EAT CLEAN. TRAIN DIRTY. 

 

SEVENTEEN.  That is the number of MAJOR holidays I can count that go on during the year.  Not to mention all other religious holidays, birthdays, weddings, sporting events, 3-day weekends, bad days at work, break-ups with significant others...shall I go on?  There will always be an excuse to throw our short-lived good eating regimen out the window only to be sought soon thereafter.  It then becomes this cyclical struggle of going in and out of "diets."  And like with anything, our behavior becomes our habits.  

 

Here's the news flash: Not one of us is perfect.  There, I said it.  We only live once, right?  It's not often I come across French Fries I don't like.  Red wine?  Forget it.  I should've been born in Napa County or somewhere in the hills of Tuscany.  Life gets in the way and I will be the first to tell you that.  We are so consumed with our jobs, our family, our phones, that we lose sight of the idea that we need to take care of ourselves too.  

THERE ARE THINGS WE SAY AND THINGS WE DO...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I HAVE JUST NAMED SEVEN EXCUSES...ONE FOR EACH DAY OF THE WEEK.

So when is it that we actually start taking care of ourselves if we keeping finding different reasons to hold us back?  Eventually, it will catch up to us.  Whether that be a lack of energy, weight gain, chronic issues, immobility and stiffness, or even more serious, cancer and disease.  Most of us don't even realize how great we are meant to feel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS FLASH: Vegetables do not have to be boring!  I build my meals around the vegetables as they are the priority.  No nutrition expert can plan a diet of natural foods resulting in a protein deficiency, so long as you’re not deficient in calories.  You need only 6% of total calories in protein, it’s practically impossible to get below 9% in ordinary diets.  (Info from World Health Organization and Pritikin Longevity Center in Florida)  Despite different opinions on the amount of protein one must consume, I'm here to encourage a clean, plant-heavy, colorful diet full of lean protein, fresh vegetables and non-processed food!  I realize there is difficulty when cooking for a house full of people.  Take the baby steps necessary to get everyone on board!  Throw vegetables in your smoothie, make your pasta dishes go green or bake some zucchini "fries."  Expand your boundaries!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BE YOUR BEST YOU!

 

4 KEYS TO PROPER NUTRITION:

 

1. Start paying attention to how your body reacts to different foods. (energy vs. sluggish)

 

2. Incorporate nutrient-dense foods into your food regime for every meal.

 

3. Eat more FOOD...Fruits & vegetables, Organic Lean Protein, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Drink water.

 

4. Replace pills with nature's best nutrients... PROPER FOOD IS MEDICINE!

...AND LESS OF THIS CRAP.

C arbonated drinks

R efined sugar

A rticial sweeteners

Processed foods

 

ALL EMPTY CALORIES!!

VS.

Bake your foods instead of frying

Incorporate more green leafy and cruciferous veggies - kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts

Simplify meals - instead of counting calories, focus on color, variety, fiber & freshness

Try lemons & fresh herbs as your seasoning instead of store-bought marinades

Set yourself up for success - prepare your own meals, make changes, read labels

Soda, energy drinks, flavored coffees, sweetened teas - JUST STOP

Smoked meat, barbecued meat, conventionally-raised meat

Trans-fat foods - shortening, margarine, fast foods, baked goods

Fried foods, white flour, white sugar, candy, potato chips 

Diet/Low Fat foods and drinks, sugar substitutes, calorie-reduced items - eat wholesome, natural foods!

Grilled Avocados

Grilled Avocados with Tomato Mix