With spring break and summer around the corner, I know many of you will have questions about nutrition. I’m going to be blunt here and just say there probably isn’t much information about nutrition I can give you that’s going to make you more successful with it. We all know how to eat healthy; the hard part is doing it!
When it comes to nutrition, I believe it is critical to remember that we are only one meal away from getting back on track.
Planning the day: People who are successful in improving their nutrition have a plan for what they are going to eat for the day. Every bite of food does not need to be prepackaged in Tupperware on a daily basis, but you do need a strategy. For example, I'm going to have 1 packet of Quaker protein oats for breakfast. For a snack, I'll have whatever protein or snack bar I have at the gym, and for lunch, I’m having leftovers from the night before. For dinner, we are cooking something from our Sunday grocery shop. Rinse and repeat, and you will have healthy and mindful eating throughout the week.
Don’t let yourself get hungry: I hope by now we’ve taught all of you that you need to be in a calorie deficit to lose weight. Maybe weight loss isn’t your goal, but you want to eat to fuel your training better. Either way, not eating until you are starving is a bad strategy. It can lead to overeating or poor nutritional choices. So, my strategy is keeping snacks "on deck". Travel with protein bars, shakes, fruits, yogurt, etc. Bring snacks literally everywhere.