Why a Meal Plan Might be Right for You

mealprepI know what you’re thinking. I thought you guys pushed counting macros and not meal plans? First off, if you are eating food, you are doing macros. Macros make up everything we eat the only thing you are doing now is actually understanding the amount of each you’re putting in your body to optimize performance, aesthetics, and overall health. The problem we run into is taking someone who doesn’t really know what a calorie is, or veggies or fats and having them track 3 to 4 numbers to the T. This can be pretty stressful and overwhelming, which in return makes them not adhere. So in this blog post, I’m going to give some times when a “meal plan” might be the better option and why. Let’s go!

Fewer Cravings

I know that the data out there suggest that allowing people to have that one cookie helps them stick to the diet better because you aren’t taking the food away from them permanently. When you tell someone they can’t have something, they want it more and in 90% of cases I agree with this. But you also run into the “ahh screw it” affect. This is when you allow that person one cookie, but they don’t have the self-control built up yet to just have one and they end up eating the whole pack. Or they feel like they slipped on their diet a little bit and messed their macros up some, so the day is wasted already and I might as well indulge some more. These are both places we want to avoid. So with that 10%, I like to start them off with eliminating the food for a little while, knowing that we are going to work those back into the diet down the road once they have a solid base and a more sturdy relationship with food.

It Frees Up Time

A bunch of my clients have extremely busy lifestyles, whether it’s with work, family, or both running them left and right all day long.  What happens a lot is they either forget to eat a meal or just grab something small on the go or realize, uh oh, it’s nine o’clock at night and I still have 70g of protein and 40g of carbs to hit. That’s when they say screw it and don’t hit their numbers or lets cram it all in real quick and end up storing more fat than wanted because they had to go to bed 15 minutes after they eat. Instead, think ahead to what meals are going to be the hardest for you to hit and meal plan them ahead of time. This will still give you flexibility for certain meals but a rigid base to help guarantee macronutrients get met for the day.

Better Gym Performance

We all know how it goes when we forget to eat and end up cramming in our macros late at night. The perks? It allows for that bowl of ice cream you’ve been craving for weeks. Downside? We might not have used our macronutrients to their full potential. I know nutrient timing isn’t the most important aspect of proper diet, but you can’t say it wouldn’t help at all with performance. If we meal plan higher carbs around our workouts, we will lift better because we have more energy and recover better because we refilled our glycogen stores at a more absorptive state.

More Consistent Weigh-ins

Last but not least, having a more structured nutrient timing approach will allow for more accurate and realistic weigh-ins. I tend to have my clients weigh first thing in the morning after waking up and using the bathroom. If you ate a salad with some chicken breast verse having a ton of carbs left over and eating a pizza, I can guarantee the number on the scale is going to be drastically different. By keeping the majority of your carbs planned around your workout and not shoved into the last meal of the day, you will be way more consistent on your weigh-ins. This will give your coach a more accurate depiction of your true weight and not the Mexican food you ate at 9PM the night before, so he can make the proper changes to your macronutrients.

Conclusion

Tracking macros is definitely the most accurate method we know of to date on getting the proper nutrients in while still having some flexibility to your diet and lifestyle. But if we are beginners or struggling to see the results we want or deserve, adding a more “meal plan” base to your tracking could truly help make your goals a reality.

Author: Cody Temples, trainer & nutrition coach at Forge RX


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Help Your Entire Office Get Fit and Healthy

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At Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine, we’ve always believed that healthy employees are happy and productive employees. Whether enhancing your existing wellness program, offering an exciting perk that helps retain employees, or reducing your company’s healthcare costs, Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine can help eliminate the stress of providing healthy options to your staff by offering them a fresh alternative to processed, fast foods.
David Rogers, our Director of Corporate Wellness, leads our program with input from our registered dietitian, and based on your budget, can customize our wellness components to fit your company’s needs.
As Atlanta’s premier meal plan service, Fresh ‘N Fit uses local and regionally sourced ingredients in all of our products that ultimately gives your employees a benefit they’ll really value when it comes to their health and nutrition.
Our Corporate Wellness Program offers the following:
  • Employee discounts and onsite delivery options
  • Weight loss management and nutrition counseling
  • Health fair events and support
  • Onsite fitness coordinated with our fitness community partners
  • Affordable and convenient corporate catering (boxed lunches & individual meals) for smaller group/meetings with limited budgets

Meet Our Director of Corporate & Healthcare Business Development

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David Rogers has an MBA in Business Management and Strategy and over 20 years of experience in corporate sales and business development, David’s strength lies in his ability to listen and understand our customers’ needs. By bringing a level of professionalism, dedication, and out-of-the-box thinking, David has been an integral part of the Fresh ‘N Fit team  since 2014. If it’s time for your business or office to get serious about their health, David is the one to call. Give us a try today and help your whole office get healthy and fit!

