how to eat like a personal trainer

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As a personal trainer, people trust you like their seeing eye dog, to help you lead them down the right path to health and wellness. It’s as if I hold the Da Vinci Code of fat loss! While it may not be entirely true that I possess all the long lost answers to a sure fast way to weight loss, it is true that I have been both around the books and the block when it comes to maintaining a healthy body composition.

Since I don’t have the pleasure of training each and every one of you, I’d like to share my answer to my most frequently asked question: “so what do you eat every day?”, as a means of providing you with some sort of foundation from which to build your fat loss platform. These are a few of my favorite things (obviously to the tune of everyone’s favorite Christmas carol):

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Breakfast Go-To’s:

– oatmeal with peanut butter or almond butter, banana and milk.
– cold muesli (or uncooked oats with dried fruit and nuts) with milk
– 2 eggs with sprouted bread, avocado, tomato, onion ( + smoked salmon = me and my boyfriend’s Sunday morning special)

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Lunch Go-To’s:

– salad of chopped veggies and protein (chicken, fish, ground meat for taco salad, eggs)
– trader Joe’s turkey meatballs or chicken sausage with tomato sauce, tomatoes and choice of veggies
– chicken, salmon or tuna salad (from a can, mixed with mustard&balsamic or hummus) with veggies/lettuce
– Greek yogurt with peanut butter or almond butter, frozen berries

Dinner Go-To’s:

– grilled skinless chicken thighs (so much more satisfying and more iron than breast for just a couple grams more of fat!) and sweet potato mash
– shrimp with veggies (my boyfriend’s fav: corn, avocado, cucumber, tomato, onion)
– whole wheat pasta (it must say whole wheat durum flour, preferably from Italy) with grass-fed beef meat sauce
– lean ground turkey shepards pie (turkey, diced zucchini, carrots and onion, ketchup, gravy, garlic seasoning, all-natural mashed potato mix)
– essentially any protein and any veggie combo with either avocado, olive oil, or a bit of butter in there somewhere

Snack Go-To’s:

– veggies and hummus (made with olive oil)
– sprouted bread and peanut butter, almond butter, cheese or avocado.
– hard boiled eggs
– fruit
– Lara bars (or other bars with the simplest ingredient list possible)
– protein shake (made from protein powder sweetened only with stevia)

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So now you know. A typical day of eating in the life of a trainer. Doesn’t sound so bad does it? All about balance, moderation, variety, and enough satisfaction to keep those cravings from caving in on you! Oh, and yes I do obsessively compulsively pack a day’s worth of food to bring to work with me each day so I stay on track with my health and my budget. And thus, I know you can too. what can I say, I’m an optimist 🙂 .

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