Top 3 Tips to Staying on Track with Your Nutrition

So many times people find it hard to stay on track with their nutrition (myself included) if you read my post about the Top 5 Fitness Tips you know Support is #1.. yes that is true with Nutrition as well- you have to have some type of support to make sure you stay accountable! But that is not what I am here to tell you… I am here to chat about 3 things that I know if I forget to do each week- I will not stay on track… 

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#1: Meal Plan: You have to set out what you are going to eat each week… even if it is a vague meal plan or its going to change… you have to set yourself up for success!

  • *Make a schedule- breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack: If you follow Clean Eating you know 5-6 small meals a day is whats going to help your metabolism!
  • *Each meal should have a protein or healthy fat and complex carb (fruit or veggie) 
  • *You want to try and keep carbs to the early afternoon (not after 6pm or 3 hours before bed)
  • *You want to try and keep your fruits to before lunch to make sure your body uses those sugars and they don’t just sit in your body in the evening. 
  • *You can find a few of my meal plans here: Whole30 Meal Plan , Vegan Meal Plan, Meal Plan

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#2: Make your List and Grocery Shop: Make your grocery list based off of your meal plan! (Sometimes I grocery shop and then meal plan, only because I know the foods we like and I know what my kids will eat… so if i make something new i have to go to the grocery store just for those items!)

  • *Look at your meal plan and make your list: Produce, Meats, Dairy/Eggs, then the aisle items…
  • *SHOP THE PERIMETER and stay away from the aisles as much as possible! Of course you’ll need your frozen veggies and oils/vinegar for dressings or your nut butters, but do those aisles last and have a plan to attack them! 
  • *Eat before you shop- you are less likely going to stay away from your impulsive buys this way!

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#3: MEAL PREP: Take time each week and prep your foods that are on your list and that you bought!

  • *Wash, Cut, and portion out your fruits and veggies: you’re less likely going to snack on unhealthy foods this way! Easy to grab and ready to eat!
  • *Batch Cook your Chicken/protein for your salads: I make crockpot shredded chicken for the tops of salads, lettuce wraps, or just for the kids to eat. Some people bake their chicken or make salsa/fajita chicken/steak in bulk! 
  • *Make hard boiled eggs for snacks
  • *Portion out your mixed nuts so you can quickly grab with your fruit or veggies!
  • *Make your salads/lunches: I have found that even with working from home- if it is made and easily accessible, I will grab that over something unhealthy. 
  • *Portion everything out or completely make your snacks and lunches. 
  • *You can make simple breakfast muffins too. Egg Muffins or Banana Bread Muffins
  • *Dinners I have found I make simple- Protein, veggies, carb… but if you like soups or fancy- use the crock pot! Put your meal in in the morning before work- and by dinner time its ready… You will not snack and you will be ready to eat dinner by the time it is done!

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These are 3 of my top tips to helping you stay on track each week to set yourself up for success! This is also just a glimpse into what I share with my team and challengers! If you are looking for health and fitness support, message me or fill this form out =) 

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Core de Force Week 1 Nutrition Plan

Core De Force is AMAZING!!!! I am so happy to have been starting this program, it makes me SOOOO excited to wake up and KICK BUTT!!! Are you doing Core de Force? JOIN MY GROUP!

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Ok so- When I went to make my meal plan, as always I had to Calculate my caloric intake which is STEP #1: page 1 in the Book: Your Weight x11= Calorie Starting Point, take your starting point and +400 = Maintenance Calories, then take your Maintenance Calories and -750 to get your TARGET Caloric intake

STEP #2 – Take the number in the last field above and look below to see which nutrition plan you should follow. ( I am following PLAN B @ 1659 calories and Chris will be at PLAN C with 1805 calories)

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STEP #3 – Now that you know your PLAN from above.  Now you can see the number of servings you need per day following the CORE DE FORCE Nutrition Plan. This follows the winning nutrition of 30% Protein / 40% Carbs / 30% fats which have been the fuel behind a lot of successful results.

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You can track your daily nutrition with THIS GUIDE that can be printed for your use!

IMPORTANT Difference with the CORE DE FORCE Nutrition Plan!!

