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Nutrients to Keep You Healthy, While You #StayAtHome

By Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND, Sr. Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, Herbalife Nutrition.
 
While we shelter in place and practice social distancing, many of us may feel wary of the one errand we’ve generally taken for granted– the grocery run.
 
Now, going to the grocery store takes even more planning as the visits are less frequent and options are more limited. Because of these restrictions, it’s easy to make selections that are not the healthiest or to be tempted by high-calorie comfort foods – which often contain too much fat, salt and sugar.
 
Now more than ever, our health should be a top priority. This means making choices to nurture our bodies even more so than we did before COVID-19 impacted our lives. When we make poor choices – such as selecting foods that are high in calories but short on important nutrients – we can be overfed and yet undernourished. Starches and sugars may fill our bellies, but we may be lacking many important nutrients that support overall health, including the health of the immune system. 
 
Nutrients We Need More Of
 
Every few years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases data that reveals the state of the American diet. Reports have previously highlighted that many of us are eating plenty, yet lacking certain nutrients from our meals. In particular, we are losing out on what can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
 
Here are essential nutrients we should pay more attention to:

Fiber – Best known for helping with regularity, high fiber foods are filling and relatively low in calories, making them one of the best allies when it comes to weight management. Certain fibers can also encourage the growth of ‘good’ bacteria in your digestive tract. These beneficial bacteria help support immunity because they serve as an initial line of defense, by crowding out potentially harmful bacteria that might enter the digestive tract. You can get more fiber by including more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Use fruits and veggies as snacks, add them to smoothies, sandwiches, salads, soups and stews, and replace refined grains with whole grains.

Magnesium – While it’s not a mineral we typically think about, magnesium contributes to hundreds of bodily functions. Magnesium supports the health of your immune and nervous systems, supports muscle function, and assists your cells in producing energy.  Magnesium is abundant in plant foods like leafy greens, nuts, beans and whole grains, so try snacking on nuts, or toss some beans into a leafy green salad.

Vitamin D – Most people associate calcium with healthy bones, but your bones need Vitamin D too, since it helps your body absorb calcium from your diet.  Vitamin D is also needed for proper muscle function and supports the activity of the immune system. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include eggs and fortified dairy products; a daily walk outside can help too, since your body produces vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight.

Potassium – This mineral supports the function of nerves and muscles and helps regulate blood pressure. Potassium also supports chemical reactions in the body that generate energy from food. One reason many people don’t get enough potassium is because they don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables – the most abundant sources of this important mineral.

Many women also don’t get enough calcium or iron:

Calcium – Calcium is critically important for bone health. Adults need at least 1,000 mg of calcium each day, or the amount found in three glasses of milk. However, many women don’t eat enough dairy products, either because they simply choose to avoid them, are following a vegetarian or vegan diet, or because they are sensitive to lactose. However, calcium can also be obtained from leafy green vegetables and some fortified foods.

Iron – One of iron’s key functions is to support the transport of oxygen to cells and tissues. Women who are premenopausal lose iron routinely with their monthly cycle, which is why it is so important to ensure they have adequate intake. Meat is an excellent source of iron, but those on a plant-based diet can obtain iron from beans and fortified cereals.

 Eating for Wellness
 
The great news is that most of these nutrients can be found in foods that are easy to buy in bulk and maintain a long shelf life until your next essential grocery run.
 
Dry goods like oatmeal, lentils and whole grain pastas and cereals can be great sources of fiber, iron and magnesium, and some cereals are also fortified with Vitamin D. The most important feature is to ensure that you’re buying “whole grain” to get the full benefit, so read labels carefully.
 
Produce that lasts the longest includes apples, citrus, onions, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and carrots.  And keep in mind that frozen fruits and veggies pack the same nutritional punch as their fresh counterparts, so  stock up on them when you find them.  Fruits and vegetables are great sources of fiber and potassium and a single carrot provides a days’ worth of beta-carotene, which helps protect the health of cells, including cells in the immune system. The body also converts beta-carotene to vitamin A which supports the health of the skin, including the specialized immune cells that reside there. 
 
