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San Diego’s best personal trainer’s guide to a healthy body and wallet.

Posted Nov 09 2008 10:53pm

Here in beautiful San Diego CA, Somagenesis San Diego Personal Trainers stand at the forefront of health and fitness education. We have seen considerable changes in the lifestyles of native San Diegan’s as they struggle to stay healthy and fit in American’s very difficult economic climate. The following information offered, is in good gesture and is our expert opinion. Most of us are aware that the stock market is way down, but prices at the grocery store are way up. Go figure? Just thinking about it can piss you off, or even make the unsuspecting, fall off the health and fitness wagon by beginning to eat inexpensive fat laden or sugary foods.

Many nutritionists fear that the rocketing food prices will make many Americans fall off the health wagon, and create a nation of extreme corpulence. Now a days it is not unusual to see people snacking on Pop Tarts versus a healthy apple. Healthy restaurants are closing their doors, and McDonald’s and Burger King booming beyond belief in this wicked economy.

But, nutritious foods don’t have to be so costly. Here are some excellent choices to keep costs down.

1. Buy frozen fruits and vegetables - Frozen is much cheaper and may even be better for you than fresh. This is because frozen produce is frozen when it is at it ripest level. When produce is at its ripest levels, its nutrient content is also at its peak levels. Yes, some nutrients become diluted in the freezing process, but the higher levels to begin with, more than compensate for the loss during the freezing process.

2. Give up organic - Yes, organic produce is better for the environment than nonorganic, but there is no evidence that it is better for your health. And God only knows it can drain your bank account.

3. Think about substituting juices - Canned or bottled juices can be an excellent way of getting similar vitamin levels of whole fruits or vegetables, although juices often contain a bit more sugar and sodium, so calories go up. Although not the perfect substitute, it is better than nothing.

4. Buy large carrots versus baby carrots - Carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A, and do promote rhodopsin production for better night vision. But, there is no difference in vitamin levels of baby versus large carrots. However, there is a huge price difference between the two, just to hide the flaws that are inherent in large carrots.

5. Buy the inexpensive parts of the chicken or even the whole chicken - Yes, chicken breast is the least fatty part of the chicken, but is also the most expensive cut! Simply remove the fatty skin from the thighs and drumsticks and convert them to low fat, while drastically cutting the price. Your best deal is to always buy the whole chicken.

6. Buy canned fish instead of fresh fish - Canned fish is considerably cheaper than fresh fish. Still an excellent source of protein and vitamins, although some are lost in the canning process. experts believe, canned salmon is better since it is packed with bones intact, thus making it calcium rich!

7. Eat proteins from plant sources - 3 cups of kidney beans has and equivalent amount of protein as a 3 ounce steak. Although an incomplete protein due to lacking a few amino acids, you can make it complete by adding a small amount of animal or soy protein.

8. Drink nonfat or low-fat milk - They have all the nutrients of whole milk, minus the fat content and cost much less. Another low cost solution is nonfat powdered milk, although it is not as tasty to some people.

9. Use canola oil instead of olive oil - Canola oil is hands down, much cheaper than Olive oil, and both have nutritious mono-unsaturated fats and are good for you.

Although, these items don’t encompass everything on the grocery store shelves, they represent some of the more common components of the healthy diet. There is no reason to acquire a waist line disaster during an economic upheaval. It is important for all Americans to stay focused and take optimal care of themselves. Afterall, it certainly doesn’t look like Uncle Sam has any intention of making our lives easier.

For more information on how to implement and maintain the healthiest of lifestyles , even in the worst of economic times, visit Somagenesis San Diego Personal Trainers for a free lifestyle evaluation.

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