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    5 Essential “Health” Foods

    June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017

5 Essential “Health” Foods

5 Essential “Health” Foods

“Low Carb or No Carb?”

“Low Fat or No Fat?”

“And…what about gluten?”

“How many calories?”

“Have you heard of the: Paleo, IIFYM, Juicing, or Carb Cycle Diet?”

These are common nutrition-related questions I encounter on a daily basis. Each one is a great question.

But it’s best to focus on five essential “health” foods…rather than chase the latest trend or fad.

1. Protein

Lean protein such as poultry, fish, eggs, and lean beef are always a great choice.

2. Veggies

Fresh or frozen. Steamed or sauteed. Cool!

3. Fruit

Fresh, in a smoothie, or in a protein shake. Perfect!

4. Carbs

Potatoes, Rice, Quinoa, pasta, yes…even whole grain bread. All great options.

5. Healthy Fats

Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Unsalted Organic Butter, nuts & nut butter, avocado. You can’t go wrong with these healthy fats

I hear ya. I just listed food groups rather than “health” foods. And that’s the beauty of it.

Before reducing calories or removing food groups from our meals there is a much easier approach.

Have you noticed a common theme in these 5 Essential “Health” Foods?

Each of these foods is minimally processed.

Just make sure each of your meals contains a reasonable portion of Protein, Veggies, Fruit, Carbs, and Healthy Fats.

Burning additional calories and losing body fat through exercise and healthy nutrition works every time.

It’s a more realistic approach to focus first on food quality. There will always be a new diet or nutrition trend based on a popular celebrity or athlete, Dr. Oz, etc.

But, at the end of the day, you should feel comfortable eating foods that you enjoy. For many, counting calories can become obsessive and even create more stress in their lives.

So, just as a solid training plan will focus on the basic lifts.

A solid nutrition plan will focus first on eating good quality and nutrient dense calories.

Reward yourself and splurge when you’ve earned it. Have an occasional beer or glass of wine. Eat a few of grandma’s homemade cookies. Just keep your portions within reason. After each meal, you should feel satisfied rather than stuffed like Thanksgiving day.

Avoid convenience foods and mindless eating while watching T.V.

If you follow this nutrition strategy and follow a solid training plan you’ll get tremendous results.

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