Finally, fermented foods are also great options that provide beneficial probiotics (the ‘good bacteria’) to the digestive system. Some fermented foods, like tempeh or Greek yogurt, are also excellent sources of plant-based protein (and yogurt is a great source of calcium) and both foods have relatively long shelf lives. Protein supports immune function in a number of ways – among them, the body uses protein to manufacture antibodies, and protein supports the health of the skin and the cells lining the digestive and respiratory tracts. 
 
How Supplementation Can Help
 
A well-balanced diet should provide the essential nutrients to optimize your body’s healthy functions. However, the reality is that even with a balanced diet, no one eats perfectly every day – particularly during these uncertain times when our usual foods may not be as readily available.  That said, this is when the right supplementation can really help. For example, if you can’t get the recommended 25 grams of fiber from fruits, veggies and whole grains, or enough calcium from your usual foods, you can work in fiber or calcium supplements. A daily multi-vitamin or the use of fortified foods –  like cereals or meal replacement shakes or bars – can be consumed to help supply the vitamins and minerals your body needs to perform at its best.
 
During this time of uncertainty and social distancing, use it to your advantage to take care of yourself and your body. Plan out your grocery list and stock your freezer, refrigerator and cupboards with healthy staples. Focus on the important nutrients you may need to increase in your diet and choose foods accordingly. It’s a great time to start getting creative in the kitchen–you may even be surprised at what tasty meals you can put together with what’s already in your pantry!
 

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Taking care of your health like a celebrity

Whenever we see a photo of nearly any celebrity, or see someone in a movie or a series, they are usually always at peak physical shape. Granted, most of them have personal trainers and dieticians and some of them even have personal chefs to cater to their nutritional requirements. They do yoga, meditate, and eat right to make sure that they are in top shape for the next role. You can also eat, train, and take care of yourself, your body, and your mind like a true celebrity with these few techniques.

Eating right

The key to having a body and digestive system that functions at an optimal level is proper nutrition and adequate hydration. What we eat greatly impacts how we feel and what we are capable of. The body needs just the right amount of calories and the balance between calories in versus calories out needs to match your goals.

The relationship between macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, and fatty acids are also important, but the amount you need might depend on the diet you adhere to. For instance, if you are doing a ketogenic diet like mega stars Megan Fox and Halle Berry have reportedly had great success with, then you need to tone down the number of carbohydrates you ingest and up the fatty acids and protein. There is a huge variety of different ways to split your macronutrients, and it is important that you find a formula that works well for your body and schedule.

For the fatty acids, it is important that they come from healthy sources, so that the fatty acids are unsaturated (preferably polyunsaturated) and not saturated or transfatty acids. Unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids can be found in nuts, fatty fish such as salmon and herring, and avocado. Saturated fats are generally found in fast food and fried food and should not make up the main part of your diet.

As far as the protein goes it is also important that it comes from solid and healthy sources such as beans and legumes and lean meat such as fish and chicken. The majority of your carbohydrates should come from wholegrain sources of rice, pasta, potatoes and various vegetables. Make sure you drink plenty of water, as water is key to maintaining a healthy body and getting enough sleep. Incorporate lots of different vegetables and fruits into your diet. Basically, if you want to eat like a celebrity, you have to develop clean eating habits.

Calm your mind and body with meditation

Meditation is highly popular within Hollywood – probably because of the high stress working environments and busy schedules. Stars like Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Russell Brand, and Brad Pitt all like to take time out of their busy days to just sit and be. Meditation is a great way to unwind and let your thoughts flow and your body relax. Meditation relaxes, refreshes, and recharges your body and soul, as well as decreasing stress symptoms, allowing for a calmer and more relaxed you.
If you are new to meditation, there are a bunch of great apps out there, such as the Keep app (which also has a great yoga section), Calm, and Buddhify. These apps offer guided meditations of varying lengths, which can be great if you are just starting out. There might also be meditation classes available in your area that you can join.  

