Optimum nutrition while you are on camp:
On rising, pour yourself a glass of boiling water and cut a slice of root ginger and lemon. This is a great way to detox your liver and energise yourself for the day. It will also “kick start” the digestive system and hydrate the body.
Always have breakfast. You have been fasting all night and need to reboot your metabolism. On the days when you are attending the early morning Boot Camp aim to have a wholesome nutrient giving meal such as a smoothie (other good choices are porridge, no-sugar museli, eggs, or granola and yoghurt) or a few nuts and a piece of fruit before you leave home (apple, pear, plum, peach, apricot, satsuma, grapes). Bananas are high GI and will raise your sugar levels so are best avoided unless you eat with some nuts and seeds as well.
Eat at regular intervals throughout the day. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner with a snack (see snack options) in the morning and in the afternoon.
Take time to eat and chew your food well. This allows time for the message to reach your brain when you are full. It can help to put your knife and fork down between mouthfuls. When you feel full, stop eating!
Avoid sugar and foods containing added sugar if you want to make a big difference. If sugar is your
downfall, be firm with yourself. No sweets, cakes or biscuits for the duration of the boot camp (see snack choices for alternatives). Nuts and seeds will fill you up – keep a portion of them aside for those peckish moments.
Avoid processed and highly refined foods such as white bread, pasta and white rice. Choose wholegrain options, like wholemeal bread, wholegrain pasta and wholegrain, brown basmati rice. These contain more nutrients and will keep you feeling full for longer.
Aim to eat more raw vegetables and fruit. Don’t overcook vegetables. Prepare them al dente. Remember that one half of your plate at any meal should be vegetables.
Drink 1 3/4 to 2 litres of water each day. We often mistake thirst for hunger. If in doubt have a glass of water! Herbal teas are equally as good, and a great range is available in Holland and Barrett, such as Detox, Skin Cleanser, Digestive boost etc.
Alcohol. If your aim is to lose weight, avoid alcohol throughout Boot Camp or until you have achieved your weight-loss goal. You will feel so much better in the mornings as well!
Avoid fried foods and foods containing harmful trans-fats (found in most processed foods).
Most of all, enjoy yourself and live well. Here’s to your good health!
You can ask your trainer for nutritional advice. For more information call us on 0333 6000121 or email us today!