Hey Fit Fam! My name is Kaitlyn, and I am the in-house nutritionist here at Fit Kitchen. A little background on me, I have a bachelor of science in applied human nutrition, which is a very long way to say that I am an expert on eating and nutrition! I have been helping people to reach their nutrition goals for 7 years now, and I love helping to solve the puzzle of eating healthier in a sustainable way.
This week for our blog I wanted to answer some frequently asked nutrition specific questions that we receive from our Fit Fam regarding our meal plans:
I ordered a lean meal plan but some of the performance meals look yummy, will they fit in my meal plan?
Absolutely! All our plans will include a combination of both the lean and performance meals, to make sure there is lots of variety in the plan. The lean plans will include more of the lean meals to keep the macros on point, however performance meals will be interspersed throughout the plan. If you order a plan and there is a specific meal you would like to try, you can always reach out to us and we would be happy to modify your meal plan, so that it includes that meal!
I struggle to eat breakfast in the morning, is this a big deal or can I just skip it?
Often you hear “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” but when this is said most people don’t have any specific info to back this up. However, I am here as a breakfast enthusiast to hit you with the facts. There is research to support that skipping breakfast causes an extended elevation in cortisol throughout the day (a). Cortisol is a hormone that your body releases in response to stress. Having consistently high levels of cortisol is taxing on your body’s systems and can contribute to high blood pressure as well as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease(b).
I would highly recommend trying to incorporate some sort of meal in the morning, even if it is just something small like a parfait or a couple energy balls. That way you can give your body a hand at reducing this stress hormone, as life is already stressful enough as is!
I am trying to lose weight, is this something you can help me with?
Weight loss meal plans are genuinely one of my favorite plans to create. When customers reach out regarding plan customization, most often it is for a plan to encourage weight loss. I enjoy making these plans because as a nutritionist it is hard to control what someone eats at home to help them with weight loss, but with the meal plans we have total control. So if you stick to the meal plan that we customize for you to the letter, clients will have greater results in losing weight.
I have custom macro goals that I would like to meet, are you able to work with these to create a plan?
Yes, we can create a plan as long as the macros aren’t ultra specific or completely eliminate specific macronutrient categories we can set up a custom plan tailored to your macros. Not to toot our own horn, but in most cases because we have a full kitchen staff devoted to cooking and portioning meals we can create a much more interesting menu with restricted macros, than most people can create at home. So if you are getting sick of plain chicken breast and steamed broccoli, reach out to us so we can help create a more diverse macro continuous meal plan for you!
Do you have a question for the nutritionist or want to get in touch regarding a custom plan? Feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- M. Witbracht et al. Female breakfast skippers display a disrupted cortisol rhythm and elevated blood pressure, Physiology & Behavior, Volume 140, 2015, Pages 215-221
- L. Manenschijn et al. High Long-Term Cortisol Levels, Measured in Scalp Hair, Are Associated With a History of Cardiovascular Disease, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Volume 98, Issue 5, 1 May 2013, Pages 2078–2083, https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2012-3663