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Lean for life: 5 ways to lose it for good

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It’s easy enough to lose a few pounds for a short period of time, only to gain it back. It’s much harder to achieve long-term fat loss. However, you know people who appear to be permanently in beach-ready shape, so it is possible to be lean for life. This begs the question: how can you lose the weight for good? The answer to this quandary is not found in a single habit or action, but rather in the following 5 Lean for Life Habits…

Lean for Life Habit #1: Reimagine Yourself

Up until now you’ve accepted the shape that you are in, and even if you hate it, you’re comfortable with it. Read that again to make sure it sinks in. You are comfortable with the body that you have right now, and until you decide it’s no longer comfortable then you’ll be stuck in the shape that you currently have. Now spend time reimagining yourself leaner. Really let that new image sink in until you’re more comfortable with it than you are with the image of your current body. Rinse and repeat. The clearer you can see and feel and imagine yourself in a lean body, the more urgency and desire you will create to achieve and maintain it.

Lean for Life Habit #2: Break Up With Sugar

Look, Sugar, we have to break up. It’s not you; it’s me. Sure, we’ve had some good times. You’ve tickled my sweet tooth and pleased my taste buds, but loving you is a double-edged sword that leaves me heavy and out of shape. So this is it, we are through!
As silly as that sounded, your relationship with sugar is holding you back from living in a lean for life body. It’s not only refined sugar that is messing with your body composition; in order to be lean for life you’ll also need to manage your intake of natural sugars.
The good news is that every day spent without sugar will make the next day that much easier and your cravings will become that much weaker. Stay strong and soon you’ll be more than happy with the occasional sweet treat rather than the all-day sugar drip that’s sabotaging your swimsuit dreams.

Lean for Life Habit #3: Forget Dieting

Going on a “diet” implies a start and end date, but if you really want to change your body composition for good then there is no end to your healthy lifestyle. It’s a marathon of adapting to healthier (and healthier!) habits to maintain for the rest of your life. The day that you stop trying is the day that your body reverts to it’s old (less svelte) shape.Don’t worry, the more time that you get under your belt with healthy living, the easier it becomes. Soon your lean for life habits will feel like a normal day – just as your current habits feel like a normal day now. The key is to stick with it until the habits fully stick, and to vigorously fight the urge to give up.

Lean for Life Habit #4: Plan Your Cheats

Being lean for life doesn’t mean swearing off pizza and ice cream for the rest of your days. (Thank goodness!) On the contrary, you’ll find that planned cheat meals of your favorite foods are more enjoyable than ever before. The key is that you will be planning your cheat meals in advance and containing the excitement to one sitting each week.

The fun thing about enjoying a cheat meal while living a lean lifestyle is that there is absolutely zero guilt associated with the pleasure. Most of us experience twinges of guilt associated with most of our meals, because in the back of our mind is the thought that we should really be eating healthier in order to lose the weight that we have yet to lose. Once you’ve lost the fat and are actively living a lean life those cheat meals will be 100% pleasure!

Lean for Life Habit #5: Be Part of a Fitness Family

Belonging to a group of fellow fitness enthusiasts is key to making and maintaining your body transformation. Being fit is easier achieved in a supportive and encouraging group, rather than alone. The accountability provided from your fitness peers will save you from missing workouts and will get you to push yourself to try harder.

One of the most gratifying parts of being in a fitness family is the day when your support makes an impact on a new member. To give the encouragement that was given to you is a special moment that will stick with you, and will recommit you to your fitness lifestyle.

Source: Rene Serrate, U First Fitness


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The Importance of Fitness in Your 30s

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If you haven’t yet made physical activity a habit, your 30s are a good time to start. Fitness, along with proper nutrition, is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Being fit increases energy, maintains physical functionality and may prevent or minimize complications from chronic diseases.

Why Be Fit?

There are many health benefits associated with fitness. To name a few:

  • Decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Decreased risk of hypertension (or high blood pressure)
  • Decreased high cholesterol
  • Improved mental health
  • Better quality sleep
  • Stress relief
  • Increased bone density
  • Decreased risk of early death

Motivation Is Key

You may need some encouragement when it comes to getting fit. What is going to motivate you to move? Come up with a few reasons why being active will help create a healthier you, such as:

  • Being a positive role model for kids
  • Decreasing the risk of developing high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

How Much Is Enough?

After reviewing years of research, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (a new set of guidelines is expected in 2018). Adults 18 to 64 years old should follow these recommendations:

  • Do at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity or 1¼ hours of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity a week.
  • Include strength training using all of the major muscle groups two days a week or more.
  • For more health benefits, increase moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 5 hours or include 2½ hours of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity a week.

