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Eating right, some say is the main staple of your workout. It will however provide you with the necessary nutrients for peak physical performance. It’s true! You are what you eat! And when it comes to working out, having a proper diet will help ensure your success. The information I am providing you is scientifically based, but you may find that something else works better for you. Not all eating habits work the same for everyone, and if it sounds to good to be true, well it’s probably just that. I just want to break it down in an easy to digest manner, and give you the best knowledge, so you can make this your own success story.

The Canadian food guide should be your first place to start, and it’s the safest tool I can suggest. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is always a healthy choice. You should include a minimum of 2 or more vegetables and at least one fruit per day. In most cases the more colourful that vegetable or fruit your holding in your hand, the more nutritious it is for you. Some of the best foods are those closest to their natural form as possible, unlike processed food they hold the most nutrients. It’s also best to avoid deep fried, high cholesterol foods, as they can put a strain on your body, and give you a heartache that may never go away.

Try to drink at least one litre of water each day, you can easily become dehydrated even without working out if you don’t intake this minimal amount. However you should drink more as your body under normal conditions loses 2.5 to 3 litres per day, and that’s 10-12 glasses of water!

Now for some quick do’s and don’ts: Don’t skip breakfast, the old saying is true, I know it may sound corny, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Do try to include 3 or 4 of the food groups from the canadian food guide with each meal. Don’t over consume alcohol if you drink it (if possible) Red wine is loaded with vitamin C and could be considered the least harmful of boozey beverages. Do try and make your lunch the biggest meal of the day, when you get hungry in the afternoon, the chances are its because you never ate enough at lunch. Don’t think honey is a better sweetener then sugar, your body views simple sugars the same way no matter where they come from, honey does have some extra nutrients, but it comes with the same price as sugar, you can find these nutrients in less costly places, so just let it be a choice of preference. Do snack in between meals, try to stick toward low-fat foods like fruits and vegetables or whole wheat crackers or bran muffins. 

60% of your diet should come from carbohydrates, which are: Starch, sugar and fibre.

12-20% of your diet should come from fats, but stick to the good kinds: Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated (aka Omega-3).

12-20% of your diet should come from protein, contrary to popular belief, increasing your protein intake like many magazines and certain products suggest won't necessarily increase your body’s ability to build muscle, in fact this overload in protein can turn to fat, and that in turn is bad for your heart. 

In my next article I will explain using nutritional supplements and unleash the truth about these popular myths. Not only will it save you money, it could help your health as well.

Stay tuned and make sure to come back next week.

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