There are so many options on how to eat healthy, it can be an overwhelming mind-field of where to begin and which path to choose.
The idea of cutting out all carbs can sound great, I often hear “I don’t eat that much bread” ,“pasta makes me feel bloated anyways”, “I hear fruit is sugary so I just cut it out completely”. Right there is a road to disaster. By eliminating food groups you are going to begin craving having that apple, the sandwiches that have been sitting in the kitchen at work left over from a meeting are suddenly going to look like the tastiest snack on earth and you are going to begin dreaming about spaghetti bolognaise.
Rather than creating any drastic changes to your lifestyle, why not look at what you are currently eating and drinking on a day-to-day basis and begin with small minor alterations.
Whenever I speak to a new potential client I will ask them to fill out a rather detailed questionnaire, one page of it being a three-day food diary. This will include anything passing their lips. A lot the time I see the confusion of what to have for breakfast, what to have as an afternoon snack and what to have prior to exercise.
Lets start with breakfast. Your body has just (ideally) been shut down and recovering for 8 hours. The first thing you want to do (hopefully) is drink a glass of water. The next option should be breakfast. We all, by now, know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Start that off right and we should be on the road to a healthy day ahead of us.
Snacks. That dreaded 2-3pm slump when all we want to do is curl up and have a snooze. If you always feel tired around this time and you don’t know why, have a look at what you’re eating for lunch (is it containing a lot of starchy carbs, “energy” drinks/coffee/ or high in sugar? All of which will give us that come-down).
Next, step away from the vendor machine at work or coffee shop and give yourself a 10 minute break to have one of the following:
Whether you exercise first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon, we can all struggle with eating prior to exercise. We don’t want to be that person who chucks up in the gym after eating dinner, or the one that has to lay down with their feet in the air because we haven’t eaten anything for 6 hours. Have these snacks at hand and ensure you have the energy to get through your session:
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