Get toned and flexible with yoga

Yoga has been around for centuries, but has recently gained a revival and is now being utilized by literally everyone from Jennifer Aniston, who practices yoga to stay in shape and stay flexible both for movies and personal gain, to pro poker players such as Celina Lin, who uses yoga to relax after high stress tournaments. Pretty much all of the Kardashians do yoga, and so do busy CEOs, who takes 20 minutes out of his schedule every day to stretch. Even stars like famous footballer David Beckham, actor Matthew McConaughey and top model Gisele Bundchen implement yoga into their daily routine to stay healthy, lean, and flexible.

Yoga is for everyone, everywhere, and anytime. It gives you that space of solitude and peace whether you have a whole hour at your disposal or only 5 minutes in a hectic afternoon. 
There are so many different versions of yoga, but they are all highly beneficial for your body and mind. See if there are any classes in your area and try a few different types out to discover what suits you the best. Yoga is great for increasing flexibility and muscle tone, and for calming your mind and body, and just like meditation, there are a lot of really great apps for yoga beginners to help you get started.
 

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Win That Gold Medal During The Running Competition With these Tips

Running is an excellent sport, and it is also very competitive. If you’re looking to enter a running competition or a marathon, there’s so much preparation you need to do. While practice is essential to build your strength and endurance to also help you improve your pace and speed, there are so many other factors that can help you score first place and win that gold medal. 
Here are a few tips to guarantee your win.

Running Shoes

One of the biggest factors that contribute to a runner’s speed is the comfort of their shoes. While there are many different types of shoes, it is important to buy the one specific for the function you’ll be needing. That’s because each pair of shoes is designed to take the ergonomics of the foot and the movement related to that specific function in mind. It’s also essential to know what foot type you have to choose the pair of shoes that gives your feet the kind of support and cushioning it needs. If you’re unfamiliar with your foot type, you need to have a better understanding of the kind of support that shoes offer for different foot types. If you suffer from flat feet or overpronation, as this article explains, you will be able to find specific running shoes that tackle this problem and help your feet have neutral pronation while running to improve your posture, foot’s impact on the floor, and avoid injuries. All these factors and the type of shoes you wear will have a great impact on securing that gold medal. 

Practice

It goes without saying that in order to win first place, you need to beat a lot of people. You’ll only be able to do that by getting proper practice. In order to prepare yourself for longer distances, be sure to start off small with shorter distances and see how your body feels as well as what you need to improve.

While running other shorter races will help you practice, in order to train for a marathon, you need to do the following.

1. Incorporate Interval Training in Your Running

One of the most effective ways to improve your speed and endurance is to practice interval training in your running routines. You can do this by dividing your 30-40 mins run into 1 min of sprinting and 1 min of slow jogging to start off with and then work on increasing your sprinting time and reducing your jogging time gradually.

2. Include Long Runs Each Week

While most of your running workouts should include interval training to allow your heart to withstand long durations of running periods as well as improve your speed, it is important to build your stamina and force yourself to run long distances at least once a week. This can either be done based on time and gradually increase your pace or focus on distance and gradually increase the distance until you guarantee that you can run the distance, you’ll be competing in one go.

Follow a Strict Diet

Just like any other form of sports, in order to be healthy, you need to make sure you’re eating healthy, too. Because running requires a lot of energy, it is important to ensure you get the required carb intake before your workout and get enough protein after you’re done. That’s because the body uses carbs as energy and helps you perform better during your exercise. As for proteins, it is essential to help the body rebuild and grow stronger muscles to allow you to gain more strength. A few days before your competition, consume low-calorie meals once every  2-3 hours and try to focus on light digestible foods like energy bars and small sandwiches. You’ll also want to stay away from red meat, anything fried, nuts, and dairy.

Remember to Hydrate

Drinking water is essential, but for runners in particular, it is important to remember to stay hydrated. It’s not just a vital factor for health and performance, but it also regulates the body’s temperature, removes waste, and gives your cells the energy it needs to perform its absolute best. Water also plays an important role in preventing injuries as it cushions the joints and reducing cramping. In order to win first place, hydration is key to maximize performance. 

Winning a running competition requires determination and consistency. But with the right mindset, attitude and sticking to a strict training schedule, you can really improve your performance. Just remember to check that you’ve got the right shoes that will allow you to maximize your performance and show the world what you’ve got.

