Exercise and Bad Diets #Incompatible

good and bad diet

A bad diet starts here: You can’t put bad gas into a new car and expect it to perform at optimal performance. Well, neither can you when it comes to putting bad food in your body. Just because it fills up your stomach doesn’t mean its not also filling up your fat stores too. To get the best out of yourself, think of food as fuel. Fuel your body the way your body craves to be fed. If it makes you feel like junk, toss it, because if you eat it, its going in the ‘trunk’! To get back in the shape you once were, or maybe never were, it all starts with a decision. Think nutrition first. Cramming numerous hours in the gym will have no empowering results on your shape unless you are feeding yourself properly. Think fruits, raw or steamed vegetables, healthy fats (avocado, almonds & olive oil), proteins (chicken, eggs, turkey & fish), Greek-style yogurts and whole grains. When you shop, think the outside walls of the supermarket. Avoid the center areas. Anything that comes in a box, think twice. The less non-processed foods the better!

To help you out here is a shopping list of foods that promote healthy bodies, metabolism and good weight regulation!

GRAINS AND PROTEIN IN THE PANTRY
  • brown rice
  • quinoa (also a protein source)
  • millet
  • soba noodles (also a protein source)
  • tahini
  • tempeh
  • black beans
  • cannelini beans
  • pinto beans
  • lentils
  • chickpeas
  • raw almonds
  • raw cashews
  • sunflower seeds
  • walnuts
  • almond butter
VEGGIES/HERBS
  • kale
  • lettuces
  • onions
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • tomatoes (plum and grape)
  • various other vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, fennel, whatever you like)
CONDIMENTS/FLAVORINGS
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • sesame oil
  • black pepper
  • grey celtic/pink himalayan salt
  • hot sauce
  • turmeric
  • cayenne
  • gomasio
  • cinnamon
  • red pepper flakes
  • maple syrup
  • tamari (instead of soy sauce)
  • stevia
  • dijon mustard
  • apple cider vinegar
  • red wine vinegar
  • miso
FRUITS
  • lemons
  • avocado
  • apples
  • bananas
  • varied other fruits (berries, melon, mango, grapes)
SNACKS/OTHER
  • hummus
  • ezekiel bread, ezekiel tortillas
  • raw chocolate (try Gnosis or Nibmor, my faves!)
  • coconut ice cream (try So Delicious brand)
  • quinoa & black bean tortilla chips (Trader Joe’s)
  • pretzels (Mary’s Gone Crackers Sticks & Twigs)
  • popcorn (go for FRESH-popped on the stove)
  • Amy’s frozen burritos
  • Daiya dairy-free pepperjack cheese shreds
FOR CHILDREN
  • frozen fruit for smoothies
  • Bell and Evans chicken nuggets
  • Dr. Praeger’s Littles
  • Eden Organic Pizza Sauce
  • Udi’s gluten-free pizza crust
  • bagged frozen vegetables
  • lara bars
  • Amy’s organic canned soups
  • Enjoy Life cookies
BEVERAGES
  • coconut water
  • kombucha (with chia seeds!)
  • herbal teas
  • almond or hemp milk
  • to add into smoothies: gogi berries, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cacao powder, maca powder
If you are including lean protein or eggs, remember that organic, free-range is best, and try to avoid pre-packaged meats.

Monica Lang | Publisher Raised in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. | Has worked in the design and magazine industry for over 12 years | Loves a good cardio workout | Has a passion for helping those looking to make positive life changes | Enjoys time with her family, boating, hiking, kickboxing & golfing.

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