Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Smoothie for breakfast? Make it filling!

One of the first questions I get asked as a trainer from new clients is, "what do I eat?" My answer (insert sarcasm), "FOOD!" Just kidding.  Kind of.  

Remember that food is fuel for your body and activity.  It sustains you and gives you energy to do all the activities life has to offer.  Don't make food the enemy or let it become and obsession.  

Think about it this way.  Your car requires gasoline to go.  How far can you get with the wrong grade of gas or with none at all?  You can't. 

Your body is an amazing machine that requires proper nutrition to function at its peak performance.  The best advice I can give you is that when you eat food in its most whole form, i.e. the way it came into the world/least processed, the better nutrition it will provide to your body.  

Getting started on a path to better eating is not easy.  I always recommend to not try to make drastic changes all at once.  If your goal is to start eating breakfast, do that for 21 days and it will become a habit.  If you go too long between meals, set a timer to remind you to eat a serving of almonds or have a cup of yogurt (preferably plain greek yogurt with your own fruit).  It is about the habits that we create that will help us transform our eating longterm (lifestyle change). 

As always, if you need individual help or coaching to make these changes, please reach out to me here through my blog or Facebook.  

My favorite smoothie recipe:
Blend the following ingredients until smooth. I like to freeze the blueberries because they act as the "ice."

8 oz coconut water
1 tbsp organic, unrefined coconut oil
1 tbsp flax seeds
1/2 c strawberries
1/2 c blueberries
1 c kale

This recipe will give you a meal replacement (meals should ideally be between 300-400 calories, depending on your individual caloric needs).

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