|Now, when you look at it,
this is a simple system that's easy for anyone to follow and a sensible dinner
with lean meat, chicken or fish, a vegetable and baked potato (without the
heavy butter and sour cream...try Mrs. Dash and margarine) finishes the day.
The key to Jennifer and your success is
- Eat several times a day in portions according to your
physical output level. To maintain a steady flow of energy throughout the long
hours on the set of Alias, Jennifer eats about every three hours. Your body's
cellular structure needs the same ready supply of nutrients to meet their needs
just not as much as Jennifer's. Several small, healthy snacks during the day is
better than a coffee and roll breakfast, cafeteria lunch and carb-laden dinner
at 7 at night. "I find it incredible--even when I'm shooting 16 hours a
day--that I'm still able to keep up my energy level by spreading my meals
throughout the day" says Jennifer.
- Use food as fuel and not out of habit. Garner performs most
of her own stunts and relies on power-packed snacks midmorning and midafternoon
to give her a boost. Your regimen should be the same without the concentration
on "power-pack". Remember, your body uses what's in the food that you eat and
not the food itself to sustain life. That's why the simple thing are best; like
CRUNCHY CELERY DIPPED IN ALMOND BUTTER which is Jennifer's winning combination
of protein and fat that gives her an energizing boost.
- Never, ever miss breakfast! Not eating a healthy breakfast
can lead to binging on high-fat foods later in the morning and then heading our
with your co-workers to the cafeteria for lunch maybe an hour or so later out
of time-clock habit. It takes 5-minutes to pour some low-fat milk over a
healthy cereal and enjoy it while you're getting ready for work. Got an extra
30 seconds laying around? Cut up a banana and really splurge. The point is, a
healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sustains you to
lunch and keeps you away from the vending machines. Nobody doesn't have 5
minutes and 30 seconds in the morning. NO EXCUSES! I have a husband and two
kids, run my own business and take care of the house and I can't find an
excuse; how can you.
- Keep healthful snacks on hand. Having healthy munchies at the
ready helps Jennifer feel satisfied and avoid cravings. Her trainer,
Valerie Waters says, "
If you let yourself get ravenous, it's hard to be rational and not eat the
first thing in sight. When you're really hungry, you crave cookies, breads and
pasta--foods that the body can break down quickly into sugar for an energy
boost." and I agree. There's little reason why anyone can't shop smart and
keep protein bars and healthy snack items within easy reach at the home or in
the office. "I think my favorite snack when I'm at home is a protein
smoothie made by combining 1 cup of frozen berries, 2 cups of water, 1 cup of
crushed ice and 1 scoop of whey protein powder in a blender and then pureeing
until it's smooth."
- Finally, Indulge...In Moderation...on Special Occasions.
"I really try to watch what I eat most of the time," Jennifer says,
"but if I'm at a dinner party or event, I'll eat what's offered and I don't
beat myself up over it. I may have a piece of bread, enjoy a glass of wine or a
small portion of dessert, but I'll try not to do all three. And then I make
sure to get back on track the next day with my usual eating plan."
Protein smoothie made by combining in a blender and pureeing
until it's smooth:
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup crushed ice
- I scoop whey protein powder