Interview with Wellness Coach, Brianna Miller
For anyone who’s interested in being healthy, you need to understand it’s a lifestyle- not a diet. Nutrition and Fitness Coach Brianna Miller took time to chat with me about a whole foods lifestyle, living well, and foods that are good for you inside and out.
We began my visit with baking a healthy, flourless muffin. The key ingredients were sweet potatoes and blueberries. Bri went on to tell me just how good sweet potatoes are for you. Vitamins A, C, E, & K, along with calcium, iron, and plenty of vitamins and nutrients. Sweet potato for the skin has great anti-aging and collagen-restoring properties. The manganese in the sweet potato is great for preventing cramps after a workout. Blueberries are also contain vitamin C, B6, antioxidants, and are great for heart health.
I then got to sit down and chat with Bri about her nutrition habits and tips.
BEST FOOD BEFORE/AFTER A WORKOUT?
It’s best before a workout to consume foods that will fuel you. Sweet potatoes, squash, and carrots are great examples. You can also incorporate nuts or nut butter for some extra protein, feel free to add a protein shake to your routine, if that’s complementary to your lifestyle. After a workout protein is best to restore muscles, and again healthy carbs.
WHAT MAKES SOMETHING A ‘WHOLE FOOD’?
Whole foods are completely unprocessed and have no by-products. There’s usually less packaging, they are fresh, and not blended with anything. The best way to tell is to look at the ingredients. Whole foods, especially produce will be rich in nutrients.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO EAT WHOLE FOODS?
Since whole foods are completely unprocessed, they’re better for every part of the body. Not only are they good for the digestive-system, skin and heart, whole foods are better for your mental health. When you’re fueled properly you will feel better and think clearer. Whole foods will affect your mental health and mood.
HOW DOES EATING AFFECT YOUR MOOD?
Some foods, as Bri explained, not only have a physical affect, but a mental as well. She goes on to say that cherry juice has been known to help people with sleeping problems. Chocolate and cheese are the biggest mood lifters, for most people.
Your mental health also becomes affected if you’re not intaking enough nutrients. When you don’t fuel your body properly, especially if you’re active, you’re never going to feel your best. Being active is good for the body and the mind, exercising is a great mood-booster.
SOME TIPS FOR GROCERY SHOPPING?
- Support local farms
- Buy in bulk & freeze
- Only keep what you’ll eat in the pantry
- Always defrost meat in the fridge
- Keep leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch
ANY TIPS FOR EATING OUT?
- Eat a small healthy snack before going out, especially before diving into an appetizer
- Always order a glass of water
- Don’t be afraid to accommodate
- Save carbs for dessert or a cocktail
- Have a cheat day! Get what you want or else you’ll end binging at a later date
Be sure to follow Brianna on her social channels and let us know your favorite wellness tips below!