If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that health should always come first. And thanks to meal plan service Eatology and coach Beth Wright, we know exactly what to do.
With gourmet meal programs to suit your every need, Eatology offers a varied selection of plans to help you lose weight, build muscle or simply eat a little healthier. It’s as easy as selecting your desired number of meals, calorie intake, and frequency. Fresh meals — from breakfast and lunch, to dinner and snacks — will then be delivered direct to your door at home or the office on a daily basis. Nutritional plans range from optimal performance, gluten free and low carb, keto light, diabetes-friendly mediterranean diet meal plans, and much more.
This summer, Eatology meal packages have been amplified by the effective advice and plans created by Hong Kong-based nutrition, fitness, lifestyle and accountability coach Beth Wright. Her personalised coaching is designed to help individuals make the most out of meal plans and ultimately achieve their health and fitness goals. Wright’s background in sports performance nutrition, coupled with coaching in strength and conditioning, functional training, yoga, and pilates, offers a well-rounded approach in which lifestyle elements on top of functional medicine, hormones and supplementation are considered for the best results.
But before you order your meals, we took it upon ourselves to ask what we can do to best supplement them, even when there isn’t a gym to go to.
What should we be eating or not eating?
I encourage all my clients to choose a wide variety of whole, unprocessed foods. The more variety you consume, the more vitamins and minerals you will incorporate into your daily diet as well as keeping meals exciting! Eatology offers a wide selection of different plans to suit all nutrition goals and preferences… you will never be bored!
Choosing good quality, unprocessed foods not only tastes better but makes you feel better as they contain more bio available nutrients for optimum health.
I believe in everything in moderation… even wine and chocolate can be part of your routine! My current favourite Eatology meal plans are the Gluten free low carb, Keto light and also Paleo (depending on what my goal is).
How can we stay fit when you we can’t go to the gym?
Just “keep moving!”
Whether it be adding in a daily walk, some home workouts with a friend / your partner or joining some of the many on line zoom sessions — there is something for everyone! Right now, I start my day with a walk up the peak and try to fit some other movement wherever I can. A group of friends have started a 1000 burpee challenge for the month of August so I am squeezing those in whenever I can… nothing like some friendly competition to get you moving!
Coupled with the meal plan, is there anything we can do at home to get better results?
My number one tip to improve health, fat loss, muscle gain and just about every health biomarker is to improve your sleep. There are books / apps / trackers / supplements and more to help you improve sleep… However I have found that the following have really helped me.
Have a routine. Get up and go to bed at the same time every day — your body loves and thrives on consistency.
Your morning routine is as important as your nighttime routine. Get up, get moving and get sunlight into your eyes to help naturally reset your circadian clock.
At nighttime, have a wind down routine. This can include turning off electric lights, lighting candles and getting into comfy clothes! Aim to switch off electronic devices a couple of hours before bed as the blue light interferes with the body’s natural production of melatonin, If you are tied to your phone (or the latest Netflix series) invest in some blue blocker glasses to block that light. I also try not to have caffeine after noon and eat my last meal 2-3 hours before I sleep. Not always possible but you do what you can!
Increasingly more people are also learning that diets are not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. Each individual wants a bespoke diet, catered to them, that fits their lifestyle, health challenges, beliefs or personality- which is why I think Eatology is a really great option as they offer diverse and personalised meal plans that fit different needs and lifestyle.
What small changes can we make in our lifestyle?
Incorporate some kind of stress management techniques into your day to day life – from mindfulness, mediation, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), yoga, Pilates… any activity which helps to switch on your parasympathetic nervous system and helps you relax will be hugely beneficial especially at the moment.
Also, take recovery as seriously as your training… if you are someone who loves to work out make sure you also take regular rest days. Your body (and your mind) will thank you for it!
This story first appeared on Prestige Online Hong Kong