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All Calories Are Not Created Equal – Part 3

organic bikini salad

OK, this post isn’t really about the calories. It’s about the food you put into your mouth in general. I can’t keep track of the amount of times clients have asked me about organic foods vs. non-organic options. You all know by now that I’m a certified personal trainer and body builder – that’s Mr. America to you! But did you know I’m also a certified sports nutritionist as well? Yes, I’m more than just a mass of muscles. Here’s my take on why some organic foods are better than others and why organic is almost always better than non-organic.

The main reason many people choose organic foods over non-organic is the lack of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. We can all agree on not wanting to put that in our bodies. But, to me, the MORE important reason to choose organic is the additional nutrients. Did you know that organic produce contains up to 40 percent higher levels of some vitamins and minerals than their non-organic counterparts? Why? It’s mostly due to the soil in which organic produce is grown. The organic soil has more nitrogen and natural compost, which feeds the produce. It takes longer to grow than non-organic produce, which is grown in conventional fertilizer and contains chemicals.

If I had to recommend only a few organic fruits and vegetables to buy, I’d tell you to focus on those with thin or no skin, such as:

Should Be Organic List

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Looking at this list makes me hungry. How many servings of fruits and vegetables are you eating every day? If it’s less than 4, you need to change your diet.
If you want to lose weight or just body fat, I would recommend to most that you limit your fruit intake to one piece per day. Also you need a minimum of 2 vegetable servings per day, but more would be best. My favorites are salad, broccoli, and asparagus. Vegetables are where you get your fiber, not from bread or other manufactured wheat products.
For maintenance, you can get away with 2-3 fruits per day. Any more is going to increase your total sugar intake for the day, and you risk gaining some fat. Everyone is different of course.
Contact me today to create a nutrition and workout plan that’s right for you and get into the best shape of your life.