Our philosophy at PFC Fitness Camp is all about balanced eating for a healthy lifestyle. Gone are the days of giving up the foods you love or resorting to a quick-fix diet that will ultimately result in failure. Understand that eating healthy 80% of the time, and having the food you love 20% of the time is a much easier, more rewarding, and a more sustainable means of managing weight. Because nutrition plays such an integral role in reaching optimal health, we put great emphasis on the subject-matter throughout our program at PFC. We teach the science of calories in and calories out—how hard it is to burn off the calories, and how easy it is to eat them. I can overwhelm you with endless research, recipes and should-dos, however, at the most basic level, there are 3 simple steps you can take to start a healthier nutrition plan.
1. Eliminate Processed Chemicals
First start by getting all of the processed chemicals out of your diet plan. Start looking at labels and stay away from things like hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup—anything enriched including enriched wheat, MSG (monosodium glutamate), food coloring and dyes, chicken, beef and turkey pumped with hormones, milk pumped with hormones or added sugar, hidden sugars in sauces, Nitrates found in deli turkey, sausages and bacon, and pesticides on fruit and vegetables.
2. Ease into Eating Organic
If you don’t feel you are ready to go 100% organic, then start out with foods you eat the most and rank the highest in toxins. The Dirty Dozen is a great reference to vegetables and fruits that are the highest in pesticides. Strawberries, for example are one of the highest fruits in pesticides. If my family eats strawberries a lot, which we do, then I am buying my strawberries organic. We eat chicken a lot in our house so I will only get organic chicken. My children drink a lot of milk so we buy organic 2% milk. Start thinking about your grocery staples and some of those items to consider swapping organic.
3. Balance Your Plate
Your next step would be to balance your plate. You want to strive for ¼ of your plate protein, ¼ of your plate carbohydrates that are whole grain, and the remainder of your plate or ½ of the plate, vegetables. Balancing your plate will help you stay satiated, soak up plenty of nutrients, and keep your blood-sugar balanced which will reduce those sugar cravings begging you for that cookie!
Now I don’t know about you, but today seems like a great day to kick start your new and improved nutrition plan!
Here is a healthy way to start your day and get you on the right track:
- scoop Whey Protein Powder
- 1/3 cup Steel Cut Oats
- 1 tbsp Almond Milk
- 2-3 Strawberries
- Mix all ingredients until well combined.
- Cook batter as you would regular pancakes.
- Top with Strawberries or 1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar OR Sugar Free Jelly Sweetened with Stevia
Make a big batch and keep them in the fridge or freezer. This will make crazy mornings not so crazy.