Save Time + Money With These 15 Meal Prep Hacks!

I feel like the words ‘meal prep’ are often associated with an image of bland af chicken breast, broccoli and sweet potato. No wonder people are turned off ‘healthy eating’ and meal prepping. Today I want to cover my tips for fast, delicious and easy meal prep - one of the hardest parts about staying on track is being in an environment that doesn’t promote our goals (think a pantry full of chocolate, work kitchens with donuts and fast food options for take out). If we’re surrounded by this, it makes achieving our goals so much harder, so meal prepping is one of the BEST ways to progress to your goal.

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The Reset Diet: Why, How + WHAT

Hey fam,

I’ve been chatting a bit about doing a ‘Reset Diet’ over on my Instagram (@sophactivelife) so I’ve put together the diet I’ll be following to reset my body post Christmas + New Year and I want YOU to follow along with me. But first, I want to talk a little bit about nutrition and explain my reasons for Resetting.

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Our food is primarily made up of macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats) which I talk about a lot, and the importance of knowing how much of each you’re getting in your daily diet. Our food is also comprised of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) which play a huge role in our body when it comes to our health! Without the micronutrients, our bodies cannot convert the macro’s consumed into energy - ever heard of the saying ‘you are what you eat’?… try ‘you are what you digest, absorb and assimilate’. For this reason, it’s vital to be choosing foods that are abundant in micronutrients that make you feel good! Remember, someone may feel fantastic eating broccoli, another person may have an intolerance. Broccoli is considered a ‘healthy’ food with plenty of micronutrients, however if it makes you feel crap, then avoid it and choose something else!

What you want to be including in your diet as per the Reset Diet I’ve provided are a lot of vegetables, meat, fresh fruit, herbs, spices and whole grains (which sadly didn’t get a gig this time around as we’re also focussing on reducing inflammation and water retention).

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On that note, this Reset isn’t about losing heaps of fat, shredding, starving yourself or ‘detoxing’, it’s about making healthy choices that make us FEEL energised. Starting our day on the right foot, getting enough sleep and recovery, fuelling our body with whole foods so we can crush our day and most importantly getting off on the right foot to smash 2019 after what might have been an over-indulgent Christmas and New Year period. Reducing carb intake will help with any inflammation and water retention that can occur from eating processed foods, alcohol and poor sleep. Sufficient protein will help us feel full and increase satiety levels and getting enough good fats in will help with keeping our hormones happy.

Other than the health benefits, there are also mental benefits that come from Resetting. I find when I don’t have short term goals, I don’t feel like I’m working towards anything and lose track. This is my first challenge of the year, and once I get into the routine of eating whole foods again I get the ball rolling and continuing on becomes much easier. People love a New Year resolution, because it’s a fresh start! Same goes for your nutrition. We get a fresh start, we feel good, we’re more likely to stick to it, start seeing results (whether that’s fat loss, improved energy, better sleep, better workouts, bigger muscles - you name it). Consider yourself RESET!

Sounds pretty good right? Are you ready to Reset? Let’s do dis!

The Reset Diet will give you an insight into how I like to program nutrition for my clients. Check out my Training and Nutrition Bundles below for gym OR home trainers and join my squad today! More products available here.

Love Soph xx

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A few weeks ago I was advised by my (old) coach to go on a Keto diet for 4-6 weeks with fat loss being the main goal. It's been a goal of mine for a while to get below 20% body fat, and then start building muscle by cycling up the carbs + increasing the weights I lift. There are many ways to do this, but I liked the sound of keto for a few reasons:

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I remember being so confused when I first starting counting macros, I wish I had a super basic guide telling me what to do, how to set up apps to use it (I'm going to use MyFitnessPal here because that's what I use), how to measure food and the basic maths behind it all. Hopefully this blog is super useful for you to get started on your macro journey!

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9 Reasons You're Not Losing Fat

You're eating well and training hard but you don't feel like your clothes are getting any looser, or that number on the scale just won't move, sound familiar? I've totally been there. It was one of the most frustrating places I sat - I was training 3 times a week with a personal trainer absolutely smashing my training consistently and eating so clean, but for some reason I wasn't seeing any changes in my body. 

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