Fitness expert offers shoppers nutritional advice

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PHOENIX -- We all know anything free is a good thing and fitness guru Chris Akard is offering some nutritional advice that you don't even have to open your wallet to get.

"He had a lot of interesting things to consider that we never thought before," Annette Tischler said.

"We do everything," Herbert Tischler said. "We cook, we go out to eat, and sometimes we eat bad things. Most of the time we try not to."

Herbert and Annette Tischler are trying to eat a little healthier and say they're always looking for ways to stay thin.

So when they heard Akard was going to be offering free nutritional advice at a local grocery store, they jumped at the offer.

"Customers need help," Akard said. "They need to find their way to better nutrition."

While fruit is an overall healthy choice, Akard said there are some rules to keep in mind.

First, it does have sugar so make sure to watch your intake. Also, you should eat fruits separately from each other so your body can process them easier.

Fruit is good for people on the go because some packaged foods are loaded with sodium.

"Most of those processed foods are not very good for you anyway," Akard warned.

But Akard says you can eat some of these as long as you read the fine print.

Akard's biggest piece of advice is to stick to the basics.

"We know vegetables are great for us, right? So we need to get them in every opportunity we have -- even at breakfast," Akard said.

Vegetables aren't just for salads. Mix them with one whole egg and three egg whites and you've got yourself a healthy start to your day.

"The egg is the single most nutritious food on the planet, in my opinion," Akard said.

And that made sense to Herbert because all the bad cholesterol is found in the yolk. So despite having high blood pressure he discovered some new ways to change his diet.

"I think what he is saying about three egg whites and one whole egg might be the thing to have in the morning," Herbert said.

Now even though Akard has been in the business for more than 20 years, it's still a good idea to consult a doctor first.

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