Sane Eating, Made Simple

Jun 3, 2013   //   by Susan Harrell   //   Cooking For Endurance Athletes  //  5 Comments  //  Affiliate Disclosure  

Simple Rules For A Better Diet

How many times do we all go endurance sport forums asking the same questions about what to eat, how to eat, etc. etc. etc. While researching countless magazines and reading article after article? We always seem to be looking for that perfect diet and the perfect way to eat.

Well, it’s actually pretty simple if we keep to a few rules.

Eat less meat: less animal products, especially red meat.

Eat less refined carbohydrates: such as white bread and white rice.

Eat less junk food: cookies, soda, snacks, chips, crackers, candy.

Getting the idea…?

Eat more fruits and vegetables: a lot more. Leafy greens, berries, legumes and whole grains.

Eat less processed foods: basically food of convenience.

The goal is not necessarily to cut back a lot of calories, but it will probably happen. The goal is not to cut back on fat, you’ll probably actually eat more. You’ll probably even save money because you are buying fresher ingredients – hopefully from your local farmers market!

Your goal is to eat less animal product, less refined carbohydrates, junk food and processed foods. Your goal is to eat food, as close to it’s original state as possible.

It really is that simple!

About The Author

Susan is a classically trained chef with a bachelors degree in Culinary Management from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and also received further dietary culinary training while at The Hilton Head Health Institute. Susan is also certified as a Sports Nutritionist, Personal Fitness Chef and Personal Trainer. She started My Cuisine Coach and Healthy Meal Coach as way to help people learn how to cook healthy and great tasting food!!

 

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  • I agree entirely on eliminating processed foods. However, are you advocating cutting down on animal products from a conscientious perspective? On a dietary basis I find that advice a little odd to say the least. Surely, from a purely dietry point of view, meat is about as natural as you can get (concientious objections aside). Where is the extra fat you speak of coming from? TIA. :)

  • I love the simplicity of this. Although, I will say that about once a month my body screams “I need a cheeseburger!”

  • Not sure I agree with the broad statement to cut down on animal products, unless you’re getting too much protein. I believe we need to eat more organ meats and not concentrate so much on muscle meats – organs are a great source of vitamins and minerals IMHO.

  • Yes, could Susan please reply a reference for that recommendation to eat less meat/animal products/red meat?

  • It’s not about the protein, it’s more about making healthy food choices for yourself and for the environment. Yes, offal meat is good. I eat it. I still eat red meat, just not as much. I still eat other animal products too. However, I do eat more vegetarian now. Again, it’s about making smarter and healthier food choices. Here are two.

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2012/June/cutting-red-meat-for-a-longer-life

    http://phys.org/news/2013-02-meat-benefit-nutrient.html

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