There’s more that goes into being a better version of ourselves than working out. Although this is a great and imperative start, what we put in our bodies is just as important, if not more. I want to share my tried-and-true secrets on nutrition as we travel on this path together towards a better you and me.
I am not a personal trainer or certified in nutrition. However, being a professional athlete for over ten years exposed me to tons of information from those that are licensed and certified. Applying these details throughout my career led to success as a runner. It has also given me tools for life. I now have habits that have created a lifestyle that will last a lifetime.
What we ingest is directly reflected in our physical being: lean muscle, less fat, optimal functioning organs, clear skin…the list is endless. Because I walk the walk and talk the talk, I have total strangers approach me for advice on my regimen. I always encourage exercise but emphasize nutrition.
Let’s be clear, it’s not about diet or deprivation, rather moderation. I’ve created a balance that has allowed me to live a healthy lifestyle while enjoying my vices from time to time. As a woman and mother of a teenager, anyone can see the need for chocolate and champagne, right?!?!! I afford these treats without guilt because I know I eat clean 95% of the time.
What’s clean eating? For me it’s staying clear of wheat, dairy, and white sugar. For others, it’s cutting back on red meat and eating more vegetables. Either way, try to consume food with ingredients that are few in quantity and easy to read. (That’s why I’m not vegan, but that’s another blog). Natural, preservative-free, and quality components are key. Start reading the nutritional contents and ingredients; become aware of what you’re putting in your body. This is the first step. You can’t go wrong by returning back to basics.
It may seem overwhelming at first glance, but start with a plan that will work for you. I encourage beginning with two clean meals a day until you’re able to do an entire day. Those days will eventually become weeks, months, and before you know it, you’ve created a lifestyle. Be disciplined to trust the process. It will produce results. A thousand crunches a day will not give you a six-pack while you still eat potato chips and doughnuts. However, defined abdominals can be achieved with clean eating and zero crunches. Don’t be misled; a strong core is essential but not the answer to washboard abs. It starts in the kitchen.
“What you eat is not as important as when you eat.”
“As long as it’s low-fat, it’s good for you.”
…These are some of the myths (bad Juju) I hope to debunk while contributing meal ideas and specific alternatives (good Juju) to common poor choices. I will also share good reads and informative studies that support our journey. And vice versa, partake with me. Remember, we’re here to inspire and be inspired.
I will go first:
Between over-cooking our food and unbalanced meals, it’s difficult to get all of our nutrition from our meals and food choices. I believe in supporting our diets with supplements. They are a good way to maintain our body’s ideal amount of vitamins and minerals. It only makes sense to supply the demands of what the body needs to function efficiently and effectively.
Bad Juju: Stress, low energy, common cold, anemia, osteoporosis, harmful fat burners, etc.
Good Juju: Vitamins and supplements! My go-to list is one that Gwyneth Paltrow shared on her website, http://goop.com. It’s thorough, simple, and easy to navigate. But more important, it has the knowledge and resources to support its findings. Bookmark it!
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