Focus on Food

General Mills wants you to remember that breakfast is important and Chocolate Cheerios are a great choice because they contain “Whole Grain.” Hormel wants to help you get dinner on the table quickly, so they’ve created dinner “plates” and pre-marinated pork loin options. And you know that Mom always told you to eat your vegetables, so you grab a couple cans of green beans . . . and then you remember Christmas with green bean casserole!  So you grab a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup and, or course, Durkee’s fried onions for that yummy topping!  Mom would be so proud, so you walk out of the grocery store with your arms full of packaged promises that don’t deliver.

The Conditioning Classroom wants to help you navigate through the aisles with eyes wide open . . . able to identify real food versus non-food . . . and be able to prepare meals that taste great and are filling because the nutrition they provide is real, not some advertising ploy.

Come join us for our Focus on Food seminar each month.  This presentation covers:

Food Fitness

Being a Savvy Shopper

Reading and deciphering food labels

What to buy and what to avoid

Understanding organic and conventional food options

You will get an incredibly informative manual with the seminar and the option to schedule a private session:

We will take you to the grocery store of your choice and spend 1 1/2 hours helping you make the best choices for your family

or     We will come into your home and do an individualized walk-through of your kitchen pantry, helping you eliminate those items that are nutritionally void and potentially harmful to your family.

The entire package is just $97, or you can choose to do just the seminar for $30.   Call us for our next class date and time!

 

Optimal Supportive Eating:

1.  Eat small meals every 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

2.  Each of these small meals should include a lean protein, a fibrous carbohydrate (vegetables) and a starchy carbohydrate (whole grains, potatoes, beans).

3.  Include good fats such as olive oil, avocados, nuts.

4.  Avoid pre-packaged, processed foods.

5.  Reduce or eliminate sugar

How do you accomplish this?  One day at a time.  If you eat better this week than you did last week, you are moving in the right direction.  Don’t try to change everything at once.  The biggest help you can give yourself is to plan your meals ahead of time.  Look at your day and determine when you will eat each meal.  And then plan what you will eat at each meal.  Food storage containers such as Tupperware are indispensable.  Invest in a small cooler with some reusable ice packs as well.

We have created an 8-week Food Journal that is available for $12.  Writing out what and when you are eating is a very powerful feed-back tool when you attempting to change life-long habits.

When you cook dinner, make a little extra and then put the leftovers in your food storage containers.  They’re all ready to go for the next day . . . just grab them out of the fridge, put them in your cooler and go!

Food ideas:  (If you have food sensitivities or allergies, please modify as you need to!)

- Hard-boiled eggs with carrot sticks, bell pepper strips and whole grain pretzels

- Edamame with 1/2 a whole-grain English muffin spread with Almond butter

- Scrambled eggs with spinach and mushrooms and a slice of whole-grain toast

- Ground turkey burger on a whole grain bun with lettuce and tomato

- Any lean cut of beef, some broccoli and half a sweet potato

- Chicken Orzo Salad – click here for this recipe and other great ideas!