Everything you need to know about Fresh Start Fit and exercise specific nutrition

Fresh Start Fit meals deliver high quality nutrition through whole foods and minimally processed ingredients to build perfectly balanced plates. We use lean and quality meat protein and plant based protein sources, paired with whole grain and vegetable carbohydrates, for slow release and lasting energy.

We’ve also thrown in a good dose of healthy fats and plenty of veggie density for fibre, vitamins and minerals, to give you all the tools to fuel epic workouts, a physical job or a busy lifestyle. We’ve crunched the numbers and balanced all the macronutrients so you can spend less time worrying about your muscle fuel and more time focusing on your activity.

We need to provide our bodies with adequate nutrition to ensure they simply continue to function and remain alive. So add on top of that a busy work and social life, mental focus and daily physical movement as well as a high intensity workout, you can see the importance of nourishing our bodies with nutrient-dense foods. Nutrient-dense foods give you more nutrient bang for your calorie buck, meaning, per serving size, you’re getting plenty of goodness. These are the foods we focus on fuelling our bodies’ with at Fresh Start Fit.

Keeping hydrated is a key part of the exercise nutrition puzzle. Water or h2o is the gold standard when it comes to hydration, it’s essential in regulating our body temperature, aiding our lung function and digestion and makes up 73% of our muscles! (1). Aim for at least 2L of water on any given day, but increase that with strenuous exercise and sweating.

If you’re doing the Les Mills 8 Week Challenge, we suggest keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum. Aim for a maximum of 2–3 standard drinks per week. Alcohol can interfere with our sleep quality, our muscle recovery and provides empty calories (i.e. calories that contain no nutrients). Alcohol is also a diuretic, meaning it actively works to remove water from our bodies, which can lead to dehydration (2). For more about alcohol and how it affects weight loss, click here for our blog.

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1. Medeiros D., Wildman R. (2012). Advanced Human Nutrition. Pg. 169.

Meet the Nutritionist

Emma ‘Edamame’

Our in-house nutritionist Emma ‘Edamame’ was born and bred in mid Canterbury and has the health and wellbeing of Kiwis in mind at all times. As an NZ registered nutritionist (NZ Nutrition Society) with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Auckland, she makes sure we’re all getting our fresh dose of local veggies and our meals are full of nutritious substance – thanks for having our back Em (and our waistlines!). When it comes to New Zealand produce, Emma is a whizz, with fresh berries being her absolute fave. Intrigued to know what food this nutritionist couldn’t live without? Fresh fish and seafood, delivering on both flavour and nourishment. As well as ice cream, especially real fruit ice creams, in the summer time! Life’s all about a tasty balance, right?

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