Boot camp Nutrition - All you need to know about eating healthy
Boot camp Nutrition

Boot camp Nutrition

Nutrition plays a huge part at Northern Bootcamp, so here are a few words about our philosophy on nutrition. We have far more to say on the subject than we can put here, but we have a far more extensive explanation on nutrition in our recipe book, Bootcamp Kitchen, available here.

Life is for living and food plays a huge part in life. We do need to eat to survive, but we also want to enjoy our food and we want to feel satisfied and for many of us, food is at the heart of social engagements and can contribute to so many memorable positive experiences.  So many of us have tried diets and followed a structure, lost weight (possibly muscle as well) but then watched the weight creep back up.

We need to rid our minds of the concept of “being on a diet”. The very word, turn this into a negative period, full of can’t and not allowed and lead to us “being good” and “being bad”. We are eating to fuel our body, and the choices we make need to become part of a lifestyle that we choose to lead.  This can be a healthy lifestyle that in turn will result in fat loss (if that is your aim) and a change in body shape, however we do not want to encourage muscle loss that results from not enough of the right foods.

We believe that a healthy approach to nutrition is a balanced and realistic approach, that encompasses variety and makes way for the occasional “must-have moment” without bringing days of guilt or regret with it.  After all, we do only get one life and to ban all of the food or drink that we really enjoy, in my humble opinion, is not sustainable, nor does not make for a happy life.

However, this does not mean that we can be healthy by eating processed junk food every day simply because we enjoy it.  There has to be a balance and certainly the balance should be skewed toward fuelling your body with clean, unprocessed food that provides all the right nutrients to help you to live a very full and energetic life.

So what are the right nutrients?

There are four components to nutrition:


Protein builds and repairs muscle. We always start with this, as holding onto muscle and developing muscle is key to feeling good, maintaining a high metabolism and having the strength to train hard and improve your fitness.  Protein has many other roles in the body and is part of every cell, it is also crucial for bone growth, carrying vitamins and minerals through the body and reduces insulin production which in turn regulates blood sugar and helps with weight loss.


Carbohydrates are made up mainly from sugar molecules and the simple carbs include, fructose, glucose, sucrose and lactose. The complex carbs, the starchy carbs are made from more complex chains of sugar molecules that take longer to break down.


Fat is a form of energy, essential in cell growth of the nervous system and it also enables us to transport fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E, K, produce hormones and very importantly feel satisfied. It is a myth that fat makes you fat, but it is crucial to understand what the core types of fat are, and where you can find them. The only fat you really need to avoid is trans fats (or hydrogenated vegetable fat), which can be found in fast foods,

Vitamins and Minerals

These are essential nutrients in the body and are needed to perform a multitude of roles to sustain a well-functioning, healthy body.  A varied and well balanced diet should be able to provide you with all of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs in optimum levels.

A well balanced diet will contain all of these and all can be achieved from food alone, without the need for supplements, shakes or other well marketed manufactured products.  There are individual exceptions to this rule but far the large majority of us, leading a sedentary to fairly active lifestyle, food and water should do the trick. Read the list of ingredients and look out for the words “hydrogenated vegetable fat” and put it back on the shelf!

Nutrition hints and tips

Use smaller plates

Portion size

Don’t use food for reward

Earn it or burn it

Eat slowly!!

Don’t use your body as a bin

Think… what is this giving me?

Ditch bread! – simple as that

Identify your weakest points and plan in advance what you will do at this point. Eg 9pm choccie biscuit time?

Break habits – take the pain for a few days and it soon becomes easier.

Look for colour and variety – avoid beige food

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Northern Bootcamp is still operating

As a result of COVID 19 and the most recent Tier restrictions, we are currently unable to operate our business as usual.

However, we continue to adapt and look for the positives as so long as you are healthy there really is nothing more important.  Our virtual online fitness classes have started again,  and it is wonderful to see so many familiar and lots of new faces. There are up to 4 different classes per day, taken by the owners themselves, Dan and Caroline.   All levels of ability are welcome with adaptations for injuries or mobility offered. If you would like to add some variety to your training, or simply make a start to exercise, please click here for more info.

Coming soon and available to order are Bootcamp Kitchen Christmas Hampers, packed full of healthy goodies to keep you on the right track through December. If you are interested in these, please send an email to [email protected] for more info.

Also available to purchase now are bootcamp gift vouchers. To give someone the gift of health this Christmas is more important than ever. Spread the bootcamp feeling and purchase either a monetary voucher, or a full 4 day or 7 day bootcamp for your loved ones to book at their convenience (valid for 24 months)

We hope to start our residential bootcamps again in January.   The bootcamp itself is now a more personal experience. We have spent the autumn expanding the facilities and in January the new additions will be complete. These include a hot tub, a barrel sauna, a BBQ grill house for the final supper and a brand new fitness studio.  There are new measures are in place to manage social distancing and keep everyone safe. However, the atmosphere, the activities, the stunning location and the feeling of immense well-being strongly remains.

Please stay safe and try to be as healthy as you can be. Stay in touch and follow our updates on Facebook and Instagram and by signing up to our newsletter we will keep you updated on the latest news here at Northern Bootcamp CLICK HERE

Thank you for patience, support and understanding.

Dan, Caroline and all of the team at Northern Bootcamp