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What are You Craving?

Early morning meetings, late night work session, eating on the run, snacking throughout the day? Do these habits sound familiar? Today’s busy lifestyles can cause your eating schedule to go from good to bad and nutrition can easily fly out the window. Healthy snacks can keep you alert for meetings, energize you for workouts, stabilize your blood sugar level, and boost your brain function for those late night work session.

Good nutrition - morning, noon and night.
If you have a morning full of meetings, carpools, shopping or the such, make sure you have a breakfast that replenishes your carbohydrate needs. Your body's blood sugar, called your glucose level, needs replenishing first thing every morning. So, a well balanced breakfast that combines carbohydrates and protein will give you that extra push to begin your day.

If your morning is full of meetings or activities, breakfast may not hold you to lunch. Your brain will need more glucose to function in the early hours of the morning. To keep your blood sugar normalized, choose a healthy high-carbohydrate morning snack: trail mix, wheat germ-topped yogurt, or an apple and string cheese. These are a healthy alternative to those bad muffins, donuts and pastries that find there way into meetings, the break-room, or on your desk from well-meaning co-workers.

A healthy snack high in protein around 3pm or 4pm allows you to stave-off the hunger for sugary foods. I like to have my clients eat almonds, beef jerky (watch the salt here), a protein bar and/or shake. This should give you the fix you need to make it to dinner-time.

For those of you that work into the wee hours, have evening charity meetings, or like to have an after dinner snack, I recommend that you eat a small portion of a healthy food (s). For example: cottage cheese and pineapple makes for a low-fat protein-rich snack that is filling and tastes great. A granola bar, low-fat frozen yogurt, and/or a large glass of skim milk is key to satisfying your cravings while allowing you to have a restful night of sleep.

Nutrition is such an important factor in the building of muscles. Eating foods that are healthy and in-line with your body-sculpting goals is an integral part in achieving your desired results. Being smart about what to eat, and when to eat, will help you in your quest to gain muscle and have a sculpted physique.

Rick Gusler is a certified personal trainer and diet nutritionist who serves his clients through Gusler Body Sculpting Fitness Center in central Denver. To schedule a free consultation, or to learn more about the Gusler method of body sculpting, spin yoga, or Rick's Boot Camp, please contact him at 303.860.7131 or online at

Gusler Body Sculpting Fitness Center, LLC
459 Acoma Street · Denver, Colorado 80204 · 303-860-7131
Hours: Monday-Friday: 6am-8pm · Saturday: Closed · Sunday: Closed