Eating Clean and Performance Eating…

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Question: I didn’t really understand what you mean when you say to eat clean. Is it not to eat fast food from a burger or pizza place? Does it mean to eat just chicken and broccoli? What are we talking about? I am trying to eat better but I need clearer guidelines to do this .Summer is coming and I need to get some weight off this body.
Answer: You’re exactly right, summer is coming and the unusually warm weather we have enjoyed recently gives us a taste of what’s to come. To be ready for it, you will have to eat “clean”. A better phrase, which we use at Body Unlimited, is “Performance Eating”. You are also correct in your conclusion that eating food from fast-food establishments is off the list with a few exceptions. Though the Egg McMuffin is a healthier choice than a biscuit it is no longer the best fast food choice for breakfast. Subway breakfast uses egg whites on English muffins or whole wheat flatbread. This one is the healthiest choice available now. Chick-Fil-A has the grilled chicken strips on a good salad for lunch. Be stingy using the dressing though.
Eating for performance, or to lose accumulated body fat, is more than that though. You have to forget about white bread, preferably use brown rice and avoid sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
High Performance Eating goes even further than that though. There are no crackers or cold, milk drenched cereals, no pasta, very restricted bread consumption and avoid all processed foods and fried foods when ever possible. Some of you may being thinking, well, what do I eat? To be your best you have to cook and plan. Many will say that they don’t have time. If you want it badly enough you will make time. It’s that simple. Not every day will go as planned with your food, just make it as close to good every day as possible. Consistency over time will make the difference.
While it is true that you will be eating lean meats like chicken, fish, lean beef, turkey and even venison and eating vegetables by the pound they are not the only things you get to eat. Fruits like local strawberries as they come in season, cantaloupe, blueberries, blackberries, plums, apples and even watermelon this summer are all fine. They are fresh, full of nutritional value and great tasting. Bread is allowed but only the whole wheat or Ezekiel bread in limited quantities. Almond butter or natural peanut butter are good choices for fat sources as are a variety of other raw nuts in limited amounts. The type that are roasted and flavored are not such good choices. Green beans, spinach, green leaf lattice, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, celery, asparagus, broccoli, field peas and black beans are just some of the vegetables that enhance performance and fat loss. Is it OK to eat out? Sure you can but only once or twice a week. Cook food in advance and plan to take food with you whenever possible to prevent you from getting hungry and eaten junk.
Performance Eating can be challenging, especially at first, but it is worth the effort making you feel and look better.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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