What a fitness trainer eats, and why
Some fitness trainers eat high protein, low carb, restrictive diets, and then binge on a cheat meal, like eating a whole pizza at one sitting, once a week. They will avoid fruit, except for berries, count carbs, count every calorie, and make 6-pack abs a priority. They don’t get enough nutrients (since they aren’t eating a well-rounded diet) so they get their energy from pre-workout powders or energy drinks (which are not regulated, increase heart rate, and can contain harmful chemicals).
You don’t want nutrition advise from trainers like these! They may look good, but they feel like crap (and can’t poop without fiber supplements). Many of these supposedly fit folks end up with heart attacks at an early age. A lot of them take steroids too.
The fitness trainers that want to look good, be fit, AND understand the importance of a healthy body and mind, focus on eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds, proteins, grains (if tolerated), have wine or beer every now and then, don’t typically count calories, but keep an eye on portion size, and enjoy a meal out with friends every now and then. These are the trainers you want to work with, and get advice from.
I want to look good, but I make my health a priority. I don’t eat the same foods every day, my meals must taste yummy, and I rarely have cheat meals (which just makes me feel terrible).
People still get confused as to what is healthy, and what would be tasty well-rounded meals, so I decided to write down what I ate yesterday with an explanation on why I chose those ingredients.
Vanilla iced chocolate coffee:
1 level tablespoon Truvani vegan vanilla protein powder, ¼ cup cold coffee, 1 cup filtered water, ¼ cup ice, 1 level tablespoon of cocoa powder all blended for 10 seconds.
Why: When I get up in the morning, I’m usually really hungry, but I save my breakfast as my pre-workout mini meal about 30 minutes prior to exercising. This drink has very few calories, but tides me over for about an hour or two.
Breakfast: fruit smoothie with one frozen banana, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, ¼ cup collagen protein powder, 1 heaping tablespoon of acai powder, 1 heaping tablespoon of Truvani vegan vanilla protein powder.
Why: Drinking a fruit smoothie satisfies my sugar cravings, provides hydration and just enough energy without too many calories to get me through a 60-90 minute grueling exercise session.
Lunch: 3 ounces baked pork loin with spices and herbs served with sautéed onions, cabbage, and shredded carrots
Why: Pork loin is a lean protein and simple to make. The cabbage, onions and carrots provide nutrition and fiber.
Snack: one kiwi, handful of almonds, 3 ounces of leftover rotisserie chicken.
Why: It’s best to eat every 2-3 hours to prevent metabolism from slowing and binging later on. I pair every meal with protein, healthy carbs (like the kiwi), and some healthy fat (almonds). Combining protein, carbs and a little bit of fat will make you fuller longer.
Dinner: Crockpot chicken breast with honey-lemon garlic sauce, water chestnuts, with cauliflower rice, and two figs on the side.
Why: Chicken breast meat has less fat than chicken thighs or legs. I don’t have to add oil when cooking in a crockpot. The cauliflower rice is low in carbs and calories and is a good source of fiber. The figs are the healthy carbs, which help with sleep and satiety.
Being healthy, happy, eating delicious meals, and having a healthy bodyfat percentage is definitely doable; I’m living proof.
Photo: Melanie and I are both certified fitness trainers (she’s on my right). Check out her meals at Mel’s Naturals