Healthy pregnant women should get at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity spread throughout the week. Women who are used to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity can continue physical activity during pregnancy after talking to their doctor.

Does Walking Count?

Walking slowly is considered a light-intensity activity. Brisk walking is an example of a moderate-intensity activity and includes walking and talking but not being able to sing. With vigorous-intensity exercise, you can only say a few words without catching your breath. It is sufficient to do bouts of 10 minutes at a time throughout the week, regardless of the intensity, but the goal is to continue following these guidelines, even when 65 years and older, as able!

No More Excuses

Maybe you have heard that being fit is important, but perhaps you have been busy starting a career or raising a family. If physical activity hasn’t been a priority, start now by setting reasonable goals. Begin with activities you enjoy and slowly build up your endurance. To keep on track, record any physical activity you do in a journal.

Life is full of excuses, but physical activity should be an essential part of your life. Being fit will help you stay young on the inside and out, and it can help you breeze through the next few decades by feeling strong and healthy.

Source: Ruth Frechman, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics


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Ideas for a Vegetarian Cookout

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The beginning of summer brings the unofficial start of grilling season. For some vegetarians and vegans, however, this means making do at backyard picnics with the same old crudités and soggy green salads — or worse — filling up at the chip bowl. But barbecues don’t have to be a washout for those who don’t eat meat.

Classic cookout foods can be easily transformed into delicious vegetarian or vegan fare:

Main Dishes

You’ll find meat-free burgers and hot dogs in most grocery stores. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, make your own homemade burgers out of beans, rice, grains or tofu. Marinated and grilled portobello mushroom caps are not only tasty, but they offer a meaty texture that’s appealing to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Or skewer mushrooms, peppers, squash and tomatoes, then grill them until slightly charred. If you’re making chili for meat eaters, simply make another batch without the meat; add extra beans and veggies to thicken.

Side Dishes

Deviled eggs, potato salad, and macaroni salads are safe foods for lacto-ovo vegetarians, but even vegans can alter some of these recipes by substituting with dairy- and egg-free products. If you think you have to skip the classic Caesar salad, you’re in for a treat. There are delicious vegetarian Caesar dressings on the market, but it’s easy enough to make your own out of a base of ground almonds or cashews seasoned with nutritional yeast and soy sauce — you won’t miss the anchovies.

For another chip option, offer guests homemade kale chips. Simply tear up a bunch of washed and dried kale leaves, drizzle with two tablespoons of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt, and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes in a 275ºF oven until crisp.

Another traditional favorite you can enjoy is grilled corn on the cob.

Desserts

Soy, rice and coconut milk-based ice creams command more shelf space in today’s frozen food aisle, and for good reason: they taste absolutely delicious! And if you want to join in for some s’mores around the campfire, gelatin-free marshmallows guarantee your place. Grilling? Try peaches, mangos, pineapples bananas and other fruit. The heat caramelizes their natural sweetness.

On the Road

New vegetarians and vegans often find it difficult to ask hosts about food — what will be served and how it will prepared. Most hosts, however, want their guests to enjoy themselves, so let them know you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. You may be pleasantly surprised with their response. Some hosts will even go so far as to prepare dishes that are vegetarian- or vegan-friendly or at least won’t mind if you bring your own food.

If most dishes include meat, dairy, eggs or cheese, offer to bring food to share with the crowd so you won’t go hungry. As a courtesy, let the host know, as there may already be a crowded refrigerator or limited oven space, in which case, you can bring your own cooler or decide on a different recipe.

You’ll also want to follow good food safety practices. Bacteria grow rapidly when temperatures rise, and vegetarians and vegans aren’t immune from food poisoning. Keep perishable foods in the refrigerator until you’re ready to leave, and then keep chilled in an ice-filled cooler or by packing with frozen gel packs. Vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy products may keep these food items at room temperature for up to two hours at most (or just one hour if the temperature is over 90ºF) before they’ll need to be refrigerated. The same goes for cut fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as cooked food.

If refrigeration is unavailable at your holiday site or it will be difficult keeping foods cold, consider packing non-perishable foods that don’t need refrigeration like whole fruits and vegetables (wash before eating), canned beans, chips, bread, crackers, nuts, peanut butter, mustard and pickles.

Source: Taylor Wolfram, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics


At Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine, we believe variety is definitely the spice of life. That’s why our chefs prepare over 300 meals each month for you. Our Vegetarian menu is always a customer favorite offering locally sourced produce and meatless alternatives.

