, salmon, dark chocolate, and nut butters 😍 now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: reverse diet/lean bulk
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🎃Meal 1 @ 8:45am: 369cal • 53C | 7F | 26P - protein oatmeal + cream of wheat combo {recipe on my blog, link in bio!} with @nutsnmore Spiced Pumpkin Pie nut butter
🍩Meal 2 @ 9:15am: 333cal • 53C | 7F | 26P - @doughbardoughnuts S'Mores Doughnut + @traderjoes non-fat Pumpkin Greek yogurt
🥜Meal 3 @ 11:30pm: 300cal • 25C | 14F | 18P - peanut butter coconut chocolate @g2gbar
🍚Meal 4 @ 3:30pm: 362cal • 38C | 9F | 31P - 96/4 lean ground beef with zucchini & coconut basmati rice
🥕Meal 5 @ 6:00pm: 401cal • 50C | 15F | 19P - @traderjoes sprouted wheat bagel - one side with a laughing cow wedge + hard-boiled egg & the other with @blindspotnutbutters carrot cake nut butter, cinnamon & sea salt OMG SO GOOD
🍠Meal 6 @ 8:00pm: 443cal • 54C | 14F | 31P - chicken breast, air fried japanese potatoes, roasted broccoli, and @jojoschocolatebark for a sweet end to my night {"ASHLEY10" for 10% off}
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Total: 2,208cals • 272C | 63F | 148P

#honestreview of @nutsnmore’s Spiced Pumpkin Pie high protein peanut butter! 🎃🥜
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👉🏻Macros: 191cals • 10C | 11F | 11P
👉🏻Where I bought: @amazon
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've bought elsewhere for others' reference!
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🤗 texture: as I’ve said before, @nutsnmore’s texture is slightly runny yet has some gumminess to it. Definitely a different texture than natural PBs but still good! 😋
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😛 taste: the pumpkin pie feels definitely come across! It’s a bit subtle, but is definitely there. Not my favorite of their flavors, but super fun for fall and lives up to its 🎃 name!
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🤔 would you do it again? Maybe next year during fall, but I don’t find this nut butter to be super special. It’s good, I’m enjoying it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it again so it gets a 7/10 👍🏻
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🌟 if you’ve tried this, let me know your thoughts & /10 score below! 👇🏻

SWEET 🍠 vs 🥔 WHITE POTATOES! 🤔 is one better than the other? #knowyourfoodsubstitutes potato edition 🤓
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😍 to start, I love potatoes - all kinds! However, I feel like white potatoes tend to get a bad rap so I wanted to present a fair evaluation of both types of taters.
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🍠Sweet Potatoes 👉🏻 these are slightly higher in carbs than white potatoes, have more natural sugar (hence the name) and have more Vitamin A (good for your eyes 👀) than White Potatoes. They are also slower-digesting in nature, meaning your body takes longer to break down the carbs. Slower digesting carbs can keep you fuller for longer and can provide more sustained energy. My favorite type of sweet potatoes are Japanese sweet potatoes - they have a purple skin, white-ish flesh, and taste a bit more earthy than other types. 😋
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🥔White Potatoes 👉🏻 these are slightly lower in carbs, actually have more iron and more potassium (helps control blood pressure) than it's sweet counterpart. In contrast to sweet potatoes, white potatoes are quicker-digesting. Quick digesting carbs are helpful to replenish your body after a workout! 🏋🏼‍♀️ My favorite type of white potatoes are golden potatoes - they're pretty small, so I like to cut them up in fourths then air fry them with sea salt to make crispy little wedges! 🙌🏻
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🧐My overall thoughts... both types of potatoes have great benefits, so eat the one you prefer! 🙋🏼‍♀️ Personally, I eat both kinds of potatoes whenever I feel like it because they're just such a good & delicious carb source! ❤️

