7 Tips For Changing your Food Choices

I am not fond of using the word diet because to me it has a negative connotation. Not that we should just eat what we feel like eating, but the word diet to me is synonymous to starvation, extreme hunger, and food restrictions.

Rather than use the term diet I make use of the term food choices.

Positive Food Choices

Considering the number of hours tri-athletes spend training, they actually have to ability to make negative food choices than a regular person who lives an inactive lifestyle, but it is always beneficial to make more positive food choices than negative ones.

At this point we already know how to make food choices, which usually entails choosing vegetables, low sugar, whole grains, and protein rich food, over fatty and processed foods. Typically, using one’s common sense seems to work well for most.

Make the Right Decisions

Sad to say, some tri-athletes do not make very good food choices and they often end up eating the same kind of foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. Yes, these are healthy foods but sometimes adding a variety to the food that you eat can be helpful. Let me share some of the secrets in making food choices that I have learned over the years, which have helped me stay in good shape and keep my body fuelled.

My 7 Tips Are:

1. A good number of people eat more vegetables at night, while loading the breakfast and lunch with fruits. It might be a good to incorporate more vegetables early in the day by adding it to scrambled eggs. Left over veggies like broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, and peppers will work well with scrambled eggs. However, you can also choose to munch some low sugar veggies or drink a fruit drink instead.

2. You can do a lot with avocados. We have been taught that avocados are excellent sources of good fat and good fat is beneficial. Therefore, apart from using it for guacamole, add avocados to your fruit salad, scrambled eggs and in any other dish that you can think of. Avocado sandwich perhaps?

3. Make sure to add some lean protein in every meal that you eat. You can add protein powder to your fruit drink, shake or smoothie. By adding eggs in the morning, you are incorporating protein in your breakfast. If you love to eat oatmeal, you can load this up with protein by adding 1 egg white, which does not only boost the protein content but it also improves the taste [in my opinion].

4. Do not stick to one kind of grain for your diet. Barley, millet, and quinoa are just some grain varieties. Try cooking a cup of each grain and have it for a few days and then shift to another once you feel like eating something different. You can also use barley together with sautéed vegetables. Quinoa goes very well with maple syrup and banana.

5. The earlier you eat breakfast, the better. While you sleep your body is actually fasting, break the fast by eating your morning meal and kick start your metabolism. If you are planning to go on a swim in the morning, eat a light breakfast like toast and some almond butter or a smoothie.

6. Do not forget to snack. Trail mixes are excellent snack foods because of the variety of its contents. Some mixes have nuts while others may contain some dry fruits as well. When you feel hungry, instead of going after those chips, go for the trail mixes.

7. Food in the car can always come in handy. A trail bar or 2 can help you get back in the mood when something goes wrong during the day. This is better than hitting a fast food chain and loading up on calories and fat.

Those are just some of the things I have learned while training to become a better athlete, and by making better food choices.

The point is adding a variety to your regular diet and experiment with foods that will make you healthier and provide more fuel.

To get the most out of what you eat, you need to figure out what kind of food will suit you best.

Good Luck!

Terry

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