We all want to stay fit and healthy, but sticking to a diet or exercise regime can be challenging, especially if you’re a food lover like me! In this article, I asked FoodTech founders and executives to give their best lifestyle recommendations for people who want to stay healthy without giving up on tasty culinary pleasures. Here’s what they had to say.
My best lifestyle recommendation for those who want to eat well and stay healthy is to prioritize protein from whole food sources. Regardless of your eating lifestyle, whether it’s keto, low-carb, paleo, vegan, etc., the majority of people don’t consume enough protein. Consuming between 0.8-1.0 grams of protein (per lb of lean body mass) will preserve lean muscle mass, aid in muscle building, and satiate hunger to reduce cravings and calorie intake which, in turn, will help with fat loss.
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At Athletes Kitchen, we always say that health starts from the inside. Whenever someone asks me for lifestyle recommendations, I always lean towards the four pillars that we, at Athletes Kitchen, stand by: meditation, nutrition, movement, and rest.
We all live our lives differently, but one thing we have in common is the search for happiness. In order to be happy, you need to have great mental game. Try to be more relaxed, have a positive approach, even to things you’re not happy about, and take on meditation as a daily practice.
Of course, eating real food and getting the right nutrients that your body requires is super important, as well as staying active with movement of any kind. Whether it’s walking, dancing, or playing sports, make sure it’s something you enjoy. Lastly, try to get at least eight hours of quality sleep a night if possible.
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My name is Diego, and I’m the co-founder of NutriAdmin and Mealplana, two software products for professional dietitians, nutritionists, and personal trainers.
I used to be in relatively good shape as a teenager, but when I started university my habits changed and I found myself gaining weight and losing my fitness. I think it's common for people to acquire bad eating habits when their environment changes drastically, e.g. starting university, changing jobs, moving to a new city, getting married, etc.
When we form new habits, we tend to follow the path of least resistance, unless we’re deliberately conscious of our actions. When it comes to food, the path of least resistance is usually cheap fast food and processed meals that are seldom healthy.
In my case, my health and fitness improved dramatically once I became interested in nutrition. I started to read books about nutrition, asked dietitians for advice, and learned as much as I could about it.
It turned out I had many misconceptions about food, and I was making some questionable diet choices that I wasn't even aware of. It took a while, but after educating myself, I managed to lose all the excess weight and get in great shape. It's now been nine years and I’ve been fit ever since.
So my advice is to educate yourself. Learn more about nutrition. There are a lot of great resources online, but there’s also a lot of misinformation.
Be sure to compare sources and advice, and test out alternative diets to see if they work for you. Consider seeking the help of a professional nutritionist if possible, and be patient, as it’ll possibly take a while to enhance your habits and to settle into a healthier lifestyle.
The good news is that once you get used to eating healthy and leading a better lifestyle, it becomes effortless. The main challenge is to change an ingrained habit. Once a new habit is formed to replace the previous one, it no longer takes that much willpower or energy to carry on with your new routines.
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Plant-based eating has surpassed its early beginnings as a trend and is now a way of life. Whether consumers choose to follow a vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian lifestyle, the benefits of plant-based eating are endless.
Many people may think that plant-based foods don’t provide enough protein compared to their meat counterparts. However, plant-based foods like soy contain good sources of plant protein. For example, one serving of Franklin Farms’ Barbeque Veggie Patty provides 9 grams of protein, and one serving (3oz) of Tuscan Tomato Fusion Tofu delivers 11 grams of protein. In addition, soy protein is easy for our bodies to digest and contains all 9 essential amino acids.
If you’re just starting to explore the plant-based sections at your local grocery store, you may feel intimidated by the variety on offer. However, Franklin Farms' plant-based options focus on making plant-based eating accessible for everyone, without sacrificing flavor. Ready-to-eat tofu options, like our Fusion Tofu and Tofu Bites, help close the gap for consumers who may not know how to prepare tofu at home. New innovative products, like Chickpea Tofu and Fusion Tofu, have unlimited application ideas ranging from “Chickpea Tofu Fries” to “Italian Fusion Tofu Pasta.”
Our goal at Franklin Farms is to provide foods suitable for all meals. From breakfast to lunch, snack time and dinner, Franklin Farms has you covered!
This appetizing Fusion Tofu is just one of many delicious flavors offered by Franklin Farms:
Global food demand is growing, while food consumption patterns are changing towards more sustainable and healthier sources.
We now see a variety of alternative foods and beverages reaching the global market and we have to remember that being “alternative” isn’t the goal. The goal is to offer better food that’s healthier for us and the environment, safer, more efficient, and most importantly, tastes better.
This means we have to be aware of the sources of our food, the production process, the processing level, and the ingredient list.
If we’re open-minded, we may find new ingredients and foods that are better for us and taste great, like our nutrient-rich chocolate protein shake made of grasshoppers. It’s richer in essential nutrients than any other protein shake, requires less processing, reduces the ecological footprint, and tastes great.
Here’s a glimpse of the nutritional benefits of Hargol’s insect powder, as opposed to other protein sources:
Staying healthy is about so much more than just our diet or habits. It’s about knowing ourselves, listening to our bodies, trying new things, and making conscious decisions about what works for us. Browse our list of popular meal kits, diet plans, and nutrition apps to find the ones that work best for you.