SUPPLEMENTS!

What supplements should I take? A question that I get asked so often, and to be honest, it drives me crazy! I’ll be honest, I went through a phase where my training and nutrition was shit and I purchased supplements like fat burners and protein shakes, because I thought I would get my results quicker. The outcome, no results because I still had didn’t have my training and nutrition down pat!

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It took a while to learn (and everyone around you can give you the tools, but unless YOU use them, they don’t work!) but I couldn’t rely on taking fat burners and protein shakes or whatever because I wasn’t CONSISTENT in what I was eating or how I was training. I would crash diet, for only a week at a time and get frustrated that ‘nothing worked’ and then go on a food bender for a few days, until I felt horrible and would go on a crazy strict diet again. That cycle went on for years! I felt horrible, my weight was not where I wanted it to be and I was cranky and frustrated!

Eventually, through more experience and doing nutrition courses and stuff, I learnt that small changes needed to occur, I needed to make those changes HABITS and see this whole eating healthy thing as an actual lifestyle and not just a short term 8, 10, 12 week challenges that would be over and see me being strict and looking forward to the end of the challenge to just eat everything.

So back to the initial question, what supplements should I take? My answer, for normal, everyday people who train 3-5 times a week and eat a balanced diet, NONE! If you are only eating 3 meals a day and only 1 meal of those contains veggies…… Up it to 5 small meals a day, eat more veggies, meat and fruit and get your nutrients from REAL FOOD! Why would you want to put stuff made in a factory artificially instead of getting your nutrients from actual food? I have heard people say before ‘oh I can’t eat this fruit or veg because of the sugar contents so I’ll just have this tablet that has those same nutrients in it!’ It just makes no sense!

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Occasionally supplements can be a good thing, you might be low in certain vitamins and your body doesn’t absorb nutrients the way it should. Or you need extra Vitamin C in Winter time, or you can’t stomach breakfast so a protein shake in the morning is better than nothing. Elite Athletes take supplements because they train 5 million hours a week and could not possibly replenish themselves by just eating food alone.

For normal everyday people, who are thinking about spending hundreds of dollars (they often cost lots of money) on supplements. Keep a food diary for a day (be honest about what you actually eat!) and work out whether you could substitute your muesli bar or piece of cake as a snack to some fruit or veggie sticks with some chobani dip (they have amazing flavours and they’re high protein), Greek Yoghurt or some tuna and salad with some crackers. Do that, and I can guarantee you will feel better, start dropping fat and save a lot of money in the process.

COOL FOOD IDEA

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Yesterday in Coles I found Turkey Rissoles- Yes they aren’t COMPLETELY ‘clean’ But they are quick and easy and pretty good compared to some of the other stuff out there.

I bought some spinach in a bag, also a bag of coleslaw. Mix a bit of both of those together SMALL AMOUNT of mayo, 2 Rissoles broken up over the top. Food is ready! Fast, Easy, Effective. Love it!

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Eating Healthy On Holidays

Hi everyone! Long time, no post, I know! Things have been kind of hectic. But the good news is, the experiences have given me tons of things to write about. I was studying, which stressed me out HEAPS, but also taught me a lot. I’ve been reading up on some health and fitness stuff and have some exciting things coming up, so watch this space for things like our new Website, Info Packages, Group Sessions and Other cool promos! All will be coming VERY SOON! We also went travelling over east for a few days, which was great fun and very relaxing and refreshing, but I also felt super bloated and gross, over the first few days.

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SO how did I combat feeling so gross and bloated????

-I drank LOTS OF WATER! I find the plane dehydrates me, a lot! So I ensured I had a massive drink bottle ready to go. It’s pretty difficult to get lots of water on the plane and it’s a long time to go, with only a small amount of water. Big water bottles are where it’s at!

-I also took a probiotic! Good gut health is super important! Regardless of if you are at home or away. I eat Greek Yoghurt at home and lots of green veggies. While on holidays, I find it tricky to eat yoghurt on the run, and the yoghurts available at cafes, aren’t usually the cleanest going around. So probiotics are a good option!

-I went for meals that didn’t involve chips! I only ate chips one time in 6 days. Considering we ate out at every meal, it was a good effort. We found a cool takeaway salad place in the shopping centre right near where we stayed. Quick, easy, healthy food made staying on track easier.

-Order the vegetarian Breakfast! Getting extra veggies in at any chance is a good idea wherever you are! The vegetarian breakfast usually comes with: mushrooms, tomato, avocado and spinach. All those veggies consumed at breakfast time is a great head start to your day! SIDENOTE: I’m NOT a Vegetarian, I love my steak!!!!! But I find this is a great option if you are trying to eat more veggies in your day.

-Don’t get too hungry!!!!! Keep snacks in your bag! If you aren’t starving by the time you’re ordering your next meal, chances are you won’t make any hasty, my eyes are too big for my belly menu decisions.

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-Last but not least….. We drank green smoothies! I am not a massive smoothie drinker! Particularly when it’s the colour of Kermit the Frog! BUT!!!!! Coconut Water, Spinach, Pineapple, Mango and Chia Seeds are a winning combo, which de-bloated, re-hydrated and calmed my stomach! It even tasted nice (D’Arcy even consumed a green smoothie!) Word of warning!!! When ordering smoothies, be careful of the ones that contain juice and yoghurt or other ingredients that are deemed ‘healthy’ but can contain lots of added sugar!

SO there are my eating healthy travel tips. They actually worked! I came home feeling better than I have any other holiday before! Would love to hear any other suggestions! Remember watch this space for the next few weeks. We got some exciting stuff coming up!

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