I see it all the time. We work out hard, but that doesn’t give us the green light to eat poorly. Of course you can eat a diet that is unhealthy and you’ll wonder why you’re not getting the results that you want. Blame it on not getting to the gym, or you can blame it on your diet. This is most likely the main reason (although getting to the gym regularly is also important!).
“I usually eat really well!”. I hear this all the time. After digging deeper, I usually hear of another fad diet someone has recently finished. I hear of way too much juicing, cutting out meat and fats, or even fasting while beginning to work out. The truth is that most people don’t understand what a healthy diet is for them. Often, they try one diet after another and if they find results – then they say it worked! The problem is that once they go back to their regular life – they also go back to their old eating habits as well. This is what I call, The Circle of Dieting Fad Disorders.
Each person is unique. You are unique in every way – down to your cells. I am certified in nutrition and fitness. That means I studied long and hard to learn how digestion functions down to the cellular level. I studied anatomy and physiology of the human body as it relates to digestion and also fitness. Simply, I understand how our diet affects the systems of our bodies. I have over twenty years in the fine dining industry as a professional chef. I am also a spiritual counselor (being an ordained minister). I know how to work with food of all kinds (not bugs…that’s just gross!). My moto is “eating healthy doesn’t have to taste bad”…because it’s true if you know how to. I teach this.
Amongst other things, I work with you to specifically find the right combination of macronutrients for your specific body based on your goals and health needs. If you’re thinking about making some long lasting changes for your health and fitness, here are some basic principles to start with on your own:
Eat high nutrient whole foods, they compliment fitness goals for weight loss or gains.
Digest protein after working out. It will prevent your body from using its own muscle tissue for energy and help encourage muscle synthesis.
Eat adequate good fats and limit simple carbs which can produce fat loss and improve metabolism so you can maintain optimal body composition in the long run.
Use healthy fats that are good for you such as unrefined extra virgin coconut and olive oils, avocado and nut oils (walnut, pumpkin seed, sesame seed & hazelnut oils, cold-pressed flaxseed oil), grass-fed butter, clarified butter & ghee, pastured lard & bacon fat.
Use MUFAs (Monounsaturated Fats), which raise good HDL cholesterol, lower bad LDL cholesterol. They also help prevent belly fat.
Use Polyunsaturated Fats, which in addition to lowering your LDL, these fats contain essential omega-3 fatty acids — which boost brain function and may help strengthen your immune system and improve your mood — and omega-6 fatty acids, which in small amounts can keep skin and eyes healthy.
Restrict your sugar intake. All of it (this includes dairy, simple carbohydrates and anything refined).
There is a lot you can do to get the most out of your workouts. Our programs are customizable based on your unique needs. We help all walks of life – from the new to fitness person to the competition body builder. Take a look at our programs – there is one for everyone!