FUEL FOR THE FIRE: VITAL FOODS FOR THE ACTIVE METAL WOMAN

I’m going to let you in on something: I’m a Vegan.

“DEAR GOD ARE YOU INSANE! WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN?”

I’ll be honest. I haven’t had any protein in about 8 years now. I have no idea how I’ve made it this far. It’s madness.

Ok so now that the sarcasm is out of the way, let’s talk shop, shall we? Let’s just set the disclaimer that I know I will have many, many visitors to this site (mostly because you fine folks will continue buying shirts with the MetalMadeFitness.com tag and promoting it to your friends, RIGHT!?) but not everyone will have the exact same diet. Some will be Vegan, some will be meat eaters. And while I fully believe everyone can and should be vegan, because you know…animals like living a lot, I want to make sure that I can provide information that can play to both sides of the nutritional fence for now. Because I’m a fair man even though sometimes I can kind of be a sarcastic asshole. But it’s really because I love everyone.

So with that being said, I think there are highly beneficial foods for women that fit any diet. They provide energy for workouts and activities of daily life, help with fat loss, or mental stability, or muscle support. Those are what we’re focusing on today. Let’s get to it. If you’re allergic to these items, as your doctor, I would not suggest eating them. Otherwise, chow down!
Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A. Which we know is an important antioxidant that helps maintain reproductive function, vision and immune function. Also stacked with low glycemic carbs and high in fiber, sweet potatoes are nutrient-dense as well being extremely satisfying. The wacky cousin, Yams, which are a bit more sun tanned like a bodybuilder, are high in Vitamin C. You could eat either.

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Avocados

Duh. You’ll find this green wonder food on any list, any time for anyone. The cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fat in these health bombs, along with a complete nutritional profile make it one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Recently, University of Buffalo researchers found that competitive women runners who ate less than 20 percent fat were more likely to suffer injuries than those who consumed at least 31 percent. You can even throw one in a smoothie and you won’t taste it.

Almonds

Again, a pretty logical food for anyone to eat. So how to they specifically benefit women? While helping to lower your cholesterol, it’s been discovered that snacking on them instead of say, MuffinCakePies (only one of you will get that joke), they help regulate blood sugar and also improve the bodies’ level of oxidative stress and inflammation, which has nothing to do with the band In Flames, in case you weren’t sure.

Curcumin

The miracle spice. It’s like magical wizard metal pixie dust. It has been shown to halt tumor growth and destroy cancer cells in lab tests, including multiple myeloma, lymphoma, and breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers. For the most bang for your buck, opt for pure turmeric powder rather than curry powder. I also read that it has anti-depressant qualities. Which I believe because it’s impossible to be depressed while eating Thai food. Seriously. Try it if you haven’t.

Tart Cherry Juice/Red Cherries

A ridiculous red superfood for anti-inflammation. Here is the science for you (so you can impress your friends). Red fruits and vegetables are rich in anthocyanins, a class of anti- oxidant phytochemical (disease-fighting agent found in plant foods). I know right? You’re going to sound like Jeff Goldblum in all his movies now with this stuff…but it’s important to know. Anthocyanins encourage healthy circulation, proper nerve function and other anti-cancer qualities. And the anti-oxidant levels are super badass also. While Tart Cherry juice isn’t readily available in a pure form at most major supermarkets, you can order through Amazon (like anything else, such as sweaters, sex toys and flat screen TV’s) OR I would suggest going to an actual health food store in your area.

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