eating more on rest days

by purelytwins



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We have been feeling great in our #purelyfitlife #purelypower program workouts! Purely Fitters we love hearing from you guys and that you are enjoying them! Week 5 starts Monday get excited!!

walk outside

Enjoyed  a great 10 minute plank workout followed by a 10 minute HIIT sprint/walk interval.

walk outside with jax

Love our walks outside, especially with little crazy JAX.

Walks are the perfect balance to our intense workouts and a great way to unwind! Do you like walking?

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A few highlights we enjoyed this past week.

green juice

Same green juice every morning: kale, romaine, cucumber, fresh parsley, mint or basil, fresh ginger and lime or lemon.


Juice with a mix of salmon and eggs with coconut oil.

local sausage and eggs with protein banana bread

Eggs with local sausage and a slice of our new egg-free grain-free banana bread (recipe coming soon). The loaf is almost gone, sooo good.

protein pancakes

We made perfect fit protein pancakes with coconut oil as a lovely snack.

plantain fermented veggies coconut oil grassfed burger

Plantain with fermented veggies, coconut oil, tahini with local grass-fed burger.

new dessert

Another new recipe that will be coming soon. Another yummy one.

protein tahini coconut oil snack


simple mealWe have been enjoying our typical simple meals.

Nothing new to report there, just enjoying every meal we eat.

making coconut butter

Enjoyed making things in the kitchen this past week

vegan banana bread

mmm cannot wait to share this recipe…although we plan to make it one more time this weekend.

Glad you all have been loving our plantain donut recipe.


And we love our marshmallows. A perfect snack!

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Earlier this week when Michelle shared her tahini coconut oil snack video on instagram, she was surprised by the reaction she got when she mentioned that she was eating more on her rest day.

Both of us thought that was something interesting to think about as we have read different things regarding how much to eat on workout days and non workout days.

1. Eat less the days you don’t workout.

2. Eat more to recover on rest days.

3. Eat the same amount on rest as you would on training days.

As you can see very different takes. If you GOOGLE these topics you will probably see lots of different articles, research, and opinions on the matter.

Where do we stand?

Not really sure. Like with everything else, it will vary on each person. What your goals are, how hard are you training, etc. In addition it probably is different each rest day too. One thing we notice personally. Some of our days off we have  a HUGE appetite, just like we did this past week. As other rest days we have a little appetite. It just goes to show you that you truly have to listen to YOUR body, not what others say , what a book says, or what a sheet of paper may say. Your body knows best, the key is learning to read it and understand what your body is telling you.

We usually find ourselves eating almost the same on rest days and training days. But again there will be days we eat more or less depending on our schedule and appetite. It varies.

Remember don’t be afraid to eat if you are hungry no matter if you worked out or not. Always listen and honor your body.

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amanda jewell July 27, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Well said ladies! Loving all the delicious, nutrient dense eats!

purelytwins July 27, 2013 - 7:01 pm

THanks Amanda

Brittany July 27, 2013 - 6:15 pm

I love you ladies — your philosophy on eating it similar to mine. It doesn’t matter what this article or that books says, just eat when you’re hungry. Your body knows best. 🙂

I’m so excited to see your egg-free grain-free banana bread recipe and I’m also intrigued by the protein powder, tahini and coconut oil snack. Do you just it by the spoonful or use it as a topping for stuff?


purelytwins July 27, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Thanks Brittany!! It depends, sometimes we eat the snack plain as a sludge, or we have it over things.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 27, 2013 - 7:35 pm

you know I agree withyou on the eating! i typically eat the same on rest day… but if it’s the day after leg day i’m ravenous and i make sure to feed the muscle growth. 🙂

Jennifer F July 27, 2013 - 11:14 pm

I eat when my body says “hungry’ . . . but I also make myself eat in the morning when I’m not necessarily hungry, otherwise the pre-lunch hunger gets crazy and I often cant get to a healthy option

purelytwins July 28, 2013 - 8:45 am

Jennifer keep listening to your body 🙂

Meg @ A Dash of Meg July 28, 2013 - 12:41 am

you rock sisters! it’s so true! it’ll vary from person to person and from day to day for that exact same person! i am so proud of you the two of you and i can relate so much 🙂 i hope we can chat more, girls! maybe facetime or something

purelytwins July 28, 2013 - 8:46 am

Yes we would love to chat girl! Do you have skype? Facetime is good too though. xoxo

Meg @ A Dash of Meg July 28, 2013 - 9:52 am

I DO HAVE SKYPE 😀 I am back in Canada on Wednesday night, so I will email you Thursday and give you my username so we can set up a date? <3 xoxo

purelytwins July 28, 2013 - 12:30 pm

awesome!! talk soon

Debbie (accidently delish) July 28, 2013 - 11:35 am

My last post on honoring our hunger was actually sparked by Michelle’s Instagram post because I was astounded by people saying they felt bad for eating more on rest days and I really commend you both for listening to your bodies.. I think it’s so important for people to remember we are all individuals and even you two as twins have different needs. Everyone has different opinions but i still don’t think you should ever feel bad for being hungry. Food is fuel and we need it, even more on rest days. Our bodies need to recover. We just all need to find what works best for US.


purelytwins July 28, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Debbie HUGS girl!!

Deanna @healthyleanfit July 28, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Yes! It’s so important to just listen day to day! It can even change from morning to evening! I find the same as you…some days I’m hungry and other days I barely have an appetite!

purelytwins July 28, 2013 - 3:55 pm

funny how the body works sometimes, but listening is key 🙂

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables July 28, 2013 - 4:15 pm

I totally agree with eating when you are hungry! Yes, yes, yes! I just always want to come eat you girls food!!

Laurin July 29, 2013 - 7:11 pm

I try to just listen to my body, too! Although on days that I work out, I tend to eat less because working out suppresses my appetite! I am usually extra hungry on rest days,mthough, so I just go with it! It’s all about balance I think!


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