When it comes to diet and exercise, I would be remiss if I claimed to know it all. For that very reason, I always love to wrack the brains of professionals in the field, to get their thoughts on things, and to ultimately see what methodologies they practice. When offered the opportunity to chat with Brian Tanzer, nutritionist for the popular supplement store chain The Vitamin Shoppe, I hopped skipped and jumped at the opportunity. Read on for Brian’s thoughts on nutrition, supplements, and healthy living in general!
What in your opinion are they key aspects of a balanced/healthy diet?
A healthy balanced diet should be centered around whole food, as close to nature as possible. Limiting intake of processed foods and shopping the perimeter of the grocery store will help insure one gets all the essential nutrients they require on a daily basis. Vegetables, fruits, lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds are a great foundation for healthy eating, and will help fuel any lifestyle. I particularly enjoy Brussels sprouts, broccoli, blueberries, strawberries, almonds and cashews.
What role, in your opinion, do you think supplements should have in meeting your fitness/dietary goals?
Supplements should be used in conjunction with, and never as a substitute for, healthy eating and exercise. However, even the most well intentioned might find it difficult to get all the essential nutrients from food alone. Supplements can be a convenient way to help fill gaps in nutrient intake, especially for those who are pressed for time, and or very active. I personally take a high potency multivitamin, fish oil, protein and creatine after a workout and magnesium before bed.
What is your favorite supplement and why?
My favorite supplement is fish oil. Personally, I don’t enjoy eating fish, but as a nutritionist I know the health benefits of omega-3 fats. Taking a fish oil supplement is a convenient way to get my omega-3’s on a daily basis.
Do you follow a specific diet plan, and if so, why did you choose that plan?
I have never followed a specific diet plan. I think the perfect diet is the one that can be maintained. I try and avoid processed and refined foods, especially those with added sugar. I stick with real, wholesome food and balance that with daily exercise.
A special thanks to Brian for giving me the rundown. What are some of your favorite supplements. Do you shop at the Vitamin Shoppe? Share with me in the comments!