One thing I've learnt over the years is that a lot of people struggle to eat right. By this I mean, they struggle to figure out what version of a particular food is the healthiest or cleanest one.
What doesn't help is the mountain of misinformation, and false advertising out there that further complicates matters!
Now I'm not saying I'm about to put an end to all that, but what I'll do is give you some bits of advice and information to help the decision making process a whole lot easier!
Nutrition - What's Good?
I follow one simple rule when I'm on my strict nutrition days, by preparing and cooking everything I eat myself, and also making sure my snacks are simple things like fruit and nuts. You just can't best knowing exactly what's in every single bite you're having.
I get asked a lot, 'which protein shake, which protein bar, which this which that by this company and that nutrition company is the best?'
My answer remains the same....Eat real food for real results. Granted, it will take longer to achieve those results you're after, you will however feel better for it, and also the results you've achieved will be at a healthy, steady rate, and at no point will you have to worry about side effects from using supplements you haven't researched properly!! Why? Because you'll be eating real food with no worries about additives, and any other toxins.
Studies & research in the past have proved there are unhealthy levels of toxins like arsenic and lead in SOME supplement powders available to the general consumer for use, so why put yourself at risk taking something you're not fully versed on, just because you want a quick fix and/or want to fit in with the rest of supplement takers?!!
It really is baffling seeing some people do a minimal amount of exercise and go straight to their shaker/bottle and down some odd coloured powder to help with their fitness process! Even those who swear by ''pre-workout'' shakes for that extra edge to their training session.
The only pre-workout I have is a small coffee or espresso, no milk, no sugar, I then get warmed up and GET ON WITH IT!! Fair enough this might not be for everyone, but you get my point.
But I haven't got the time?!!
Here's the thing with eating healthy and clean.....It's not as hard as you think! Find a 1-2 hour window (and please don't tell me you can't find 2 hours in your ''busy schedule''!!) to prep your meals for the week. If you can't do the whole week in one go, try to find 45 minutes on a Sunday, and try and find another 45 minutes during the week to prep the rest of your meals. Invest in decent tightly sealed tupperware or meal prep containers and you're there!
It's definitely a lot easier than you think!
Once you get into the habit of doing this, repeating it becomes easy. Remember, you only have to be uber strict for 75% of the week, that's 5 and a quarter days a week. the other 1 and three quarter days can be your treat days (cheat days sound too much like a negative, and if you've been good for that much of the week, you need to see your down 1 and three quarter days as a reward!!)
Make Time And Make It Yourself!
As I've said all through this, keep it simple, make it yourself, and make time! This may sound corny, but... You've only got the one body, look after it and it'll look after you.
Stay away from fast, cheap meal options such as ready meals, store bought smoothies, (get a blender and make your own! Sheesh!) supplements you have no understanding of, and believe me, you WILL still get the results you desire!
Hi, Lou here, I'll be sharing my thoughts and insights via my blog regularly, so please stay tuned!