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Top 5 nutrition tips when working from home

1. Look for nutritious alternatives

If you’re worried about not being able to continue to eat well as particular ingredients are no longer in stock, try exploring other foods that could offer similar health benefits. We have put together a shopping list of alternative food options to ensure you’re not missing out on your essential vitamins and minerals. The key advice here is nutrition should still come first, but you may have to switch up some of your routinely used ingredients.

2. Stick to your routine

Spending more time at home can also impact when you eat. Whether or not you’re working from home, try to create (and stick to) a routine. This will help you avoid snacking on unhealthy foods. Eat your typical set number of meals a day and around the same time each day. If you don’t cook much or have more time on your hands than previously, now is a great time to start.

3. Stay hydrated

Keeping well hydrated is important for overall well-being, particularly cognitive function. If you’re working from home, keep a glass of water by you and drink throughout the day. Drink several cups of fluid each day including water, tea & coffee (though not too much!), fruit teas and sugar-free drinks.

4. Don’t forget your fresh veg

Fresh fruits and vegetables may have taken a back seat for you. Fruit and vegetables provide loads of essential nutrients and there are ways to extend their shelf-life and make them more convenient. For example, soups and sauces can be made straight away and then frozen. You can make a concentrated stock which you can then freeze in ice cube trays and, voila, homemade, low salt stock cubes!

5. Keep your stress at bay

There are many ways to reduce stress. Try to minimize the amount of alcohol you drink, especially during the week, which will also help you stick to a routine. Keep an eye on the number of caffeinated drinks you’re having and try switching to decaf options during the afternoon. This can help you sleep and focus better.

ABOUT HUEL:

Launched in 2015, Huel’s mission is to make nutritionally complete, convenient and affordable food, with minimal impact on animals and the environment.

Offering consumers “complete nutrition” means that each Huel meal serves customers a good balance of protein, carbs, fibre, essential fats and phytonutrients, plus an optimum level of all essential vitamins and minerals required on a daily basis. Formulated by Registered Nutritionist, James Collier, Huel is vegan, lactose-free and soya-free.

Along with Huel powder (including a gluten-free and reduced carb option), Huel offers a number of nutritionally complete products, including the world’s first nutritionally complete granola and an on-the-go bar which makes for the perfect snack. Most recently, Huel launched their first Ready-to-drink meal, acting as an innovative solution for time-poor consumers.

Each Huel packet has a year-long shelf life and produces zero food waste with minimal packaging waste which makes less of an environmental impact on the planet than many other food products.

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How to Stay Active and Healthy While Traveling

When traveling to new places most people tend to over-indulge, treat themselves and then be depressed when they come home feeling heavier and less healthy. Traveling and staying in shape don’t generally go hand in hand but that doesn’t mean it is impossible to keep your health in check while on the go.

To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of the most important things you need to remember if you want to stay active while also having fun and enjoying your trip.

Endless fitness possibilities

It can be a bit difficult to stay active when traveling since a workout routine works very well at home where you know which route you’ll take, what you’ll wear, your favorite dual station bag stand at the gym and so forth. When traveling you can feel overwhelmed and not following your routine can quickly lead to a feeling of guilt and anxiety.

It is important not to let yourself feel overwhelmed by this feeling and remember that you don’t need a gym to work out. You can do pull-ups in the park, use a bench for step-ups, the stairs for bear crawls, and so on.

This is what makes traveling so invigorating for people since it lets you experience new things and test your body in new environments. When you are traveling there are also plenty of activities that you can throw yourself into such as beach volleyball, swimming/snorkeling, surfing, rock climbing, tennis, and so many others.

Other tricks that can help you get some exercise include opting for the hotel stairs instead of the elevator, hiking up a hill so that you can get a better view of your surroundings, or simply going on a walk to explore the city. Just because you’re not at the gym it doesn’t mean that you can’t get a good workout while also enjoying your trip.

Diet and nutrition

Your diet and nutrition are just as important if you intend to stay fit and healthy but it can be difficult to balance things since, for most people, food is a key part of travel. Experiencing all that the local cuisine has to offer and sampling as much of the street food as possible is certainly part of the experience.

