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By LaFrae Sci, Certified Naturally Intense System of Diet & Exercise™ Personal Trainer
Proper diet is essential to maximizing your training results both externally and internally, especially if weight loss and optimum performance are your goals. During your day, and especially as a result of your training sessions, your body sends out the call for fuel and it is up to you to make the proper response. Fortunately one of the distinguishing factors of the Naturally Intense Personal Training Program is that you the client are provided with tailor made dietary guidelines a.k.a. THE DIET. Here are a few thoughts on getting started, staying on track, or getting back on track.
First and foremost READ IT, print it out, hang it on your fridge, or keep it handy on your computer desktop and consult it.
Don't deviate. Will power is one thing however effective planning is always the right answer. The reality is that with about a full week and a half to two weeks of adherence those crazy, craving impulses become dormant, so there is light at the end of the tunnel! Few among us have demonstrated perfect adherence from the beginning, so if deviation occurs just make the right choice at the next meal. Guilt &Hail Mary’s don't not have to be an option.
Missing meals IS deviation, and often the result of a lack of planning. Healthy meal intervals are important (2 - 4hrs). We are all busy & running, but it is important for all of us to pause and ask ourselves, "Do I have time to run into a brick wall today?" If your answer is "NO", why would you plan your day without thinking about your fuel?
Before you prepare your food, you must Go to the grocery Store! When you go, say hello to the produce folks. I have had the experience of having the Fish dude with a cooler full of fish tell me to come back the next morning for the fresh delivery. Inconvenient to my current plan in that moment YES...but good information just the same? Absolutely.
PLANNING IS POWERFUL!!!
It is optimum if we are able to have breakfast within the first hour of waking up in the morning. Now looking forward from this time, ask yourself, "Where will I be 2 - 4 hours from now for meal 2, 3, 4...?", and plan accordingly. This planning can be done at the end of one day, or at the beginning of a new day. It really depends on your schedule.
I myself have an A plan, a B plan, and a Worst case scenario that I would like to share:
*A plan - I cook my food and eat at home, or take it with me in a thermal bag if I am on the go for the day. In the beginning I couldn't cook, and got tired of my food. Over time I have come to LOVE my food. With some focus it is possible to not only make time to cook, but cook a variety of foods and flavors.
*B plan - I buy my meal out. Best bet is always Japanese (sashimi!) Other alternatives are The Pump, and Fuel, and Eva’s which are some places in NYC and the BK that try to lay off the salt and oils (Google their locations). Also, in some restaurants it is sometimes possible to order fish cooked without salt, butter or fried.
*Worse Case: Until I can get to a meal can or pouch of tuna, and grapefruit, or some baby carrots, or a handful of unsalted almonds (or any of those food items marked FREE on the last page of The Diet)
IT IS A PROCESS.
The Diet is a strong determining factor in feeling and especially SEEING your results. With careful planning it is possible to integrate healthy eating, and healthy meal intervals into a super crazy busy lifestyle. I want to invite all reading this article to use the forum as a resource, and a place to share your individual experiences, recipes, or solutions in incorporating The Diet into your life.
Information contained in this article is not meant to treat, diagnose illness, nor substitute for medical counsel and is intended for purposes of information and education only. Consult your physician before modifying your diet or starting any exercise program. Copyright 2009 by Kevin Richardson, Naturally Intense NYC Personal Trainer.
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