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As a personal trainer and nutritionist, I feel it's my job to take care of my body and I really enjoy doing it! It's vital that my clients feel I can empathize with their struggles to become healthier and fitter, so I eat healthy just like I expect them to. They often ask me what I eat and where I food shop.

First of all, I will say this...I am not perfect!! I allow myself 1- 2 cheat meals per week, and to indulge on special occasions. But I don't consider EVERY weekend a special occasion! Well, I used to, but I have learned recently that as I get into my late 30's, my body just doesn't recover from poor eating habits and alcohol consumption like it used to. I always feel better and look better when I care enough to nourish my body from the inside out!

I try to eat real food, no processed junk! I make sure I am getting healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates everyday. I steer clear of sugar, which includes starchy foods and alcohol. Hydrating is also key to proper health! You should drink about half your weight in ounces per day. I weigh 130 pounds, so I drink about 65 ounces of water everyday.

So here is what's on my healthy shopping list at Whole Foods this week:

1. Vital Farms organic, pasture-raised eggs

I boil the whole dozen at the beginning of the week so I have quick snacks, or I put them on salads.

2. 100% grass-fed ground beef

I make 4 burgers out of 1 pound of meat so they are about 4oz. each. I add dijon mustard for flavor, then cook them all at once and keep them in the fridge to add to salads.

3. Wild Alaskan Salmon

I bake Salmon with lemon and capers and add to salads.

4. Avocados

I eat half at a time with a little Sea Salt for a snack, or I add them to salads.

5. Organic Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers

Clean, slice, and keep in tupperware in the fridge for easy access.

6. Raw Organic Almond Butter

I eat it right off the spoon as a snack.

7. Organic Leafy Greens

Spinach, Kale, Arugula.

8. White Mountain Bulgarian Full Fat Yogurt

I mix berries into my yogurt.

9. Mountain Valley Water

MVW has a high dissolved mineral content, and the source is as clean as they come.

10. Organic Berries

Mix into yogurt.

11. Lemons

For salad dressing and Salmon.

12. Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I combine 1 tablespoon EVOO with lemon, Sea Salt and Pepper for salad dressing.


That's it! I usually eat yogurt or eggs for breakfast, almond butter, avocado, or berries for snacks, and salads with bell peppers & Salmon, grass-fed beef, or hardboiled eggs for dinner. What's on your shopping list?


by Dara Mazzie


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