High Voltage (yes, that’s her legal name) is a New York celebrity personal trainer and professional energy conductor. She is 59 years old and she can probably kick Susan Powter‘s ass from here to Australia, and do it to a throbbing disco beat. She’s not everyone’s cup of chamomile, more of an acquired taste (let’s put it this way: she’s RuPaul‘s energy coach, okay?) but if you’re looking to get more energy into your life, more life into your life, you could do a lot worse than follow her lead.
These are her ten food commandments, heartlessly stolen from her book (now DVD) energy UP! Give them a shot and see if you don’t have a bit more bounce in your step and less in the seat of your pants.
- no flour: avoid anything made with flour, especially wheat flour (like breads and bread crumbs, crackers, baked goods, and pastas).
- no sugar: stay away from sugary treats like candy, cookies, cakes, and other junk foods. Watch out for added sugars in salad dressings, tomato sauces, and breakfast cereals!
- no salt: steer clear of salty snacks. Watch out for hidden salts in soups, cheese, packaged rice mixes, soy sauce, and other condiments.
- avoid processed foods: eat as close to nature as possible! Stay away from foods that come dumped in a box, crammed in a can, stuffed in a bag, or wrapped in plastic – they’re loaded with chemicals and additives and addictive sugars and salts.
- drink water: without water, there is no life. Without water, this plan will not work. Make it at least six to eight full glasses a day, more if you can!
- fruits and vegetables: open season here. Enjoy all of nature’s best – at least five to nine servings daily.
- poultry, fish and meat: eat skinless chicken and turkey, fish shellfish, and occasionally lean cuts of meat. Steer clear of sausage, bacon, and all processed luncheon meats, fatty marbled beef, goose and duck. Another protein source: eggs (but no more than two a week if you’re watching cholesteral).
- fats: a tablespoon of olive oil or other vegetable oil per day is fine. Beware of fats that are solid or semisolid at room temperature. Butter, margarine, lard, and shortening are all no-no’s.
- dairy products: stick with no-fat milk, skim milk, no-salt-added buttermilk, lo-fat (no salt) cheeses, and nonfat yogurt, please.
- grains: in moderate portions (1/2 cup servings) eat brown rice, wild rice, millet, couscous, barley, kasha, and other whole grains.
This is pretty damn solid, in my arrogant opinion. The sole quibbles I have with it are that couscous is actually a kind of pasta made from wheat, so it would be off the Voltage list entirely; there is new evidence to support the theory that eating eggs does not raise blood cholesteral; and that the hard line she takes on flour should be moderated to allow whole wheat flour (not just tinted brown or 10% whole wheat, real whole wheat). Wheat is a grain just like any other; as long as it’s consumed in moderation and in whole form, it’s a good thing to put in your body.