Achieving fitness results the right way will require taking a look at your nutrition. Nutrition does play the largest role in getting fit and maintaining your health. Welcome to Day 6 of New Year, New You in 365 Days!
Eating right for results is not complicated as many believe. This has much to do with unnecessary fitness products and supplements being marketed as the only way to lose weight, get fit, and increase muscle size. Let’s put these myths aside and take a simple look at what really is required nutritionally.
It may be helpful to use a food journal for a short time until you have adopted how to eat right. Food journals are shown to keep you on track and enable you to repeat healthy weeks. This part may sound like a burden to start, but it really is quite simple. Forget about charting calories, grams, weighing food, etc for now and probably won’t be necessary later. Keep your journal simple and you will enjoy the process of learning. As long as you’re eating healthy throughout the day to support your body and physical activity is the goal. Your journal may look something like this:
- Water intake for the day: 2 quarts
- Meal 1: 1 slice seeded toast, 1/4 to 1/2 avocado, 1 boiled egg
- Meal 2: large greens and fruit blended shake
- Meal 3: large green salad topped with grilled chicken breast, balsamic vinegar
- Meal 4: sliced apple with 2 tbsp peanut butter
- Meal 5: grilled salmon with lots of veggies
- Meal 6: yogurt topped with raw nuts
Dump the Junk Food
Eating right will require cleaning out the junk food. This is difficult especially if you struggle with tossing out food. If it helps, box it all up and donate to a food kitchen or church. You can do this!
Take a day and go through your refrigerator and pantry. Remove all processed, packaged, frozen dinners, pastries, white products, etc. Unhealthy food products contain a lot of trans fats, high-sodium, and chemicals you really don’t want to be ingesting. A short list includes:
- sugary drinks, sodas, and some sport drinks
- white bread
- refined vegetable oils (corn, soybean, cottonseed, canola)
- pastries, cakes, cookies
- boxed crackers and chips
- low-carb meals and bars
- yogurt high in sugar and chemicals
- processed gluten-free products
- ice cream, candy, candy bars, and some protein bars
- processed meats (salami, pastrami, deli meats, hot dogs, etc)
- processed cheese (American, cheese in a can, etc)
Eat Clean for Results, Fitness, and Health
Getting fit for life requires eating cleaner which is just another way of saying you are eating healthy. You have taken the steps to remove all processed foods from your house and now ready to replace those with real whole foods.
Let’s go shopping! The best way to stay on track at the grocery store is to first eat a healthy meal, and stick to your written list of items. Having healthy food at home will also reduce eating at restaurants and fast food chains. This keeps you in control of your food intake and is the goal of adopting a healthy lifestyle.
We all differ in nutritional likes and that is great because there is a wide-variety of nutrient-dense food for everyone. You will want to include all the macros in your nutrition which just means eating a balance of lean proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. The following short list includes healthy selections from each category and also takes into consideration vegetarian/vegan preferences:
- B/S chicken and turkey breast
- Salmon, halibut, tilapia, albacore tuna
- Lean beef (90% lean)
- Greek yogurt (natural, no sugar added)
- Cottage cheese
- Milk (2%), almond milk, coconut milk, low-fat chocolate milk
- Lentils, dried beans, navy beans, no to low-sodium canned beans
- Peanut butter (natural, no-sugar-added), almond butter
- Raw mixed nuts
- Vegetables (broccoli, peppers, squash, asparagus, etc)
- Leafy greens (spinach, chard, kale, etc)
- Fruits (apples, berries, mango, cherries, etc)
- Legumes (lentils, chickpeas, peas, and beans)
- Quinoa, kamut, barley, buckwheat, flax meal
- Brown rice (white rice for some athletes)
- Whole wheat, whole grain bread
- Steel cut oats
- Sweet potatoes
- White and red potatoes (baked not fried)
- Chickpeas (hummus)
- Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans, etc (raw-unsalted, not roasted)
- Olive oil
- Salmon (Omega-3 fatty acids)
- Nut and seed butter (natural, no sugar added)
- Ground flaxseed or flax meal
- Chia seeds
You Can Do It!
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