Hi guys,  Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be wrapping up the two part series on how to have more energy, feel better, and look better. Now be sure to read part one if you haven’t already at the link here: And as always, if you have any questions about today’s blog then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188

So last time we were talking about the importance of getting those veggies in. I’m following that up today with two more ways to get veggies into your diet. It’s so important to make veggies a priority in your diet. And I know that a lot of people can really struggle with this, but don’t worry! It really does take practice for someone to transition into a new lifestyle. So keep up the good work, and let’s get into part two!

The second way to make sure that you get all of those veggie in is to pile up your plate with cooked or steamed vegetables at dinner.

So you can have that salad at lunch, and then by dinner you have a plate full of those vegetables and then you add in your protein. Maybe you can cook some healthy fats in there like coconut oil or something like that. But really keep that focus on the vegetables first. Your plate should be half to three quarters full of vegetables.

The third way is to juice or blend your vegetables. You can easily get 5-10 servings of vegetables in just one drink. It’s just a matter of actually getting it done.

So with some people, they will start to juice and then they’ll take it with them through the day. And the problem with that is as soon as you blend of juice your vegetables they start to oxidise, which means that they start to lose their nutrient content. So what you want to do is either drink it immediately, or put it in a dark, stainless steel container that you can take with you and keep refrigerated. If you store it that way it will maintain that nutrition level for about three to four hours, which is better than the alternative. It’s still not at 100%, but it’s surely better. And you could also juice and then immediately freeze it, and that will help it to maintain that nutrition level.

So each time that you’re eating your vegetables, you are getting a higher level of vitamin, mineral, and fidonutrients. You are also getting a lot more water content than you would with other foods. The more vegetables that you eat, the more water content you’ll have coming in and that will make your body more hydrated.

Okay, so where do thing like potatoes, beans, and other starchy vegetables fit in with all of this. Because I know that a lot of people are so fearful of those things and think that it’s going to cause problems as far as their goals are concerned.

So the truth is that people eating a plant based diet are not going to have the same fattening issues that someone eating a non-plant based diet are going to face. Protein can come from your beans, but your beans are also a vegetable. Same thing with your potatoes, and lentils. Those are great sources of vegetables. And if you’re eating them, the main thing that I would recommend is that you exercise that day.

On your workout days, those kinds of foods can be helpful. But you want to make sure that you are actually getting your heart rate up and really exercising. Not just a walk around the park, not yoga or pilates, but something that gets your heart going and your metabolism up. Getting those starchy vegetables in will help you to refuel after your workout.

So I know that for a lot of people, they feel like eating vegetables is an optional thing. But it doesn’t matter if you drink them, bake them, broil them, steam them, eat them raw, you can eat them any way that you want. Just know that the more vegetables that you get in, the more changes you will see in your body, health, and energy. You will literally be able to feel the changes either overnight or in a few days just from increasing your vegetable intake. You will also start to be feeling more full, so you won’t be grabbing for those unhealthy snacks.

So that is going to end part two of how to have more energy, feel better, and look better! So I hope that you all found use out of this series. I want to provide you guys with some great information, and also some encouragement.

I know that for a lot of people they think that it’s not possible for them to change the way that they have been eating, but I know that those changes are possible. As a personal trainer in Amarillo, I see it in my clients. I have seen people make leaps and bounds in their health and fitness goals. That’s one of my favorite things about doing what I do, I get to see people make a difference in their lives that will impact them for years to come. Making a real lifestyle change doesn’t come easy, but with enough hard work and support, you can succeed.

So, if you are wanting the accountability and help with creating an action plan to see results, or are wanting to someone to help create a workout plan to push you to your greatest potential, then that’s what we’re here for. We work with our clients not just on fitness, but also nutrition. What we will do is ensure that you are supported throughout every aspect of your health and wellness journey, and that includes making those eating changes. We have an entire team of dedicated professionals to help you with your health and fitness goals. To get your consultation set up, give us a call at 806-322-3188 or email us at info@customfitness.biz At Custom Fitness, we are YOUR personal trainers in Amarillo, Texas. Have a great day.