You don’t need to give all this up. Instead, you need to find a balance between treating yourself and keeping your healthy diet. The best way to try everything without overindulging is to share your meals with other people so that everyone can get a taste of each dish.

What’s more, try to be aware of liquid calories as well, especially alcohol since beers, wines and ciders are drinks that are very high in calories.

Don’t stress

With all that being said, the most important thing to remember is that everything will be alright and you don’t need to stress yourself too much. Try to enjoy your trip regardless of how little time you may have left for exercising.

There are plenty of uncertainties when you are traveling, especially when going to foreign countries and this can really turn your workout routine upside down. We understand just how stressful it can be to find a balance between enjoying your trip while also staying in shape. To that, we say that you shouldn’t worry.

Just because you don’t work out for a few days or weeks doesn’t mean that you will lose all your progress. Studies have shown that for the average person it takes up to four weeks for weights and about one to two weeks for cardio before your fitness starts to decline.

This is assuming all you do is stand in bed all day and when you’re visiting places you’ll end up walking for the most part of the day which will give you a good workout for your legs and will help burn some of the calories from those delicious foreign dishes.

Finally, what’s crucial is to enjoy your vacation since at the end of the day, any trip can be a once in a lifetime opportunity and treating yourself a few too many times for a couple of days won’t negate all the effort that you’ve put into your body.

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Clean Eating Tips for a Fresh Start This Year

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to adopt a cleaner, healthier diet, you should start with small changes. You don’t get to erase a lifetime worth of bad eating choices overnight so here are some tips that will make the transition smoother and will help you maintain a healthier, more balanced lifestyle from now on. 

Make cooking a social activity 

One of the main reasons why people cannot stick to a diet is because their closest friends or family members are not supportive enough. So, what better way to preach a cleaner diet if not by making cooking a social activity? 

Host a cooking party every week and ask your friends to join the fun. Friday night or Saturday evening is perfect for trying out new recipes, playing with ingredients in the kitchen, and having fun with your besties. Replace the boring barbeques and fried chicken with grilled fish and veggies and swap beer for a fancy glass of wine. 

Drink more water 

As you age, you might not feel thirsty as often as you did before but this doesn’t mean you should forget drinking water. On the contrary, staying hydrated is the first step to eliminate toxins from your body and adopt a cleaner diet. 

If you’re not exactly a fan of drinking those 17 fluid ounces of water daily, you can opt for other liquids. Light soups, unsweetened tea, and lemonade are also great choices that will quench your thirst and keep you hydrated at the same time, without having to worry about calories. 

Plan your meals 

Another easy trick to stick to your healthy diet choices is to go grocery shopping every week or every 4-5 days and plan your meals. Make a list of the dishes you want to prepare in the upcoming week and stick to the ingredients from your shopping list. 

Lean meat like chicken, turkey, and fish (rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are vital for your health) can be kept frozen for a longer time while fresh fruits and vegetables should be eaten 1-3 days after you bought them. Go to your nearest farmer’s market once a week and pick up fresh, organic ingredients instead of buying them from regular supermarkets. This way, you will support local agriculture and stick to your clean eating habits easier. 

Make your own seasoning mixes 

Part of a healthy diet means to watch your sodium intake, which means you should cut on the salt as much as you can. Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to season your foods to taste delicious without adding salt. 

Make your own fresh mix of herbs and spices by mixing Himalaya pink salt or sea salt (healthier choices than regular refined salt) with cayenne pepper, rosemary, basil, oregano, sage, and a few chili flakes.

Grill and stir fry instead of deep-fry 

Whether you’re from the South or not, few people can resist deep-fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, deep-fried foods are less nutritious and rich in bad fats which will cause you a lot of health problems, including gaining weight in the long term. 

Healthier options for cooking your food include stir-frying, grilling, and steaming. A slow cooker is a great choice for those committed to changing their diets while grilling is perfect for a weekend afternoon spent with your friends and family. No matter your choice, you should also consider healthy ingredients such as more veggies and lean meat instead of your regular beef and pork. 

