Over the past two years, eating healthy and working out has turned into a lifestyle. Many people tend to ask what my diet consists of and how I got to the point of getting use to clean eating. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sweets and have cheat meals twice a week, but fueling my body with nutrients is most important. When I got really serious about working out is when the whole process clicked. I now know that it’s critical to intake protein, complex carbohydrates, green vegetables, and healthy fats to keep my muscles growing. Today I wanted to share what items are on the top of my list when going to the grocery store and why these foods are beneficial.
Protein: Protein is key for your body’s growth, maintenance and repair of all cells. Taking in a sufficient amount of protein will aid in maintaining and building muscle when exercising. Proteins I like to eat are lean ground turkey, chicken, egg whites, shrimp, lean ground beef, and protein powder.
Complex Carbohydrates: Complex carbohydrates act as the body’s fuel and contribute to energy production. The complex chemical structure means these carbohydrates take a little longer to digest and don’t raise blood sugar levels as rapidly as compared to simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates I like to eat are sweet potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, and quinoa.
Healthy Fats:Healthy fats keep your body feeling full and satisfied. Incorporating healthy fats, such as coconut oil, into your diet may actually help your body reduce fat since the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil get processed like a carbohydrate (energy), instead of storing it. I mainly use coconut oil in my diet, however also like to eat almonds, almond butter and avocado for healthy fat sources.
Green Vegetables: Dark green vegetables are a great source of nutrition, vitamins and minerals. Most green vegetables are rich in iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Depending on which ones you choose, you could also get plenty of vitamins K,C,E, and B. Some of my favorites are broccoli, spinach, kale, and green beans.
Berries: Berries are rich in antioxidants and fiber. Antioxidants are believed to help prevent tissue damage and even some age-related illnesses. Fiber of course helps regulate your insides, but it can also help keep cholesterol low. Some of my favorites are blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries.
Before making a trip to the grocery store, I make sure to have a written out list of all my needs for the week. If something isn’t on my list, I try to avoid buying it. This helps a lot with self-control on goodies that fill grocery stores shelves. Prepping meals ahead of time keeps me on track throughout the week and focused on my diet. Hence all the Tupperware in my cart specifically for meal prep.