What's in Your Fridge: Personal TrainerHeather Neal
Fridge #1 in the What’s in Your Fridge Series
Tamara Grand, MSc, PhD of FitKnitChick is a personal trainer and group fit instructor with certifications in BOSU, TRX, and spin. She’s also a mom of 3.
Here’s what Tamara’s family of 5 has stocked in their fridge. No special diets required! Take note of the SEVEN dozen (!!) eggs.
What is your approach to healthy living?
Exercise regularly, move a lot during the day, and aim for a diet composed of 90% whole, unprocessed food (a bit of chocolate and an occasional glass of wine are to be enjoyed!)
What’s in your fridge and why?
Lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, Greek yogurt, nut butters, eggs (7 dozen a week for this family of 5), low fat milk, butter and cheese, cooked chicken breast and bacon.
Do you have a favorite tip or secret to helping your family eat healthy foods?
I always place a plate of fresh, sliced veggies on the counter while I’m prepping dinner. My boys happily eat them while waiting for the main event.
Is any food or drink “off limits” in your house?
We don’t drink soda; diet or otherwise. Never have, never will.
Do you follow any diet guidelines?
We loosely follow a clean-eating approach. Lots of lean protein, in-season fruits and veggies, healthy fats, and smaller portions of whole grains. I say ‘loosely’ because chocolate cake and ice cream sometimes happen.
Who is your healthy eating inspiration or role model?
My parents were early adopters of the clean-eating lifestyle. My dad is a life-long, insulin-dependent diabetic, and my mom has struggled with her weight for most of her adult years. She always cooked and baked ‘from scratch,’ and regularly added wheat germ and oat bran to her cookies and treats. As a child I was always embarrassed to have friends dine with us, as ground turkey, turkey eggs, and turkey bacon were staples at our house. Not actually a ‘cool’ thing back in the ’70s and ’80s.
Have you always eaten this way?
I veered from this ‘diet’ during my years at university. Beer, pizza, burgers, and chips were regularly consumed back then. In part, because I had very little money and those things were relatively inexpensive, but probably also as a method of ‘dietary defiance’ after such healthy eating in my youth!