Eating to Perform
Hi guys. Honestly, I am sure that this thread could be potentially helpful to all of us here. Whether you are just looking to be healthier or get better performance, this can't hurt anyone.
I personally barrel race, and am hoping to be a competing vaulter soon.
So, it would definitely be a plus if I started eating healthier as well as my daily exercises.:?
So tell us your healthy meal plans, recipes or anything really!
This should also be a place for us to talk about our progress and support each other.
Maybe we should rename it 'Hi, my name is.... And I want to start eating healthier.' :) haha
My first tip: Fruits are good, but whenever you can, replace them with veggies. You will get 'more bang for your buck' per say, because you can eat more vegetables without all of that sugar you find in fruits.
what about those people who is a picky eater... like me. I hate vegetable and fruits. I seriously struggle with my weight since everybody encourages to eat a lot of vegetable and fruits but EW.
Have you tried juicing or smoothies? Some might argue it's not ideal, but it's a better alternative to not getting all your fruits and veggies.
I am really really really picky but how can I drink the disgusting looking smoothie. I am struggling to overcome my picky issue. I always threw up after tasting something new. :'(
Then maybe try mixing flavors? If you are one of those people who love peanut butter, you could try taking a tiny slice of banana or apple and put peanut butter on it. I guess just try to use less and less until you can stomach it plain?
Also, don't try to eat veggies or fruit on an empty stomach because the insoluble fiber can upset your stomach if you haven't eaten other things before it. Especially if you arent used to them.
I do lots of juicing/smoothies and have a Vega smoothie every morning for breakfast. My go to is usually a handful or two of spinach and/or kale, a banana, some frozen fruit, a scoop of berry Vega One and soy milk. You can also use nut butter and choco Vega One (sounds weird, tastes great) instead of the berry Vega and fro fruit.
I like to have various flavors of protein powders and Vega around to make different yummy things in my Vitamix. And for delicious protein shakes.
Also go for lean meats on salads, eggs, nuts and greek yogurt for snacks and if I have a chocolate craving I will mix together some oatmeal, chocolate protein powder and nut butter - the chocolate satisfies your craving and the protein and fiber fills you up!
Plus having lots of fresh fruits and veggies around is always good :)
If I don't feel like cooking I will nuke a soup, or do canned tuna on toast with a salad, or something like that.
Eating clean is tough!!! But it feels really good once you get on the clean eating train. For me I know I feel terrible if I eat junk :( But I still let myself have a cheat with my favorites like a DQ Blizzard (a small!) or salt and vinegar chips every once in a while. If I'm having a bad week I'll cheat a few times, but then on good weeks I don't cheat at all! Usually because cheating gives me stomach pains.
I've found for me cravings get few and far between because I can manage them better with substitutes and if I always have healthy food with me - I will not get cravings!
For me, I've just basically slowly made better choices. Not just overnight going cold turkey to clean eating. That can also be tough on your system! Just slowly replace the food in your kitchen with better alternatives - and don't replace the junk food! Pick different fast food places. Choose Booster Juice instead of DQ.
I eat very plain foods. Basic things like roast beef, or half a chicken breast or a leg, potato, simple salads. Plain old fashioned kinds of salads.
For snacks I eat cheese and crackers, nuts, peanut butter and crackers. It seems that many fruits hurt my stomach or taste very sour. If I really get a craving for deserts or junk, I make myself wait until the weekend. I only allow junk and deserts on the weekends.
When money is real tight, my go to foods are simple Mexican or Chinese. Not restaurant things, more along the lines of what someone in those countries would cook at home. I rarely, rarely eat out. Only when business requires it.
I'm pretty proud of my level of fitness. Heading toward 60 and still playing polo and can put a whole day in on any ranch crew. At one time, in my thirties, I was 63 pounds overweight.
I eat out very little.
Aigoo, maybe try bit by bit? Like cucumbers or something else that doesn't taste too much like the typical vegetable? C:
Have you spoken to a nutritionist? You wont find any that will tell you to replace your fruits with veggies, fruits are good for you, the sugars in them are good for you (not even CLOSE to the same thing as processed sugars). Don't replace your fruits with veggies, ADD veggies to your diet on TOP of the fruit. Replace other things, NOT fruit.
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