Celeb trainer Valerie Waters helps get the ladies of Hollywood in shape for events like bikini shoots and walking the red the carpet. She's even named one of her lifestyle makeover programs Red Carpet Ready. But kicking your butt into shape, and I mean that literally (check out Val's booty-toning moves), is only part of the body transformation puzzle. This why Ms. Waters is a self-described food coach who tells all of her new clients, "If you don't change the way you eat, you won't change your body."
Valerie's mantra when it comes to food is: plan, prep, prepare. Not only is this part of her snacking philosophy, but she applies it to restaurant meals too. She explains that when you're staring at a menu starving, "You don't need more will power; you need a better strategy." This means researching the restaurant's healthy options and limiting yourself to those, taking temptation out of the picture.
To learn what food Valerie thinks you should avoid completely, keep on reading.
When I asked Val if there was any one food or type of food she felt people should avoid, she quickly responded with processed foods. Valerie stands squarely in the Michael Pollan camp of food rules: if it has ingredients you don't recognize or can't pronounce, don't eat it. She's also not a huge fan of refined carbs either. But she knows a woman needs her chocolate and is a fan of Kopali chocolate-covered fruit like Jessica Biel. Valerie suggests making a snack of an ounce of raw almonds, two tablespoons of raisins, and six dark chocolate covered mulberries or cacoa nibs or espresso beans. When you bite into the chocolate covered treat, it's a nice little surprise. "It's often surprising to people how little will satisfy them when they are paying attention."
Do you pay attention to flavors when you eat?