Over the past few weeks I have been experimenting with my nutrition. For a while I had been feeling like my energy level was low, I was taking frequent naps during my breaks between clients, and I couldn’t seem to get rid of excess bloat around my midsection. I started reading books about “beauty detox” and even considered going Vegan but realized that would mean giving up fish which is really the only type of protein I eat anyway. So I opted to go back to my Vegetarian roots.
I feel very lucky to have been brought up vegetarian. When my athletic performance started to suffer in my late teens I decided to start forcing myself to eat some meat (not red). This helped me out tremendously as a dancer and helped me to develop some gorgeous lean muscles. As more time went on I slowly introduced chicken and fish into my diet and now fish is pretty much the only protein that I consume. But I was starting to decrease the amount of vegetables and fruits that I consumed.
My lunches used to consist of things like tuna or turkey sandwiches and I would always feel extremely lethargic after eating. So tired that I was taking a nap between clients in the afternoon (even after getting 8+ hrs of sleep each night). I began eliminating the sleepy carbs and protein from my lunches and replaced them with an abundance of vegetables. Now my lunches consist of salads with tons of veggies and avocado or stir fry veggies over brown rice. If I worked out in the morning I will have a protein shake after lunch too. For dinner I have been eating veggies like broccoli or green beans with a lean protein like chicken or salmon.
I have noticed a big difference in my energy levels and abdominal progress since adding more fruits and veggies to my diet. I think it is very important to listen to your body and make adjustments if something just doesn’t feel right. For example: if your stomach burns after you eat a certain food, chances are you may be allergic to an ingredient in that food. So why eat it again? At the end of the day nutrition is common sense.