What do the trainers eat?

Probably similar foods to everyone else, but in different proportions and quality. Vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, eggs, tea, and coffee. And guess what, we also indulge in cake now and again! Here’s an example of what I ate yesterday (a non-training day):

  • Breakfast – 2/3 scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil/butter with herbs and pepper. Followed with a piece of fruit. Water and a top of the range coffee.
  • Lunch – Homemade Tomato soup, chicken breast and mixed bean salad. Water. Piece of dark chocolate.
  • Dinner – Fish, sweet potato and crispy kale. Lots of iced water with lemon. Small whiskey.

As you can see it is not 100% perfect with the cheeky whiskey late on in the night. I’m a big fan of following the “80/20” rule. This is where your diet is truly awesome 80% of the time and you treat yourself 20% of the time. The problem is some people have it the other way around!

As trainers/coaches we should know what foods are nutrient dense (foods packed with nutrition) and should be educating clients what these are as well. Nutrition dense foods works wonders for the human body improving mood, skin quality, gut function, vision, hair, thinking straight, and not to mention prevention of serious illnesses. So here is a list of some action packed dense foods:

  • Avocado (healthy fats).
  • Thyme (Iron).
  • Oily fish (healthy fats and protein).
  • Green veg (Vitamin E, Calcium, healthy fats, magnesium, Vitamin A).
  • Red meat (Iron, healthy fats, protein, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, potassium).
  • Liver (same as above but much more).
  • Eggs (healthy fats, protein, Vitamin A, D, E and K).
  • Black currents (vitamin C).

The list can go on. But make sure they are not processed and it is the best quality you can buy.

So what foods do we try to stay away from? Again, the list can be a large one but here are some pointers:

  • White processed bread.
  • Cordial and fizzy pop.
  • Pre-packed goods (sandwiches, rice, salad boxes, and meats).
  • Tinned goods (baked beans, veg and fruit).
  • Pizza’s, chips, large amounts of pasta.
  • Alcohol.

Above are what you call convenience foods that take minimal effort (if any) to prepare. Coaches do understand the time constraints of modern day living and the difficulty it takes to prepare these foods. BUT, how long does it really take to prep a large salad box for two days? Boil some eggs for work? Scrambled a few eggs in a morning? Or taking some meat out of the freezer to defrost for the evening meal?

The salad box probably takes the longest (a whopping 10 minutes – even with a blunt knife).

Is it expensive to eat healthily? Not where I shop. I just bought some large organic chicken legs for a £1 a pop and £5 of veg for the week. 

Last time I entered a fast food chain (KFC) it cost me an absolute fortune! The quality of that meat is warrant a separate blog but let’s just say it isn’t that great for your health. 

So what is this blog all about? I think what I’m trying to tell you is that be the best you can be. You only live once so cherish it. Most Personal Trainers practise what they preach click here for a typical day in our shoes.