As gyms open back up, more people are renewing their commitments to their fitness goals. However, our lives are busier than ever, and ensuring you get the right nutrition can be a challenge with a full schedule. The Conversation reveals making time to cook can be easily thwarted by unpredictable work schedules and time conflicts. Especially if you have a young family or a demanding job.
Whether you’re a busy parent or a young professional that likes to go to the gym, eating healthy can be quite the challenge. Fortunately, there are ways to save time and reduce your effort while still ensuring you receive the right nutrition. Meal preparation is an important aspect of fitness for various reasons, and doing it successfully can help you reach your fitness goals.
Having an effective exercise regimen is only half the battle in fitness; your diet matters just as much as the work you put in the gym. Meal preparation allows you to choose the right balance of...
Here are four ways to share the love with your Valentine without busting your waistline:
What’s your favorite non-food Valentine’s Day gift?
I have to confess that I hate protein shakes. I hate drinking my calories in general so I just won’t make a shake. I’d rather eat my protein powder. If you’re struggling to get your daily intake of protein, here are some easy ways to get’er done.
Not sure which protein powder to use? I also included some of my go-to favorites to get you started…
My Favorite Protein Powders
Mix It Up
You’d be surprised how versatile today’s protein powders are and many can easily be used for baking. Here are some very simple ways to add protein to common foods.
When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Following a proper diet accounts for 90% of your results, but it can be easy to have your diet derailed. That’s why preparing meals ahead of time is so important! Here are the tools you need to get started:
Be sure to check out my meal-prep-made-easy recipes.
Dealing with Diet Disruptors: Your Fixes for February
You start the New Year off strong, full of resolve and armed with a healthy eating plan. But by the time February hits, you are faced with a new month of eating temptations and your willpower wanes. No matter what your weakness – sweet, salty, or savory – you are bound to experience some temptations. And the best way to keep those edible impulses in check is with a little preemptive planning. Here are four common scenarios that can mess with your quest for success this month and some strategies to help you stay the course on the road to fit.
The Big Game
Whether you are hosting or just a party goer, make sure you keep healthy options on hand. For mealtime, think tailgate-style Instapot teriyaki chicken and tangy roasted veggies. For snacking, opt for crudité with hummus or guacamole, and check out Hacked Snacks protein popcorn, available in a variety of fun flavors. Nacho-lovers are also in...
If you’re a sports fan, you no doubt have Super Bowl plans. Or perhaps you’re even hosting the big event at your house. Regardless, you need to have a plan in place to ensure that Super Bowl party doesn’t destroy all of your hard work when it comes to diet and workouts.
Here are three strategies you can use when it comes time for the big game. It’s important to have a plan of action going in.
1. Keep your hands and mouth occupied.
I have an entire post about how to manage eating at parties, which includes tips on keeping yourself occupied. This makes eating more difficult.
2. Be mindful.
Do not eat as you watch the game and do not eat as you are talking to people. When you eat, focus on eating. Whether you’re munching on appetizers or sitting down to a meal, the easiest way to go crazy and lose track is to not be aware of when and what you’re eating.
3. Bring a healthy option and eat before you go.
Never go to a social event...
Remember that ‘new year, new me’ determination you felt on January first? If you are finding that your resolve isn’t quite as resilient mid-month, you aren’t alone. In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report, a whopping 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Here are four strategies to help you resist the urge to quit and stick to your get-fit goals.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Start each week ready with the right resources to set you up for success – this includes your food, exercise, and sleep intentions. Apps like MyFitnessPal are great for tracking your meals and movement. I talk about how My Fitness Pal can help you stick to your resolutions here. Schedule alerts/reminders for yourself to get your water or steps in and block the time on your calendar for exercise and bedtime, just as you would for a doctor’s appointment or work meeting. You will be more apt to stick to a regular...
One of the quickest ways to derail your diet is to eat out. It’s difficult to know how much oil, butter or other ingredients are used when preparing meal. Does that mean you can never eat out again? Hells no! But you do need to take some precautions and properly planning to ensure you keep your eating on track. Here are 5 simple tips to help:
Ready to get lean and mean as quickly as possible? Follow these tips and you’ll drop unwanted fat in no time!
Staying on track can be hard when you live a busy lifestyle. Between work, kids, running errands, and just everyday tasks trying to stay healthy can be a real challenge! Here are some snacks you can grab quickly while on-the-go that won’t completely derail your progress but will also help you stay full and feel satisfied.
Need something sweet to get you through the day? These cake bites contain about 7 grams of protein and are only 80 calories. These are great for satisfying your sweet tooth and keeping you on track. They come in a pack of 3 so you can eat just 1 or all 3 without feeling guilty! I personally love the birthday cake flavor and chocolate covered cherry, but red velvet and chocolate covered donut are both close seconds.
Another good option to satisfy your sweet or savory craving is Goodness Knows Snack Squares. They have four squares per package with nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate and at...