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Kettlebell Kitchen
Wellness
Published Wednesday Dec 12, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

5 Easy Meal Plans to Help You Eat Healthier In 2019, No Cooking Required

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New year, new goals... right? After the ball drops, it’s natural to feel like a change is in order. Gym memberships, healthy eating, wellness trends—putting the pressure on yourself to pivot your lifestyle can become stressful, making your resolutions lack some serious motivation come February. Leading a healthier life doesn’t just start with fitness, it starts with the food you consume. It’s time you *really* enjoyed what you are eating, thanks to Kettlebell Kitchen

The truth is, setting one big goal makes it hard to know where to start, and easy to lose your momentum. Enter Kettlebell Kitchen! With fresh flavors that fuel your body in the best way possible, these meal plans are tailored to you and delivered right to your door. Serving up high-quality food customized by professional nutritionists and registered dietitians, they’ll help you reach your goals while staying satisfied. 

 

Kettlebell Kitchen

 

What’s on the menu? Kettlebell Kitchen makes every meal with the most intentional ingredients. Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner that’s free of dairy, soy, and artificial sweeteners, some personalized plans are even gluten-free.* With new tasty items added each week, there’s something that fits everyone, and every goal through customizable features. Plus, meals start as low $8.05, so you can find what fits your budget. 

Whether you’re looking to try a plant-based diet, gain some muscle or support your workouts, stick to your New Year’s resolutions and feed your champion one bite at a time with five of our favorite Kettlebell Kitchen meal plans. 

 

Complete Keto 

Made for those that are following the popular ketogenic diet, these meals are rich in quality fats, moderate in protein, and low in carbohydrates from non-starchy vegetables. The food in this meal plan help to promote ketosis, a state where your body uses fat for fuel. 
Our favorite meal? Grilled Chicken and Cauliflower Bake with Mixed Greens 

 

Slim

The plan for those who want to lose some weight, the food in this plan helps you achieve a calorie deficit by consuming fewer calories without that “hangry” feeling. Balanced meals focus on fat and protein over carbohydrates to keep your metabolism moving.
Our favorite meal? Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Bread with Arugula Scramble

 

Flexitarian 

Based on a combination of the Vegetarian and Slim plans, this is the perfect delivery for those who want the best of both worlds and are looking to balance their diets with animal-based and plant-based proteins and nutrients. 
Our favorite meal? Grass-Fed Beef Bowl with Cashew Hummus 

 

Whole30

Want to redefine your relationship with food? Whole30 Approved meals are free of grains, dairy, sugar, and legumes, so this plan is naturally our go-to for easily resetting health goals, any day of the year.
Our favorite meal? Wild Salmon Cakes

 

Burn

If you are all about circuit training and serious bootcamp sessions, this is the plan for you. Featuring a blend of the Slim and Perform plans, these meals offer varying levels of carbohydrates to fuel all of your sweat-worthy workouts. Our favorite meal? Chicken Parm with Spaghetti Squash

 

No matter what you want to achieve this new year, Kettlebell Kitchen can feed you the fuel you need to succeed!


Nutrition isn’t one-size-fits-all so find a satisfying meal plan that supports all goals with Kettlebell Kitchen. Get $25 off your first two meal orders with code MINDBODY. 

*Kettlebell Kitchen does their very best to ensure that their meals are made without gluten, though their kitchen is not certified gluten-free.


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Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Prenatal Fitness - MINDBODY
Fitness
Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Whitney English

The Do’s and Don’ts of Prenatal Fitness 

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Cardio
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For many pregnant women, exercise can take a backseat. I get it. You’re exhausted and uncomfortable—slipping into a pair of tight leggings and sweating your booty off doesn’t exactly sound like a great way to reduce your discomfort.
 
While working out may sound like the last thing you want to do when you’re carrying another human inside of you, engaging in regular, low-impact activities during pregnancy is extremely beneficial to both you and your baby. In fact, some studies show that prenatal exercise may help to reduce aches and pains, improve sleep, and boost mood. But figuring out which exercises are safe for you and your baby can be confusing. If you Google prenatal exercise, you’ll find a wide range of conflicting opinions on what moms-to-be should and shouldn’t do.
 
As a dietitian, a Certified Personal Trainer, and a mom to a 16-month old, exercise has always been a priority for me. During my pregnancy, I was determined to continue my regular routine as long as possible, so I spent a ton of time researching and speaking to experts to learn the best practices for exercise during pregnancy. Here is my list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to prenatal fitness, no matter where you are when it comes to motherhood. 
 

Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

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Yoga

First up, yoga. You want to avoid any poses that cramp your baby’s space or put pressure on your stomach. It’s easy to modify most poses to make them safer and more comfortable for you and your baby. For example, instead of trying to do a regular forward fold, open up your legs for a wide leg forward fold, which gives your belly more space. 
 
Some poses can be fine during the first or second trimester, depending on your prior yoga experience, but may be less safe later in pregnancy. If you are comfortable doing full wheel, it can be fine early in your pregnancy. I did this pose until about 25 weeks, but everyone is different. Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to push yourself with new poses. Additionally, after the first trimester, it’s best to avoid lying face down. Instead, try doing certain poses on your knees rather than on your stomach—like substituting camel pose for bow pose.
 

Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

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Pilates + Barre

Similarly, with both Pilates and barre, you want to avoid doing any stretches or poses that put pressure on or around your abdominal cavity. During the early stages of pregnancy, you may not need any modifications, but the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push the limits. As your pregnancy progresses, remember to ask the instructor for modifications, so the exercise feels good for both you and baby.

Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

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Hot Exercise + Heated Classes

Another crucial thing to avoid during pregnancy is hot exercise. There is a lot of misinformation regarding hot exercise, but be wary of anyone that tells you that it is safe. Increasing your core body temperature is known as hyperthermia, and it can be extremely dangerous for pregnant women. It is especially dangerous in the first month just after contraception, but hot exercise and heated classes should be avoided at all stages of pregnancy.

Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

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Strength Training

When it comes to strength and circuit training, exercises like lunges and jumping may put excessive pressure on your belly as you get farther along in your pregnancy. Trust your body and discontinue these if they feel unsafe. Any exercises that cause you to hold your breath or could result in trauma to your belly, (for example kettlebell swings or powerlifting) I would advise against.

Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

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Cardio

With cardio, the rule is that you should be able to continue to hold a steady conversation during exercise. For some, running may be fine up until the end of your pregnancy. Others may find this puts too much pressure on their pelvic floor. Some low-impact alternatives include walking (on both a flat surface and uphill), swimming, elliptical machine, rowing machine, and low-intensity aerobic exercise.
 

If you’re looking for exercise classes to take while pregnant, I recommend searching for something mellow on the MINDBODY app, such as restorative or gentle flow yoga, beginner Reformer Pilates, or any other light, introductory classes.
 
As a general rule, if you’re questioning whether or not something is safe to do during pregnancy, it probably isn’t. Remember that the most important thing is the safety of both you and your baby, and no form or intensity of exercise is worth sacrificing that!
 
For more information on a healthy pregnancy, including nutritious recipes and exercise ideas, check out my Predominantly Plant-Based Pregnancy Guide!

Whitney English - MINDBODY
Written by
Whitney English
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
About the author
A former journalist and entertainment reporter in Los Angeles, Whitney English found her passion in wellness and nutrition. Tired of the quick fix promises she encountered in Hollywood, she became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer, making it her mission to research health trends to help determine the best ways to eat, move, and live for long-lasting health.