Welcome to my first blog! Each week, I will cover a new topic. I decided to start a blog that will focus on nutrition/food/health. They all go hand in hand and how you feel directly correlates with what you eat. As a trainer, I get asked a lot about food and diet.
For my first topic, I want to talk about food and what you should be eating. How you fuel your body is really important. What you eat will not only affect your health and workouts but progress in the gym too. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Your whole body benefits from eating the right foods. I believe in eating whole and natural foods as much as possible. A lot of people eat protein bars when they’re on the go but there are a lot of ingredients that we can’t even pronounce in those bars and loads of sugar that our body doesn’t need! When you consume ingredients in food that your body doesn’t recognize, it automatically stores them as fat. Which does nothing to help you meet your fitness goals! Cutting out processed foods like protein bars will help your body lean out and keep you from consuming ingredients your body doesn’t know what to do with. It is best to stick to real food sources of protein such as hard-boiled eggs, organic meats, almonds, peanut butter, etc.
Protein shakes are another source of energy that are convenient for busy people but not so good for our bodies. I believe in the saying, “Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” Would your grandmother put powder in a blender with water, blend it, and drink it instead of eating real food with easily absorbable protein like steak and eggs? I think we all know the answer to that question is no! Many protein powders on the market are filled with artificial flavors and, again, ingredients we can't even pronounce. Your best bet is to stick to things like hemp seeds. They're plant-based, heart-healthy, and you can easily add them to smoothies and you can hardly taste them so they won't change the flavor of your smoothies! You can also add almond, peanut, or any nut butters to smoothies for extra protein and a good dose of healthy fats. Or sunflower seed butter if you have nut allergies.
The bottom line is: eat whole foods and stay away from processed and packaged things like protein powders and bars. Your body will thank you and, with my workouts, you’ll get your body in shape in no time.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog! Hope you are all enjoying the workouts and sticking to clean eating.
Disclaimer: All advice on this blog is strictly based on my opinion and personal experiences. Every body is different and will react differently to dietary changes. You must decide what is best for your own body. As always, consult a doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.
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