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When balancing your macronutrients: fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, it is important to have a goal in mind, a plan for what you want to get out of your body. Are you looking to maintain your current body composition and structure? Are you interested in gaining muscle mass, or losing body fat? Even your age can be a factor where macronutrients are concerned. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

 

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When you are lactose intolerant, vegan, or maintaining a dairy free diet for other reasons, it is easy to develop a calcium deficiency. If you know what dairy free foods contain high amounts of calcium, however, you can avoid a calcium deficiency and maintain a well balanced diet.

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Bad weather can be brutal for staying on track with your exercise routines. So what do you do on those days when you’re stuck in the house and can’t make it to the gym? Don’t say you were going to skip your workout just because you’re stuck inside! No way! It’s time to get creative!

One of the most popular at home workout solutions is to pop in an exercise DVD. These videos are popular because of their perceived one on one time with a specialized trainer. Although the trainer is not actually in the room with you, because they talk and look directly into the camera, it can often feel as though they are. Some people also like to use active video games to increase their heart rates at home. The wii and xbox kinect are examples of consoles that are specifically designed to increase physical activity without leaving the house.

If you don’t have exercise DVD’s or a game console that’ll get you up and moving, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to stay active. 

 

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Serves 6

Pastitsio is an amazing Greek pasta dish with lots of ground beef, layers of creamy béchamel sauce, and tons of carbs.  It’s comfort food at its best, but I wanted to take this old favorite of mine and give it a new twist with our amazing ISOPASTA Penne.  There’s some new flavors, some new proteins, and a good dose of feta cheese to bring lots of flavor without the sodium or calories.  Best of all, this pasta bake keeps well for days, making it a great fit for your meal prep lifestyle.

Wine Recommendation:  A big, loud Cab will pair amazingly with this hearty dish.  Cheers!

I hope you enjoy this delicious addition to your healthy ISO lifestyle!

Kelly Pipich, Isolator Fitness’s Executive Chef

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What you do in the morning when you first wake up, sets the tone for the rest of the day. Begin your day with a healthy start and you set yourself up for a healthy day. But knowing how to wake up on the right side of the bed and become a morning person when all you want to do is snuggle up under the covers for five more minutes is HARD! We’re here to help, with 4 quick tips for a healthy start to your day that are simple and (mostly) painless.

 

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