If you have followed my blog, especially these fitness series posts, you know that I have been participating in personal training sessions with Sean Millhouse of Fitness 101 at the Northwest Personal Training Center for the last couple of months. He trains, I blog. It truly has been a life-changing experience. If it weren’t for him holding me accountable, I don’t know that I would be much lighter than I was just a couple of months ago. (I definitely know I wouldn’t be lifting some of those wow-this-is-super-heavy-can-I-please-drop-it-why-are-you-making-me-do-this weights!) Sean not only provides personal training, he also writes a really useful weekly newsletter. With his permission, I have included one of two short articles in his newsletter in this post today. (I renamed his “Four Great Foods For Every Woman” to “4 Great Foods That Every Woman Should Eat”. I thought I should come clean.) Along with those posts, he also includes a healthy recipe. I love receiving the newsletter in the “mail” because I know that it will have some really great practical advice. When you first sign up for his newsletter, you get a free e-book, which is also awesome. You can sign up for the newsletter below.
If you’re a woman who’s looking to improve your diet plan, it’s important that you focus on eating the proper mix of different foods in your diet. The foods that we eat will influence how your body feels and functions, so constructing an ideal diet is about more than just calories and grams of proteins, carbs and fats.
If you aren’t selecting the right foods to nourish your body, you won’t be seeing the results you’re after.
So this said, let’s have a look at four great foods that you should taking in more regularly.
The first good food for women is Greek yogurt. This one is ideal because it’s a perfect source of lean proteins as well as calcium, so will help to promote stronger bones. Many women are falling short in calcium on a regular basis, so choosing this as a mid-day snack will help you get your intake up.
Furthermore, calcium can help to speed up the burning of stomach fast as well., so that’s an added benefit you can’t overlook.
Moving along, also consider adding bison to your diet plan on a regular basis as well. Another nutrient that far too may women don’t take in enough is iron and bison will be a perfect source.
Red meat is slightly higher in fat and calories than white meat is, but bison ranks as one of the leanest red meat varieties available.
Moving along, don’t overlook walnuts. While they are calorie dense, they supply you with some essential omega fatty acids, which are going to be required for optimal functioning. These fatty acids will help to improve insulin sensitivity, which will help ensure that your body is converting the carbohydrates you eat to lean muscle rather than body fat stores.
In addition to that, the omega fatty acids are going to be reducing your risk of a number of disease as well as combating against depression.
Finally, last but not least, consider bananas. Bananas are a very good source of potassium, which is a key nutrient for any active woman and are also going to help to ease many of the symptoms of PMS as well.
Choose bananas more regularly throughout the day and especially around workouts to reap optimal benefits.
So, there you have four great foods to do a check on yourself and ensure you’re eating. If you aren’t, it’s time to boost your intake so that you an achieve a better health standing.
That’s pretty interesting, right? If I would’ve guessed the four foods, those would not have been it. Bison sure wouldn’t have been it. My husband’s always ordering a bison burger at places that he can and I always look at him funny. Maybe I should give one a try one of these days…
The other thing that Sean includes in his newsletter is a recipe. Here is his recipe from this week:
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 6 ounces chicken tenderloin strips
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, or more to taste
Recipe makes 2 servings
- Heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Cook and stir chicken in the hot oil until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir basil, honey, and balsamic vinegar into chicken and cook for 1 more minute.
- Calories – 157kcal – 8%
- Carbohydrates – 5.3g – 2%
- Cholesterol – 48mg – 16%
- Fat – 6.8g – 10%
- Fiber0.1 g – <1 li=””>
- Protein17.8 g – 36%
- Sodium334 mg – 13%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
About Sean, the Personal Trainer Man:
Sean Millhouse is the program director and owner of Fitness 101. He is also a partner in Northwest Personal Training Center (Northwest Houston’s largest Personal Training Facility). Sean and his businesses have helped more than 3500 clients meet their goals through the development of healthy fitness and eating habits.
Sean has been an ACE certified Personal Trainer for 14 years and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston- Downtown. Through ACE, he is also an Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist.
Through his multiple Personal Fitness Programs…Sean has worked with several local celebrities and successful business owners in the Northwest Houston area. His focus is on helping people who have lost control of their lives. Sean teaches that if we start practicing moderation, we can achieve balance and live a healthy lifestyle.
To help change lives through fitness…Sean offers his knowledge for lunch and learn opportunities, health and fitness seminars, and various charity functions.
Sean also publishes a Blog at www.fitness-101.com and weekly e-newsletter “Fit For Life” that help readers stay current with health and fitness topics. Archived articles are available on the blog.
This post was sponsored by Hostess & Universal Studios but all opinions are mine. Twinkie swear again!