Top 8 Tips for Transitioning Your Nutrition.

by Jenny Swisher on March 3, 2014

Let’s talk nutrition.

I know, I know. It’s the ONE thing you don’t want to talk about. You’re moving, right? You’re committing to one hour per day! That’s enough for the body to take on, so how can we even think about nutrition?

Ready for your mind to be blown? Here you go…

The work you are doing in the gym makes up only 20% of your true health potential. You’ve heard the old adage, “Health is 80% diet, 20% fitness”? I’m here to tell you, it’s true.

When I did P90X the first time, I saw decent results, but when it was all said and done, I still didn’t truly feel the way I thought I should feel. I still had some digestive issues, I could never get rid of the bloated feeling, and I felt tired all the time. It wasn’t until I gave more effort to my nutrition that I noticed a big change.

So how did I start? Small. I took it one step at a time. And that’s precisely what I recommend you do. Here are my Top 8 Tips to Transitioning Your Nutrition:

1) Drink Shakeology. It is THE BEST fuel you can put in your body. Dense nutrition, made up of 30+ superfoods. It is not the same as the average protein shake or weight loss shake. It’s a daily dose of dense nutrition. Period.

2) Drink lots of water. Half of your body weight, in ounces, of water each day. No excuses.

3) Ditch the junk. Spend an hour or two going through your pantry and fridge, and GET RID of the junk! If it has a TV commercial, throw it away. And have no regrets in doing so.

4) Cook more; eat out less. Foods in restaurants are highly likely to contain dizzying amounts of sodium, sugar, and preservative. Eat fresh, which unfortunately in our society, means making it yourself.

5) Aim for a plant-based, whole foods diet. This does NOT mean you should not eat meat. This simply means that half of your plate, at every meal, should be made up of complex carbs (fruits and vegetables).

6) Do not cut carbs (the healthy ones). Carbs are energy. It’s encouraged to cut breads and pastas, but not OK to cut healthy carbs.

7) Snack often. At least twice per day. Keep a Kind bar, or 100-calorie pack of almonds, apples, or string cheese with you at all times for mid-morning and mid-afternoon metabolism crashes.

8) PLAN. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Know what you’re going to eat, and have it prepared, well in advance.

If I could put you in a time machine and fast forward you into the future of what it feels like to properly fuel your body, you wouldn’t hesitate. You’d spend the time, and the money, to be on top of your game.

I’m here to help you live your healthiest life. I commend your efforts in the gym, but I want you to know that there’s an entirely second half of the equation that so many of us miss, or dismiss. Don’t dismiss it. Life is too short to not live it to our fullest potential. Invest in yourself. Fuel yourself.

Because bonking ain’t fun. And neither is illness. Let’s focus this March on our diet, and eating clean. Who’s in?

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