On a daily basis I get asked nutrition advice... what I eat daily, healthy snacks, what I drink, desserts I enjoy, and unhealthy foods I still may have sometimes. I'm open and willing to share all of this with anyone that asks, and then I ask it in return - what do they eat and drink - because I want to know where they have issues.. do they skip breakfast, do they have soda with every meal, do they only eat one meal a day, do they have trouble snacking in front of the TV, do they eat more processed foods than whole natural foods? When they open up and honestly tell me, it's easy to see what they need to change in order for them to live a healthier lifestyle, lose those last pesky 5 lbs, or take back control in their life. Now, even with my advice, some people won't change, or they try, but it'll take them a few tries in order to make the change permanent.
Now, you could workout all you want, for hours and hours a week, but if your healthy lifestyle doesn't continue in the kitchen, you're not going to see the drastic changes you want, because you can't out train a bad diet. You can't go to McDonald's because you will "work it off" at the gym because it just doesn't work like that!
I figured I'd share here the 5 things I don't eat or drink, that helps me stay fit, strong and healthy.
- SODA - I don't even look or think twice about it. When I was growing up, my mom never gave my brother and I soda. We didn't have our first sip until our grandma was watching us, because doesn't everything you're not allowed to do or have, happen at grandmas? Since then, I would have it once in awhile, and then there was my Mountain Dew kick, and slight obsession, in high school, but once I heard about how terrible Mountain Dew was for you, probably junior or senior year in high school, I cut it out, as well as all other soda, out completely. Sorry but I don't want to drink something that has insane amounts of sugar, and the power to clean rust. No thank you.
- WHITE BREAD - I can't even remember the last time I had white bread... wait, yes I can, and it was my only option while staying out, and it tasted like cardboard. Now I know some trainers and nutritionists don't eat any kind of bread, but I can't cut it out completely. I do love bread, but there are healthier options! I love Ezekiel bread, which you can find either in the freezer section (because it's natural it's better to store it in the freezer because it lasts longer) or by the other bread, in your local natural grocery stores, like Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Fairway. I also don't mind whole wheat, whole grain, or any other grain or nut breads.
- FAST FOOD - I do not eat at any and all of the following places: McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Popeye's, Boston Market, Dunkin Donuts, KFC, Sonic, Subway, Blimpies, White Castle, and the list could go on and on, considering there are over 200 fast food places in the United States alone. The food is made from who knows what, sits there under the light to heat it for who knows how long, and does not make anyone, I don't care who you are, look or feel good. Now that isn't to say that I don't occasionally enjoy Chipotle, Panera, or Salad works, or even a chain restaurant for dinner, but I always make healthy choices while I'm there.
- HOT DOGS - because really... what are they?
- PROCESSED FOODS - Have you ever seen that youtube video of the guy trying to burn a slice of processed cheese with a lighter? There are a ton of these videos, go ahead and search "burning cheese with lighter" and you'll be amazed, or disgusted that the processed cheese DOES NOT MELT. What are we putting into our bodies? How is that okay with you? Not only do I not eat plastic cheese, oh sorry, processed cheese, I try and not to eat as many processed foods as I can. I always, always look at the ingredient list, and try to buy foods that are the most natural, and have the least ingredients, as possible. I want to know what I'm putting into my body at all times, and I want to make sure it's good for me!
Now I know it may seem tough right now to try and cut out all of the above foods and drinks I've listed, but I promise you that if you cut out one, you'll notice a difference in your body and the way you feel, and then you'll be more motivated to cut out another one, and soon you'll have cut out everything on the list. You'll still have plenty of good, whole, natural foods to pick out from, and you'll feel better from the inside, out.
What unhealthy foods have you stopped eating?
What ones are you planning on cutting out now?
Share with me below in the comments!