I haven’t been following any super strict or regimented nutrition plan for the past few months, but I am feeling really great about how I’ve been eating. This is mostly due to the fact that I’ve spent the last 12 months doing some serious work at researching food plans and clean eating. I’ve tried a number of different self-created programs with some really great success.
When it comes to going on nutritional auto-pilot, however, I like to keep in mind the three simple steps I outlined earlier this year. It’s amazing what a massive difference eating clean makes in terms of both the results I get from my workouts and my energy level in general.
A few months ago, I ponied up and bought the Precision Nutrition program. In case you’re unfamiliar, John Berardi is a world-class nutrition and exercise expert, with a Ph.D. in exercise biology and nutritional biochemistry. I have been reading his articles for the past year, and I can say without doubt that he absolutely knows what he is talking about.
The PN program is pretty amazing. What I found revolutionary about the product was that it basically took all of the super-effective nutrition strategies that I’d been researching on my own, and put them all into one, consolidated set of resources, structured in a manner that makes it easy to put together your own strategy.
The other thing I love about the program is that you can pick it up, read just a section or two, and immediately start following a really great nutrition plan that is pre-mapped. Alternately, you can pick it up, read the whole thing like the nutrition-freak you are, and then use it to make a plan that is custom-tailored to your specific needs.
Perhaps most impressive is the cookbook that comes along with the package, which you can also get as an eBook for just $29.99: Gourmet Nutrition. I’ve been using the cook book for the past few months to put together phenomenally healthy meals that are “true meals” in the sense that even my “food-is-love” Sicilian boyfriend considers them to be top-notch and worthy of a candlelit dinner table.
The cook book has been a huge source of insipration for me – I’ve used many of the tips and tricks contained in it to create my own recipes, and have already stumbled across some family favorites.
Over the next few days I’ll be posting some sample PN and PN-inspired recipes, including three casseroles that are honestly and legitimately healthy as well as easy to pre-make and freeze for later use.
I’ll also be covering some tips and tricks for handling mass food preparation, which is a huge part of eating clean. Preparing a week’s worth of meals in advance is a surefire way to guarantee you won’t find yourself without dinner or lunch one day and decide to eat out instead.
In the meantime, I encourage you to check out the Precision Nutrition offerings and keep your eyes peeled for more detailed reviews about specific aspects of the PN package, as well as other great resources for healthy recipes and clean-eating tips.