Your nutrition is important. (Don’t roll your eyes!) We are all about fitness but healthy nutrition needs to be addressed too.
What’s that you’re eating?
Yes, there, on your plate?
Is it a carb?
Is it a protein?
Is it a fat? Good fat? Bad fat? And, do you even know the difference?
And, why is it important to know, anyway?
All relevant questions … and we hope to debunk and demystify what you put on your plate and into your body … right here … right now – so you can be your best self!
There are many varied answers to that question and most of them are not wrong. In our opinion, if you are thinking about a healthy plate, you are one step in the right direction. It means you are actively aware of what you are putting on your plate and that is always a good place to start on a journey towards your best self.
We are going to keep it simple here but at any time you feel you want to chat to someone to dig a little deeper into your nutrition regime, you can reach out to us as Thrive Fitness Hout Bay as we have connections with a nutrition coach.
What is a carb? Many believe it to be a swear word in that a carb makes you put on weight. Think potatoes, pasta and bread – sure, those aren’t the greatest carbs to be focusing on, but it’s important to remember that we all need a portion of carbohydrates in our diet. Carbohydrates contain glucose which is converted into energy, which our bodies need in order to move around.
The trick is choosing healthy carbs.
What are those?
Think vegetables – lean towards green veggies, sweet potatoes, beans, fruits (pitted if you can) – yes, veggies are carbs!
On the grains side, go for whole grains such as dried oats, brown rice, whole-wheat bread and pasta and quinoa. These are just a few to consider including in your diet.
Proteins are essentially the muscle-building food you need to grow your muscles and keep strong and fit.
The foods you want to be reaching for are lean meats, poultry (chicken) and fish. Dairy is protein too, but consider low-fat varieties and if you’re lactose intolerant, you can try lactose-free products. Other sources of healthy protein are beans, legumes, eggs, seeds and nuts, just to mention a few.
Why do you need fats in your diet, you ask? Good question. Why indeed?
Good fats help your heart, your cholesterol levels and your overall health status. Yes, we’re serious! Fats are good for you!
Without getting too technical, healthy fats are nutrients, much like protein and carbs are, and your body needs them in order to survive.
The types of healthy fats you want to go for are avocados, whole eggs, dark chocolate (oh yes, we said the C word!) nuts, fatty fish such as haddock and extra virgin olive oil. Again, these are just a few.
Rule of thumb is to always go with a fist-full of carbs and proteins, and a thumb-size of fats. So, your plate may look like this:
We realise this is a quick run over what a healthy plate looks like, so we do encourage you to consult a nutritionist or get in touch with us so we can steer you in the right direction.
Remember too, that a healthy diet must be paired with a healthy dose of activity. And, you know we have all that covered right here at Thrive Fitness Hout Bay.
We run a #bestselfchallenge on a regular basis, where we include a nutrition plan and so much more to get you on the road to your best self. Be sure to keep a look out for when our next #bestselfchallenge starts. Or, simply register and book yourself into one of our amazing and variety-filled classes, first class free.
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Be sure to watch out for our other blogs where we will bring you all forms of health tips which will spur you on to greatness, goodness and your best self!
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