The world of nutrition is not only vast, but constantly changing as more research and studies are carried out.
I mean from Gogi Berries being the best thing since sliced bread, to the debate over coconut oil, to the controversial yo-yo debate of gluten; finding a meal plan that not only works for you, but is also affordable, manageable, AND time friendly seems like nothing short of a miracle!
Plus if we add in the TIME factor associated with food – when to eat certain things, and at what time, well that is just a whole other level.
So my plan is to add some graphics that I’ve researched and/or created over time so we can gain some confidence with our meal plans – because let’s be honest – it really shouldn’t be stressful to fuel our bodies.
*When in doubt follow these three rules:
- always eat a breakfast filled with lean proteins, carbs and vegetables
- always refuel your body within 1 hour of working out
- if it’s colourful, it’s usually healthier (fruit and veg!)
*Bonus one: an apple in the morning is worth it’s weight in gold, an apple in the afternoon is worth it’s weight in silver, an apple in the evening is worth it’s weight in bronze. IE: eat carbohydrates (fruits, and sugars) before the afternoon for them to be used more readily by the body as fuel.
And better yet: depriving your body of food in the hopes of losing weight is counter-productive.
Think of your body as an infant; we have to teach it how to metabolise and create fuel from the food we give it.
So if you feed it consistently, it’ll be happy and quickly learn how to feed itself without your help ie: your metabolism will work well, digesting food appropriately and converting it into energy and not storing it as fat
But if you feed it sporadically and a variety of non-real food things, it won’t have any idea what to do with what you’re giving it, and will not be able to work properly!
Choose a variety of colour foods to fuel your body consistently, especially at breakfast and after a workout in order to achieve maximum results!