FOOD FOR YOUR MOOD
Over the last couple of week’s we’ve had many a long conversation with people about nutrition. One person said that he never has time to eat breakfast, instead preferring to eat more at lunch time. Another person said that breakfast is no problem for him, but getting the time to eat throughout the day is near enough impossible because of his job. And finally, one other person does exactly what many people strive for, always eating six small meals a day throughout each week. The only issue here is that this person monitors their nutrition so religiously that they do not allow themselves any treat food at all!
It was amazing hearing all of these stories, many of them we can relate to ourselves: We too have at one point or another tried to be strict with our diet for week’s on end. We have also had mornings where breakfast is forgotten, and plenty of days where work commitments have left us far too busy to find the time to eat. If perhaps we were professional athletes or bodybuilders then we’re sure our daily nutrition intake would be successfully monitored right down to the finest detail, but we are not and do find ourselves slipping occasionally.
However, more or less we do actually follow a weekly plan which has now become second nature to us. Of course we are only human and do sometimes slip off the waggon, but instead of being angry at ourselves we use these hiccups to fuel the fire and make sure that we push ourselves further in the gym or on the sporting filed to make up for things. Here then are the rules we follow:
1. Monday – Friday we eat clean and healthy.
2. Saturday’s we reward ourselves with a treat meal or two for our efforts. Sunday’s are open to how we feel on the day.
3. We try not to eat any carbs after 6pm (except for on those cheat days).
4. Breakfast is vital and we make sure we have a good one. If need be we will get up slightly earlier so that we can prepare it well.
5. If we know we have a busy day approaching, then the night before we will pre-make as much food as we can so that we can eat on the go.
6. We ALWAYS have a protein shake within half an hour of any sport or gym session that we do. Sometimes we will have one 1 hour before as well
There’s a few others we could mention but feel like these 6 are a nice way to start if anyone out there is looking to shape up their diet. There is no need to go from 0-60 in one go, and many people who try to change their diet around so drastically will often find that within only a few days they will get serious cravings for the foods they have given up. We find that allowing yourself 1 or 2 cheat days a week helps keep you mentally strong and is a good place to start before building things up from there.
It goes without saying that nutrition is a vital part of your fitness lifestyle. Improve your diet and you will find everything else in your life improving as well. Far too many people think only about going to the gym 5 days a week but completely ignore their diet. unsurprisingly these people will notice very little gains in muscle or improvements in strength. The same can be said for any sport as well.
Don’t think that you have to give up the food you love. Think of it more along the lines of that you are ‘postponing’ when you allow yourself these treats.
Yours in health and fitness,
BA Editor, Ash Phelps
Posted on June 4, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged Ash Phelps, Brighton, Brighton Active, Brighton Active Magazine, Brighton and Hove, Diet, Eating Clean, Fitness, Health, Hove, Nutrition. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.