Watch your sweet tooth 

Caving into your culinary temptations is only natural and you shouldn’t be worried about it if it just happens occasionally. You can treat yourself with a cheat day every two weeks but you have to watch your processed sugar intake. 

Eating too much sugar will not only make you hyperactive but is also dangerous for your blood, arteries, skin, and teeth. So, unless you want to check some reviews of denture adhesives before term and avoid cavities, replace your usual sweets with raw-vegan recipes or a simple carrot cake.  

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Staying Healthy While Riding Your Motorcycle – Top Foods to Eat

If you’re an avid traveler and motorbiker, chances are that you’re spending most of the day in the saddle, wandering from one corner of the country to the other. While this lifestyle may suit you and your passions, most of the times you will find it hard balancing your body needs with the long rides. 

As much as you would enjoy the feeling of absolute freedom when the warm summer wind is blowing through your face going 60 mph, looking after your body needs is not a priority. 

Ask yourself this – how often do you stop to take a break and simply admire nature’s beauty? How often do you stop for a full meal or a quick snack when you start feeling hungry? How many times do you stop for bathroom breaks? And how much water do you drink when riding for more than 5-6 hours a day? 

Below you can find a list of foods that will boost your energy levels, help you focus better on the road, and keep you satiated without having too many calories. 

Maple syrup

Before any long ride, most nutritionists recommend having a rich meal without being too hefty. In other words, you should eat well, pack on proteins and carbs to boost your energy levels but don’t overdo it either.

Maple syrup is linked to a series of benefits during exercise, including maintaining blood fluid levels that prevent muscle cramping. This ingredient is rich in minerals (mainly sodium and potassium) and electrolytes, keeping you focused while riding. 

However, any excess sugars are bad for your health in the long term. Consumed in moderation, mainly before a long ride, in the morning, maple syrup can have a beneficial effect on your body. 

Fatty fish 

Counting for less than 1 gram of fat and more than 15 grams of protein per 100 grams serving (3.5 oz.), fatty fish is one of the healthiest food choices you can make before a long ride with your motorbike. 

Salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, but also crab meat are full of minerals and fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6 which have strong anti-inflammatory properties and speed up body tissue repair. Fatty fish prevents muscular cramps while boosting your energy levels thanks to the high amount of proteins contained. 

Fish meat also packs immunity-boosting minerals like copper, selenium, and zinc, meaning you will become stronger, healthier, and less likely to catch a cold from that strong wind. 

You may want to eat salmon, scallops, and crab meat for lunch, especially if you have a long road ahead. 

Real veggies 

If you don’t have much time to stop for a full meal while on the saddle, you will need to make the most out of your snacks. Make sure to pack real fruits and veggies with you for the ride to boost your energy levels and be packed with vitamins and minerals that can help you focus more and better on the road. 

Real veggies like celery, carrots, and bell peppers are the best options while on the road because they can last for days, even without refrigeration. They can be eaten raw, with only a dash of salt and pepper on top or by dipping them into hummus and butter for a snack rich in proteins and beneficial oils. 

But no matter what you eat, you always need to take enough time off to properly rest and hydrate. Make sure to also check your bike before any ride and make any necessary repairs by lifting your bike on a good jack, like the ones found on YoungChoppers.

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PLANT-BASED EATING × DIETS

Plant-based eating not only provides health benefits, it’s good for the environment too. Having a diet rich in plant-based sources is becoming increasingly common, especially with younger generations driving the conversation around sustainability.

Relying on plant-based foods as a primary food source can have a massive effect, and if we all choose plant-based options even a few times a week, we can change the world. The greatest journey starts with the smallest step.

Showcasing the surge in plant-based eating, all products from Huel, the fastest growing nutrition company in the world, with a variety of powders and Ready-to-drink beverages, are plant-based.

Co-Founder and Head of Nutrition at Huel, James Collier answers some common questions about plant-based eating.

What is a plant-based diet?

A plant-based diet is a diet that consists mainly of foods from plants. Such foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. Meat intake is minimal if any.

There are many reasons why people eat a plant-based diet including environmental, ethical and health concerns. I am not suggesting to eliminate meat from a person’s diet completely, however, reducing meat and animal food consumption is one of the quickest and simple ways an individual can reduce their carbon footprint.

