The Importance of Macros & Raw Egg Protein Shake Recipe

Now that I’ve reached the “Cutting” phase of my fitness journey, I have a whole new respect for macros.  For those of you who may not know, the “Cutting” phase is when you are eating to lose any extra fat on your body, in order to show off those beautifully built muscles you just earned.  It’s my least favorite part because I really have to watch my diet carefully.

The Importance of Macros &  Raw Egg Protein Shake Recipe by Paleo Cajun Lady
Minding my macros!

Macros are basically made up of proteins, carbs and fats.  In order to lose fat, you have to cut fat….and, carbs.  Now, I don’t go to extremes like some people.  I know that cutting my carbs too low will not be good for my hormones.  I’m also discovering that cutting fats, on a paleo, and mostly AIP diet, is very difficult.  I really didn’t realize how much fat I was consuming in a day.

My formula for “Cutting” is this: 1.2 grams protein for each pound of body weight, 1 gram carbs for each pound of body weight, and .4 grams of fat for each pound of body weight.  If I were training for competition, I would take the fat down to .2 grams of fat for each pound of body weight. I tried for a couple of days to take my fat grams that low, and failed miserably.  It’s just not realistic on a healthy, paleo diet.  The last thing I want to do is set off my immune system. I would lose all of the progress I’ve made so far.  That…would suck.

Truth is, those of us with autoimmune disease, have to do things differently.  We cannot shock our systems too much.  But, that’s not saying that we have to treat ourselves as though we’re made of glass.  I have experienced new levels of healing by pushing myself just a little bit harder.

Post-workout by Tara Perillo
Could I be any redder?! Time to get my macros in!

By tweaking my macros, I have been able to build muscle, increase stamina, gain energy, and power up healing.  One of the first things I noticed was how little protein I was taking in.  No matter what phase of fitness you’re in, you should be taking in a gram of protein per each pound of body fat.  If you’re not taking in enough protein, you will find it impossible to build muscle.  While working for your fitness goals, keeping your energy levels up is crucial.  This is why you need carbs in your life. You should be taking in at least a gram of carbs per pound of body weight.  This will help you to keep your energy levels up.

Now, let’s talk about fats.  Depending on how much fat you want to lose, some decrease will be necessary.  As long as you’re taking in good, quality fats, like olive oil, coconut oil, etc., I would say to try to cut your fats to 50% of what you normally take in.  So, if you typically use a tablespoon of oil in your salad, use a teaspoon and a half.  This is a lot easier to do than going down to an unreasonable level.

My best advice is to start tracking all of your meals in a macro app.  I love the My Macros+ app. It’s inexpensive, like $2.99, and is really easy to use.  I don’t make any money or anything recommending it.  I use it and love it! You can find it in the Apple App store.  I’m sure you can also find it on the Android App store too.

Here’s my recipe for Raw Egg Protein Shake.  This recipe was inspired by my IG bestie, @maflinstone.  She’s a Crossfitter and all around awesomely strong lady!  Now, it’s important for me to tell you there are risks involved with consuming any raw foods.  If you suffer from any immunosuppressant disease, you should not consume raw foods.  You can still make the shake without the eggs.  I would add an extra tablespoon of gelatin to up the protein amount.  This shake is great for anyone who has sensitivities to other protein powders.  If you do take out the eggs, it’s totally AIP.  Oh, and it’s perfect for after your workout!

Raw Egg Protein Shake Recipe by Paleo Cajun Lady
Drinking down my Raw Egg Protein Shake!

Raw Egg Protein Shake Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 shake


12 grams

This shake makes the perfect pre or post-workout shake! It packs about 28 grams of protein, 40 grams of carbs, and 12 grams of fat!


  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 2 raw eggs (omit for AIP)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup fruit of choice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin (add an extra tablespoon if not using eggs)


  1. Place all ingredients, except gelatin, in high powered blender.
  2. Process on recommended setting for crushing ice for about 30 seconds. (Review your manual)
  3. Add gelatin through opening in lid. Close.
  4. Process on high for another 30 seconds.
  5. Serve and drink immediately.


Be sure to use organic, cage-free eggs from a source you trust. I also buy soy-free eggs due to my soy allergy. Tropical Traditions is a great source for soy-free eggs.

I’ll be giving you lots more information on macros, micros and everything autoimmune fitness, over the next few months. I hope you enjoy it!

Also, be sure to check out my Instagram and Facebook Page this weekend.  I’m doing a special giveaway to celebrate some milestones I’ve reached. Go check it out!

As always, I wish you good health…..and, good food!

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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