HOW TO: Stick to Your Eating Plan While Traveling!

Let’s face it. We have been conditioned to be a society based on ease and convenience. We have become used to a grab and go mentality when it comes to eating. Drive throughs, prepackaged meals you can grab at any convenience store, individualized snack packages, all of it makes it easiest to eat processed unhealthy foods rather than keep yourself on track. It can feel like the cards are sometimes stacked against you, especially if you spend time on the road for work or traveling.

Though it may at first thought seem daunting to try and travel with food, the reality of it is that not only is it easier than trying to find healthy items on the go, it is the most convenient option there is once you are properly prepared.

If you are traveling by car you can very easily take all of your food with you. Unless you have ever spent time around those who are serious about their food intake and physical training you likely don’t even know these bags exist. They are far better than your average cooler and specially designed to hold individual meals such as those through Superfitfoods.co.

Shopping online you can find them through a number of sources, one we have used and recommend is made by 6 Pack Fitness. It is durable, strong, roomy and keeps food cold for extended periods of time thanks to the insertable, reusable ice packs. They come in a range of styles and sizes to fit your needs from travel for a weekend, to backpacking, even cases perfect for a professional day at the office. Many bag sizes fit in the carry on compartment in the majority of airliners so even if you are flying, that should not deter you from your nutritional goals.

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1. Grab some hard boiled eggs. These make an incredible protein packed snack. If whole eggs do not fit into your daily macros, snack on the egg whites and toss the yolk. Each egg white contains 3.6grams of protein and virtually no fat.

2. Fat-Free Greek Yogurt (8oz) – add in 1 cup of berries and a tablespoon of almonds for flavor and texture.

3. Quest Protein Bars – These come in a huge assortment of flavors. They are nutritionally balanced and can keep your energy as a great occasional meal substitute.

4. Go Nuts! – Cashews, Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Walnuts – all are healthy fats and high in protein.

5. Protein Shake – Pre portion shaker cups at home, toss them in your bag. Just add water and shake! This is a great way to make sure you meet your protein requirements daily with no hassle. Keep in mind that shakes are a supplement. Your main source of protein needs to come from whole foods.

6. Beef or Turkey Jerky – Tasty, healthy, filling and easy to carry. These are a must have for car trips, plane flights, and even backpacking.

7. Liquid Egg Whites – Gross!? You may be thinking – But many bodybuilders actually drink egg whites. It is an instant, easily digestible form of protein that you can grab on the go from any grocery store. When cold and right out of the fridge, drinking them actually tastes pretty good!

8. Rice Cakes with or without peanut butter – Rice cakes can satisfy that need to crunch without extra calories, fats or preservatives.

Life requires movement. Travel is inevitable. Don’t let a change to your daily routine get in the way of your nutrition and fitness goals. When you learn the tips and tricks the pros use, life gets abundantly easier. So grab a bag, place your food order, pack up and let’s get going! You can do this!

Originally Posted: https://superfitfoods.co/Blog/Travel

 

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BACK TO SCHOOL – EATING DONE RIGHT!

Back to school time can be chaotic – school shopping, getting mentally prepared to enter a new, more advanced grade level, possibly moving to a new school entirely. Parents readying themselves for their kids to get back in the groove and not be at home during the day time as they are during summer and even getting ready to let go and experience an empty nest as their recent graduates move out onto their own and begin their adventures at college.

Change, although the only constant in life, is stressful.

One of the best ways to support your body during times of stress is with proper nutrition.

When your body is fed all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to run at full steam, it is actually easier to handle change related stressors in your life.

Don’t leave your child’s nutritional needs to chance.

School meals, though state regulated, tend to lack substance. Brown bagging lunch is the best answer. When you control your food – you control your health. It is because of this need that we have put together our new Lunch Box Meal Plan.

What is the Lunch Box Plan?

This is the one stop shop for school lunch at its healthiest. No need to shop, plan, or pack. Just order, pick up and you are good to grab and go all week!

The Lunch Box Plan allows you to select from a long list of proteins, carbs, and veggies. If you like that food, great! Check it off! If not – leave it blank and you will never see it included in your customized meals. This is wonderful if you have food sensitivities or allergies.

A small one meal travel cooler lunch box is perfect for a day at school, keeping their meal fresh and refrigerated. PackIt has come out with freezable bags that work far better than the normal lunch box to keep your food fresh. https://www.packit.com/. They come in an assortment of fun colors and designs to keep your kids happy as well.

Great for Elementary, High School and College!

