As many fitness professionals suggest, it’s 80% what EAT, and 20% what you do when it comes to incorporating a “diet” or living a healthy lifestyle. Although being active is super important in overall health and wellness, nutrition plays a huge role in how you feel physically.
FOOD is FUEL.
Think of it this way: Would you fuel a Lamborghini with regular gasoline?
You need to fuel your body with healthy nutrients, foods that will fuel your body to function at its best, avoiding things that could slow it down or negatively impact its working parts. For your body to function properly, all of its “parts” must be well-kept, maintained and fueled, which is where the healthy nutrition comes in.
What is proper nutrition?
A well-balanced diet consists of:
YES, carbs are necessary for energy, don’t be scared of them!
Healthy fats such as all-natural peanut butter, almond butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado.
fruits & vegetables
Believe it or not, water has multiple benefits besides just hydration, such as clear skin and boosting metabolism to name a couple!
Your body needs ALL of these nutrients, since each food group delivers nutrients that target specific functions of the body.
With that said, I’m sure you’re wondering HOW abs are made in the kitchen… Think about this: Someone who works out five days a week, but fuels their body with unbalanced nutrition (pancakes and syrup for breakfast, yogurt for snack, hamburger & chips for lunch, granola bar for snack and a big filling dinner of chicken, mashed potatoes and spinach), is not going to properly allow their body to recover or use those nutrients to aid in healthy bodily function. Sure, spinach is great for you, but the other things listed are not going to supply ALL of the nutrients, and their bad will outweigh the good.
This does not mean that everyone must eat clean 100% of the time, but that is where the 80% comes from, because a realistic, fun, happy & healthy life is attainable when you understand the importance of fueling your body.
Here are a few ways you can add nutrients to you diet (with an active lifestyle):
- Drink more water! Aim for at least half of your body weight (in ounces) a day.
- Cut out sugary products, such as soda, sports drinks, packaged snacks and candy.
- Avoid “junk” food, and products high in saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, and empty calories, such as chips, frozen dinners, quick meals and fast food.
- Always have a “go to” snack packed for your day, such as carrot slices, yogurt, grapes, a granola bar (make sure it’s a natural one, not high in sugar or preservatives) or hard-boiled eggs.
- Take a multivitamin, which will give you the nutrients you may miss consuming during the day. A basic multivitamin can be purchased at any supermarket or pharmacy.
- Indulge in some Teami COLON to refresh your body & boost your metabolism, then drink ALIVE to give your body a nutritional boost to help with recovery!
Melissa is a fitness guru with a passion for inspiring others to be their best. As a certified personal trainer, PiYo Live instructor & aspiring bikini athlete, she’s well-rounded in all aspects of health & wellness. She’s an advocate for “bikini after babies” and helping women regain control of their bodies/health- educating, guiding and motivating them to be at their healthiest. Your body loves you, so love it in return!
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