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Nutritional Cooking

The Importance of Nutrition

Another complimentary service I offer as part of my bespoke service is ongoing nutritional advice and guidance. 

 

It does not matter how hard you exercise.  If you do not eat nutritionally balanced meals to work alongside your exercise you will struggle to reach your health and fitness goals.  As your personal trainer I will guide you through all of this by reviewing your individual goals and steering you in the right direction.

 

To achieve and maintain optimal health, as well as enable growth and repair, our body requires a combination of energy and raw materials.  It is the raw materials, in particular food and water that allows us to obtain both good health and effective results from our physical activities.  Fueling our body requires good nutrition; knowing what nutrients are and eating a good variety of nutrients.

 

Nutrient Groups

 

A balanced diet* requires adequate water intake, as well as the consumption of food in varying amounts from the following five nutrient groups:
 

  • Carbohydrates – function and fuel for the body

  • Protein – growth and repair 

  • Fats (lipids) – major source of energy and helps body absorb vitamins

  • Vitamins – growth and metabolism, immune system, organ function

  • Minerals – necessary for structure and for normal regulation of metabolic, hormonal and nervous interactions in the body
     

Not difficult to understand, therefore, why we need to ensure all the above nutrients are incorporated into each of our daily meals at varying levels.  Try to eat more whole foods taken from its natural source such as the trees or the ground and avoid processed foods as much as possible.  Processed foods have been changed from its natural state and can be high in added sugars, low in fibre and whole grains and high in hydrogenated fats (trans fats).

 

* Diet = refer’s to an individual’s current eating pattern

 

Herewith, a breakdown providing some examples of what foods to avoid, as well as try to include:

 * Try to Avoid - breakfast cereals, alcohol, takeaway food, low fat foods, margarines & spreads, white bread & pasta, soft drinks, crisps, chocolate,
    sweets, cakes, biscuits.

 * Try to Include - porridge oats, water, lean fresh meat/poultry, full fat milk or yoghurt, butter, wholemeal bread & pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables,
    nuts and seeds, fish (including oily), sweet potato, quinoa

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