What foods should we eat to achieve daily recommended nutrients, vitamins, minerals on a plant-based diet?

There are some easy ways to ensure, with a plant-based diet, you can get the recommended amounts of all nutrients:

– Eat the rainbow.

As different color foods usually contain different levels of nutrients, it’s important to eat a variety. For example, the phytonutrient, lycopene which is an antioxidant that protects against cell damage and gives tomatoes its red color. While carotenoids, another group of antioxidants, give fruits and vegetables orange and yellow colors, such as carrots.

– Get enough Vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12, which plays a vital role in helping the body produce red blood cells can usually be perceived as tricky to get enough of with a plant-based diet. The good news is, it’s really not. As a start, try incorporating plant-based milks that are that are fortified with B12, and calcium and vitamin D. Cereals, meat alternatives and some soy products are often fortified with B12 too. Taking a B12 supplement also rids any concerns.

– Ensure adequate omega-3 consumption.

If oily fish is not part of your eating plan, then foods such as walnuts, soy and flaxseed are ways to ensure adequate omega 3 consumption.

Flaxseed is one of Huel’s six main ingredients and contains the omega-3 essential fatty acid ALA. Omega-3 fats are generally low in a Western diet and adequate omega-3 consumption is important to support cardiovascular health.

– Keep your iron up

Iron is not just found in meat food sources. Dark leafy greens, nuts and dried fruits are great sources of iron. Iron is crucial for oxygen transport, cognitive function and the immune system. Iron from plant sources can be harder to absorb, but again, there’s no need to worry. Iron absorption can also be increased by the presence of vitamin C which is found in lots of fruits and vegetables such as oranges and peppers. It’s where the idea of having orange juice with breakfast comes from – to increase the iron that is added to cereals.

Huel contains 280% of the nutrient reference value using only plant sources. Although this looks high, it’s to account for the bioavailability of iron and it’s interaction with other nutrients, which can also affect its absorption.

How can someone transition to plant-based eating?

Whether your motivation to increase plant-based foods to your eating plan is to improve your health or environmental footprint, incorporating higher amounts of plant-based foods can be achievable.

– Make small changes over time.

Start by eating one plant-based meal a day. This will be easier to stick with rather than making large, unsustainable changes overnight. If preparing a nutritious meal in the middle of the day is not easily achievable, and your nearby lunchtime corner shop leaves you limited with health plant-based or vegan options, then Huel is a good convenient and nutritious meal option. It’s a nutritionally complete meal providing all 27 essential vitamins and minerals with an ideal macronutrient split, with good quality carbohydrates, fats and protein.

– Make some easy fridge swaps.

A good place to start is by swapping dairy milk with almond or oat milk such as Oatly. The rapidly growing plant-based meat industry lead by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods is also providing shoppers with plenty of options.

– Change your mindset.

Instead of thinking, “I can’t eat meat,” think about all the wonderful things you can eat and how beneficial these are for your health (and the planet). Stop focussing on meat as the hero on your plate and rather, build your plate with new and nutritious food choices.

Huel was co-founded by James Collier, Registered Nutritionist with 20 years experience with the national health service in the UK. James is a renowned nutrition expert with over 25 years working in nutrition and dietetics. His experience also includes working in the NHS (UK) as a clinical dietitian covering an array of clinical areas.

Huel’s mission is to make nutritionally complete, convenient, affordable food, with minimum impact on animals and the environment. With this in mind, Huel’s products are 100% vegan. Along with the seven variations of the Huel powder (including a gluten-free option), Huel has launched a number of nutritionally complete products, including a convenient Ready-to-drink format, the world’s first nutritionally complete granola and an on-the-go bar which makes for the perfect snack.


HUEL BACKGROUND INFO:

Huel recently announced that the brand has sold over 50 million meals since its launch in 2015. Huel is available in over 80 countries and is seeing a surge in popularity around the globe. Huel also announced that the company expects its valuation to top $1.25B within three years, demonstrating the booming interest in the company’s line of complete nutrition offerings.

