How To... Structure Your Eating Plan

Get some structure into your diet with this quick fire video describing an average day of protein, carb, fat, vitamin and mineral dense nutrition! Other specific diet plans can be seen on our blog which range from 1200kcal to 3400kcal diet plans which can be used to guide your nutritional decisions...check out the video below for an informal chat on what I eat, when I eat it, and why it might be useful to include it into your daily diet plan.  

Morning

So you wake up and need a boost, blood sugars are low and energy supply is flagging!

Give yourself a hit of Orange juice or any fresh juice for a readily abs sugar to get the blood sugars back up – follow this with a whey protein and a low Glycaemic Index (GI) starch based source such as porridge

Mid-morning

A carb and protein source is ideal such as a rice cake, peanut butter and half a small banana

What you’re doing is delivering a ‘drip feed’ of carbs and energy to your bodily tissue including the brain, heart, muscles and so on

Lunch

Stop your muscles becoming an energy provider i.e. stop the protein structure of your muscle being broken down for energy…do this by eating a starch, protein, fat and non-starch polysaccharide (veg) source:

An ideal example would be a nice bowl full of chicken breast, basmati rice and mixed veg, flavoured with a little sweet chilli sauce (maybe 2-3 tspns), soy sauce and an omega oil blend such as Optimum Health Omega Oil Blend.

Mid-afternoon

Get some fruit down you e.g. 2x tangerines and an apple, as well as a fast acting protein such as Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey

Evening meal

Again, a good protein source, carbs, fat and veg…the fat and protein is delivered in one serving with a nice thinly cut slice of steak, so as good as this is, try not to exceed 2 portions of red meat a week.

Example meal might include:

100g (Thin cut) Beef/Steak (275kcal; 26g Protein)
250g Egg Noodles (341kcal; 10g Protein; 57g Carbs)
160g (1/2 bag) stir fry veg (80kcal; 2g Protein; 7g Carbs)
5ml (1x tspn) Soy sauce (3kcal)
20ml (2x tspn) sweet chilli sauce (46kcal; 11g Carbs)

Mid-evening

As you start to get a bit peckish in the evening, once your blood sugars begin to drop again, opt for a slow release protein source such as 150g cottage cheese to feed you during the night, on a wholegrain carb such as ryvita , season with pepper…and enjoy. Approx 30mins before bed you may want to consider some ZMA which may boost melatonin levels to help send you off to sleep…growth time!

If you haven’t already…get some structure into your diet!

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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