So I am in the alpha round (month 1) which is the phase that really builds up your endurance. My workouts consist of cardio, total body resistance (body weight), lower focus, speed and agility, and an ab intervals one! I love the efficiency of them and that they are all 25 minutes a day! But since they are short, they get TOUGH! It’s definately a mind over matter at times!
OK! So I will talk more on the workouts in a different post, but for this round I am following the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan with some of the T25 recipes!! I adore the T25 5 day fast track and plan to do it next week to really get in line before month 2!
Healthy Tip today: Pair a lean protein with a complex carb.
I’ve always looked at food as getting to eat delicious things. I LOVE food but I’ve needed to shift my focus though and think of food as fuel, because in reality that is what food is. It is the fuel that your body runs on. When you think about food in that sense, it makes it easier to make better choices. Does that mean it can’t be tasty too? Not at all, but it is important to remember WHY we make healthy choices with our food and don’t just eat all the crap that’s available to us!
It makes sense that our health is 80% driven by what we eat because it’s the fuel that keeps our body going. In order to fuel your body in the best way, always pair a lean protein with a complex carb at every meal.
WHY pair lean protein with complex carbs?
Successful eating isn’t about starving yourself or depriving yourself, it’s about eating the right foods to fuel your body!
The combination of complex carbs and lean proteins in our bodies actually slows the carb to fat conversion process. This means that we use more of what we’re eating for fuel instead of turning it into fat. This combination also keeps blood sugar levels steady and keeps us feeling full longer until our next meal/snack.
When I first started this, I had NO idea what a “complex carb” or a “lean protein” was. I thought this was going to be quite a process. Turns out that it’s not, it’s actually super simple.
Complex Carbs: things like fruits, veggies, and whole grains. They provide us with fiber, which also helps improve digestion and helps us stay fuller, longer.
Lean Proteins: things like beans, eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, nuts, seeds. They provide us with energy and fuel.
Try to eat every 2-3 hours and include lean protein and complex carbs with each meal, including your snacks.
Here’s a snack I am excited about this week!! PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BARS!!
Recipe for 8 bars (each bar is 1/2 red, 1/2 yellow, and 1/2 blue)
4 scoops chocolate shakeology
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Place Shakeology and oats in a food processor and blend for 30 seconds
- Add peanut butter and almond milk and blend for 30 more seconds or until smooth mixture forms
- Spread mixture in 8×8 pan and place in fridge for 2 hours
- Cut and Enjoy!