Tip of the Day: Nutrition

Whatever your fitness goals may be – weight loss, health, performance – exercise is only half the formula, diet is the other half.

  • Carbohydrates: ‘Everything you see I owe to spaghetti’ (Sofia Loren)

The gorgeous Sofia was referring to her voluptuous curves, rather than her athletic performance, but nonetheless…carbohydrates are an important part of your diet. They have gotten a bad rap over the past few years though. The thing to keep in mind is that not all carbs area created equal! So the type of carb you eat is important. Try eating low glycaemic load carbs (GL), instead of the high-sugar, fast-releasing, white, processed stuff.

  • Protein: The fundamental building blocks of our bodies, especially our muscles!

Whether you are carnivorous like me, or a herbivore, there is protein for you: meats, eggs, dairy, pulses, beans, tofu etc. Try and have a little protein at every meal, but make it lean or low-fat.

  • Fats: Most people think fats: ‘Ah, bad!’ But there are good fats too.

These are very important for keeping our bodies functioning at their best (and looking good!). Olive oil, oily fish, avos, nuts…don’t cut these out of your diet.

  • Antioxidants: They absorb the free radicals in our bodies which age us and make us sick.

Fruit and veg can be good sources of antioxidants, as well as of vitamins and minerals, so include these in your diet daily. Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants too.

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