Note: I am not a medical professional. This is based on personal experience and you will want to consult your doctor for your specific situation. Counting macro-nutrients is just one way to explore your eating habits.
If you haven't heard of Arbonne, it is a health and wellness company that sells anything from skincare to hair care to nutrition products. I am a huge fan of the nutrition products and have been using them daily for 5 years now. The main nutrition product Arbonne carries is their protein shake mix which you can see below.
What I love about this protein powder is that it is a complete protein which means it contains adequate amounts of all 9 essential amino acids. The plant-based protein powder includes peas, rice and cranberries.
So what is a Macro-nutrient?
These are your carbohydrates, fats and proteins. When counting your macros you want to pay attention to the balance of these three nutrients in addition to your calorie intake. So when you eat that 100 calorie bag of crackers....that doesn't always translate to healthy and balanced...sorry to bust your bubble.... These macro-nutrients are also what primarily give you your energy throughout the day.
The way your macro-nutrients are calculated depends on your goal, but uses your height weight and level of exercise. All you have to do is google "macros calculator" and you can get a good estimation of what your ratio should be. I like this site HERE. To give you an example my daily intake ratio was:
Carbs - 117g
Protein - 117g
Once you know your ratio you can begin tracking your daily intake. HERE is one of my favorite websites where you can enter any food item and it will give you the nutritional facts for it. If you want to get super precise we sometimes break out this handy food scale. We also use it for brewing coffee so it serves multiple purposes.
I usually eat similar foods every day so it's really not too difficult to keep up with. I've been using this method for a months now and I was actually able to drop that last stubborn 5 pounds to be at my PRE-BABY WEIGHT! Woohoo!
So how does Arbonne nutrition play into this?
I use the Arbonne protein powder daily, but what I realized when calculating my macro-nutrients was that I wasn't actually taking in enough protein! For me carbs and fat are pretty easy to keep up with. I didn't realize that my protein intake was about half of what it should have been. Mind you I usually have one shake each day and sometimes only half the serving size.
I decided to do a few things. Some days I would have 2 protein shakes throughout the day. Other days I incorporated other great sources of protein. I was on the hunt for high protein, low carb items. Listed below are a few sources of protein that really got the job done!
Cottage Cheese 11g
Greek Yogurt 11g
Chickpea Pasta 15g
Deli Turkey Slices 14g
Arbonne Protein 20g - Protein (with only 3.5g fat and 13g carbs)
Ground Turkey 19g
Of course there are many other ways to get protein, but these were some of my go-to foods. I hope this was helpful! If you have counted macros before or used the Arbonne nutrition products I would love to hear your experience below.