What a Personal Trainer Eats: 7 Best Tips
When I decided to take photos of everything I consumed for 7 days I didn’t realize how much insight I would get out of it. I did it to show all of you that you don’t have to eat like a rabbit to be healthy, and I got some really great feed back from it. But I also was able to see things for myself and my own eating habits that I have not seen before. So all in all is was a really fun experience.
If you are someone who is wanting to loss weight or change to a healthier diet I would recommend that you to take pictures of what you eat. Because when you look back at the end of the day and actually see in a photo what you ate, it gives you a whole new perspective.
With all of my photos and explanations of what I ate I also gave you tips. I pulled some of the best tips and compiled them below and added a few extra pointers:
Tip #1: Eat your biggest meal in the morning. We’ve all heard it, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Our bodies need the energy for the day. Also by eating breakfast you are breaking the fast that your body has been through through the night. By eating breakfast you boost your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day. I also tell my clients to eat their carbs in the morning instead of at night. You’ll burn through them if you eat them in the morning. Your body doesn’t need the energy from carbs at night if you go to sleep at a reasonable time.
Tip #2: Sometimes you are going to eat something that is not good for you and that’s ok. The best thing to do is to not feel guilty or mad at yourself. Enjoy it and resume with healthy food the next meal. As long as you’re not eating crap every day all day you’ll be fine. Another good tip is to pick one day of the week as your “cheat day“. On that day you can eat whatever you want. So that way you are not feeling deprived of what you like but also it’s easier to say no to during the week if you know you can have it on another day. What you may start to notice is that it gets harder and harder to eat the junk food and soon enough you wont want it anymore anyway.
Tip #3: If you are a meat eater and would recommend to eat at least one if not two vegetarian meals a day. Meat takes a long time to digest and if we consume too much of it it is really hard on our bodies. Our meat industry is also really f@#ked up. The animals are treated inhumanly, are not fed healthy food and are slaughtered in the worst of ways. And to top it off there are a large percentage of animals that are genetically altered. Our bodies were not made to eat TONS of meat like we do here in America. So if you are a meat eater, cut back on the amount and seek out grass fed, organic, antibiotic and hormone free meats. Preferably from local farms that treat their animals with care.
Tip #4: Buy some mason jars, fill them up with healthy add-in’s: nuts, coconut shreds (unsweetened), puffed quinoa, raw granola, goji berries, dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips, raw cacao, hemp seeds, other seeds like flax and chia, etc. They make it really easy to make your own cereal and trail mix or to add to yogurt and oatmeal. Also having the jars lined up on your shelf or in your pantry makes it much easier to see what you have and to reach for healthier options rather than crackers or chips.
Tip #5: Green smoothies/drinks are one of the best ways to get your veggies in. Blend it up and drink them down. They fill you up so if you throw in a little protein powder it could easily turn into a meal. Spinach blends well with everything. It doesn’t really have much of a taste when it’s blended. If it’s your first time trying green smoothies, start with spinach, then start to add other greens like kale, cucumber, parsley, and chard.
Tip #6: If you find yourself wanting carbs, eat half the amount of what ever is in front of you. Save the other half for when you want carbs again. That way you are not doubling up on the amount of calories. So for example, you want toast with your eggs, eat one slice. If will be just as satisfying as having two. Your body only needs a small amount of carbs to be satisfied, we just sometimes forget that and stuff our faces.
Tip #7: Fast food happens… we get into pinches (most of us) and need food fast. My point here is that you ALWAYS can make a healthy choice… always. Even if, at the very least, that means you eat less. If you have to eat at a burger joint you don’t NEED to have fries with your meal or a soda. Eat the burger and a side salad and some ice tea or water. You will save yourself 100’s of calories with this way thinking. Also it’s a good idea to always have a bar on you, just in case you get stuck somewhere with no healthy options.
There you have it. 7 of the best tips from my week long photo taking of food eating. So in a nut shell: don’t over indulge, share, eat less, eat organic and local, cut back on meat, less processed, drink lots of water and get moving!
I really enjoyed these posts and I hope you guys did too. Thank you so much for reading!