Our bodies need fuel in the form of 🥩 protein, 🥖 carbohydrates and good 🧀 fats in order to perform properly.

Much like a vehicle 🚙, the cleaner the fuel, the better our performance. Balancing clean eating with important nutrients is an essential part of a training program.

Clean eating is simply enjoying real food 🥗.  When you surround yourself with real food you’re more likely to receive the vital nutrients and less likely to have to count calories. Clean eating and obtaining those nutrients is critical to maximizing your fitness results.

When you eat whole grains, vegetables, 🥝 fruits and beans you get a healthy dose of carbohydrates to fuel ⛽ your muscles 💪.

Protein is known as the building block of life 🆒. Protein helps repair cells and create new ones. Meat, seafood or plant-based proteins such as tofu or tempeh, provide a complete protein that builds muscle. Muscles help your body absorb glucose from your blood which helps protect you against diabetes.

Fat sounds like a bad word in a healthy lifestyle, but your body needs fat to help absorb the fat soluble vitamins, like Vitamins A, D, E and K. Fat also serves as an insulator and keeps your body warm. Trans-fats are the kind of fats that should be avoided 🚫. You should look for your healthy fats in avocados, nuts, wild-caught sustainable fish, olive and coconut oils and free-range animal products like butter, cheese 🧀 and yogurt.

Changing your relationship with food gives you control over what you put in your body and simply eating more real foods helps maximize performance while keeping cancer, diabetes and heart disease at bay. 👍 It’s a win-win. 👍

Check this link out if you’d like help getting started:  http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/the-beginners-guide-to-clean-eating/

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