So it was Garrons birthday this weekend. he is in the final prep for IM texas so in between the clean eating (we have had some very consistent months with clean nutrient dense foods. good balance of quality protein, carbs, fats and rakes of veg… its not a sacrifice when you prepare tasty meals) it seemed a very rich home-made chocolate cake would be ok. I love home baking; and garron loves food (, nearly more than our beagle).
So, whats the point here. i do think that its ok to deviate now and again when you have a strong nutrition base to do so, because your body is getting what it needs. so you have leeway. Its a different matter when you dont have good nutrition, your body is already in a deficit for all the building and engineering blocks that it needs to run healthily. So, with a good diet day to day you have covered the bases for what the body needs. Home-baked foods like this cake, although calorie dense are baked from real foods like sugar, butter, flour, buttermilk, cocoa, chocolate, coffee and so on are not full of processed additives or synthetic restructured ingredients like trans fats, corn syrup and so on that it in processed ready made stuff… when its real food the body knows how to deal with it even if it is more sugary, or fatty or whatever.
i couldnt eat the cake, it is gluten containing. i sort of knew this when i decided on the recipe and am ok with this (i am not a big sweet fan) and i definitely enjoyed some awesome food this weekend with some red wine to refuel from a big weekend of training.