Full day of eating 🍌 + reverse diet/lean bulk update! 🏋🏼‍♀️ Wasn’t planning on increasing macros this week because I want my gaining to be slow (~0.5lbs/week) and last week’s weight was up 1lb on average - from 126lbs to 127lbs. BUT on Saturday, I just felt like my body needed a little extra. 🤷🏼‍♀️ So, I went for an increase of 10g carbs & 3g fats per day. I’m so glad I did because I feel like my body is loving this caloric intake. I feel more recovered, quite satisfied, and pretty dang good in my lifts. 🙌🏻 body comp wise, I’m feeling very good - actually feel a little tighter than previous weeks. Excited to see where this lean bulk takes me! 🤩 Now for those meals...
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⭐️Current Goal: reverse diet/lean bulk
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🍌Meal 1 @ 5:45am: 244cal • 37C | 2F | 20P - banana + cold brew coffee mixed with cashew milk & @ghostlifestyle white chocolate peppermint whey
🥛Meal 2 @ 8:15am: 352cal • 58C | 4F | 24P - honey nut Chex cereal with protein milk {cashew milk + @slapnutrition vanilla whey}
🌰Meal 3 @ 11:00pm: 400cal • 52C | 15F | 18P - @tradejoes sprouted wheat bagel + @rxbar maple almond butter
🍫Meal 4 @ 3:30pm: 429cal • 44C | 13F | 38P - chicken breast, broccoli, air fried golden potatoes & peanut butter @jojochocolatebark {“ASHLEY10” for 10% off my favorite chocolate 😍}
🥖Meal 5 @ 6:00pm: 462cal • 41C | 21F | 26P - @good_culture whole milk cottage cheese & hummus + ranch crackers
🥒Meal 6 @ 8:00pm: 318cal • 38C | 8F | 24P - 96/4 lean ground beef, zucchini, coconut basmati rice
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Total: 2,205cals • 270C | 63F | 149P

#honestreview of @outeraislegourmet’s Cauliflower Sandwich Thins! 🌱🥪 this brand has a few low-carb, cauliflower-based products that are typically breads 👉🏻 like these sandwich thins & pizza crusts! 🍕
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👉🏻Macros: each is 50cals • 2C | 2.5F | 4P
👉🏻Where I bought: @wholefoods
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've bought elsewhere for others' reference!
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🤗 texture: before they’re toasted, they’re pretty floppy & soft. After toasting, they get a little crispy but I had a hard time getting the crispness to stay 🤷🏼‍♀️ other than that, the texture wasn’t grainy or anything - it was kind of like denser bread
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😛 taste: I didn’t think these tasted like cauliflower - just tasted a bit like Parmesan. Overall, I didn’t think these had a strong flavor. Rather, they were just good vessels for other foods - like pizza sauce & cheese for these little pizzas 😋
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🤔 would you do it again? Mmm if I were dieting, probably. Those macros are insaaane!! 🤯 Taste & texture wise, I much prefer bread - especially on the texture front. So, if I were dieting - these would be like a 8/10. 👍🏻 But without lower calories/macros I give em a 6/10 because they just don’t get crispy enough for my liking. Definitely a good product, I’d just rather choose bread 😛
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#honestreview of @rxbar’s Pumpkin Spice Bar! 🎃 if you aren’t familiar with this brand, they focus on “No B.S.” ingredients - meaning they keep the ingredients list short and focused on whole foods 🙌🏻
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👉🏻Macros: 210cals • 24C | 8F | 12P
👉🏻Where I bought: @rxbar was nice enough to send these over, but this is still an honest review 👍🏻
👉🏻Comment below 👇🏻 if you've bought elsewhere for others' reference!
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🤗 texture: this bar is like any other RXBar - very chewy due to the date base, which I personally love! 😍 This flavor isn't the softest (Peanut Butter Chocolate wins that one), but it's on the softer side. Throughout, it has chunks of almond pieces too! 😋
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😛 taste: last year when I had this bar, I don't remember liking it much. I'm not sure what happened this year - whether it's me or them, but I actually enjoyed this flavor! 🤩 so strange, but whatever! It has a hint of natural pumpkin taste, accompanied by some nice spices like cinnamon and cloves. This bar isn't super sweet - it's more of a light sweetness mixed with a little cinnamon/clove-type spice!
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🤔 would you do it again? I would definitely do it again and I'm honestly shocked. I give this bar an 8/10 because I liked it a lot, but I would pick several other flavors over this one. However, it's a super fun flavor for fall! Great job, @rxbar!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
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