Ramona's Trainer: Get your butt in the kitchen

Peter in the kitchen.
Peter in the kitchen.
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Now you may have read my column before and how you CAN eat out and not ruin your eating plan. You can almost always make a somewhat healthy choice driving through fast food joints.

Is this the best? No. Is it optimal? No. Is it convenient? Heck yeah!  Should you do it daily? No and it is not my recommendation to do it at all.

So don’t get me wrong. What you really need to do is get your butt in the kitchen!

If you had known me during high school, my good ole bodybuilding days of the ‘90s, you may recall two, let’s say, symbiotic friends that always rode with me on my voyages around the Ramona High campus. One was a gallon jug of water and the other tag-a-long was a red and white Igloo cooler with three meals in it. I was prepared, especially during my three-month pre-contest phase and was meticulous about my eating and my preparedness.

Every Tuesday and Sunday evening I would break out the chicken breasts and place 20 evenly spaced protein laden flightless bird pieces on a baking sheet, boil up a whole pot of broccoli and cauliflower, and then package that up with half a cup of brown rice and tuck those babies right into that cooler ready for next day.

Today it really doesn’t look that much different.  Those items are still staples of my eating plan along with meal replacement shakes and some delicious Perfect Foods bars I offer at the club. They’re filled with an abundance of omegas, good fats, which help keep me satisfied by leveling out my blood sugar.

Here is my challenge to you:  Be disciplined and cook 50 percent of your meals.

Knock off the excuses of: I’m too busy, it doesn’t taste as good, or somehow the kids sabotage my eating habits. What, the kids don’t deserve good nutrition?

Get over yourself and over your laziness! Go to the grocery store, shop the perimeter—produce, deli for meats, fruits, good fats like avocados. Man I love me some avocados! No, I did not say guacamole and chips.

We are killing ourselves.  You know how we kill ourselves? Softly and slowly. It’s the small choices each day that add up and destroy our chances at optimal health.

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Let’s stop being average and start living life to the fullest. IT’S TIME! Strap on that apron, preheat the oven, get out the cutting board, and let’s eat like we were made to eat. The only thing better would be we would have to hunt for our meat and cultivate our veggies so we would get some inadvertent exercise.

Good luck and be you­—only better. Visit www.ramonastrainer.com or www.ramonafitness.com for more info and this week’s Workout of the Week video and how you can get started on your path to you, only better.  I can be reached at the club at 760-789-3500.

   
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