Let’s face it, healthy eating has some pretty serious side effects. It can help improve mood, decrease stress, battle disease, increase longevity, and can be the key to weight control. The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ is annoyingly cliche, and annoyingly true. Eating is an interaction of chemicals when you get right to it. How food smells, what it looks like, how you remember it tasting and how it does tastes cause a release of chemicals within your brain. These chemicals can do all kinds of things from make you feel full, to make you crave sweets. A healthy diet gets your body into the habit of releasing a balanced amount of hormones, which gives rise to a multitude of positive side effects.
Farm to Fit is committed to creating meals that will give your body the nourishment it needs to yield such side effects. We have designed five different meal plans that address a variety of health/weight loss needs. Our best meal plan for weight loss is the BOOST or 1200 calorie plan. According to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute “Eating plans that contain 1,200–1,500 calories each day will help most women lose weight safely.” Both the BOOST and 1200 level give a total daily caloric intake of 12oo calories. The BOOST plan omits most carbs (beans, starchy veggies, starchy grains, etc.), replacing them with fresh veggies. For example, the BOOST version of Chicken Alfredo replaces the spaghetti with zucchini ‘noodles’. According to WebMD “A low-carb diet can help you lose weight because it turns on fat-burning processes, known as “dietary ketosis.” These ketones are also thought to have an appetite suppressant effect.” Sometimes it’s best to start with a 2000 or 1600 calorie meal plan and work your way down, easing your body and mind into new ways of eating and feeling. Here is a pictorial example of what a 1200 calorie vs. 2000 calorie breakfast looks like:
The 1200 calorie breakfast is a sandwich with turkey sausage/canadian bacon, pesto/red pepper spread, egg & cheese – – whereas the 2000 includes the same sandwich and an addition of 4 oz seasoned potatoes.
If your primary concern is weight loss, these meal plans combined with daily exercise can help you reach your goals! Check them out here in more detail – and join hundreds of Portlanders who are benefiting from healthy, fresh, and delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners!