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Okay so you’ve got your workout down, now lets work on your diet… No I didn’t say go on a diet, I said diet as in what you eat, what you put inside your mouth; what you fuel yourself with.
A balanced diet means eating all types of food, but in a balanced amount, which will provide all necessary nutrients to maintain a healthy body. The needed nutrients include carbohydrates, vitamins, proteins, minerals and fats. Every essential nutrient has an important role to play for the proper functioning of the human body.
A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and that is low in fat and added sugar is incredibly important for a number of different reasons, most importantly:
1) Preventing Infections and Diseases
These include the risks of many chronic conditions, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer. When the body gets all the required nutrients, it will improve the functioning of the immune system, which is responsible for the prevention of various infections. Also keeping your blood sugar and pressure levels under control.
2) Controlling Weight
Basic math, 3500 calories = 1lb. What you consume daily, minus what you burn daily (either by exercise or just daily life) = a positive or negative amount. If you are in the positive, guess what?… You are gaining weight. Keep in mind you need to consume healthy fats such as nuts or olive oils to burn fats (fat free isn’t always the best choice), otherwise your body will hold on to the fat it has.
3) Active Lifestyle
A balanced diet is beneficial to the state of your mind. The body and mind are connected and when they are in a good state, they coordinate effectively. If you are working out hard, do your body a favor and give it some love, feed it the fuel it needs. Remember, change happens from the inside out!
Okay so now you ask what do I eat?… It all depends on you and what your goals are. When I’m trying to shred down a little I avoid excess carbohydrates, alcohol and sugars; I rarely eat anything fried or processed, because I don’t enjoy the taste and they’re not my weaknesses anyhow. Besides tasting gross, processed fried foods are gross when digested.
My recommendation- eats a full breakfast (I usually do the protein shake listed below). If I work out in the morning I have a mid morning snack, like a Greek yogurt. For lunch I have a big kale or spinach salad filled with veggies and topped with chicken or fish, and some nuts. My lunch is similar to my dinner- greens and a protein of my choice, and I mix it up throughout the week. I love a piece of steak once a week, however my usual go too is either fish or chicken, and sometimes I do tempeh at one of my favorite vegan restaurants.
Here are 6 few of my favorite snacks:
- 1 medium sized apple cut up sprinkled with cinnamon (95 calories) or if I need a bigger snack I spread a slice or two with some almond butter (about 1 tbsp. 100 calories, 196 calories total).
- “Siggi’s” or “Fage” Greek yogurt (about 100 calories per serving)… This snack is my favorite, 15 grams of protein too! Sometimes I add some berries, wheat germ and agave for a fun treat.
- My protein shake (always a little different) base is: 1 cup non-fat non-sweetened almond milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 heaping tbsp. vitamineral greens. Other possible additions could be: ½ banana, mint leaves, blueberries, almond butter, bee’s pollen, ground flax seed. All depending on how hungry you are and what your body needs. Of course there are a million recipes for smoothies and protein shakes, just make sure that when you buy or make yours it’s not overloaded with calories or else use it as a meal substitution.
- Dates! They are the perfect sugary snack when you finish working out or when you need a sugar fix a few of they suckers are all you need to get going.
- Almonds, mange on 10 of these nuts for a 100-calorie power snack.
- Raspberries, the ultimate guilt free super food at 64 calories per cup you can afford to eat the whole carton like a bag of chips – Yum!
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