Are you college age and living in a dorm? Chances are you do not have a place to cook. If you are lucky, you may have a mini fridge. Making lunches and budgeting can be a challenge away at school. It is vital to your own wellbeing to keep the healthy lifestyle going even while adjusting to your new found freedom and being out on your own.

Many turn to the cheapest food sources: Raman noodles, coffee, cereal, bread and so on. They may be cheap, but you will likely pay for those choices in other ways. The “freshman 15” is well and alive in today’s newly arriving scholars. It is easy to fall into the trap of late night pizza, beer, and other snacks – gaining 15+ lbs. your first year is not ideal. Nor does it need to happen. Stocking up weekly on grab and go healthy meals from Superfitfoods.co can be your saving grace. Customizable portions and order options let you set not only your goals but fit your budget as well.

This school year – save yourself time, money, aggravation and be guaranteed that your nutrition is on point every single day. We look forward to creating a healthier lifestyle for you, one meal at a time. To learn more about the Lunch Box program as well as all of our other plans we invite you to visit www.superfitfoods.co.

Originally Posted: https://superfitfoods.co/Blog/BackToSchool 

5 Freedoms Gained From Planning Your Meals

Every July 4th like clockwork we here in the United States gather together to celebrate our independence as a country. It is liberating and exhilarating to think how far we have come as a nation.

July 4th can also be used to mark a personal milestone celebration of choosing your own independence by taking the time to recognize the freedoms that you grant to yourself by finally putting your health first.

Preparing a nutritious, well-balanced, macro positive diet for yourself day in and day out takes time, thought, calculation and preparation. Make no mistake, it is an accomplishment, one you should be proud of.

We have become overwhelmingly a grab and go society. Cooking has fallen aside to drive through convenience, and our bodies pay the price.

When you make the choice to meal prep, whether you do it from scratch at home yourself or you choose the convenience of Superfitfoods.co you are claiming your freedom and celebrating your life.

Take a look at the (5) Freedoms You Gain from meal prepping:

#1 Financial Freedom – We all have to eat. That’s just the way we are designed. Our human bodies run on food, it is our fuel. That said, fuel is expensive – especially when prepared and served. The average American who eats out for 3 meals a day will spend anywhere from $16.00 ($480 a month) to $37.00 a day ($1110 a month) and up. Lattes, snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack, that quick trip to the 7-11, it all adds up.

By simply planning ahead and either placing your weekly food order through Supertfitfoods.co or making a detailed list and heading to your local Sam’s Club or BJ’s you can cut that bill to a mere fraction of what you would spend eating out all of the time.

#2 Freedom to Do More – ENERGY! One of the biggest benefits of food prep is how much better you feel physically when your body is being properly fueled. We are taught to eat 3 meals a day when in fact you really do far better to eat 5-7 small meals throughout the day every 2-3hours. Think of your metabolism like a fire. Which is easier… toss a few coals on an already burning fire to stoke it? – or – wait till it goes out and try and start it again? Most of us have been doing it all wrong and wondering why we don’t get the results we want.

#3 Freedom to Sleep – We all love to sleep and it eludes some of us. Interrupted sleep patterns as well as insomnia can stem from poor nutrition and deficiencies. When eating properly, they should, over time, correct themselves. This allows a more restful slumber.

#4 Freedom from Disease – Three of the biggest killers in the USA today are Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Obesity. All three have been shown to be controllable if not correctable with a well sculpted and well-managed eating plan. Eating well is the very best insurance you can have.

#5 Freedom of Time – Life is so hectic. Work, school, kids, families, friends, social events, taking the time to shop, cook and meal prep may seem daunting. The thing is, it takes only 1 day out of your week to get everything ready or even easier, just place your order online and swing by and pick everything up from Superfit Foods.

This allows you freedom of time during the rest of the week. Just grab and go, minus the drive through leaving you with more free time to socialize with family and friends and frankly – take some much needed and well-deserved relaxation time.

So this July 4th – Celebrate! If you have found this article it isn’t by accident. You are ready to embark on the journey to health and freedom. Cheers!

Sincerely,

Your Meal Prep Company – Super Fit Foods

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Why Protein?

Why Protein?

If you have been doing any research at all on the topic of dieting and what to eat to get fit, you have likely heard the word protein over and over ad nauseam. Though health information can sometimes be confusing and advice all over the board, one thing every expert and authority in the industry does seem to agree on is the value of having ample protein in your diet.

You need protein in your diet in order to build muscle and solid cellular structure – along with the other two key component macronutrients of carbohydrates and fats, these three key items in the proper amounts and combinations allow your body to function properly and reach top metabolism performance.

