The biggest challenge we face every single day is finding the time to cook a good, healthy meal and go for a work out at least four to five times a week. We are all very busy and sometimes it feels really difficult to stay healthy and in shape at the same time as fulfilling all our other commitments. Added to these challenges are two common enemies that prevent us from losing weight and looking good in our skinny jeans or bikinis during the summertime.
The two biggest enemies are chemicals and calories. Let’s face it; just by walking past the Starbucks –sometimes without even drinking the coffee — we feel we have put on an additional pound or two. The foods we eat are so laden with fat cells and chemicals that we find it almost impossible to eat healthily, get the nutrition we want, and at the same time go on enjoying life.
Just imagine for a second if you could eat foods that not only gave you high energy and made you look and feel good, but when it came time to working out, they gaveyou enough energy to workout harder for fewer times a week. That would be great, wouldn’t it?
There are three power foods that you must include in your diet every single week. By adding these power foods,they will not only give you the energy you need, but will help you feel fuller, and give you more energy during any workouts you may have in your schedule.
The first power food is red beans. And no, I’m not talking about the kind of beans you would find at the Taco Bell or your local Mexican store. I’m talking about pure, natural red beans you can find at your local Whole Foods or your nearest supermarket. Now, red beans are a pretty important food source, because when we eat them, somehow our brain makes us believe that we’ve eaten more than we really did, which makes us feel full.
Secondly, red beans help us store less fat. Thirdly, red beans help us increase our testosterone. What that means is, when you’re working out, they give you more energy,which lasts for a greater time period. So,during a workout, you could have more energy for 45 minutes to an hour.
The best tip I can give you is not to buy beans that come in a can, or anything that comes from fast food stores. What you need to buy are pure beans that you can cook and then throw into a pan with some healthy olive oil and spices to fry orbake as part of several other meals.
The second power food is garlic. Yes, we all know the dangers of eating garlic and talking to someone. We don’t want to be the vampire who causes people to run away. But garlic, on the other hand, is very good at helping lower bad or LDL cholesterol while it raises good HDL cholesterol.
The best way to get at the nutrients in garlic is to crush it first. When you do that, it releases certain enzymes and triggers the nutrients you need for more energy. The best way to use garlic in your eating plan for the week is to mix garlic with olive oil, so if you’re frying something at low heat, yousimply add chopped or crushed garlic to the olive oil, or easily add garlic to salad or soup.
The third power food is my favorite: raspberries and strawberries. Strawberries and raspberries have a special ingredient and nutrient that helps reduce inflammation in the body. Imagine going for a boot camp workout during the week and feeling a little tired and sore. Raspberries and strawberries are the best cure for that. Raspberries and strawberries also help fat — they stop fat from being absorbed by the body.
The way I use raspberries to help me with my diet and nutrition plan is in a shake. Every morning I get up and create a shake with raspberries, strawberries, banana and broccoli, mixing them with some almond milk. This shaketakes me five minutes to make. The ingredients in it are sufficient to heal and boost your body,keeping it going throughout the day because you’ve given it the proper nutrients it craves.
I hope you enjoyed learning about these three power foods. Just by adding them intelligently to your workout plan, they will make you feel full and give you the power and energy you need to spend less time at the gym or your boot camp. You’ll know you’ve done the best you can for your body, and it will reward you many times over.