This is one of the biggest principals in fitness. You simply cannot out train a bad diet. Does this mean you can't have junk food ever again? Absolutley not! You can but do so in moderation. Success in health and wellness is 80% eating and supplementation and 20% exercise. While my favorite part is working out because of the stress releif that comes with it, I also realize that eating healthy and supplementation is super important. I enjoy what the exercise does for my mind and body to make me feel great, every single day no matter what comes up in my life.
Personally I do not beleive in "diet." I am a firm beleiver in a lifestyle of healthy eating. However, if a diet works for you - fantastic. I won't deny anyone that. Just know that when I am writing about healthy eating I will deny diets and will only promote lifestyle because that is what works for me.
I am an intuitive eater. This means I eat according to my nutrient needs. I do carb cycle but that just means I lower my carbohydrates according to my energy needs. Actually all my food is based on my body's needs for protein, healthy carbohydrates, healthy fats and vitamins and minerals. This is it in a nutshell. If you need a great app for counting your proteins, carbs, fats and vitamins and minerals myfitnesspal is excellent for this. I even utilize it from time to time to make sure I am on track.
Meal prepping is super important. I meal prep on Sunday and eat my lunch and dinners throughout the week. I am 100% sure of what I am eating and no need to worry about what my nutrient needs are at the time because it was all done for me on Sunday. Some great meal prep recipes can be found here: www.wellplated.com, www.skinnytaste.com, and www.sweetpeasandsaffron.com.
Part of my kitchen plan is my supplementation. This is super important and another component of your fitness. Here are important supplements and I what I currently take. Please note that I will be writing a blog post about each of these items individually at a later date.
Detox: Hot lemon water first thing in the morning every single day.
Pre-workout: This is what gets me out of bed in the morning, just saying. I cycle off one week of Mesomorph and one week of Limitless. These are very powerful pre-workouts but because of the type of workout goals I have going on now I need this. I will discuss other pre-workouts.
Intra-workout: this gives you extra energy and helps to build that muscle. It also helps to aleivate DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) because it works to help re-build the muscle tears quicker than without this. I take Xtend Scivation
Protein: You need to consume protein within 30 minutes of working out to help rebuild the muscle, this also helps with DOMS. Recent research has taught me that the body can only absorb 19-20 grams of protein per hour. I now take a blended whey that digests a little slower than a straight whey. This also keeps you full longer. I drink Rule 1 Blended Whey.
Supplements: I take a multi-vitamin and to me the one I am taking now is a game changer. It is super powerful and I feel great taking it. It is FinaFlex Active Multi for men and women.
I also take a probiotic and hair, skin and nails vitamin.