FitMenCook’s philosophy is “bodies are made in the kitchen, sculpted in the gym.” Kevin Curry knows the importance of nutrition on physical performance. Here are 4 bites of nutrition advice from FitMenCook:
You’ve built a business around making healthy food delicious. What have you learned throughout your journey about the effects of food on health and performance?
There is no other element in a health and fitness journey that is more important than food. It affects our mood, performance and creativity. You don’t have to be a pro athlete to understand the importance of good nutrition. When you aren’t eating well, you feel sluggish and unable to perform at the highest level at work, you don’t have energy for your friends and family… Food makes or breaks your health and directly impacts other areas of your life.
What are some misconceptions about eating “clean” that trip people up?
There are so many rules out there. It’s hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Healthy, “clean” eating isn’t always rooted in restriction. It’s about getting optimal nutrition for your body so you can be your best. Don’t get caught up in other people’s definitions of eating clean.
How has learning about food and how to prepare it changed your fitness for the better?
I think that knowing how to prepare healthy food has helped me accelerate my fitness goals. When I’m trying to lose weight or build muscle, I don’t have to look to cookie cutter diets any more. I can use my macronutrient goals as pillars for creativity. It’s hard to do that when you don’t cook. You’re more likely to fall into fad diets. It doesn’t matter what lifestyle you have, if you want to be healthy and fit year-round, it helps to know how to make nutrition exciting.
Any advice for people who aren’t the best in the kitchen?
Start small. Don’t jump in with the most intricate recipes. Try to make chicken breast taste better. Learn how to make a bomb tuna salad… With every recipe, you’ll see incremental progress. And that just fuels the fire. You’ll get fulfillment out of cooking something delicious, and you’ll want to learn more because you’ve had success with the small stuff.