Nutrition 101 – Beginner’s Guide To Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Remember, food is fuel. You need to eat the right food to fuel and energize your body throughout the day and through your workouts. Think of your body like a high performance race car. Always use the highest octane fuel in order to get the best results. This is a good analogy to use when thinking about what foods to put into your body. Healthy eating means, use nutrient dense power foods to provide enough energy (octane) to really boost your performance so you can run at optimal levels.
Key factors to include in your healthy eating nutrition plan:
- Eat a nutrient dense meal every 2-3 hours
- Eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day
- Learn how many calories your body needs per day
- Include a lean protein source at each meal
- Eat enough protein for your bodyweight.
- Drink at least drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day
- Make sure to eat a nutrient dense healthy breakfast
- Eliminate processed sugars from your dietary plan
Focus on nutrient dense foods which includes lean protein, whole grain carbs and the right kind of fats. You need food to fuel your body and increase your metabolism. The less you eat, the lower your BMR gets and your body eventually goes into a starvation mode where it holds onto fat as much as possible.
Remember to “eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a peasant”. Your breakfast should be large and each meal after this becoming smaller and smaller. Your dinner should be much smaller than your breakfast. Your body is slowing down at night and doesn’t need high calories to fuel it. Stick with a salad with lean meat (chicken, turkey) and steamed veggies. The main focus should be eating clean nutritious food while eliminating all the empty calories from your nutritional plan.
Fill your diet with nutrient dense foods.
Lean Protein Sources (chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, egg whites)
Healthy Starchy Carbohydrates (brown rice, sweet potatoes, oatmeal)
Lean Fibrous Veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, squash, zucchini)
Fiber Packed Fruit (apples, berries, oranges, grapes)
Healthy Fats (flaxseed oil, avocados, walnuts, olive oil)
SAMPLE DAILY MEAL PLAN
- 8am: 1 chicken breast (6ounce), 1 cup of steamed brown rice, 1 small salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing
- 11amL turkey sandwich with whole wheat bread (6ounces of leantrkey breast, lettuce, tomato, mustard) (NO cheese or mayo).
- 2pm: 6 ounces of top round steak, 1 cup of broccoli, 1 cup of non-fat cottage cheese.
- 5pm: egg white omelet (6 egg whites, musshrooms), 2 pieces of whole wheat toast (NO butter)
- 8pm: 6 ounces of fish (salmon, catfish, trout, halibut, etc), 2 cups of steamed zucchini, 1 small salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Shopping for healthy foods, and healthy eating, go hand in hand. You are more likely to cook nutritious meals if you have all the ingredients you need in your fridge or cupboard. Use these foods as the staples of a healthy diet that you should have on hand at all times!
While healthy eating is important, it is just as important to exercise regularly. Click here for a great biceps exercise workout routine.
Use this article as a guide on your journey to healthy eating, we all can''t implement healthy eating routines in our lives over night. But this guide helps you start in the right direction towards healthy eating and a great healthy life.