A PE teacher lists the nine foods she eats every day for good health and a lean, toned body – and the motto she passes on to her family when it comes to diet.
Belinda Norton, 45, from Gold CoastSays she’s a fan of eating ‘soil and sea-grown’ foods like salmon, carrots, brown rice and broccoli.
She subscribes to this approach for her kids – making sure their breakfasts, lunches and dinners are loaded with ‘real foods’ that promote good health.
A PE teacher lists the nine foods she eats every day for good health and a lean, toned body – and the diet motto she swears by for her family (pic by Belinda Norton)
Belinda Norton, 45, from the Gold Coast, is a fan of ‘soil and sea-grown’ foods such as salmon, carrots, brown rice and broccoli (foods she eats every day).
‘Did you know that soil-grown foods and seawater foods contain more minerals than any other food source?’ Posted by Belinda Instagram.
The nine foods that should be eaten every day
2. Whole carrots
3. Homemade muesli
6. Greens and salads
8. Brown rice
‘I eat food from the soil and the sea every day.’
Nine foods to include in your diet are fish, whole carrots, homemade muesli, oranges, avocados, leafy greens, salads, broccoli, brown rice and quinoa.
Belinda eats one raw whole carrot and two cucumbers a day.
While eating them, he does not peel or cut them, but washes them and eats them whole.
‘Whole organic soil-grown foods provide our bodies with nutrients and minerals that no other produce can,’ says Belinda.
‘They’re cheap, they encourage chewing, they’re perfectly portioned to maintain nutrition and energy.’
Belinda adds that the fiber in carrots helps control blood sugar levels, while eating cucumber hydrates the body and offers health benefits including ‘weight loss, balanced hydration, regular digestion and lower blood sugar levels’.
The PE teacher also shared what she calls the ‘magic eraser’ she swears by when she’s feeling lethargic, and she says it ‘gets the body moving, gets those blood cells fired up and gets them moving excitedly’.
The PE teacher shares what she calls the ‘magic eraser’ for when she’s feeling lazy.
The 45-year-old says that instead of ‘slowing down and resting’ when you feel tired, you should ‘speed up the body, ignite those blood cells and get them moving around your body excitedly’.
‘The answer to lazy erasure is the opposite of relaxation,’ said Belinda. ‘Getting your body moving makes that sluggish feeling go away.’
Belinda said she would try to do some form of cardio every day, whether it was a walk on the beach, a swim or repeat runs.
He recommends adding ‘sprints, speed cycle reps and jump squats’ to your workouts and setting timers to help you reach your goals and reach higher.
Previously, Belinda (pictured) shared why her number one secret is to ‘train and eat like a girl’, as she said women have a very different biological makeup to men.
Previously, Belinda shared why her number one secret is to ‘train and eat like a girl’.
Belinda writes, ‘We have a very different biological body make-up to men hence why our bodies respond differently to training and running.
‘When we focus on loving and caring for our biological female body, we are more likely to find a successful routine for overall well-being.’
Belinda explains that one of the main differences between training as a man and training as a woman is that women are ‘born endurance athletes who are able to tolerate a higher pain threshold’.
Belinda recommends acknowledging women’s menstrual cycles in your training and working out around it.
For example, you may feel strong during your period and be able to lift weights or go for long runs, but in the days leading up to your period, you may want to do more gentle exercise, such as yoga.
‘Weight training will always improve your health dynamics [as a woman]she said.
‘Add a 5-7kg hand weight speed circuit set to improve your overall muscle strength and mobility.’
Belinda (pictured) recommends acknowledging women’s menstrual cycles in your training and working out around them.
When it comes to diet, Belinda says the most important thing as a woman is to limit the amount of sugar you include in your daily diet.
While you may not think you’re eating too much sugar, in her experience, women around the world aren’t paying attention to the hidden sugar in their foods and drinks, and this often leads to weight gain as they age.
‘Alcohol is the strongest for me,’ said Belinda.
‘Especially my love of champagne. I try to drink one night a week, Friday or Saturday. Counts and adds a glass to an event.’
The 45-year-old says if he drinks more than that, not only does it dramatically affect his sleep, mood and body function, but he begins to ‘lack focus’ and develop a ‘small pot belly’.
‘As we get older our bodies react differently to how we use and especially how we use sugar,’ says Belinda.
‘The older we get, the less muscle mass we retain. Over time our B.M.R [basal metabolic rate] drops, meaning we burn fewer calories at rest.
‘Sugar not only provides major highs and lows in mood and energy, it can disrupt one of the body’s most powerful hormones: insulin.’
The increase in insulin leads to testosterone production, he says, which is then converted to estrogen and abdominal fat tissue.
The best way to avoid this, he adds, is to make sure you’re eating and drinking clean 80 percent of the time.
Belinda’s Five Tricks to ‘Eat and Train Like a Girl’
1. Quality over quantity: Focus on 60 focused minutes of moving your body correctly and with purpose.
2. Include weight: A 5-7kg hand weight speed circuit will improve your overall muscle strength and mobility
3. Train in alignment by remembering: Focus on how the muscles in your body move to produce results. If you are a woman due to pregnancy and menopause, you need to worry about your hips and lower back. For this reason, yoga is important to ensure alignment and limit injury.
4. Focus on you: Avoid a ‘crazy competitive mindset’ and think about your own body and fitness and health journey.
5. Eat quality small meals often: Instead of big, energy-dense, draining meals, Belinda recommends eating small healthy meals to build up your energy throughout the day and avoid slumps. As much as possible, make sure it includes real whole foods.
Source: Belinda Norton
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