Top 5 Protein Facts Most People Do Not Know

  1. Protein is utilized as a major source of energy.
  2. Protein is used for the creation and regulation of hormones and regular bodily functions (like digestion.)
  3. Protein is used for transportation of certain molecules throughout the body.
  4. Protein forms antibodies that help prevent infection, illness, and disease.
  5. Protein is vital for the repair and maintenance of body tissues like muscles, skin, bones, hair, and nails.

Although protein can be found in meat, dairy, poultry, seafood, eggs, and many plant-based foods, here is a list of some of the best sources:

  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Steak
  • Ground beef
  • Ground turkey
  • Beans
  • Pork
  • Green Vegetables

Many people will supplement their protein intake by drinking shakes. There are a lot of good solid nutritional protein shakes on the market, but they should be used as supplementation only. The majority of your protein should be coming from real whole foods.

How much protein do you need daily?

The rule of thumb is that for every 1 lb. of body weight you should take in 1 gram of protein. So if you are, for example, 150 lbs. you would require 150 grams of protein per day total.

When athletes diet they weigh all of their food. Accuracy is key. As close as we think eyeballing an amount can be it is often surprising just how off we all can be. It may seem small, but over time a little here and a little there can add up to a lot and throw off your hard worked for results.

At Superfit Foods, we prepare each meal with a protein, carb and veggie source. Everything is measured and weighed to get you just the right blend of macronutrients your body needs to kick start the results you are looking for. They are then packaged fresh and made ready for you to pick up at your earliest convenience.

If you are ready to get your protein intake on track – give Superfit Foods a try!

 

SOURCES:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/guide/good-protein-sources

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/6-primary-functions-proteins-5372.html

Originally published: http://www.superfitfoods.co/why-protein/

Take control of your mental health through nutrition!

The importance of the mind | body | spirit connection has been touted by health and fitness leaders for decades. Only now is the full potential impact of that oh so vital trifecta beginning to really take hold in the population at large.

Fitness is becoming a way of life for many. Society is starting to come around and wake up to healthier lifestyle choices but, at the very same time, we have become the number one prescription country in the world for anti-depressants as well as anti-anxiety medications.

There is a disconnect.

Our food choices, be it restaurant outings, grocery store trips, school lunch programs, or our very own garden, have a very real impact on our health – not only physically in how we feel and how our bodies are able to operate, but in quality of thought and emotion as affected by hormone variances, nutritional deficiencies, and toxicity levels.

We literally are what we eat.

Our bodies are constantly creating new cells and shedding old dying cells. What we choose to eat becomes the very foundation – the building blocks for the new and upcoming version of us.

Eating processed foods filled with chemicals and food like substances will never create a strong and healthy body. Over time it can actually lead to breakdown and illness. When your body does not receive the nutrition it needs, it can become deficient. Adequate nutrition is needed for body and brain function.

Poor quality diet puts you at risk for depression.

That is a major statement made publicly by Biological Psychiatry. Vitamin B9 (folate) found in many vegetables and legumes, has been deemed critical in brain metabolic pathway function. Lack of folate has been linked to a multitude of mental health disorders including depression and low mood. [2] Additionally the role of carbohydrates, tryptophan and vitamins in promoting positive overall mental wellbeing had been correlated in numerous scholarly studies. [3] There are countless studies proving the link time and time again between mental illness and inadequate nutritional intake.

the proper nutrition than you can with any pharmaceutical, without the dangerous side effects.

Tweet: The truth is you can better balance your body and brain chemistry with proper nutrition than you can with any pharmaceutical, without the dangerous side effects.

The biggest excuse we all tend to use when it comes to putting off straightening out our diets is “I’m just too busy”.

Life today is incredibly busy. The majority of us are always on the go and the truth of it is – you aren’t wrong. That is where we come in. Superfit Food’s goal is to do the work for you.

“Our customized plans allow you to pick your goal
Lean Down
Sustain
Build up

We make eating simple.
For every plan, you will get a selection of:
– Main meals
– Boost meals
– Breakfast meals
– Health Snacks

All you have to do is – place your order – everything is made fresh for you, ready to grab and go.

This is the new clean approach to eating right that will not take up your time or break your budget! To take the first step to getting in the physical and mental health of your life please visit www.superfitfoods.co to learn more or place your first order.


References:
[1] Biological Psychiatry in Volume 58, issue 9 November of 2005.
[2] Nutrition and Depression: The Role of Folate – Jonathan E. Alpert, M.D., PhD; Maurizio Fava, M.D. Sept. 29, 2014.
[3] Nutrition and Depression: Larry Christiansen 1996 http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/10192-006

Originally Published: https://www.superfitfoods.co/take-control-mental-health-nutrition/