Female MMA Fighter not sure she's eating enough. Help!

Answered on September 17, 2014
Created September 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM

Hey PaleoHacks community. Before I begin, a bit about me: Soon to be 25 year old female, active lifestle, been primal for about two years now. I'm here to ask whether or not I'm eating enough. You see, I am an MMA fighter. On top of that, my bike is one of my main forms of transportation, next to walking or the CTA (if I have to). So I am always moving around.

Lately, I've been feeling kinda sluggish, despite getting enough sleep nightly. In addition, I can't seem to gain muscle tone either. I don't feel as strong as I should and I think my lack of daily cloric intake is finally catching up with me. I'm not a calorie counter (hate it actually) but I did count today just to get a view on how much I eat exactly. It came down to this:

2 large brown eggs

1 serrano pepper

1/2 white onion

cup of organic whole milk (Dairy has agreed with me my entire life, to date)

1 avocado 

1 tomato

1 tsp of olive oil

1 tsp of red wine vinegar 

1 large bowl of green beans

Total calorie intake for the day: 931

I'm horrified at how low this number is as I type this, though I feel totally satisfied hunger wise. I'm pretty sure I should be eating more than this. I drink a lot of water and I don't always feel hungy. Also, I do usually have a meat with dinner but today, I got home too late from training to cook.


So first, am I eating enough? (pretty sure the answer is no). As an athlete, are there some foods I should be adding to my diet daily? There are terms like pre/post workout meals, protein shakes, etc floating around in my mind from research but all of the information is overwhemling. Will eating more help me to gain muscle and strength/get rid of this "blah" feeling? Any advice would be so very helpful. 

Thanks in advance!

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on September 16, 2014
at 12:36 PM

Rice or potatoes… covered with butter or olive oil (literally tablespoons, not teaspoons as you have logged above). Nutrient density is great and all, but calories are king when activity levels are high. 

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on September 17, 2014
at 01:16 PM

Thanks for the advice Matt. After intesnse training last night, I had rice doused in Kerrygold butter and this morning, I do feel a bit better than I usually do after such a sesson. I'll be sure to implment this practice. Thanks again. 


on September 17, 2014
at 03:37 PM

You should add another 1000 calories to your 900. 

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