Today let’s chat about two food classifications that can either make or break your ability to stay on track with your nutrition and avoid giving into cravings: buffer foods and trigger foods. Buffer foods are foods that allow you to, with a small amount of indulgence, get rid of the cravings and thereby take in far fewer calories than you would have if you gave into the craving. Buffer foods typically include things like peanut butter, green smoothies, extra dark chocolate (or other items with cocoa). Think foods that give you the sweet or fat sensation but that you don’t want to eat a whole lot of.
Our goal here at Movimento Fitness is to teach you to live and eat in a way that is sustainable long-term. No yo-yo diets or quick fixes here! As you know, we run nutrition based challenges throughout the year that really require you to step up your nutritional compliance, but for the most part, we encourage you to follow the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time you’re eating on plan foods – protein, vegetables, fruits, good fats, and some good fibrous carbs. The other 20% you get to do as you please. Now, don’t gorge yourself. A 20% meal doesn’t mean eating an entire pizza. It does mean enjoying the foods you love but with more consciousness.
By now you know that certain myths simply aren’t true – weights don’t make you bulky, diets are typically a bad idea, and that fat physiologically can’t be transformed into muscle. So, I’m going to focus more on some myths you may still believe to be true…
Ingredients 1 clove garlic, minced 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced 4 tablespoons peanut butter 1 lime, zested and juiced 2 tablespoons soy sauce ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and shredded 3 zucchini, spiral sliced 2 large carrots, spiral sliced 1 red pepper, spiral sliced 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/4 cup green onions, diced chopped unsalted roasted peanuts and lime wedges (optional as a garnish)
The biggest obstacle I hear from the people we coach is that they “just don’t have time.” People are SO busy today with work, families, managing a house, and the million other things that come up. So it’s too often that they find themselves grabbing food for convenience – food that not only doesn’t serve their bodies but that also ends up negatively impacting the family and their waistlines. This leads to further guilt and a vicious cycle begins. So, I’m here to help! Check out my strategies for healthy, fast, and convenient dinners (or whichever meal you choose!):
Ingredients: 1½ cups of old fashioned rolled oats ½ cup of ground flax seed 1 tablespoon of black chia seeds 1 teaspoon of cinnamon ⅓ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes ½ cup of raw honey ½ cup of almond butter 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract ½ cup of dark chocolate chips
What’s the Big Deal about Carbs? Starchy carbs get so much attention when it comes to nutrition conversations because they are the biggest double-edged sword our bodies have to deal with. On one hand, all of our energy in the body comes from glucose molecules (carbs in their basic sugar form) but on the other, our bodies weren’t designed to be surrounded by so many readily available carbs. So when our body does get an onslaught of starchy carbs (usually from refined sugars in all of our indulgence foods or simple carbs found in anything baked with flour), it handles them by releasing insulin. Insulin is responsible for a lot of important functions in the body, but by design, it is a storage hormone. So instead of signaling our body to burn fat, our bodies actually get the signal to store fat whenever we eat a lot of starchy carbs….