Lets break this one down; think about your car for a second- it wouldn’t run without fuel would it? And the cleaner the fuel you put in it, the better its performance will be right?
This is much like our bodies- we need fuel (protein, carbohydrates and good fats) to perform properly and at our best. Balancing eating clean with important nutrients plays an important part in a training program
Eating clean is merely enjoying REAL FOOD. By real food we meanfruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, seafood, nuts, seeds, whole grains and beans opposed to processed foods. When you are consuming real food you are more than likely going to obtain vital nutrients our bodies need which will help maximize your fitness results.
Whole Grains, Vegetables, fruits and beans all have a healthy dose of carbohydrates to fuel your muscles. Your body is breaking down carbs into sugars and storing them in your liver and muscles. A balance is always key as when we eat too many carbs our bodies run out of storage room and the excess becomes fat in your body.
Muscles are our bodies’ engines; we couldn’t do anything without them! Protein builds, maintains & repairs muscle in our bodies. Some of the best sources are beef, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, and legumes like black beans and lentils. These sources of Proteins are broken down during digestion to release amino acids, which are the building blocks of all proteins.
Did you know that for day-to-day activities like sitting in front of your computer or walking the dog, fat is the main fuel our bodies use to burn for energy?
Generally, during activity where your heart rate is less than 70% of its maximal rate, fat serves as your body’s primary source of fuel. Try adding the following good fats into your weekly diet:avocados, nuts/nut butters, seeds and fatty fish like salmon you can also cook with health oils such as Olive or grapeseed.
Educating yourself and changing your relationship with food gives you complete control over what you put into your body. By eating more real foods you will help maximise your training performance, while keeping heart disease and diabetes at bay. Win-win!