You may have used the INSANITY Max 30 Nutrition Plan or the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan, but this one is a bit different!

Here is the big difference:

The above plan and servings are considered your “BASELINE”. Keep that in mind as we discuss this next part…

On WEEK #2 – Add an extra FRUIT (Purple Container) serving every day

On WEEK #3 – Keep eating the extra FRUIT (Purple) and add an additional HEALTHY FAT (Blue Container) serving every day

On WEEK #4 – Return to your BASELINE serving from the above calculation.

Why this change?

I think it’s brilliant! According to the guide, as the workouts intensify, your body needs more fuel! Gradually increasing your calories with “energy foods” like fruit and health fats keeps your metabolism firing and plateaus stay at bay. When you drop those calories back down in Week 4, your body is primed to accept the deficit, which translates to killer results at the end of the program.

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As we go through this together, I am looking forward to seeing what this change-up will do for us!

What do I Eat?!?! Nikki Kuban Minton’s Meal Plan

Many People ask me what I eat and recently I stopped eating meat (just to try something new and the site of chicken made me ill- don’t know why!) SO with that being said it has been hard for me to get my protein in, but I manage to eat a protein and a complex carb at each meal! I stay consistent with

what I eat, meaning I will eat the same thing for 5-6 days a week and switch the other days up!

A Typical Day For ME:

5:45a Wake up and Workout

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Breakfast: Warm Lemon Water, 1/2 cup of Oatmeal with Cinnamon, a scoop of protein powder and 1/2 cup of almond milk, with an apple, banana, strawberries, or a peach sliced into the oatmeal!

 

 

 

Snack #1: 5 egg whites with hot sauce and 1/2 cup of salsa

 

 

Lunch: Salad with unlimited veggies (peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers) and a bean (garbonzo, kidney, black, navy, pinto)

 

 

 

Snack #2: 2 cups of carrots or cucumbers and a TBSP of Hummus OR a handful of Mixed Unsalted Nuts

 

 

Dinner:  Chocolate Shakeology with a banana and PB2 OR Tropical Shakeology with pineapple OR Greenberry Shakeology with Tropical Frozen Fruit Blend

 

 

Snack #3: Grapefruit OR Protein Bar

 

*** I stick to 2 fruits a day, and if I don’t workout in the AM I skip the oatmeal and eat my egg whites and salsa for breakfast and Snack #1 will be 2 rice cakes with a TBSP of Natural PB or Almond Butter

 

How do you find a healthy diet balance without feeling ilke you are doing without?
* PLAN– You have to prepare and plan. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry but think through when, how and what you want to eat for the week. Make a list of exactly what you need and make a weekly event (or daily, or bi-weekly, whatever works!) and stick to your list.

* Have BACK UP PLANS– Sometimes meetings go longer then expected, traffic delays stop us, reservations and friends run late… ALWAYS have healthy options stashed in your bag, your car, your desk… Go to snacks on hand are a MUST to help you avoid the office candy stash or quick fast food runs!  Examples of healthy things to stash are almonds, protein bars, apples, protein shakes, tuna packets and string cheese. These are GREAT to have on hand.

* EAT FREQUENTLY! Don’t ever let yourself get to “starving” and don’t ever let yourself get “uncomfortably stuffed.”  Eating small meals 5-6 times a day keeps your blood sugar regulated, your hunger at bay and keeps your body working as a fat burning machine!

* EAT balanced meals. Make sure all of your meals contain a balance of healthy carbs, healthy fats and proteins. Take a look at my “what I eat” for examples.

* Don’t deprive! It is ok to have your favorite foods as long as you don’t over-do it! I LOVE chocolate and definitely have some most days. the key word is “some.” One small piece of dark chocolate satisfies the craving if I have eaten balanced meals the rest of the day.

* CHEAT MEALS If you LOVE ice-cream, pizza, whatever… plan a day where you allow yourself to have your favorite meal ONE day a WEEK- no more than that one meal. But have the REAL thing in a normal portion and do it just that day. If you cheat but have “fake alternatives” you will still crave the real thing and feel deprived!

* Apply the 80/20 rule. If you do what is right 80% of the time, majority rules!

 

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