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These 5 Ab Moves Are Better Than Crunches

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Although the basic crunch is still popular, by now it’s pretty well known that this outdated exercise not the most effective way to flatten and strengthen your abs. It simply doesn’t activate your core muscles to the extent that other exercises do, it can hurt your back, and the small motion doesn’t do much by way of calorie burning. So why are you still doing crunches? What the basic ab crunch does have going for it is its no-equipment, on-the-go nature. You could plop down onto the ground in a park, a hotel room, at the beach or at the gym to crank out a round of crunches wherever you happen to be. Not the most effective, but, until now, the most convenient.

It’s time to upgrade your default, basic crunch to a more modern, results-driven exercise. Below I have the most cutting edge no equipment ab exercise to get you one step closer to those washboard abs that you’ve been dreaming about.

Better Than Crunches #1: The Plank

To perform a plank, place your forearms on the ground with your elbows aligned below your shoulders, and your arms parallel to your body shoulder-width apart. Squeeze your core and pay attention to keeping your back flat. Focus on pulling your belly button in as you hold the position for 2 minutes.

Better Than Crunches #2: Scissor Kick

To perform a scissor kick, lie with your back into the floor and your arms extended to the sides with your palms facing down. With a slight bend in your knees, lift your legs so that your heels are 6 inches off the ground. Lift your left leg up to about a 45-degree angle while your right leg is still lowered until your heel is about 2-3 inches from the ground. Switch movements by raising your right leg while lowering your left leg. Squeeze your midsection and focus on your breathing as you perform 60-90 seconds of the exercise.

Better Than Crunches #3: V-Ups

To perform a v-up, lie down on your back on the floor and extend your arms behind your head. The back of your hands should lightly touch the floor while your palms face the ceiling. Keep your feet close together and point your toes toward the ceiling. Lift your legs up, keeping them straight at the same time that you raise your upper body off the floor and reach for your toes. Exhale and squeeze your abdominal muscles as you reach for your toes before slowly lowering yourself back down to the starting position. Repeat a series of 12-20 repetitions.

Better Than Crunches #4: Reverse Crunch

To perform a reverse crunch, lie on the floor with your feet flat on the floor and hands behind your head. Press your lower back into the floor and pull in your belly button as you lift your feet off of the floor. Keep your knees bent at a 90-degree angle and pull into your chest so that your tailbone raises off of the ground, and at the same time lift your shoulder blades off of the floor. Focus on squeezing your abs to perform the movement. Slowly lower your shoulders, hips and legs to the starting position, keeping your feet just above the floor. Repeat the movement for 12-20 repetitions while squeezing your abs and focusing on your breathing.

Better Than Crunches #5: Russian Twist

To perform a Russian twist, lie on the floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle while raising your upper body off of the ground. Exhale while you twist your torso to the right side until your arms are parallel with the floor. Pull your belly button in and squeeze, then slowly move back to the starting position. Repeat on the left side and continue to repeat both sides for 60-90 seconds.

There you have it, 5 modern, results-driven abdominal exercises that you can perform anywhere! Aim to work your abs at least twice a week for the best results.

Source: Rene Serrate, U First Fitness


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Meet Ashley Witter, Fresh ‘N Fit Advocate

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By: Ashley Witter

My personal story started back in 2015 when I was working at a high level “stressful” corporate job and had gained close to 40 lbs. I resigned from that job in 2015 and decided to finally take control of my health.

In 11 months, I lost 95 lbs by learning how to eat the “right” food for optimize my weight loss efforts along with being physically active. I met David Rogers with Fresh & Fit Cuisine about 8 months ago while on my health journey and found to love what Fresh & Fit Cuisine represented. I teach at Kennesaw State University as the Health Coach Instructor and I teach my students to follow the Dietary Guidelines of Choose My Plate.

What is great about Fresh & Fit is that it is locally based in Atlanta and provides people with healthy delicious meals easily.

It takes the hassle out of trying to figure out what to buy in the grocery store and prepare at home. It also follows the myplate.com standards of the 9″ plate portion control breakout of consumption with  nutrient dense proteins, carbs, dairy, fruit & veggies in every meal. Meals are specific to people with various health issues as well as just a standard healthy mix.   As I mentioned before, Fresh & Fit has helped myself and others meet their nutrition and fitness goals without having to plan, cook or settle for a frozen, high sodium, preserve meals.  I am looking forward to being part of this great team and using a product that I truly believe can help us all in our weight loss efforts.

About the author: Ashley is a health coach and personal trainer with the American Council of Exercise, a weight loss rockstar, and a Kennesaw State University Health Coach Instructor.


Summer is the perfect time to get started on the path to a healthier you. Ashley’s story is an inspiration to us and it should be for you as well. Try our calorie and portion controlled meals today and when you use promo code BLOG0620, you can get $20 off your first order!

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