January 31, 2008
Foods Loaded with Amenities
An amenity is a feature that increases attractiveness or value,
usually associated with real estate or luxury items. In this case,
I'd like you to expand your perception of an amenity to include
foods. Foods that are fresh, alive, vibrant, colorful, nutrient-dense,
full of anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals – foods
that add value to your diet and your life! Why not eat foods that
provide the "biggest nutritional bang for your buck", says Chris
Carmichael (no relation), founder of Carmichael Training Systems, Inc.
(CTS), and coached Lance Armstrong through seven consecutive Tour de
In Carmichael's book, Food for Fitness, he breaks down food
into three categories: quality carriers (a yacht), empty carriers
(rowboat), and pollutant carriers (a garbage barge). You immediately
get the picture of what vessel is loaded with amenities. If you're
lacking energy, and eating foods that are essentially dead – you're
not fueling your body for optimum performance. I realize that you're
probably not training to ride in the Tour de France, but you might want
to take a ride around the park with your child, or be at your best in
your life's work.
What are quality-carrier foods loaded with amenities?
Easy, foods that allow your body to absorb the most nutrients that any
body needs. Foods that are fresh, organic and natural; foods like fresh
fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and lean cuts of meat and
chicken. Avoid pollutant- or empty-carrier foods like dead, processed,
prepackaged, microwaved, convenience-type foods that are high in saturated
fat, sodium, sugar, preservatives or additives. You want to eliminate
foods like pretzels, cookies, snack food, candy, sodas, dough nuts (all
are not really food), and foods cooked in saturated fat, processed,
microwaved or full of preservatives.
How do you find out what foods you're eating are more like a yacht
or a garbage barge?
Simply, track the foods you're eating, read labels, and look closely
at the nutrition facts. If the food is full of saturated fat, sodium
and sugar, you know it's not the best choice for you. I challenge you
to take a look at what's not working in your diet, figure out what you'd like
your food to do for you (i.e., provide more energy), and set a course for
making positive changes. Consider making one small change that will
lead to making more changes. For instance, if you eat fried chicken,
set a goal to bake your chicken instead. Small
changes bring about huge results in the long run when you stick to
making the changes happen. Eating healthy takes practice!
Now, the next two questions are very important before you embark
on a new voyage.
Congratulations, you're still reading!
- What (if anything), are you willing to do to change your eating? You
need to be ready – ready to steer your yacht. If you're not ready
or willing to make changes, then read no more. If the answer is yes,
- And, are you open to receiving information about fine-tuning your
diet to include foods loaded with amenities? Most of us know what foods
are quality-carriers, yet continue to take the route of the rowboat or
garbage barge. If the answer is yes, read on.
When you're ready to explore a variety of foods that are loaded with
amenities, and need some help, contact me for a free sample coaching
session. During the 45-minute telephone session, we focus on your healthy
eating challenges. Or if you decide that you need more of a boost, check
out the Yacht Food Coaching program below. My main goal as your
coach would be to support you in making effective, responsible choices
in your life. Please know, that you choose the program direction, and
are ultimately responsible for your own progress.
Now, call or
me to schedule your free sample session or register
for the special offer.
Yacht Food Coaching – $199!
Offer ends 3/31/08
This offer includes:
It's up to you to take the next step in steering your yacht. Your voyage
to eating foods that are fresh, alive, vibrant, colorful, nutrient-dense,
full of anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals – foods loaded
with amenities starts here!
- Three 45-minute telephone coaching sessions
- Write short-term and long-term nutrition goals
- Focus on your environmental clean-up
- Figure out what you want your food to do for you
- Build a diet around foods loaded with amenities
- Discover solutions to your food challenges
- Zoom in on present and future successes
- Set a course for making changes that last
To you and your voyage,
Belen Carmichael, NLC
Food for Fitness by Chris Carmichael, with Jim Rutberg and Kathy Zawadzki
Nourishing Traditions Cookbook by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD
Stop Your Cravings by Jennifer Workman, M.S., R.D.
How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! by Paul Chek
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