Simple Nutrition advice
- Green is good. Leafy green veggies a couple times a day.
- DO NOT DRINK CALORIES an orange is better than an orange juice. Sweetened soda is bad news. I'd make an exception for milk because of its protein content. Another exception is a post workout recovery drink when your blood sugar is low and your muscles need to be fed. One hour after a workout is the ideal time for a smoothie.
-SMALLER PORTIONS. Never leave TGIF, Ruby Tuesday's, Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, etc without a take home bag. For instance, Ruby Tuesdays broccoli and chicken pasta has 1900 calories (it's the cheese sauce that packs the punch). 1900 calories is roughly about how much a couch potato should plan on eating everyday if he/she does not want to be overweight.
- You should be getting at least half your body-weight in grams of protein. For instance a 150 lb man or woman should be getting 75 grams of protein. An athlete or fitness enthusiast will benefit from even more protein.
- FLOUR AND REFINED SUGAR ARE THE DEVIL. Okay, it's a little dramatic but remove the two from your diet and you'll notice a difference in the mirror and in your energy level.
- Replace candy bars with nuts and fruits.
- If you're going to eat junk, eat it after you work out.
- Don't eat a lot of carbs before bedtime. We burn fat when we are inactive. Sleep is for burning fat. Carbs will be stored during your sleep - as fat. If you're hungry before bed, have a protein based shake or snack.
-Whole grain bread/rice over flour/white rice.
-Pay attention to your body. A lot of people have allergies/intolerance to different kinds of food. Headaches, fatigue, hives, etc might be signs that you have a food allergy or intolerance. If that is the case, seek out professional medical advice.