Key features of Huel include:

– It’s Easy: Huel is a perfectly balanced and nutritionally complete meal that you can prepare in under one minute

– Nutritionally Complete: Huel Powder is a nutritionally complete food that is high in protein and fiber, low in sugar and salt, rich in phytonutrients and contains all 27 essential vitamins and minerals

– Plant-based and Lactose/Soy/GMO-Free: It contains no lactose or any animal products, no soy and no GMO

– Affordable: Huel starts at just $2.35 for a 400-calorie nutritionally complete meal and bulk and subscription discounts can be enjoyed by anyone for as low as $1.95 per meal

– Huel is Food: Huel is far superior nutrition to most conventional diets. Huel can replace any meal or even as a between-meal snack. In this way it can be an add-on improvement to your diet to ensure you’re giving your body what it needs.

– Zero food waste: Because you only use the Huel that you need to consume, and because Huel powder has a 1-year shelf life, Huel produces zero food waste

– High manufacturing standards: Huel’s facilities and equipment are held to the highest safety standards and regulations

– Vegan/environmentally friendly: Being vegan and producing zero food waste means Huel has much less of an environmental impact on the planet than many other food products

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KOLLINS EZEKH

By Vaughn Lowery

Born in Russia and raised in Thailand, Kollins Ezekh has been a leader within the realm of fitness for 15+ years. He’s made brief appearances in Men’s Journal, Shape Magazine, Oxygen Magazine as well as Target. In addition, he has been interviewed on multiple networks: KTLA 5, Fox 11, ABC, Good Day LA and CBS.

Loads of celebrities have gravitated to this vegan trainer for a myriad of reasons. Handsome and ripped. He’s defied all of the myths with his plant-based chiselled physique. No wonder he has been tapped by Floyd Mayweather to help establish one of the fastest growing gym franchises in America. With him at the head, they’ve grown from one location to over a 100+ in just under a year.

As a personal life coach, Kollins is extremely competent and well-versed within his discipline. Charismatic yet informative, he constantly produces fitness content which people can indulge in while on the go. This Aries has fabricated results-driven regimens which make an impact on a person’s overall mental/health.

The future is exceedingly bright for this well-positioned member of an elite community of fitness gurus. While some of his counterparts tote around NASM certificates, he pushes an unprecedented work ethic which is unequaled by many.

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CLUB 360

Club 360 is a hands-on training pop-up event. A fitness × lifestyle activation, promoting wellness and fun to an elite community of exercise enthusiasts. It’s a full sensory experience, combining music, style, taste, scent and flavor.

Helmed by emergjng Los Angeles DJ and notable Equinox WEHO Group Class Intructor Kupah James. With top notch accredited personal trainers in tow (Kollins – Mayweather Gym Miracle Mile, Anthony Sovinsky – Equinox West Hollywood, Frances Flores, Equinox West Hollywood), attendees will be able to indulge in a four hour aerobic social engagement with light bites, LIVE DJ, pyrotechnics as well as healthy handcrafted cocktails. Vendors within the realm of wellness will be sprinkled throughout venue to provide samples and gift bags.

This will become LA’s most talked about ‘Sunday Funday’ immersive atmosphere focused on the following:

Burning

Cardio

Core Training

High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Metabolic Conditioning

Mind-body

Muscle Confusion

Plyometrics

Location: TBD

Date: TBD (preferably on a Sunday)

Time: noon-4pm

Workshop Schedule

Yoga: noon

HIIT Training: 1pm

Abs: 2:30-3pm

Boxing: 3-4pm

Every hour, we will accost members with phyiscal challenges, competing with each other for prizes.

For instance, “How many pushups can you do?” And, “How many punches can you throw in a minute?”

Membership: $59 (includes access to all workshops and 1 drink coupon).

VIP Membership: $79 (includes 2 drink coupons, lite bites and a small gift bag and/or appreciation token to honor at a later date).

*There’s possible opportunities for celebrity sightings and a percentage of proceeds to go towards a non-profit organization.

**Group discounts for parties btw 4-8 people.

***Additional vendors can include: athleisure brands, CBD, wine tasting, spirits tastings, organic shots, vitamins, supplements and skincare.